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  • Nothing Daunted

  • The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
  • By: Dorothy Wickenden
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Wickenden, Margaret Nichols
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101

In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their soci-ety luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teach-ing jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied—shocking their families and friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Described

  • By Sara on 08-10-14

Well researched, narration ulitmate bore

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I purchased this audiobook months ago after being drawn to it at the local bookstore. Though well researched and documented, the ultimate mistake is having the author do the narration. I have left and returned to it numerous times, and am unable to finish it. The narration is colorless, without inflection or interest. Unfortunate as it could have been much more interesting. I keep thinking of the other narrators that call me back time and time again, no matter how well I know the story - not wasting the time struggling to stay awake through any more of this one.

What did you like best about this story?

The uniqueness of Dorothy and Rosamund's experiences.

How could the performance have been better?

A diffferent narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not in documentary form, unfortunately too dry in presentation.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 33 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,761
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,768

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

Great book - narration, not so much

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-10

This was all that I expected from the reviews I'd read in terms of tying up loose ends, and moving at a better pace with substantially less repetition. However, as much as I adore Kate Reading in her narration of Jane Austen, she was not the right choice for this book. Even less so, Michael Kramer - a voice far to old for Rand etc., and very inexpressive when not 'playing' a character. Tolerated the narration only on account of enjoying the books content and my curiosity. Will NOT purchase any others of the series as these narrators would drive me around the bend.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • By: Roy Porter
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ton of information

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-16-09

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-09

THe book is presented as being thoughtfully laid out, specific subjects to be presented in each chapter etc..
Hardly. Instead I found it distractingly choppy and disorganized. It was impossible to learn much from this as a cohesive thought or point is rarely completed before another 'quote' from yet another individual is interjected. I have decided it is not worth my time to finish it.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,705

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

A two dressed up as a nine.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-09

Follet's supposed focus - the building of the cathedral - is overwhelmed under frequent vivid sadistic and often sexual violence, fantasies, and unnecessary sexual detail. The excuses of "well written" or the realities of medieval existence in no way justify Follett's overly gratuitious exploration of these themes.
For an excellent in-depth read, rich colorful characters in exploration of all that makes us human - spend your time in Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina", Alexandre Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo", Dostoyevsky's "The Brother's Karamazov", even Jane Austen. Truly well written fiction doesn't leave you feeling like you need a very long shower.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful