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Wendell, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 849 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Paul Blake

    Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

    Danny says: "How To Ruin a Good Story"
    "Great story, annoying read"
    Would you listen to Emperor again? Why?

    Yes, the story is good

    What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

    I HATED the narrator's performance. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing certain of the character's names; for instance, Octavian becomes Oc-tay-wee-un, Servililia becomes Ser-will-ee-ah, Cicero becomes Kickero. At first I thought he had a lisp until I noticed he could pronounce the V in victory. By his logic, Caesar sould have been pronounced Keeser but he did not pronounce it that way. What gives? It was very jarring and even in the last few minutes of the book I was still fuming at each mispronounciation, wondering why the producer did not correct this in the beginning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Can't seem to finish it"

    I have been trying to get through this book since I got it - the first day it was available on Audible. I will listen to another book or two and come back to it, thinking it couldn't possibly be as bad as I remembered; but unfortunately, it always is. The characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is excruciatingly painful in that it is awkward and is neither interesting nor does it seem to move the story along. Only occasionally are there the rich descriptions of Charleston which allowed the city to be one of the main characters in "The Lords of Discipline". I doubt I will ever finish this book. What a snooze.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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