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Samantha

Eliot, ME, USA

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  • 14 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Narration drove me batty"
    Overall

    I agree with the previous reviews rergarding the narration- there was very annoying mouth noises and the narrator sounded as thought she was bored to tears while reading, or just arrogant. I also did not appreciate her attempts at trying to sound masculine for the male part of the text and childlike for the youth part of the text. It was almost comical. I frequently found myself mocking her aloud while reading.

    The story seemed interesting and historically accurate, and I think I will actually have to read the book to be able to enjoy this story.

    *note-- the preview didn't capture the fullness of the profoundly irritating narration, which is why I purchased it. Next time I will read the reviews as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7548)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (3022)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "oh my gawd."
    Overall

    The story would have had a chance had I read it instead of listened to this on audio-at least with this reader. The reader overly enunciated every hard consonant to the point of sounding maddeningly annoying. The contrived attempt at sounding dramatic and changing her voice slightly to read different characters wasn't enough either-- the nasal, whiny fakeness of her voice did a huge disservice to the story. She sounded like a snotty, pouting teenager who failed out of drama class-- and wouldn't let go of that even as the characters developed. I had to stop listening and will just go buy the book and read it myself, so I won't have to associate the ridiculous, lameass voice and crappy overdrama with the characters- who actually have a little promise aside from the brutally petulant voice of the reader.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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