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William

Atlanta, GA, USA

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  • Birds Without Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Louis de Bernieres
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.

    Augie says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Great entertainment with a bit of history"
    Overall

    This was one of the moste enjoyable titles I've listened to in quite a while. The book skips from the first-hand, fictional stories of the major characters to an omniscient narrator who puts the stories in a hard historical context. Its initial vignettes reminded me of Chaucer, Twain and even Garrison Kieler. Like the Great Powers, the listener is subtly pulled into the horrors of war and the ethnic cleansing which has plagued the Balkans for centuries. The narrator, John Lee, is superb. His suite of seamless voices and accents believably convey and elaborate each character's nuance.
    Buy it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion of St. Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By G.A. Henty
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Of The Lion of St. Mark, G.A. Henty wrote: "I have laid my story in the time not of the triumphs of Venice but of her hardest struggle for existence, when she defended herself successfully against the coalition of Hungary, Padua, and Genoa, for never at any time were the virtues of Venice, her steadfastness, her patriotism, and her willingness to make all sacrifice for her independence more brilliantly shown.

    Jeffrey says: "A Great Listen"
    "A 19th century romance"
    Overall

    This book was originally published in 1880 and its age shows. The story is a cross between Horatio Alger and the Perils of Pauline. It strains credulity far past the breaking point. The characters are completely one-dimensional. The narrator's style does little to increase interest. It is ironic that at the end he refers to the book as "The Lion of St. Mary" rather than St. Mark. One positive aspect is that he does different voices, especially female, without the strain or falsetto which plague other readers.

    I couldn't recommend this unless one likes period pieces.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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