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Donna A. Higgins

Prairie du Chien, WI United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1494)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Bad Narrator!"
    Overall

    Wow! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the narrator ruined the audio version of this (otherwise wonderful) book.
    I can slow down the speech with my Mp3 player, which does distort the sound a little, but did make the reading a bit more tolerable. Even then, it was poorly done though! Besides reading too fast, there is no pause between sentences and paragraphs. It's like reading a document without punctuation - and very easy to lose your place in the reading.
    I've read close to 200 audio books and this is the first time I've ever run across a narrator like this. If Audible ever puts out a better version of it, all of us who purchased this should get a free download of it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1973)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A loser"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I sure can't echo the positive reviews on this book. The first half of the book is about the life of Genghis Khan, himself. That was moderately interesting (but not great).
    It's the second half of the book where this falls apart. The second half deals with the aftermath of Genghis Khan's death. The author tries to cover a huge swath of history in too brief a fashion. It's like reading the Cliff Notes of a history book.
    I gave up about 1/3 through the second half and didn't even finish!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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