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Glenn Snow

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  • The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

    Matthew says: "Another classic Steve Berry complexity"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    Had trouble following the story probably because I couldn't listen to it straight through. It jumps from one scene to another like a Ludlum novel, which tells me it has to be read (or heard) in LONG stretches to make sense. I found myself mocking the narrator's style out loud in the car...The descriptive passages were fine, but almost every line of dialogue was spoken the same way (even the ones with the German accents). There was little distinction between male, female, friend, foe, old, young...they all sounded to me like they'd been press-fit into the mold of Mae West's "Come up and SEE me sometime, big boy." I don't know any real human beings who actually talk that way, and so I found myself pretty disgusted with the narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (814)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Great material, but difficult narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive, deep, frustrating


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Robert Garland?

    Professor Garland is obviously expert in this field, and the material itself is outstanding. But throughout the lectures, the cadence of his speech is so disjointed and seemingly random that it makes it hard to follow. He speaks in 3 and 4 word bunches, with pauses in mid-phrase which make no sense semantically. It's as if... the narrator thinks of... only a... few words ahead... of time and then... feeds them out as... they are ready.


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