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  • Empires and Barbarians : The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Heather
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Empires and Barbarians presents a fresh, provocative look at how a recognizable Europe came into being in the first millennium AD. With sharp analytic insight, Peter Heather explores the dynamics of migration and social and economic interaction that changed two vastly different worlds--the undeveloped barbarian world and the sophisticated Roman Empire--into remarkably similar societies and states.

    Kirsty says: "Enjoying the book, but the performance...."
    "The Perils of Pronunciation"
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    What didn’t you like about Sean Schemmel’s performance?

    It is terribly sad when a good book is ruined due to insufficient preparations on the part of the reader and/or audiobook producer. Peter Heather's "Empires and Barbarians" is positively brimming with names of people, places, cultures etc. most of which are not familiar to the average listener. The recording would have been so much better if the reader and producer had spent a couple of hours figuring out how to pronounce things. Asking the author, e.g., might have been a good idea. As it stands, the recording is a complete failure. Some of the worst cases are almost unidentifiable without access to the printed text.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Gulag: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    The Gulag - a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners - was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.

    E. R. Rothenberg says: "Riveting story, flawed performance"
    "Torture of Russian names"
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    If you could sum up Gulag in three words, what would they be?

    Necessary, frightening, sad


    What other book might you compare Gulag to and why?

    "Iron Curtain" by the same author


    What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

    She ought to have been given at least a one-hour crash course of Russian pronunciation. Many names are simply not identifiable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That can't be done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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