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Amy

I am an attorney for a higher education research institution. I am married, have two children, and I love my organic vegetable garden.

agoura Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 ratings
  • 285 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    G.T. says: "Solid narration of a timeless classic"
    "This reader is not worthy"
    Overall

    The content is obviously great, but the reader is terrible. It makes it extremely difficult to listen to this famous story. There is no emotion and he appears to not understand what he is reading. No wonder this was on the cheap list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

    Constance says: "A book that was meant to be read aloud!"
    "Too slow and plodding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love stories about old England aristocracy and commoners, but this story doesn't go anywhere. The reader is excellent and does a stellar job with the characters, but nothing ever happens so it is just boring to listen to this story. I found my mind wandering and losing track of what plot did exist. I gave up, first time ever, and stopped listening before the end of the first volume. Very disappointing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9269)
    Performance
    (3668)
    Story
    (3708)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is Ken Follett's sequel to the equally compelling and captivating story "Pillars of the Earth". Follett transports you back in time so completely that you truly visualize and experience another time and place. John Lee's performance is stellar; he performs different characters in appropriate voice and really captures the emotions of both female and male parts. I find some of Follett's sexual encounters and delving in the minds of the individual female characters to be unrealistic and tiresome, but overall, the story presents a well-rounded and captivating tale of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5437)
    Performance
    (3177)
    Story
    (3224)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Great Historical love story mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    Great characters set in interesting time period.


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

    Excellent reader with great voice and emotions who breathes life into the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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