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Robert Fairbanks

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  • The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Rachman
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100

Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-14

speed reading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-14

What would have made The Rise & Fall of Great Powers better?

The narrator spoke so quickly that I missed at least half of what she said, making the story unintelligible.

Has The Rise & Fall of Great Powers turned you off from other books in this genre?

Noo

Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Rawlins’s performances?

No

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,434

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Garbled reading devalues book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story wasn't good enough for a four or five, but the reader's performance made the book worse.

Has Joyland turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

The reader seemed unable to make each word clear and distinct. At least he should have slowed down.

  • The Tyranny of Clichés

  • How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and funny

  • By Christopher on 06-13-12

Author as Reader Ruins His Book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If Author Goldberg had hired a professional to do the reading, this could have been a five. As it is, he clips and swallows words and compresses too many of them into blurs of sound. Conveying ideas audibly is not easy, and Goldberg hasn't a clue.

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