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Martha

Rye Brook, NY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 193 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2936)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "good reader - AWFUL ACCENTS!"
    Overall

    This is a good mystery - great time passer. The reader has a wonderful deep resonant voice, and reads well. That is until the character voices begin. The French accents are overdone, and actually difficult to understand at times. The female french voices are AWFUL!!! I felt like I was hearing a Saturday night live skit every time the female lead character spoke. I pictured one of those big guys with a wig on playing an old woman, instead of a lovely french ingenue. I wish he would've just read it. We do have imagination, I don't think that a reader need dramatize each character's voice for the story to be vivid. If the choice IS made to do that, then the characters should be played by acters, and women played by women!

    Otherwise, a good story (not GREAT) and good reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, √Čtienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

    Ben Miller says: "Amazing imagery"
    "terrible reader"
    Overall

    the reader is awful. The inflections are not right for the material. He is very difficult to listen to. The book is good, but because of the reader, I definitely would not recommend it.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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