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Andrew

portland, ME, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • That Old Cape Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

    Fred Pike says: "Instantly-recognizable Richard Russo book"
    "a bit of a disappointment"
    Overall

    Not a terrible book, but a bit shallow and without the wit the author usually displays. I'll finish it, but it doesn't keep me sitting in the parking lot waiting for a good stopping place before I turn it off.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As professional 21st-century historians cede the literary field to the popular amateur, history and its meanings become muddled - especially in the punditocracy championed by modern media. Copious amounts of cherry-picked facts and manufactured heroes are used to create a narrative rather than give any insight into past events. MacMillan offers an antidote to this by providing the necessary tools to help interpret history in constructive ways.

    Andrew says: "What Bad Narration!"
    "What Bad Narration!"
    Overall

    The book itself is interesting, though somewhat obvious. I was drawn to it by a good review in the New York TImes, which made it seem more provocative than it turns out to be. The author, a Canadian, belabors a very good point - that history is used to justify many actions, some good and some not so good, and that history is a malleable thing. The book is prone to redundancy - it would be a better New Yorker article than a book. But I didn't stop listening to it, and in this day and age is a useful reminder of the use and abuse of 'history'.
    However, nothing good can be said of the inept producer of this reading. Who is to blame? The producer, the director, the engineer or the narrator? Clearly there was no quality control step taken by any of them - sentences are split oddly, emphasis misplaced, words pronounced oddly and proper names and places poorly spliced into the text. I found listening to be a thoroughly annoying experience. If you are a fussy person, you may wish to avoid anything produced by this team, including this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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