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Hadassah

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49
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7
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kantor
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.

    Anna says: "Tremendous disappointment"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    How refreshing in these twilight times to come across a conservative who knows literature and communicates it wittily. I for one am bored and irritated by the way in which liberal intellectuals have hijacked higher learning. This book is worth listening to many times for its literary insight, apart from its merits in the department of common sense.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Separate Lives: Tyson Palmer Thriller Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dale Roberts
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When journalist-turned-author, Tyson Palmer visits retired FBI profiler Reardon Meeks for research for his next book, a beloved minister is murdered and his dark, secret life is exposed. It is the first in a series of murders of respected, high profile people, each leading a secret, separate life that will cause everyone to question just how well they really know their neighbors... and themselves.

    Hadassah says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Separate Lives?

    This is not the kind of story I want to expose myself to. I stopped listening before the end of the first chapter.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something uplifting and healing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Wolinsky’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I guess it was my mistake not to find out more before buying this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Traveling Man: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth's life is going to pot. He has - horrors! - been promoted, his new boss is a dunce, and a self-proclaimed traveler named Sean and his girlfriend have parked their rusty eyesore of a van in the middle of the village. Hamish smells trouble, and he's right, as usual. The doctor's drugs go missing. Money vanishes. Neighbors suddenly become unneighborly. The tension only explodes after the itinerant Sean is found brutally beaten to death in his camper.

    Hadassah says: "Monteath was advertised as narrator, but alas!"
    "Monteath was advertised as narrator, but alas!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes, the narrator, no.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hamish.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

    No, not in this series.


    Did Death of a Traveling Man inspire you to do anything?

    Move to his village.


    Any additional comments?

    David Monteath is given as the narrator when one is referred to Audible after buying the Kindle book. I listened to the sample of Monteath's narration and bought the book. Oh no! It was Shaun Grindell again! I have been trapped with Grindell's rendering of a Hamish story for the third time, I think. Now, I am hesitant to buy any more in this series, even though they are my favourite at the moment. Because I do not enjoy Grindell. And I feel tricked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Charming Man: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    All Sergeant Hamish Macbeth wants to do is fish and drink coffee with his fiancée. But when a mysterious stranger moves into the neighboring village - a rich, unmarried heartbreaker - a rivalry erupts among the local women, and the men of the village start a slow burn. It is amusing until death threats, assault, and murder shatter the tranquil countryside. Now Hamish must investigate the darker side of love and desire.

    Hadassah says: "Perfect story marred by poor narration"
    "Perfect story marred by poor narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Death of a Charming Man? What did you like least?

    The characters are delightful. The reading was a tremendous disappointment.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good plot.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

    Graeme Malcolm did a splendid job on some of the other books in the series.


    Was Death of a Charming Man worth the listening time?

    I resorted to the Kindle computer voice, which was less irritating, although the Kindle's American accent is ill-fitting too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Rufus Sewell
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In his first mission, agent 007 must neutralize a lethal Russian operative known as 'The Cypher' by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his 'retirement'. Lady luck appears to be taken with Bond. The Cypher has hit a losing streak, but Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster and an unexpected saviour,

    Hadassah says: "Fleming lovers will love this"
    "Fleming lovers will love this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Casino Royale the most enjoyable?

    Sewell is superb. Cannot understand why his cop series set in Europe was canned - it was brilliant. Anyhoo, he reads Fleming with pazzaz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (434)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    "Marred by violence"
    Overall

    Extremely well written, this book would have benefited by a more subtle portrayal of violence, in my opinion.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "A brilliant work, but..."
    Overall

    The worldview portrayed in this book is just too fatalistic and hopeless. But the writing is excellent. Most of it deserves five stars, but that one aspect spoiled it for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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