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Keke LaFleur

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  • Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
    "Wouldn't download"
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    Part one was great. Part two was corrupt and I couldn't get it to play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GRE Vocabulary AudioLearn: AudioLearn Test Prep Series: A Complete Review of the 500 Most Commonly Tested GRE Vocabulary Words!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By AudioLearn English Team
    • Narrated By AudioLearn Voice Over Team
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    From spelling and syntax to sentence usage and pronunciation, AudioLearn is your complete audio study guide to vocabulary for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - with more than 500 words that commonly appear on the GRE, you can be sure to increase your knowledge of GRE Vocabulary!

    Julie says: "Misspelt words&wrong definitions. Great narrator."
    "Poor audio quality; Poor narration; No PDF"
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    While the dictionary is useful, the recording quality is so poor that at times you cannot decipher what the narrator is saying. The audio has a constant buzz accompanied by random loud clicks, often during the pronunciation of a word. Additionally, the narrator mispronounces about 25-30% of the words! She pauses at inappropriate times, and then heavily sighs back into the microphone as she begins speaking again. Despite her spelling each word, an accompanying pdf would greatly help in learning these ~700 words, especially because the tone of the entire program is so soporific that it's hard to stay tuned in. Lastly, more than a few times, the numbering skips around. For example, "Number 257a: (word); Number 301: (word)" or repeats words altogether! I'm guessing this is also due to poor editing. Overall, this audiobook has left me more annoyed than educated. I had to purchase another study guide from a different publisher to supplement this one. Oddly enough, that one did not come with a pdf either, although the narrators repeatedly say, "Be sure to check the included pdf for spellings."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14424)
    Performance
    (6724)
    Story
    (6803)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Excellent audiobook! One of my favs."
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    The book itself is amazing, but the narrators do such a great job portraying Jacob at 23 and Jacob at 90 (or 93), that I listened to the full book in one go. With the Audible app, I was able to listen as I carried on with my daily tasks. A great buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bobbie Ann Mason
    • Narrated By Jill Brennan
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the summer of 1984, the war in Vietnam came home to Sam Hughes, whose father was killed there before she was born. The soldier-boy in the picture never changed. In a way that made him dependable. But he seemed so innocent. "Astronauts have been to the moon,” she blurted out to the picture. “You missed Watergate. I was in the second grade.” She stared at the picture, squinting her eyes, as if she expected it to come to life. But Dwayne had died with his secrets. Emmett was walking around with his.

    Keke LaFleur says: "Is a Negative Star possible???"
    "Is a Negative Star possible???"
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    A poor soul purchased this book for me in hopes I might review it favorably. Poor, poor soul. If I could give this book a "negative star," I WOULD! Not only is the storyline drab and lacking anything remotely similar to a plot or a hook, it flashes forward, backward, and I think even sideways in an attempt to give depth to characters that backwoods Tennesseans would call Bumpkin. As for style, the author's inability to grasp the concept of "contraction" lends the air of third-grade narrative to an already boring read. And for the love of the English language... enough with the pronouns!

    The performance is worse than the writing. That's the nicest thing I can say about this "dramatization."

    If I had paid for this audiobook, I'd cancel my Audible account immediately. It's just THAT bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Overcoat: A Nikolai Gogol Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Nikolai Gogol
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The story centers on an impoverished clerk who is dedicated to his job as a routine copyist but not recognized for his hard work. Younger clerks mock him for his dedication. His threadbare overcoat is mocked as well. He saves up to buy a new one and wears it for one glorious evening, only to have it stolen that night. He dies soon after from his great loss. Thereafter, his ghost is reported to haunt that part of St. Petersburg where the coat was stolen.

    Keke LaFleur says: "A Classic Story Turned Snooze-Machine"
    "A Classic Story Turned Snooze-Machine"
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    The wonderful classic would have been more captivating if read by the computer using Text-to-Speech. Whoever elected this narrator should seriously reconsider their idea of entertainment. It should come with a warning saying "Do not listen to this recording while operating heavy machinery." Terrible. Obviously, I didn't finish it, and would be ELATED to get a refund!!!!!!!!! I'm going to email Audible and request one. BLECH! BOO! BORING!!!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Muses: Revealing the Nature of Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julia Forster
    • Narrated By Peter Sandon
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Muses have fascinated for millennia yet seldom receive as much exposure as the artistic geniuses they inspire. Of any age, descent or gender, muses enchant simply by being themselves; this innate capacity to inspire has been commonplace for many years yet these catalysing forces are little understood.

    Keke LaFleur says: "entertaining and educational"
    "entertaining and educational"
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    i've recommended this book to several friends, and each has agreed that it is a good buy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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