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Nancy

Ithaca, NY, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Irritating Naration"
    Overall

    I'm sorry; I really tried to listen, and I will try again sometime, but the narration of this audio-book is irritating. The reader sounds bored to me, perhaps it is just his stuffy sounding British accent. [I'm a big BBC fan, so I don't really have anything against British accents.] His inhalations are very audible as well, and they don't contribute to the story.
    I was ready to purchase another version and I looked for another on Aubible.com. I wanted an unabridged, and this is the only one. The longest abridged version also has a fairly unexciting reader, so I guess I may just read this book or wait until I'm feeling really tolerant before I try again.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Riviting Listen"
    Overall

    I bought this to listen to on an upcoming trip, but I couldn't restrain myself and finished it almost a week before leaving. The narrator does an excellent job. The examination of the maintenance of order, the use of terror and civil unrest, was interesting. But the intrigue and suspense as the story revealed the past of the characters and how 'justice' is served, was what kept me listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    In the early 13th century, a simple nomad chieftain managed to cobble together a powerful kingdom in the highlands of northern Asia, which was subsequently to challenge the greatest powers of the day. He was triumphant in all directions. This leader was Timujin, whose name meant "Iron Man". He became Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler", the greatest conqueror ever known - a warrior feared from the British Isles to the tip of the Korean peninsula.

    Curatina says: "Fabulous!"
    "Narrator Pretentious"
    Overall

    Perhaps I shouldn't review this book, since I haven't been able to bring myself to listen past the first quarter of the book. My husband read a biography of Genghis Khan a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I bought this one on the strength of that memory.

    However the narrator's voice sounds so pretentious I just can't get past it. It invades the content of the book, coloring it so much - well, actually, now that I am writing this, perhaps I'm blaming the narrator when it might be the book that is so pretentious.

    Whether is it totally the narrator's 'fault' or the book itself, this one is a tough listen. There's got to be a better version of this story out there somewhere.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3466)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1213)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Good Content, Difficult Narration"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Michael Pallin's last book and this one is very good too. The section on local agriculture was very interesting. Bu the narrator was overly dramatic to the point of being difficult to listen to. I'm a dedicated listener, and I liked the book, but I nearly turned it off a few times due to the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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