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  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    At the start of World War II, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum flee Berlin for London with their baby daughter, Elizabeth. Upon arrival, Jack receives a pamphlet from the German Jewish Aid Committee on how to act like a proper Englishman. He follows it to the letter -Saville Row suits, the BBC, trips to Covent Garden, a Jaguar - and it works like a charm. The Rosenblums settle into a prosperous new life.

    Emily says: "Endearing"
    "Different take on immigration, but delivery flawed"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English to be better than the print version?

    No, I’d prefer to have read the book. The narrator has a lovely British accent but delivers all lies in the same voice and does not know how to pronounce any of the non English words or phrases. These shortcomings seriously detract from the audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has a charming if unbelieveable aspect.


    What didn’t you like about James Adams’s performance?

    Prounouciation errors and lack of ability to read in any but his own voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and why?

    Sadie Rosemblum, she seemed the most real and the most clearly drawn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Blanding
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers - both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

    Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

    Andy says: "with a little charm, you can rob almost anyone"
    "Map lore, singsong narration"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about The Map Thief? What did you like least?

    As noted by other reviews, the map lore overtook the story, and read in a rather singsong voice, it lead to lack of interest rather than learning.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (801)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Fun Story, Well Written, Well Narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam to be better than the print version?

    Couldn’t ask for more. The story is excellent, the narrator is excellent and in all, a pleasure to listen to, fun, good plot and a generally likeable mystery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life in Brunswick Stew: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Larissa Reinhart
    • Narrated By Erin Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Cherry Tucker’s in a stew. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food poisoning breaks out and Eloise dies, the police brush off her death as accidental. However, Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, the police get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.

    Shaynalyn says: "Super Poor Narration"
    "Super Poor Narration"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It’s so hard to get past the stilted narration, that the story becomes close to irrelevant. Perhaps good for someone learning English as a second language.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration is so stilted that the words are separated as if they were meaningless.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    with better narration, the southern aspect would have been more plausible and then possibly, the story would have hung together much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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