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Peggy

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Needed a Real Narrator"
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    Performance
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    Please save me from authors who think they will be the best narrators for their books. Susan Orlean is clearly a very good author but her nasal voice and flat delivery detracted from her writing and the story of this otherwise enjoyable book. I had to listen with a split mind since her voice drove me a bit batty. Please, Ms Orlean, stick to writing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6513)
    Performance
    (5795)
    Story
    (5792)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Waste of Time"
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    Maybe I would have liked this book a tad more if I read it so I could look back as some of the sequences seemed to be jumbled up in term of the time they occurred. But I still would not have like the story. First of all, it would have benefitted from more severe editing. She spent too much time on descriptions that did nothing to move the story along and, in my humble opinion, were not melodious enough to be included simply for the beauty of their writing. The story itself was confusing, somewhat boring and all together unsatisfying. I know I differ in this opinion from most readers and from the critics but there it is. It has been touted as Harry Potter for adults but I found the real Harry Potter infinitely more pleasing. If this is the kind of book that sets the critics and readers on fire these days, just leave me to my old favorites. I'd rather reread a good book.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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