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Lauri Donahue

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  • Venice: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

    Romney says: "Excellently Done"
    "Absolutely wonderful"
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    I listened to this shortly after returning from my first visit to Venice.

    It's a dramatic story, with vivid and memorable personalities. The writing is clear and elegant and overall fun to listen to. The people and the city come alive in all their colorful dimensions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Roman Britain: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joan P. Alcock
    • Narrated By Lisa Coleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar came, saw, conquered and then left. It was not until A.D. 43 that the Emperor Claudius crossed the channel and made Britain the western outpost of the Roman Empire that would span from the Scottish border to Persia. For the next 400 years the island would be transformed. Within that period would see the rise of Londinium, almost immediately burnt to the ground in A.D. 60 by Boudicca; Hadrian's Wall, which was constructed in A.D. 112 to keep the northern tribes at bay, as well as the birth of the Emperor Constantine in third century York.

    Lauri Donahue says: "Incredibly tedious"
    "Incredibly tedious"
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    What disappointed you about A Brief History of Roman Britain?

    It's just an inventory of facts and figures, devoid of any drama or emotion. The people mentioned are simply names, devoid of personality.


    What could Joan P. Alcock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focused less on checking off every item on her checklist and more on imbuing the story with interest.


    What three words best describe Lisa Coleman’s performance?

    Clear, sprightly, cheerful


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

    Boredom


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

    Ethan M. says: "In-depth and gripping history of 3,000 years"
    "All the gory details"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jerusalem to be better than the print version?

    It was an excellent performance, but it's easier to find a particular passage in a print edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jerusalem?

    The capture of the Kotel in the 1967 war was thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    This was terrific fun, as well as being packed full of fascinating details and characters. I especially appreciated the insightful and contrasting quotes at the beginnings of the chapters and the trivia in the footnotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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