People sometimes ask me if I think that I'm missing out by not reading a book instead of listening. This audiobook convinced me that I'm not missing out. Not only could I feel and follow just how well constructed this novel is, but I would have missed out if I hadn't heard this fantastic reading. The accents and voices add so much to the story and really bring this wonderful book to life.
The methods described in this book were enlightening for me and are proving really helpful with our family's new dog. However. As an audio book I didn't think this book was very successful for a number of reasons, not least of which was the narrator. There is something irritating in the tone of the narrator's voice that we all found grating - as if he were explaining things to people who have a hard time understanding. In addition, there are many lists in the book and added resources in appendices that are referred to that can't really be appreciated in the form of an audio book. Great content, but it would be more useful in paper version.
If you were hoping for something insightful and entertaining, find something else. This book was boring, obvious and not very well written. A real disappointment.
In three years with Audible, having heard dozens of books while stuck in traffic, this Ken Follett series was my alltime favorite listen. The story was gripping and entertaining, the narrator is great and I was enthralled by this book for the entire 50+ hours. Surprisingly, I liked this sequel even better than Pillars of the Earth.
Painfully boring. My long commute now seems eternal while I suffer through this book.
This is my all-time favorite Audiobook. It's the only non-fiction book I've ever had a really hard time putting down. Interesting, funny and intelligent. Gladwell reads excellently.
This was terrible. I listened to it before going to Italy and found it useless. Had I been a business man looking to pick up a lovely signorina it might have been appropriate, but the only things they teach are "do you speak English/Italian" "I want something to eat/drink" and "Where is Veneto street?" not really enough to get around in Rome, and no basics about the language or how it is constructed.
I really enjoyed both the story and the reader. Every now and then I choose an audio book that makes me wish for long commutes and more traffic, and The Coffee Trader is that kind of book. The story was interesting and the author's believable accents add to the drama and fun of the story. Very highly recommended!
With all the rave reviews this book got I was expecting a lot and came away quite disappointed. The male narrator was overwhelmingly irritating, the story line was pretty thin and the writing left a lot to be desired.
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