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Ian

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  • Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    Jefferson says: "Looking at the Sea with Loving Relish"
    "Balm for the nautical soul"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

    Getting into the nautical life in the 1800's. There was much I haven't understood, but that's OK, I caught as much as I missed. The slow pace of much life under sail surprised me, but it makes sense when they were so reliant upon the wind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen - sensible, observant, reflective. A foil for the exuberant, shallow and somewhat oblivious Captain.


    What does Ric Jerrom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accents, emphasis


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Under sail in the Mediterranean - a doctor's story


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. From listening to previews, I am not sure the narrators of later books of the series have done as a good a job as this one.

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  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (659)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "Good story but awful narration"
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    What would have made A Voice in the Wind better?

    Having just listened to the narration of one of Winston Churchill's books I was in awe of the narrator's ability to get into character - absolutely amazing.

    Then I hit Ferrone's attempt at River's book. :-| Losing the narrator's American backwoods drawl would be the one thing that would make this book better. I had such a struggle to focus on the intended context when my brain kept being dragged back to Tenneesee or somewhere else in the US...!

    The narrator slurred and drawled his way through the story as though the book was written in an American drawl, complete with elided syllables and mis-pronounced words - it made my heart weep for the English language - but I gritted my teeth and stuck it out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Francine Rivers? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, but with a different narrator. The story was interesting and shone a light into a century that I knew little about - she obviously did her homework.

    By the looks of the reviews, this writer appeals to women and the text was clearly aimed at women. I am probably in the minority of male listeners. I put up with the bent towards women readers because I found the historical context intriguing. :-)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    Anyone but Richard Ferrone.


    What character would you cut from A Voice in the Wind?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    It is quite a long story so kept my daily hour commute home interesting for weeks - and a bit energy-charged as I fumed at the narrator's pronunciation!

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