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L. Stone

Rochester, NY USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (457)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Terry Pratchett for Economists"
    Overall

    Like all Discworld books, this is a terrific read, entertaining and funny and at the same time, great at relating a lot of fundamentally true things. If you're a banking and economics fan, you'll particularly enjoy this one.

    The reader is excellent, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kate Williams
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero.

    Eunice says: "Glad I live now...not then!"
    "Not a Great Book, Worse Reader"
    Overall

    This is a adequate book if you can forget that it's meant to be actual history. It is filled with speculation about things that the author cannot possibly know, and reads more or less like a not very exciting novel. But if you're used to well-researched history, you will cringe frequently. For example, there is really NO way of knowing what Emma Hamilton may or may not have felt when she first saw London, or how she in fact felt about anything at all early in her life, which is not at all well-documented. I found myself saying, "how do you KNOW that" again and again and again.

    Also, the reader should NOT be trying her hand at accents that she cannot do well (that would be all of them), which is both unnecessary and also makes you want to cringe. It's distracting at best and annoying most of the time.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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