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P. Evans

Dallas, TX United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
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  • Mornings on Horseback

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy -- seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma -- and his struggle to manhood.

    bonnie says: "speed i[ up your player"
    "Narrator a great disappointment"
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    Ordinarily, I would be providing glowing reports on any of David McCullough's books. However, the narrator was so poor-- slow reader, poor intonation, even mispronounced words-- that I abandoned it at about halfway.

    I notice there is an abridged version of this same text with a much better narrator, Edward Hermann. I have not listened to it, but since I think Hermann is an excellent reader, it surely is heads and shoulders above this rendition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12984)
    Performance
    (11379)
    Story
    (11424)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "As useless as tits on a breastplate...."
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    This last installment resolves several cliff hangers from the prior book; having said that, this is a lousy read, even with the talents of the great Roy Dotrice.

    I've lost count of how many times I heard, "ya know nothin', Jon Snow!" or, "as useless as tits on a breastplate". With endless descriptions of various illnesses and agonies, Martin seems to take sadistic glee from describing various tortures to excruciating degree, ironic. Martin goes on page after page relentless detail on how various characters endure being: flayed/burned/roasted/speared/dismembered/impaled/shackled/stabbed/beheaded/tarred/ , etc. I finally started just skipping several minutes at a time when the narrative would get wound up about yet another opportunity for torturing characters, many of whom I've frankly stopped caring about. Oops! they''re flaying Theon...again?!! Jeez!. Arya is STILL lost! oh come ON! "Ya know nuthin', Jon Snow!!" We GET that!!! We agree!!

    The characters themselves take such bizarre turns of events. While some of this could be under the genre of fantasy, you just get the feeling he's churning out tons of subpar stuff to pay the mortgage. I hear it's expensive in Santa Fe these days. Nothing wrong with that of course.

    I get that the middle ages were not laughs and giggles, but this was hundreds of pages of torture...literally. For all involved...the listener as well as the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (437)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "A must-read for John Lee fans"
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    it's a long book, but John Lee's deft handling of all the different Asian and European accents makes this really terrific. Clavell is at his best here, with detailed and careful plots which give this fictionalized history depth and interest. Also, it's essential to have read/listened to Tai-Pan before tackling the 1400 pager, Noble House. I learned a great deal about the evolution of Hong Kong as well as the emerging relationships between East and West. Well worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (399)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "worth the effort but read Taipan first"
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    Noble House is an exhaustive narrative that takes place over 7 days in 1963; subsequently, much of the story is told in retrospective. I was very glad I had listened to Shogun and Taipan in that order, since those stories are critical to understanding the many plots and subplots in Noble House. John Lee is, as always, an incredible narrator. I learned a great deal about China and the Asia Pacific development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13009)
    Performance
    (5359)
    Story
    (5404)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "11th century bodice ripper!"
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    It's worth listening to this formulaic writing with tired plots filled with furniture-chewing melodrama just to hear the narrator John Lee do a Welsh accent. I cleaned a lot of closets listening to Mr Lee flip from every Great Britain dialect imaginable, which was great fun. I fast-forwarded through all the gratuitous sex and violence. Follett's "Fall of Giants" is better written, and with John Lee as narrator, is a better listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8378)
    Performance
    (5069)
    Story
    (5059)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "couldn't turn off the book...riveting"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    Fall of Giants is a highly detailed, fiction-based-on-fact novel, that winds together the narratives of five separate families before, during, and immediately after World War I. While i have understood that WW I was trench warfare, I did not understand why this war had to happen, or how the alliances were formed. This was highly educational, very entertaining, and I'm eager to hear the second volume in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, John Lee, is particularly adept at a wide range of accents that really enhance the reading of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1394)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Great history and wonderful science"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Disappearing Spoon to be better than the print version?

    although it helps to keep a copy of the periodic table nearby, it's not necessary to enjoy this collection of bizarre and amazing stories baout the elements of the periodic table,.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (964)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes! couldn't stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    really identified with Darren, because she follows her dream in spite of cultural norms


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    He's mesmerizing. I don't know how he switches accents like he does so effortlessly and so convincingly!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (128)

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "like a great course in your favorite poems"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What other book might you compare The Poets' Corner to and why?

    unique


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    (this interrogative is grammatically incorrect; should read, "What do the narrators bring..."
    The readers of the selected poetry make each poem 'sing'. My only slight criticism is wishing that British voices had been selected to read those poems whose authors were English/British. American voices (and i'm American) just doesn't carry the same lilt. My bias, i know.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but it's better in small bits.


    Any additional comments?

    lovely book; will be listening to this repeatedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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