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M.-Ana

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  • Past Imperfect

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Fellowes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

    connie says: "strangely absorbing"
    "Past Imperfect"
    Overall

    It's a fun commentary on English society. Great "types." The reader's voice and accent add to the reading; mispronunciations are at a minimum.
    Worth the listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kathleen MacArthur
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Set internationally and spanning two decades, Annisa is an intricate portrait of a young Afghan girl's struggle to survive after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Her harrowing escape to America, and her fatal decision to return to her people in Afghanistan, evokes insight into a society torn apart by terrorism, drug smuggling, and bitter conflicts over the role of its women.

    Dale says: "poor narration"
    "Characters sound like opium users"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kathleen MacArthur and/or Darla Middlebrook?

    Possibly from Kathleen MacArthur (although a bit more editing would be good), but not Darla Middlebrook.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen MacArthur before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first one...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Darla Middlebrook’s performances?

    No, I was really bothered by the reading. Ms. Middlebrook sounded fine when just reading, but when she changed her voice to differentiate the different characters it was very annoying: they all sounded as if they were drowsing in an opium den or had some strange speech problem. Not good at all!


    Did Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, write this review to warn other listeners of the strange reading...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (455)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Slow down! Practice so we can't tell you're readin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The information is interesting and fun, but it seems someone told this man he is being paid by the minute and he would have to get all of his information in in the fewest minutes possible... Makes me tired! As a professor he should know that he needs to slow down and make it less obvious that he's reading. Talk to us! Not at the speed of light!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information is fun.


    What didn’t you like about Professor John McWhorter’s performance?

    Too too fast and too obviously reading.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Ha ha ha -- never :-)


    Any additional comments?

    John Mc Whorter should listen to Dorsey Armstrong.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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