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M. Hollister

arbiter of great taste

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2003

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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
    (366)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (280)

    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"
    "The narrator is indecipherable!"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have been an Audible customer for many years. This is the first book for which I have wanted my money back. The narrator, who I'm sure is a nice guy, does not speak American English and I am tired of trying to figure out what the heck he's saying. I lived in NYC for 30 years and have a good understanding of dialects. This book could be great, but you'd never know.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    Anyone who speaks American English.


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

    Frustration, frustration, then anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (342)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "Save your money or credits, please!"
    Overall

    This book is truly horrible. I am an historian and history teacher. I can't believe the author wasted her time on this book. It is one of the worst historical accounts I've ever read. No new discoveries and no real story to tell. It could be this, or it could be that. Endless droning about Egypt in general and possible explanations of Cleopatra's choices. This book is so bad it hurt my feelings...lol.

    33 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "Great stories, BUT where is this narrator from?"
    Overall

    This book is truly fascinating in detail and broad scope. It succinctly tells with effortless continuity the tale of a brilliant year in movie-making. However, the narrator can't correctly pronounce anything. Where has this guy lived his entire life? You're going to have a tough go if you can't translate his mispronunciation of names familiar to any movie fan. At least he's heard of Sidney Poitier. He gets close on that one. Still, if you're a movie nut, you've got to hear these backstories. Really interesting stuff...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (474)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Another perfect example..."
    Overall

    The author has an amazing and compelling story for the world to hear. Unfortunately, for some unfathomable reason, she has chosen to narrate the book herself. When will authors come to understand that they are writers, not performers? Ms. Hirsi Ali's accent is very difficult to understand. VERY. I spent more time trying to figure out what she just said than actually listening to the harrowing tale. Why do they still allow authors to narrate? Do not get this book unless you want to struggle with every word.

    24 of 56 people found this review helpful

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