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Dean Farwood

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cynthia Griffin Wolff
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The mystery of how a wealthy New York socialite became a major American novelist is brilliantly explored in this fascinating critical biography, widely considered to be the most perceptive introduction to Edith Wharton's life and work.

    Charles Bland says: "Very useful contribution to Wharton biography"
    "Psychobabble Nonsense"
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    What disappointed you about A Feast of Words?

    This book reads like the work of an articulate but gullible graduate student's first draft of a theses. It is filled with self-evident assumptions dressed up as deep analysis. Repeatedly the author makes statements as to what Wharton thought and why she acted that are based only on the author's imaginings based on convenient and popular reductions of psychological theory.


    What was most disappointing about Cynthia Griffin Wolff’s story?

    The lack of facts.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divorcing a Narcissist: One Mom's Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tina Swithin
    • Narrated By Crystal Marcano
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In her audiobook, Tina will explain how a smart, independent woman can fall prey to a narcissistic man. Tina discusses the red flag reflections that she chose to ignore while dating and during the marriage. Tina acted as her own attorney in an extremely high-conflict divorce and she will share the strategies that helped her to navigate through this battle while maintaining her sanity and sense of humor.

    Robin says: "Please RE-record this with a new narrator"
    "Amateurs Need Help"
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    What disappointed you about Divorcing a Narcissist?

    I don't hold the author's lack of education against her; she is quite forthcoming about not having a college degree. And this is a subject that both women and men need to learn more about: the damage done by childish, self-centered males and the lack of insight in the court system. I don't especially have a problem with the grammatical errors, the misused words, and the cliches. It is the amateurish narration that makes this audio book so poor. It is hard to believe that the narrator has recorded 4 other books on Audible. She has a monotone which is made much worse by her apparent unwillingness to read the book to herself before reading it to others. Wherever a clause ends, the reader treats it as if it were the end of the sentence. If it turns out the sentence goes on, she pauses and then continues as if she hoped we won't notice. In fact there are lots of pauses...after clauses, after phrases, and after sentences. She too has a limited education (Lamaze becomes Lahmahzee) but the most worst part is that the editor was asleep. Countless times a sentence is repeated as if the reader expected the first iteration was to be edited out later. This becomes more apparent when the reader makes a mistake, makes two quick tongue clucks, presumably to notify the editor to delete the previous sentence through the tongue cluck, and then repeats the sentence again. This kind of high school production is fine for a freely available, open commons book site but not at all acceptable at these prices. I suggest that a professional reader be hired to rerecord this book and, while they are at it, they could edit for grammar and word choice.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Crystal Marcano?

    Just about anyone would have been better...even Thing One or Thing Two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far From The Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    This is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, then surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. 3 men vie for the affections of this independent young woman.

    vhuggins says: "Does Thomas Hardy justice"
    "Outstanding Narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Far From The Madding Crowd to be better than the print version?

    Nathaniel Parker's characters are stunning. Accents, toning, even breath sounds make Hardy's world so real as to seem to belong to the listener.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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