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Monica

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  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (573)

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "Interesting thesis; mediocre reading"
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    What did you like best about 1493? What did you like least?

    Well-researched with interesting details.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles C. Mann before, how does this one compare?

    Annoying pompous tone and bad pronunciation--whoever pronounces the Qing dynasty as "king" dynasty?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    No


    Could you see 1493 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes; not sure


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Listerdale Mystery and 11 Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    The curious disappearance of Lord Listerdale, a newlywed's fear of her ex-fiancé, a strange encounter on a train, and a wild man's sudden personality change are just some of the 12 mysteries offered in this story collection.

    Priya says: "Classic Agatha Christie"
    "Good mysteries; very good reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Listerdale Mystery and 11 Other Stories the most enjoyable?

    Hugh Fraser is a marvelous reader of Agatha Christie. He brings all the characters to life through different tones and accents.


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

    I have seen him portray Capt Hastings in the tv series of Poirot mysteries. His performance here is as good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1029)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Good story; good reading"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Not sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well-written


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Very good acting and reading skills


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Unrealistic details in some place--a small example is that king Henry's bed would have been enclosed by brocade hangings but he is described as staring at the ceiling while in bed. We need to often willingly suspend disbelief at some of the very modern reactions and thoughts of the characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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