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T. Ferwerda

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  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (63)

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Lisa says: "So Glad I Went The Distance!"
    "Irritated and Bored with this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not sure whether it is the content of the story or the reader that irritates and bores me but I have tried twice and had to stop about midway as I would suddenly feel the need to throw my audio device through the window. I enjoyed the book up until the political/union rantings about midway through the book. I think it was more the readers choice of vocal tone rather than the content. The first part of the book she is more monotone than I usually like but boredom I felt was tolerable. Midway through the story she made the union members sound like drunken whiners; she made the company owners powerful mother sound like a whining drunken man. I would try this book either on paper or by another reader but can't finish with this one. I have enjoyed other audio books by the same author, very disappointing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1233)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Disappointing Bodice Ripper"
    "Performance did not improve story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not finished this reading yet. I am in the midst of the Narrator for Magic Cloud. I want to throw the IPOD through the window -the voice is so slow and grating!! I can only tune it out. I want to skip it, but I might miss something-and it is really a pain to skip things. It's too bad. I didn't like the first narrator's version of Magic Cloud either. I don't think there is any reason for more than one narrator-but one that reads to improve the story is absolutely needed. I think reading this in book form would be tolerable. I could skip the parts that are unneeded and don't add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child; a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time.

    Karen says: "OVERWHELMINGLY FINE"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    After an hour and a half of listening, I am thoroughly depressed. Although the narrator tries to make something of what he is reading, it is very tiresome. Is it a sad past he is remembering? I cannot tell. I am still waiting for the actual storyline. I will probably not continue listening to this story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19281)
    Performance
    (9082)
    Story
    (9114)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Gotta Love Lisbeth!"
    Overall

    Great story, great reader-does awesome voices-they fit really well. I am so sad that there will only be one more book. This awesome author died way to early but I am glad he wrote what he could.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11309)
    Performance
    (6450)
    Story
    (6503)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    Overall

    Pi had me hooked from the beginning. Though a bit slow in the beginning, and I wasn't sure why I needed to know some things. Still, I couldn't stop listening and was rewarded in the end with knowing why. The narrator was right on the mark, I was right there with him...them. I have recommended this book to several people and will continue to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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