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J. Dominy

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USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Unsolved Murder Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles E. Pearce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    First published in 1924, Charles E. Pearce’s account of some of the most gruesome and intriguing unsolved murders of the 19th century continues to captivate amateur sleuths to this day. Pearce guides us through a fascinating world of wicked assassinations, missed clues, ingenious stratagems, and cunning deceits in one last attempt to track down historical villains who evaded justice. It is impossible to establish the truth beyond reasonable doubt in any of the cases at this distance, but the light which Pearce sheds on the investigations and contemporary testimony, encourages us to evaluate the evidence anew.

    J. Dominy says: "Good book if you can tolerate narrator"
    "Good book if you can tolerate narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a very good book and includes unsolved mysteries I was unfamiliar with. I enjoyed the book itself. I probably would have liked it better had I just read it instead of listening to it, as I found the narrator distracting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

    Not unless it was a book I just couldn't find elsewhere in any other format. The narration is very clear, but very offputting. Her voice and intonation sounded almost exactly like Liza Doolittle in the "My Fair Lady" scene where she describes ( in a very stilted posh voice) the supposed murder of her relative and theft of a bonnet. Very distracting from the story.


    Was Unsolved Murder Mysteries worth the listening time?

    Yes, because the book was enjoyable - other than narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18425)
    Performance
    (14485)
    Story
    (14528)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Poor accent choices for some characters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a GRRM fan, yes I would recommend this book. It's certainly one of the best of the series in terms of characters, pacing and plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator, while not bad at all overall, made accent choices that were really off-putting to me. Hearing the intelligent, erudite Tyrion and the huge supposedly raspy voiced Hound with semi-Cockney accents really threw me out of my immersion in the story. It was a little like hearing Hamlet played by the Artful Dodger.


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

    This book is entirely too huge to listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Witold Rybczynski
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this illuminating book, Witold Rybczynski walks us through five centuries of homes both great and small, from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to the Ralph Lauren–designed environments of today, on a house tour like no other: one that delightfully explicates the very idea of “home.”

    J. Dominy says: "Interesting, but yawn-inspiring at times"
    "Interesting, but yawn-inspiring at times"
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    Would you listen to Home again? Why?

    No. It was interesting, but it bogged down at times.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Witold Rybczynski? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It would depend on the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good overall history of the home, but failed to keep my interest. I found my attention wandering frequently while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alisa Statman, Brie Tate
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Gabra Zackman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter.

    keith says: "A story of love and passion"
    "Another telling of the Manson killings"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I know I'm going to get brutalized by other reviewers, but I really felt that PJ Tate comes across in this book like an insufferable and arrogant blowhard. And he joins the multitude of others who have claimed over the years that they "really" solved the case and put the police on Manson's trail. I'm hoping this view of him is due to the editing of his memoirs and that he was actually not this arrogant and egotistical. His narrative and character sounds like it was written by James M. Cain, and not in a good way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless Souls?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must-read, of course, to anyone interested in the Manson murders. It certainly gives the Tate family's view of the victims, the crimes, and the killers. It would be nice though if more people, including the Tates, remembered that there were more victims than just Sharon and those in her home that night.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (424)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "So good I hated for it to end"
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    What did you love best about Bill Bryson Collector's Edition?

    The fact that Bill Bryson narrated it. No one else could have captured his style, I don't think.


    What other book might you compare Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to and why?

    His " At Home," I suppose.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He just makes me laugh. He brings so much humor to his travel experiences that he makes you want to go to even the places he did not like.


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

    If I had the time to, I could sit there all say listening to this audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tim Jeal
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    From award-winning author Tim Jeal comes a vivid examination of the six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman who set out to find the source of the White Nile in the 19th century.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story Flawed"
    "Have not been able to bring myself to finish"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! His voice is very clear, but so monotone that he could be reading the phone book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The river itself. It's dangerous and beautiful and mysterious.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    I'm pretty sure I will not. I think he could be a good narrator, but he needs to loosen up quite a bit.


    Could you see Explorers of the Nile being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, the story actually is fascinating. I have no idea who would be starring. I am not a casting agent. I'm just reviewing an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I would actually buy this book again if I could find a version with another narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Where does The Autobiography of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the better audiobooks, both in regard to narration and story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Catherine Howard sex scenes were my favorites, I'm ashamed to confess. I giggled my way through all of them because the narrator seemed so embarrassed to be reading them that his voice became very rushed and even more clipped than usual. He sounded like he was rushing through a reproductive organs lecture to a sixth grade class.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    " Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the altar..."


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book, although I did fast forward through the Catherine of Aragon chapters. I found her as boring as Henry did, I'm afraid. I thought the book was very insightful into how UNinsightful and deluded Henry probably was in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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