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  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "Great read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Track of the Cat to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print yet so I couldn't say, but I quite enjoyed the audio edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Track of the Cat?

    I don't want to say for fear of spoilers.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    She is a good, solid performer and characters are distinct however, I have heard other books performed by Barbara Rosenblatt and that sameness in voice intruded a bit. I kept thinking that the same author was writing the other books as well and of course that isn't the case at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Somewhat entertaining but highly questionable fact"
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    The author does a good job of conveying the utter strangeness and bleakness of the time, but I question the veracity of some of his examples/hypotheses. For instance the myth of the need for spices to disguise rotten meat. This has been debunked and the fact that the author includes it makes me suspicious of his research. It seems to be just a perpetuation of myths with out actually educating a reader about the real middle ages. There are no citations, or at least none given in the audible version, so I suspect that as far as an academically researched book it doesn't quite make it. The performance is a bit dry but that does deliver a deadpan feel that can be quite funny, so the boverall gets a bit of a higher score.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Derek Jacobi is a great narrator"
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    Derek Jacobi has become one of my favorite narrators/readers after just 15 minutes of listening. The story seems to be going along well. This will be a fun ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harriet Harvey Wood
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Harriet Harvey Woods fascinating and accessible book will change forever our view of the Norman conquest of England. Although the prevailing view is that the invaders brought culture and enlightenment to England, Harvey Wood argues that the Normans aggressive and illegal attack actually destroyed a highly developed civilization with long-established political institutions and sophisticated art forms.

    Campbell says: "OK, but might be better read, than listened to"
    "Sound quality is very poor"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book and the information it contains is fairly good. Very good detail and interesting retelling of the events leading up to Hastings. But the sound quality is very poor. The sound keeps fading out. The narrator is okay but a bit monotone, making it hard to keep the details straight. Mostly though the fading sound is what has made this hard to listen to. Pronunciation is also a bit off. Bruges is not pronounced with an s.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harriet Harvey Wood? Why or why not?

    Maybe, depends on the subject


    What didn’t you like about Robin Rowan’s performance?

    Mispronunciation of some words such as Bruges, a monotone and seeming boredom with the text. The sound quality was VERY poor. It keeps fading out and in.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Detail was good and I would probably by the print to try again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of My Fathers: Chronicles of the Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (126)

    The king's sudden death leaves his son Manasseh as the new ruler. Overcome with sorrow, Manasseh is angry toward God and begins a reign of terror that shocks the kingdom. His own insecurity prompts the death of his closest advisors, dividing the faithful in two. Barely escaping the carnage, his best friend Joshua suffers the excruciating loss of his family and plans revenge.

    taratooley says: "Enchanting"
    "All right but not my cup of tea"
    Overall

    The story was interesting enough. I am not familiar with the book of Kings so I found it interesting to hear about the characters. I am more attracted to complex characters and I felt these were a little flat and two-dimensional. I didn't like the lack of time between the ending of one chapter and the beginning of thye next. Same with scene changes. I was a little startled by the abruptness a couple of times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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