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Sally

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  • The Birth of Britain: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55BC, when Julius Caesar famously "turned his gaze upon Britain" and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

    Terryl says: "Birth of Britain"
    "Mis-represented in the title"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is engaging if you are interested in the monarchy of England, but I feel that it was severely mis-represented by the title. It should be called A HIstory of the Monarchy of England. There is very little about the history of the people, and indeed many of the monarchs were not actually English-speaking.


    Was The Birth of Britain worth the listening time?

    The narrator did a great job and really worked to bring rather dry text alive.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Mia says: "I couldn't make it past 5 minutes"
    "Riveting & very well written"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery was wonderful. I was not expecting this free excerpt to be so good. I will definitely read more by this author. In a short time, you really got a sense of the relationship between the mother and daughter (and could empathize with both). The description is magical, both literally and figuratively as the memory of story-time between the characters draws you into a world of lost children, witches and spells. Very well handled, expertly read and beautifully constructed text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (100)

    William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

    Michael says: "a melody of genius writer & compelling reader"
    "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I have always had a love/hate relationship with Charles Dickens, and this audioook has swung me back to love. A treasure.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I will definitely be seeking other Dickens titles and works by the same narrator.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    This book is the BEST type of satirical. Its heart-warming, hilarious, compassionate and astute.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Anton Lesser really does justice to a world of characters. You completely forget that the narrator is male, one person...etc. Dickens is hard work and I give him full credit - an excellent job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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