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  • Queen of Sorcery: The Belgariad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (724)

    Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle.

    Gamaliel says: "Great story, bad narrator"
    "Good Story, Awesome Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story is quite good, the universe is thought out fairly well, with obvious blendings of Earth's old cultures to create unique new ones. The characters a very well written with an attention to detail that's unusually good.

    The best part however is the narrator who manages to give each of the 5-8 characters in any one scene a distinct voice. He's really very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Kelly
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator . It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.

    melecaum12 says: "Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!"
    ""Short" as in "Bad""
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    What would have made The Roman Empire better?

    This isn't a short introduction as in "abridged" or "concise", but short as in "wandering stream of conscious". It's as if Kelly took a trip to Italy and was so impressed by the architecture, he looked up a few references and tossed a book together.

    There's very little good history here, and what there is mostly opinion. Inferences on how people "must have thought", backed by recorded dialog are the most interesting, but they're not placed in context very well.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Kelly again?

    Nope.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He must have been bored, because there are edit points every few minutes after which his voice pitch goes up a few octaves, making for a very distracting listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The last chapter, which focuses on contemporary views of the Roman Empire is frustratingly opinionated and irrelevant to historical Rome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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