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Carolyn Iga

Carolyn

Los Angeles | Member Since 2008

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  • The Golden Triangle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bertil Lintner
    • Narrated By Richard C. Hottelet
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Thailand, Laos, and Burma have been known as the "Golden Triangle" because of their historically prominent role in the drug trade. For centuries, these countries have produced the opium that has attracted traders from Europe and elsewhere. Economics, religion, and politics combine to make this area not only important but also, to the western mind, exotic.

    Carolyn Iga says: "engaging"
    "engaging"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Golden Triangle the most enjoyable?

    There are very few books or audiobooks out there on the history or issues in Southeast Asia. I appreciated the content of this book. If you have any interest in the history of this region I think the content and performance are very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New History of Christianity in China

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Bays
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the 20th century, and charts its future direction.

    Carolyn Iga says: "Great book, unbearable to listen to"
    "Great book, unbearable to listen to"
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    What made the experience of listening to A New History of Christianity in China the most enjoyable?

    Daniel Bays did a great job in providing a continuous narrative to the story of the Christian church in China. I did not realize the different streams had affected China at various points in history, and it is interesting to note how big a part the Christian church played in China at times, and then how it seemed to be snuffed out at others.


    What other book might you compare A New History of Christianity in China to and why?

    I have not read such a comprehensive book on this specific topic, and I suppose I am not enough of a history buff to say I look for this kind of narrative in other cultures.


    What about Christine Marshall’s performance did you like?

    Although her English was expressive and easy to follow, her Chinese names and proper nouns were truly horrible. Even common Chinese places and names were made so unrecognizable when she pronounced them, it was really unbearable. I have had this experience with many English-read Chinese audiobooks, and you really should get someone who knows Chinese and at least do a voiceover for the Chinese words. I had to get the written copy as well, because there was no way I could get all the facts and names from hearing her read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not to be read in one sitting unless you are already a master at this topic. For me it was a lot of new information that I wanted to digest slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
    • Narrated By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a 50-something and a 20-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel.

    Lisa says: "Laughter and tears"
    "relective"
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    If you could sum up Traveling with Pomegranates in three words, what would they be?

    this book inspired me to go to Greece. Content was reflective: 2 women going through change. I enjoy Sue Monk Kidd's writing and was glad I read it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "Engaging"
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    What made the experience of listening to Augustus the most enjoyable?

    Certainly brought to life the characters. I happened to be in Rome during the listen so it really deepened my experience of the city and ruins. I am not a history buff so I do not know if all facts are true but it was certainly very believable. Enjoyed the read very much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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