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Steffel

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  • A Stained White Radiance: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia -- their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past -- as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

    Sandra says: "I hate abridged books, there is no excuse for this"
    "Abridgements should be banned!"
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    What would have made A Stained White Radiance better?

    An unabridged performance.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Lee Burke before, how does this one compare?

    Hard to tell because it is abridged - and badly abridged as well.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I like the voice he give to Robicheaux...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Stained White Radiance?

    Too much has already been cut! The story line is hard to follow in many places because of clumsy abridgment.


    Any additional comments?

    Skillful abridgment should leave the plot intact and characters fully formed. This abridgment does not accomplish that feat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1612)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Very pleasant surprise"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with All the Gifts the most enjoyable?

    I'm not particularly fond of the zombie/apocalypse genre and I have no recollection of why I bought this book. But I'm glad I did. The story is enthralling and the reader is excellent. Please have Finty Williams read more *adult* books!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose a "favorite" character. Miss Justineau and Melanie are both likeable and utterly necessary to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Steffel says: "An important book ruined by the narration."
    "An important book ruined by the narration."
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The monotonous and often mispronounced delivery by Parker Posey makes it extremely difficult to listen to this incredibly important book. Surely someone better could have been found.


    24 of 29 people found this review helpful

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