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gnudung

un petit d'un petit

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4
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  • Under the Volcano: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Lowry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    On the Day of the Dead, in 1938, Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic and ruined man, is fatefully living out his last day, drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him. The events of this one day unfold against a backdrop unforgettable for its evocation of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.

    Melinda says: "Excellent...but not for everyone"
    "challenged narrator . . ."
    Overall

    Many books contain passages in more than one language. John Lee, a reader I have liked before now, should restrict himself to narrating books written entirely in English. His Spanish pronunciation is . . . excecrable. Malcolm Lowry's text deserves better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Courtier: Il Cortegiano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Baldassare Castiglione
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    The Book of the Courtier remains the definitive account of Renaissance court life. Because of this, it is considered one of the most important Renaissance works. The book is organized as a series of fictional conversations that occur between the courtiers of the Duke of Urbino in 1507 (when Baldassare was in fact part of the Duke's Court). In the book, the courtier is described as having a cool mind, a good voice (with beautiful, elegant and brave words) along with proper bearing and gestures.

    gnudung says: "Very many Italian words mispronounced, gruesomely"
    "Very many Italian words mispronounced, gruesomely"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Courtier the most enjoyable?

    The story and the translation.


    What other book might you compare The Courtier to and why?

    There is no book to which I can compare this one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By pronouncing Giuliano as Gwee-lee-ah-no, by pronouncing Cagliari as Caligari. I would expect him to order la-zahg-na in a restaurant. His eye seems to trick him when he looks at Italian words, and diphthongs such as gn and gl are beyond his ken. H following a g or c makes the sound hard. Italian is not difficult to pronounce.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be just fine for you if you don't care how Italian words are pronounced. The reader does a passable job with voice characterizations, and has a pleasant UK accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Travels of Marco Polo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marco Polo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner who traveled on the "Silk Road." His journey through Asia lasted 24 years. He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became one of the world's greatest travelogues.

    Doug says: "An educational experience."
    "May I present to you… your map?"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Travels of Marco Polo again? Why?

    Number ten on the National Geographic list of top one hundred adventure books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marco.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Covell?

    I have already.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    To all you frustrated people who wish the audiobook had a map, well, how can you hear a map? If you want to look at a map, one wonders what trouble you encountered when you suggested that your web browser furnish you with one to look at. My browser found a just fine one for me, unencumbered by copyright restrictions. I put it in the same directory in my mobile device and in my desktop computer. Give the whining a rest, eh?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers - and the price of survival was dangerously high.

    gnudung says: "intense narrative of a dark and complex time"
    "intense narrative of a dark and complex time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dog Soldiers to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the subtleties of the characterizations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    inside the mountain


    If you could rename Dog Soldiers, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it. This is a silly request in my opinion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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