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Jefferson

Swampscott, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Gangsters of Harlem: The Gritty Underworld of New York City's Most Famous Neighborhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ron Chepesiuk
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little known history of organized crime in Harlem.

    African American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish, and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. Gangsters are every bit as colorful, intriguing, and powerful as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and have a fascinating history in gambling, prostitution, and drug dealing. In the late 1800s, Harlem became a highly fashionable neighborhood.

    Jefferson says: "don't bother"
    "don't bother"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dullsville. Very abreviate stories and no real conection to the characters is formed. The narrator mispronounces words. No sense of neigborhood culture emerges.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of the Jazz Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    >Tales of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's second book of 11 short stories, including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", a humorous satire of the wealthy, is a perfect length for a long commute - and for a return to a golden, bygone era.

    Peggy says: "Poor Narration"
    "Don't buy this Audible version - Horrid narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is so badly read that you realize the narrator is uneducated. He constantly mangles words and his tone and elocution are so far from what the youthful, spirited writing of FSF deserves. This is an awful treatment of fine American fiction. FSF would die if he heard this reading.

    How does Audible produce these works? Is there any quality control? This is one of many examples of terrible mispronunciations that populate Audible productions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Limit of Endurance: A Battalion of Marines in the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter F. Owen
    • Narrated By Richard Wayne Stageman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Drawing on a treasure trove of surviving first-hand accounts, Owen expertly combines these individual observations with military records and archival sources to create a mosaic that provides not only a case study of how one organization grappled with transformation but also a tightly focused, ground-level view of the lives - and deaths - of these courageous American military men.

    Jefferson says: "unlistenable"
    "unlistenable"
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    What did you like best about To the Limit of Endurance? What did you like least?

    Get a hard copy - the Audible narration is appalling. Imagine Marty Stauffer from "Wild America" describing burrowing techniques of woodchucks, or Mr. Rogers telling a children's tale. Completely wrong for the telling of a monumental battle story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Wayne Stageman’s performances?

    Never.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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