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Barbara

Wall, NJ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Light in the Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    It is 1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate's gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered.

    Taryn says: "Kept me listening"
    "Bad In So Many Ways"
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    What disappointed you about The Light in the Ruins?

    For me, the reader was impossible to listen to, between her horrible fake Italian accent and her slow pace (I thought my player was accidentally put on the slow setting). Then it seemed that the story wasn't going anywhere, although that might have been due to the narcoleptic reading. I deleted the book after enduring the nauseating graphic details of a murder.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I've enjoyed several books by Bohjalian so expected to find a riveting story. The story might be fine if reading it myself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell and Mark Bramhall ?

    Mark Bramhall was fine but I do love listening to David Pittu. I'll bet Isabella Rossalini could do an excellent reading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21733)
    Performance
    (15575)
    Story
    (15484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Long time...Nothing happens"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    All of part 1 could have been cut down to 1 hour. Listening to this is like listening to grass grow.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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