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C. Boatenreiter

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  • Pavilion of Women

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

On her 40th birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after 24 years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, one of the oldest and most revered in China, is thrown into an uproar by her decision, but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to come take her place in bed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration!

  • By C. Boatenreiter on 06-17-15

Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator! I'm not sure what else because I had to stop it after a while. I couldn't stand anymore.

What did you like best about this story?

It seemed as wonderful as Pearl S. Buck's other work, from what I could hear. I'll definitely just buy a hard copy and read it for myself.

What didn’t you like about Adam Verner’s performance?

First of all, why have a man narrate a story told from a woman's perspective? I guess it still could have been okay, but he was very monotone and sometimes I felt that he enunciated words in really strange ways, putting emphasis on random syllables and sounds. Sometimes I also felt that he was trying to add a mild version of a cheesy chinese accent. It almost seemed like he was being snide about the characters, like he didn't like them. I may try again and see if I can get used to his style, but it's doubtful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles (translator)
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at 10, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just 15, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of stereotypes

  • By Surita on 08-13-16

Narration is so terrible that I cannot listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Would you try another book from Jonas Jonasson and Rachel Willson-Broyles (translator) and/or uncredited?

I have purchased the book and read it and love it. Nothing wrong with the writing. But the narration was so bad I thought that I had a bad download, until I checked on multiple devices. HORRENDOUS. Not listenable. It sound like I had downloaded a corrupt file.

What didn’t you like about uncredited’s performance?

It sounds as though I convinced my GPS to read book an entire to me against his will. What's the hurry, old chap?

Any additional comments?

Great book, horrible narration. I think it is actually a computer narration. I am still not sure what happened here. A waste of a credit. Spend your money on a digital or print version instead, you won't regret it. The writing is SUPERB... the audio is truly awful. TRULY. It sounds kind of like when you accidentally hit the "2x speed" button on your iPhone. It's that fast and uneven and choppy. YUCK.

Book is 5 star, narration is -10 stars.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blonde

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Jayne Atkinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why not "unabridged"

  • By Tia on 06-10-15

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NO UNABRIDGED VERSION?

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

What would have made Blonde better?

If I could have listened to the entire darned thing, instead of quitting 1/10 of the way through to read the REAL book. The narration was fantastic, and this is an incredible work of literature. WHY it had to be ruined...I have no idea.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved everything about it...too bad I was missing a HUGE part of the point.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one that I read afterwards when I had to RE READ THE BOOK to get the whole story. Possibly the one with Norma in the car, since THAT WAS COMPLETELY LEFT OUT AND CHANGED THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I absolutely adore this book. It's just too bad that it has been decided for us that we aren't intelligent or patient or deep enough to listen to the entire thing. JCO, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING????

Any additional comments?

I am so disappointed. I'd love a refund since I had to stop listening and buy the book anyway, once I realized all that I was missing out on.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful