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Emma

Emma

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  • Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

    Mike says: "Both History and Mystery"
    "Reader handicaps a good book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would need another reader of the book...


    What didn’t you like about Samuel Gillies’s performance?

    While Samuel Gilles has a good voice, he has not yet mastered handling different voices. Needing to constantly consider who is speaking was distracting and annoying. I felt his attempts at accents from different classes or regions were not convincing either. But he has a really cool voice if coaching can improve his weaknesses.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was looking forward to plowing through this series...I like the main character and his mental quirks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

    Kat says: "I wish they'd turn this into a movie!"
    "The Graft Didn't Take"
    Overall

    I like reading lit from Austen's period, and I like science fiction. I thought this would be perfect! However, the author didn't take either genre seriously, and this sort of seemingly dashed off romp is too poorly executed to make it work. I can see how someone could enjoy it if they don't want subtlety and complexity...sort of like old style comic books.
    Stick to reading Austen and Neal Stephenson alternately if you enjoy being immersed in another time and alternate realities.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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