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Karen Wildau

Listener Since 2001

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  • River of Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton.

    Jana says: "Review of Part 2 of the Ibis Trilogy"
    "great book. flawed narration"
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    Story

    Wonderful writing and insight into a shocking period in world history. But, the narrator, who was fine for most of the voices, was absolutely horrible in the part of Robin. So horrible, overblown, and annoying that it was painful to listen to and I came close to just buying the book in print to avoid listening to him. I wonder what the author thinks of the narrator's interpretation of this important character. It really ruined this book for me and I have been waiting for it for three years. I wonder what kind of quality control was untertaken before this was released. Not enough I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (86)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Cliche, rehash with terrible narration"
    Overall

    Somone must have paid Lee Child off to praise this rehash of the Frank Sinatra story. What's worse than the cliches is the absolutely awful narration. I have been an Audible member for about ten years and have read hundreds of books and this is in a class by itself, and not one anyone should want to join. I wonder if Audible editiors have listened to this. The voices of the Geller character and Eleanor are particularly ridiculous and unbelieveable (first the author says her diction and accent have been transformed by the studios and then the narrator comes on with a phony Southern accent and silly dialogue) and the Sicilian voices are such stereotypes. Moreover, the author can't separate out the intentionally ungrammatical dialogue from the third person narrative so that parts of the latter sound like dialogue when they clearly are not. The author may have grown up in Jersey but his characters are cartoonlike. I wish I could get my money back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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