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Peter Lees Pearson

Sao Paulo, Brazil | Member Since 2012

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  • Dracula

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio, Kris Faulkner, Kevin Foley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Dracula begins with the journal of Jonathan Harker, a young solicitor on the way to Transylvania to give information to the mysterious Count Dracula about his new estate in London. Dracula takes the young man prisoner, and Jonathan sees many strange and evil things in the castle before escaping and fleeing into the night. He later decides that he must have been mad.

    Lee says: "A SUPERB PRODUCTION!"
    "The US version of Dracula"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dracula? What did you like least?

    The story is fantastic and reading it for ones' self there are no problems in picturing the various characters and their characteristics. However, much of my pleasure in listening to this audiobook rendition of Bramstoker's fantastic novel, was removed by the heavy handed and unrealistic Germanic pronunciation of Dr. van Helsing. As someone who lived in the Netherlands for 30 years and became well attuned to the nuances of English pronunciation by Dutch and Germans, this portrayal of Van Helsing is ludicrous. Now having said all that, if you are not aware of the differences in English pronunciation of different European nationalities, then this audiobook production of Dracula is still worth listening to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula?

    Gripping all the way through


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

    Beats me, but some one much more competent with European English pronunciations


    Could you see Dracula being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is already over worked


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    The story of France from the Renaissance to the 19th century, as Dumas vibrantly retold it in his numerous enormously popular novels, has long been absent one vital, richly historical era: the Age of Napoleon. But no longer. Now dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap.

    Peter Lees Pearson says: "Dumas' uncompleted novel"
    "Dumas' uncompleted novel"
    Overall

    What is it about many 19th century novelists that they could write such gripping and well researched historical novels? The fascinating thing about this recently rediscovered novel of Alexandre Dumas set in the Napoleonic period, is its attention to historical detail and every chapter gives insights into the political and social tensions of that turbulent period. An excellent history lesson and a great story-line superbly narrated by Simon Prebble. And what a brilliant touch of Dumas to portray the hero as the french-man responsible for killing Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. Pity that Dumas died without completing the novel, but even without an end worth every one of the 35+ hours in the car spent listening. This audio-book has motivated me to now go back and listen to the other Dumas novels that I first encountered as a teenager nearly 60 years ago.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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