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  • Seating Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maggie Shipstead
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn.

    Annie M. says: "A Great Authorial Debut"
    "Annoying narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would suggest reading this book instead of listening to the audio version.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arthur Morey?

    I would cast someone that could do a better job with women's voices. I would also prefer that the father did not sound like he was 95 years old.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1984)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1501)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Narration matters"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Dawkins and/or Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ?

    Probably not.


    Has The Selfish Gene turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ?

    i would suggest finding a narrator that can engage the listener. Sometimes authors are not the best narrators. In this case, the author comes across as pompous. Of the two narrators I preferred Lalla Ward.


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

    I could not finish even a quarter of the book due the author's poor narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5438)
    Performance
    (2258)
    Story
    (2274)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Maudlin"
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    Would you try another book from Diane Setterfield and/or Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ?

    I doubt I would listen to another book by Diane Setterfield if the story is similar to The Thirteenth Tale.


    What could Diane Setterfield have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author needs to stop whining about twins and get on with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a drawn-out, painful listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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