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Marianne D. Johnson

Gentlewoman

Mankato, MN USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Glorious

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

    Cheryl says: "Good Book - Entertaning and Educational"
    "Engrossing"
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    Where does Glorious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Glorious certainly rates high on my list of audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love historical fiction when it is done well, and this was very well done. It was easy to believe that Easter and Rain lived through those times. It was easy to believe that their stories were true. McFadden managed to present the really difficult truth of the cruelty that existed (and still does, I'm sure) with the glorious feeling of a life well lived.


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

    Alfre Woodard's voice is like velvet. The voices she created for the characters gave real dimension to the listening experience.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (182)

    The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

    Phillip says: "A fine end to a good series"
    "I Don't Know Why I Finished It"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book (actually all of the books in the series) were WAY too detailed, so the plot barely plodded along.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet" now.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader's voice was pleasant, but his character voices weren't very distinct and voices he did for the women were awful.


    What character would you cut from Blue Mars?

    Mars


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (475)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "Extremely detailed"
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    I understand these books were praised by scientists for their scientific accuracy. Unfortunately, while I really do love science, these books get bogged down in details of both science and philosophy. Occasionally, there will be a plot point to move the story along. I often find that I've tuned out the details and then realize I just missed a plot point and had to rewind.

    The narration is okay, but he doesn't do much to differentiate voices and sometimes his voice becomes annoying.

    I don't really know why, but I'm listening to the second book. It is taking me much longer than usual to listen to this book. In truth, I listen to it as I'm falling asleep. I'm not sure if I'll go on to the third.

    Now I'm wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I guess because the premise is good, and if it had been seriously edited, it may have been a good book and probably could have accommodated all three volumes of this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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