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C. Andrews Schlemmer

carolina inthemorning

Ohio | Member Since 2011

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  • 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Emerson
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features last summers in grand aristocratic residences or its most destructive ones: the unresolved rivalries of the great European powers, the fear of revolution, violence in the Balkans.

    GANESHi says: "Good book ruined by bad read"
    "fascinating history, embarrassingly bad reader"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend only the print version. Kevin Stillwell's mispronunciations make me wince. How can he have been hired to read 67 books?!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War?

    I keep listening to understand what London, Shanghai, Cairo, and other world capitals really FELT like before World War 1. The research is wide, including contemporary newspapers, diaries, guidebooks, music, and political tracts.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Stillwell?

    Someone fluent in English. And acquainted with German, Chinese, and other languages' pronunciations.


    Do you think 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The content is thorough and satisfying as it is.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Time to get lost and find yourself in Three Pines."
    "Should have started with the first in the series"
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    Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

    Probably not. The Louise Penny book was perhaps the 10th in a series, and there are too many characters and too many plot threads that don't make sense. Many authors can write series book and yet give each book a sense of movement and closure. This one has neither. I could not get into it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    OK I guess. Mostly I didn't like the content.


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

    Disappointment.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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