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  • The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Laskin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In the latter half of the 19th century Laskin's great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.

    Elizabeth says: "Great potential, but doesn't quite make it"
    "great telling,feeling,huge success,voice abit fast"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it's a must, hard to ignore either the voice or the content, masses of facts and reminders, impressive organisation


    What did you like best about this story?

    the dirth of adjectives and adverbs makes for a strong message


    Have you listened to any of Geoffrey Cantor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1448)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "gripping, convoluted plot, well told, well-read"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    maisie, because she was the heroine and better developed than most


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    speed and feeling were appropriate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (54)

    Each lesson of Italian Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Janeaustenruns says: "Best audio for learning Italian"
    "if you have the motivation e v e n t u a l l y"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

    it is a system, no doubt works if you have the patience and motivation


    Has Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    so far, but let's see if i feel better after units 6 to 10


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1830)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "enormous important readable opus"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    the dilution of the facts and factual details with the henrys and their acquaintances


    What did you like best about this story?

    not maudlin but sensitive treatment of the sufferings, the cost, of the war years


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    reads at perfect speed, stresses and intonations good, with feeling non troppo


    Who was the most memorable character of War and Remembrance and why?

    pug; his stoic repressed feelings hinted at,because his marriage is reexamined because of the war, and inconsolable at the death of the son he adored


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3081)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2625)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "good speed, emphasis, and overall delivery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    no, reading is still great for involving the reader's imagination


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

    the book did, hearing it less so.


    Any additional comments?

    pariseau did a very good job. but some place names and jewish/yiddish words were warped, and his reading of women's voices was poor

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (11663)
    Performance
    (7144)
    Story
    (7237)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "mea culpa"
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    i wasnt able to follow the denouement, and blame myself. i wanted to read this in the sixties and since, and hoped i would be grabbed by the audible version; but no.


    Would you recommend Dune to your friends? Why or why not?

    i think sci-fi fans will have read it by now
    there is a lot of foreign vocab invented for the book, and too many names;
    somehow without seeing them i couldnt learn / interpret them


    Any additional comments?

    i dont mean to put anyone off, but it isnt for everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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