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Richard

Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Light in the Window: The Mitford Years, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

    Sara says: "Story of community"
    "Charming!"
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    After more than a year away, it was a pleasure to return and visit Father Tim and his friends. After an action thriller and a political biography, the charming village that Karon has created was refreshing. I will certainly buy the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Spend several hours in First Century Rome"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I, Claudius to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename I, Claudius, what would you call it?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    And you thought modern American politics is dirty! I enjoyed the vivid portrayal of daily life including personal interactions, which were realistically presented. I also appreciated the author's avoidance of cheap thrills from vivid descriptions of the bloodier parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (536)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "Worth the cost, but has flaws."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wasn't sorry to have spent the time. It is a good basic story by my standards. I would have appreciated being warned that it is meant for a teenager. A horse telling his story? (I had a few similar misgivings about Racing in the Rain as well, but somehow it was bettter.) I also felt that the conversation between the people were less than convincing, a flaw in the writing, not the performance). Is the performer really English? Until I listened carefully, I thought we were in Ireland, but maybe that was my problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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