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Lanea

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  • The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

    Doug says: "nowhere near as bad as reviewed"
    "Please remove the flubs in the narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    At several points in the book, the narrator gets tongue tied, does a vocal exercise, and repeats lines. I understand his job requires a lot of work, but so does the editor's. Clean up the recording, folks! It's really distracting to hear this stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (705)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "I had to read this book. I simply had to."
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Decembers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Edna O'Brien's masterly novel, Wild Decembers, charts the quick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler, "the warring sons of warring sons", in the countryside of western Ireland. With her inimitable gift for describing the occasions of heartbreak, O'Brien brings Joseph's love for his land to the level of his sister Breege's love for both him and his rival, Bugler.

    Stephen C. Young says: "Gorgeous"
    "Bad sound quality, terrible pronunciations"
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    Story

    I love this book, but I'm very disappointed in the audio version available on Audible. The sound quality is bad, and the editor left in several cues to switch CDs. The reader repeatedly makes a terrible hash of Irish words, and it threw me right out of the story each time. I understand that Irish is not widely spoken, but I think it's the responsibility of both the editor and the reader to study up before attempting a book with non-English vocabulary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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