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Gail

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  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (281)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "Wonderful Story, Disturbing Reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that this book be read in book form or as an ebook. It’s sad to say, but this reader has an irritating lisp that keeps jarring my ear, and requires me to constantly translate what I’m hearing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter the Great?

    I love the descriptive passages by Robert Massie, and want to read more of his histories.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    I would defiantly not want another book read by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3706)
    Performance
    (3299)
    Story
    (3294)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Reader too chirpy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was fairly interesting, but the reader has an very irritating voice. I kept thinking that I would have enjoyed it more if there was a different reader.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christina Baker Kline again?

    No. I would not have purchased this after listening to the small bit, but my book club selected it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s performances?

    No I don't know which one has the chirpy voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    Any additional comments?

    At least I can discuss it when my book group meets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1130)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "Reader problem"
    Overall

    The story holds up but the reader pronounces Kahlan's name as though it were Colin and it threw me off every time. I had to keep translating it in my mind. It was rather annoying.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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