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Victoria

NY, NY, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary S. Lovell
    • Narrated By Annie Wauters
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; the ethereally beautiful Diana was the most hated woman in England; and Unity Valkyrie, born in Swastika, Alaska, would become obsessed with Adolf Hitler.

    Victoria says: "Great story, terrible reader"
    "Great story, terrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters the most enjoyable?

    They were a fascinating family and the writer tells their story well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sisters?

    The story of Unity Mitford is tragic, strange and dramatic.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a reader who can pronounce things properly and who can read a sentence following the punctuation. As others have said, this TERRIBLE reader stops mid sentence at times, pauses, then finishes the sentence. If she did this at a comma or semi colon it might make some sense, but she just runs out of breath at random points. She obviously did not read the material ahead of time. Even more annoying is the fact that she didn't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of various English names and place names, e.g. High Wycombe, where the Mitfords rented a summer place. It is mentioned frequently and she pronounces it High Why-comb, when it should be High Wick-um. It is INCREDIBLY off putting, as is her changing pronunciation of Redesdale, the family surname. Sometimes it's Reds-dale. Sometimes it's Reeds-dale. Ugh, just ask someone, lady!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: maybe you need to pay more attention to the readers you hire!!!! I've had this problem with other books recently. Who are these people you're hiring? Could I read one of the books? I promise to do a better job than this person!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • So 5 Minutes Ago

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Hilary de Vries
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For Alex Davidson, being a celebrity publicist at a Los Angeles PR firm isn't the glamour job she thought it would be. Her love life is zilch, her newest client is an actor fresh out of rehab, and her firm has just been bought out by a rival agency. Suddenly, Alex finds her once-secure job at stake.

    Pamela says: "Great find!"
    "Good escapist chick lit, bad reader"
    Overall

    This book is exactly what you'd expect--light, fluffy, fun. However, the reader is just not very good. This is a book that's all about California, yet the reader mispronounces things like Ago (the restaurant), Marin County, etc. Lame.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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