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Clifford

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  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (195)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Historic background we all need to know"
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    The Middle East has been in turmoil for all my life; this audio book documents how this strife goes back a great deal longer. While our politicians have sometimes used self-interest and expediency to justify meddling in the area, we are now reaping the whirlwind. For me this audio book gives much needed historic background, corrects some of my assumptions and, I hope, gives me some insights into why the area is such a recurring flash point and worry to the world and why the peoples of the region seem destined to such constant misery.
    A drawback of this audio book is that while the reader mentions maps and tables and other items as he reads from the print text, these are not available to an Audible listener. I listen on an ipod-- perhaps a series of "authors' bookmarks" and an interactive index might complete the experience.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (786)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Ouch- the bleakest story I ever heard"
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    Would you try another book from Emile Zola and/or Kate Winslet?

    Zola- never. Winslet- maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something cleansing and simple and pure. Maybe a comedy.


    What does Kate Winslet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Winslet's steady reading voice does what she can for a truly gawd-awful story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thérèse Raquin?

    Just say no. There is no way this story is attractive. I would send it back for a rewrite.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard of Zola; perhaps it was pseudo intellectualism and the low price it was offered at that prompted me to get this book. Perhaps the sensibilities of the French or the French of Zola's time are different than those of our own time but I would heartily caution anyone not (and I stress NOT) to listen to this bomb. It was a severe pain to listen all the way to the awful conclusion of this truly awful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaven of Malice: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The following announcement appeared in the Salterton Evening Bellman: "Professor and Mrs. Walter Vambrace are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Veronica, to Solomon Bridgetower, Esq., son of ..."

    Clifford says: "Gentle part 2 of trilogy"
    "Gentle part 2 of trilogy"
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    If you could sum up Leaven of Malice in three words, what would they be?

    Set in the late fifties or early sixties in an imagined Canadian university town the characters leave us wanting to "read" part three.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters and motivations, misunderstandings and assumptions and the folly that ensues.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performance was good as it was for the first book in the series. The only flaw was a technical one- from time to time (say 4 times in the book) the audio levels dropped briefly and then returned to normal.


    If you could take any character from Leaven of Malice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No thanks! Far better to be a fly on the wall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (514)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Old Hippy says: "Really good WW II yarn"
    "Stop Hitler's use of poison gas"
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    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    Why didn't Hitler's Nazi Germany use poison gas to stop the Allies? It's a good question but Greg Iles has made a disappointing novel from that fine start.The characters are poorly drawn with stereo types galore including a pacifist American nerve gas expert, a Zionist fighter, an eye-patch wearing soldier, etc., etc. Plot situations are developed with disaster following disaster following coincidence around a really complicated attack on a slave labor camp producing gas deep in Germany.
    As a student of World War two, there was little to like; as a lover of action novels, there was even less to enjoy here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am really enjoying Connely's Harry Bosch detective series. It's writing and performance is very evocative. Now on book four and there are plenty more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Deep South accent of the main character sometimes had me almost siding with the Nazis.


    What character would you cut from Black Cross?

    The pacifist American nerve gas expert, the Zionist, the eye-patch wearing German officer, etc., etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this listen. There are far better choices out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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