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Erik

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New Jersey | Member Since 2006

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  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Holly Tucker
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expos of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

    Sam says: "A great book about history and science"
    "Ok Book, Awful Narrator -- Warning"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Work the most enjoyable?

    Interesting medical history for period about which little is commonly known.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator does not appear to have professional voice -- my wife and I both felt that her inflection and tone were incredibly "grating". Attempts at dramatic inflection just made things worse. Almost painful to listen to.


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

    While enjoyable, it was not such a compelling narrative that I felt the need to get through it in one sitting. Part of the problem was the poor narrator. Listening for too long was just painful.


    Any additional comments?

    I will exercise care never to order a book with this narrator. Audible should not use this narrator again -- at least for any kind of non-fiction (which is genrally all I listen do).

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  • Democrat and Diplomat: The Life of William E. Dodd

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Ken Maxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    An insightful historical account, Democrat and Diplomat exposes the dark underbelly of 1930s Germany and explores the terrible burden of those who realized the horror that was to come. Dodd was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, arriving in Berlin with his wife and daughter just as Hitler assumed the chancellorship. An unlikely candidate for the job - and not President Roosevelt's first choice - Dodd quickly came to realize that the situation in Germany was far grimmer than was understood in America.

    Erik says: "Interesting Story; somewhat weak reader"
    "Interesting Story; somewhat weak reader"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    While the reader's performance was adequate, I frequently found it frustrating. Key names, places -- particularly words derived from foreign languages and proper names -- were mispronounced. In many cases it was as if the words were being pronounced literally as written by a machine, rather than by a reader with at least a passing familiarity with the applicable history, individuals or places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David G. Coleman
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes. On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Popular history has marked that day as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a seminal moment in American history. As President Kennedy’s secretly recorded White House tapes now reveal, the reality was not so simple.

    Erik says: "Irritating Narration"
    "Irritating Narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The dramatic reading style of the narrator was grating and inappropriate for a book of this type. Audiobooks of this type benefit from a more "neutral" and even voiced style.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Eliminate the feeble efforts to read quotes in the speaking style of the individual being quoted. For example, quotes of Russian participants came across more as "Boris and Natasha" cartoon imitations that as useful or dramatic additions. Similarly, efforts to mimic the Kennedy speaking style (Cuba/"Cube-er") were weak and distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be of substantive interest to readers not generally familiar with information in the Kennedy tapes. Not a huge amount of new information/insight for those more generally familiar with the current literature on the crisis.

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