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  • Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Tarzan Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By David Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is the fifth story in the Tarzan adventure novels. Tarzan’s enemy in this book is a Belgian traitor and an Arab chieftain named Achmet Zek. Tarzan intends to "liberate" more jewels from the lost city of Opar, unaware that his enemies know of his plan and that they intend to liberate the jewels from Tarzan. The running battle becomes so intense that Tarzan is incensed to the point of losing his newly found, refined demeanor and becomes the beast of old with a terrible ferocity.

    Joe Anonymous says: "classic ERB"
    "classic ERB"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure...if you're a Tarzan fan


    Did David Sharp do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No...not a top drawer reader, and his very audible breath intake was annoying


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "I really wanted to love it"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    Would you recommend The Woman in White to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really, unless you are spellbound by cultural aspects of 19th century England. The story and premise are lame, and reflect a psychological naivete of the author that I just can't swallow as a 21st century intellectual.

    If you can totally suspend disbelief, and enjoy the richness of the narrative, the story is worthwhile. I will never read it or listen to it again. And I felt a sense of relief when it was done. If hadn't been for the excellent performances, I never would have completed it. I had The Moonstone on my list of must reads. It's relegated now to the bottom of my list. Hopefully I'll never have to get to it...

    Collins may be the father of the modern crime/mystery novel but he'll certainly never make it into my list of fabulous 19th century British writers.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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