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Amy

Harrisburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Katherine Swynford

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.

    Alexis says: "Too much detail, not enough person"
    "Misnamed"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Katherine Swynford better?

    I struggled to finish the book, which should have been entitled "John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford: Their times and the buildings they inhabited." If you were to delete all of the detailed descriptions of the architecture of the buildings associated with them, and the words "may have" could have," might possibly have," and similar words of speculation about Katherine, it would be a very short book. No matter how much someone may want to write a biography of a historical figure, if almost nothing is known about her, it is inappropriate to categorize a book about the people close to her, and buildings and events of the period in which she lived, as a biography of her. Very disappointing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

    Roger says: "Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature"
    "Excruciating detail"
    Overall

    This book provides a sad commentary on the way certain highly respected members of the scientific community can disregard factual developments that do not comport with their respective world views, and can choose personal profit over morality. I learned a great deal. However, the author could have used a good editor. My husband and I listened to much of the book on a long trip, and we both actually cheered when we got to the end of the section on acid rain. There is far too much extraneous detail in the book, which detracts from what could be a hard-hitting message.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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