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Charnley

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  • Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dorothy Wickenden
    • Narrated By Dorothy Wickenden, Margaret Nichols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their soci-ety luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teach-ing jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied—shocking their families and friends.

    Sara says: "Not as Described"
    "You might like this"
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    I enjoyed this book very much because I was interested in 3 things: Smith College because it is my Alma Mater, Colorado history because I spend time in Fort Collins, and the city of Auburn because my relatives live in that area. Without an interest in those 3 things, the story might not hold the interest of a reader. The narrator has an irritating habit of pausing before reading something that I assume is in quotation marks in the printed book.
    But aside from those reservations, let me say that it is a terrific story of two courageous women and the people of the Colorado rockies.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (448)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Downie again?

    No


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator was fine - he just didn't have much to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    As a fan of historical fiction, I was disappointed. It didn't seem very authentic to me - more like a modern story with occasional ancient trappings. If I'm wrong and it is authentic - then I would have to say it wasn't very convincing.
    I never really warmed up to the characters - didn't feel like I really knew them or cared what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1807)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "So So"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a hard time getting through it, so I probably should have quit. It was not time well spent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

    This was my first James Lee Burke, which I purchased after a friend raved about him. I guess my friend and I do not share the same taste - or maybe other books of his are better. I doubt that I will pay money for another one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't really think the narrator was convincing. Sometimes when he was reading a conversation between two men, it wasn't clear who was speaking. His idea of a woman's voice was to speak softly and passively - which didn't portray her personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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