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Jeanine

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 53 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (887)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Poor sound quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Shows but does not tell. Was very dull and I love this topic. Passive voice and not at all entertaining.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Khan of Mars: Spirit of the Century Presents, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Blackmoore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When erudite ape Professor Khan and rough-and-tumble cowboy Bulls-Eye Gutierrez are zapped away on a one-way trip to Mars, they are thrown into a world in chaos. Under the malevolent gaze of the Weather Witch, Princess Cyclone, our heroes face the intrigue and war raging across an alien world. Will they survive long enough for the other Centurions to build a way back home? Or will they perish upon the shifting sands of the Red Planet, never to be seen again?

    Elizabeth says: "A Great Gem"
    "Excellent fun for kids"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the book, was like watching at TV show with the amazing reading. Felt that some of the language was cliche and the analogies were well worn. IE "cut through them like paper." But this was not high art and, though predicatble, great fun. Stronger and more polished in the begining than toward the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9586)
    Performance
    (5260)
    Story
    (5335)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Lousy sound effects"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nice reading....for some reason some moron decided to put the sound of wind in the background. It is really unnerving to be in the middle of a chapter and have to hear all that garbage white noise. Couldnt get through any of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4256)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1550)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was fun and light. The pacing was astoundingly good and the characters very real and funny. The reader made the material come alive even more and I was well entertained,listening to the story beyond my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
    "Deadly booring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Rise of Rome?

    All in passive tense, very dull. Basic writing says you show dont tell. This was a snoozefest. I could not finish it.


    Has The Rise of Rome turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


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

    Meh


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rise of Rome?

    All passive scenes


    Any additional comments?

    Snore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2106)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Overwritten"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less words. He repeats himself again and again.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Campbell Scott?

    Yeah, he was OK


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    A real snoozer. Does not work well in audio fromat

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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