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carol

Bend, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Cinders says: "Just a delight for anyone interested in history !"
    "Well done,I would buy it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Lost to the West?

    The story was fascinating, if a bit long, Not dull.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost to the West?

    That war is such a constant theme in human history.


    What about Lars Brownworth’s performance did you like?

    His reading was very clear and his reading style adds interest to the book


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

    The final invasion by the turks was horrible, but thats what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    It was nice to learn about a part of the world that was not Rome or Greece!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1035)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Mel says: "Difference of Opinion"
    "predictable and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is VERY PREDICTABLE. Its like a bad soap opera. I cannot recommend it!


    What could Sarah Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite the whole thing


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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