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Stephen D. Petersen

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  • Louise de La Vallière

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    As part of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and devoted in large part to romantic events at the court of France's King Louis XIV, Louise de La Valliere is the second part of Alexandre Dumas's 268 chapter novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, which first appeared in serial form between 1847 and 1850.

    Mr says: "A Soap Opera with Musketeers"
    "Subpar for Dumas, redeemed by Simon Vance."
    Overall

    As others have said, the velvet and lace romantic intrigues are subpar for Dumas, but the novel as a whole is redeemed by its enlargement and shading of the series' characters, insightful flourishes, and above all by the sublime performance of Simon Vance, who intones new meaning into otherwise hackneyed soap opera.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Rare insights into French and Parisian cultural history of the 1860-1870's. Expertly delivered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "Fred Williams"
    Overall

    I m surprised at the criticism of the reader. As a veteran of more than 20 years of book-on-tape, in my opinion, Fred Williams is one of the best, particularly in this genre of multiple languages and an objective-then-subjective author. Perhaps others are more taken with Hollywood melodrama and histrionics.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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