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Pam

Methuen, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

    Charlie says: "Didn't Get Much From It"
    "Love the Content, Hate the Narration"
    Overall

    Great, practical advise if you're a writer, real nuts and bolts. The author narrates though, and her narration is monotonous and irritating. Sound quality is also poor. I'm less than 25% of the way through and heartily wish I had bought it in print. Listen to the sample before purchasing to help determine if the content more than makes up for the bad narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Humorous and Witty, Delightful Narration"
    Overall

    This fun historical mystery novel comes alive with Simon Vance's narration. Ruth Downie's writing puts a sometimes amusing face on life in the Roman Empire despite its darker aspects. Downie created engaging characters with distinct personalities and a decent mystery plot. Honestly though, I enjoyed the characters and their dryly humorous interactions well highlighted by the stellar narration so much that the plot felt more like a side show. A very pleasant listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Painfully long; couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    The author draws out this dark story so much that I kept losing interest. Long, detailed, repetitious descriptions of the characters, their environments, and frequent sex scenes dulled the plot movement. The somber and monochromatic tone provided no relief. For the small number of major characters in the book, there was a lot of sex, and unbelievably, it became boring. No joy, no hope, not a spot of brightness for anyone. Once I happened across a review containing a spoiler on another site and realized more of the same lay ahead to the very end, I stopped listening. If it had been a short story or novella with less repetition, I may have finished it.

    Also disappointing, the narrator never varied his tone from serious and sneering, nor did he make much attempt to give different characters their own unique voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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