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  • Venice: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

    Romney says: "Excellently Done"
    "Elaborate, interesting story. Mediocre performance"
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    I was pleasantly surprised by the length of this book. I think it achieves its goal of combining better attention to facts/accuracy (as opposed to legend) with a more interesting style of writing than, say, a history textbook.

    In an effort to dispute the legends/stereotypes of Venetians being misers and tricksters, the book attempts to show their side of the story. I tend to think that yes, it is very unlikely that all venetians were greed motivated and sneaky. But I also think that it's just as unlikely that the Venetians were never ever ever at fault for anything that happened to them over a period of many centuries. I think that the author favors the Venetians so strongly that it makes them out to be the victims of everything when in reality, it's probable that sometimes they deserved their fate, and sometimes they didn't -- like most humans on this planet.

    Aside from the occasional melodrama, I found this book very interesting and informative and definitely worth reading. I would, however, recommend the BOOK over the audiobook as this particular performance is odd. I don't mind the reader's voice or portrayal, but there are lots of weird... burps, gurgles, and other strange vocal noises that happen a lot within the book. This is unbearably annoying when listening through headphones and it makes me want to turn it off and just buy the actual book.

    So: Story is great. Performance is meh.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (730)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Good story, amazing reader"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Three Musketeers the most enjoyable?

    John Lee is one of the best audiobook readers.
    The story is very exciting. You can see how movie adaptations become so adventurous and fun to watch (even though they only borrow like two chapters worth of content from the original book) because the book feels very fast paced even though it's fairly long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure!


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job distinguishing character voices without sounding silly or excessive. He also handles the french well and makes it easy to listen for those of us who have no inkling toward understanding it at all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The many times when a character was trying to catch up with another to prevent some unknown horrible thing -- so intense! Also, Athos' backstory.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. Brace yourself for the ending though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (2026)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Worthwhile read, great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Suspenseful, Intricate


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is so intricate, but every moment and word is completely necessary. Dumas does a great job making the plot strong and exciting, while still allowing the reader intimate connection with the characters.


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

    Listened to 3 Musketeers. John Lee does a fantastic job of pronouncing the french, distinguishing the voices and not making female characters sound stupid. One of the best audiobook readers I've ever heard. Highly recommended and sought after.


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

    Definitely cried through the last few chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Favorite book ever. Best audiobook version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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