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Lauren W. Ferris

Laurie

Vermont | Member Since 2005

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  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "Country Driving"
    Overall

    Hessler's book is full of fascinating information about China today and its history. I would give the audiobook five stars if I liked Peter Berkrot's reading, but I don't. He has a strange inflection that is a sort of throwback to radio announcers' voices before 1960, and his interpretation of a Chinese person speaking English is downright embarrassing. Hessler's writing of dialogue is, of course, translation of conversations he had that were carried out in Chinese, for the most part. Why Berkrot feels he has to read those parts in an ersatz Chinese accent is beyond me. I listened to the whole thing and really enjoyed the text, but the reading had me gritting my teeth far too much of the time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1058)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Excellent Book, Excellent Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Wolf Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. This is a great story, beautifully researched, written, and then the choice of readers is also excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot, writing, characterization, and performance. In short, the whole enchalada.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would follow his readings anywhere! I am disappointed that he's not performing BRING UP THE BODIES, but I also love Simon Vance's reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah Chayes
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As a National Public Radio reporter covering the last stand of the Taliban in Afghanistan's southern borderland, Sarah Chayes became deeply immersed in the attempt to rebuild a broken nation. With her NPR assignment finished in early 2002, she left reporting to help turn around the country's fortunes, accepting a job running a nonprofit founded by President Hamid Karzai's brother. With remarkable access to leading players in the postwar government, Chayes witnessed a tragic, perverse turn of events.

    Joshua says: "Pronunciation errors abound!"
    "Terrible performance"
    Overall

    Like Joshua, who has a review written in this section, I am horrified by the terrible reading that Renee Raudman gives this otherwise excellent book. Who is the sound editor or producer who allowed the massacre of Chayes' fine language to escape the studio? And who chose her to read when the voice of the book, as well as Chayes' actual voice, is intense, sharp, and always insistent? Raudman reads as though she is trying to calm a young child. That is certainly not the intent of the book!
    I suggest that people buy a hardcopy of The Punishment of Virtue rather than endure its dreadful performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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