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Janice C. Thompson

Isolde's mama

Ashland, MA USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    "So this is the little lady that made the big war." The authenticity of Lincoln's words have been questioned, but there is no question that the work fueled the passion and prejudices of countless numbers. It is a work of overwhelming power and persuasions which has outlived even the most severe critics. Notwithstanding its contribution to the abolitionist movement, the book offers a balanced treatment; there is admiration for the best of Southern gentility and the villain is a Vermonter.

    Willis says: "must read"
    "Terrible choice of narrator"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book, but the narrator is absolutely horrible! He's stilted and completely undramatic. I agree with the other reviewer -- it's like a bad parody of William Shatner as Captain Kirk. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish the audiobook because of it.

    7 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1852)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1272)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Narrator terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a huge fan of Hemingway's, and I've always been fascinated by his first wife, Hadley. I liked this book, but I agree with another reviewer -- I wish I had read it rather than listened to it. The written dialogue is fine, but the narrator reads Hadley's lines as if she were a simpering, airheaded Betty Boop at times. And her imitation of Ernest himself sounds like a kid trying to sound like her father. Very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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