Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2004
I have been a fan of this series forever. I was elated to find it on Audible. But the reader was horrible! I couldn't stand it and quit less than 15 minutes into it. I honestly had a hard time understanding what she was reading. I am so diappointed. Tanya deserves better.
I bought this book not really knowing what to expect. I enjoy historical mysteries, but too often the authors don't know much about the era they are writing about. Not so with Beverle Graves Myers. She knows her stuff, both on the history side as well as the Opera and music side. I loved every minute. The reader, Geoffrey Blaisdell, is fantastic. He makes the characters come to life. (Now if he could only sing Tito's Arias.) I couldn't wait to start the next book and downloaded it long before I finished this one. The other two are loaded and ready as well. I hope she continues writing this wonderful series. Bravisimo!
The Deed of Paksenarrion has been one of my favorite series of books for many years. Years ago I asked Audible for it. And now it is available and was more than worth the wait. Elizabeth Moon creates a strong female character in a military setting. Moon spent time in the military and has found a way to incorporate her modern experience into an epic fantasy. It makes for a great listen.
I cannot imagine not listening to this story. The reader was incredible. I truly felt like I was listening him to tell his story. He sounded like he was a Cree Indian which greatly enhanced the listening experience. The author did a wonderful job of telling a difficult story. I will remember this story for a long time.
I always love Simon Jones and even enjoyed most of the story, but the author needs to do a little more historical research. She has confused the 14th Century with the 16th Century. Her idea of period dress goes much better 200 years in the future with laced up bodices, skirts, "petticoats" and snoods. The middle-class land-owners, yeomen, have been reduced to paid servants. The "shilling" makes a surprising introduction about 100 years too early and Laudanum, a tincture of poppy (opium) is way out of place by 400 years (poppy was available, just not as laudanum). There are so many more inacurate historical falsities that it was driving me crazy. I started keeping a list! I will say that some of what she has written about the priest John Wycliffe was well done, but. . . it was not enough to save this book. So if you don't like poorly done history, don't get this book. It will only disappoint you!
I've listened to this book several times. I had it on tape, but had to have it on CD. The first time I listened to it I wondered about the naration, but then I realized the narator was speaking with the same inflections as my co-workers from Japan. Suddenly it was real. When a friend was moving back to Tokyo I gave her the book in paperback for the plane ride. She looked at the title, smiled and told me her aged mother had been a Geisha in Kyoto just after WWII. We have talked many times since about the book and how a man could possibly write about something so very female as the life of a Geisha and get so much of it right!
I love all the Amelia Peabody books. Amelia, Emerson and Ramses make an incredible team. But I was very disappointed in this reader. She does a straight read with no voice changes for the characters. I have gotten so used to the other reader that I had a lot problems listening to this book's reader.
Amelia and Emerson are off to Egypt for another wild adventure. They are accompanied by their son Ramses. Their precocious son?s antics left me with tears of laughter rolling down my face. While other children are being tucked into bed by nannies, Ramses is reading hieroglyphics and expressing opinions on topics a person decades older would find difficult to understand. Barbara Rosenblat has captured Ramses? childish tones perfectly.
Elizabeth Peters presents us with the first book of a series that is well written, full of suspense and, at the same time full of humor. I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series. Barbara Rosenblat is a master at reading. Her ability to change voices for the characters is superb. She has become one of my favorite readers. Her portrayal of Amelia Peabody is perfect. She has given Amelia the voice of an upper class British aristocrat of the 1880s that fits the character to a Tea (pun intended). I highly recommend this book.
I read this when I was in High School and loved it. It was my first two Audible.com downloads and worth every penny. As an anthro major in college I studied a lot about ancient Egyptian culture. This book is a wealth of information, not to mention a great book. I was stuck to every minute of it and when my car's disk changer ate 6 disks I just about panicked! It is a long book taking a lot of disks, but worth all the effort.
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