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  • Un appartement à Paris

  • By: Guillaume Musso
  • Narrated by: Arnaud Romain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Paris, un atelier d'artiste caché au fond d'une allée verdoyante. Madeline l'a loué pour s'y reposer et s'isoler. À la suite d'une méprise, cette jeune flic londonienne y voit débarquer Gaspard, un écrivain misanthrope venu des États-Unis pour écrire dans la solitude. Ces deux écorchés vifs sont contraints de cohabiter quelques jours. L'atelier a appartenu au célèbre peintre Sean Lorenz et respire encore sa passion des couleurs et de la lumière.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good beginning. Disappointing ending .

  • By Frespkr on 07-03-17

Starts very well; ends disappointingly

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

The build-up of the story is excellent and quite original however at the midpoint the flow takes a strange turn. The second half seems only vaguely related to the first part; and the resolution resorts of a magical insight by the protagonists, who out of thin air guess a far-fetched serial killer scenario (Technically they deduct it from a Home Depot and a Walgreen credit card transactions but most people who shop at a home improvement store and at a pharmacy are not twisted, serial killers). On the other hand, the narration is excellent and adds a lot to the pleasure of this audiobook. Also, Arnaud Romain does a very good job with the pronunciation of US locations (only Seattle is mispronounced).

  • Projet Anastasis

  • By: Jacques Vandroux
  • Narrated by: Pierre Tissot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Jean Legarec, responsable d'une agence privée de renseignements, n'a qu'une vague idée de ce qu'il va affronter lorsqu'il accepte une demande inhabituelle : enquêter sur la disparition d'un enfant de six ans, petit-fils d'un homme politique français influent. Pour un million d'euros, il va se lancer dans des recherches qui lui feront prendre tous les risques et le confronteront à son propre passé.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Trop de cliches, pas de suspense.

  • By Mr Personne on 05-02-18

Trop de cliches, pas de suspense.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Ce livre un assemblage de clichés du genre. Tous les personnages et la plupart des situations sont stéréotypés. Quelques éléments sont plus ou moins nouveaux mais ils n’ajoutent pas beaucoup parce que l’histoire manque de suspense et la plupart des développements sont téléphonés longtemps à l’ avance.

What could Jacques Vandroux have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Plus de suspense et moins de situations stéréotypées ou ridicules. Des personnages qui sont moins fabriqués au moule que le barbouze bourru, the méchant nazi, the politicien véreux, l’espionne sexy et très dangereuse. Pas besoin de faire manger les spécialités régionales par les personnages quand ils visitent les régions d’Europe.

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

I don't think so!

  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 716

Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Overview

  • By Lee on 12-21-14

Excellent content, very pleasant delivery

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

If you could sum up Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World in three words, what would they be?

Smart, well structured, pleasant to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This is a great lecture. The pace is excellent; the author manages to convey the historical linkages thru several centuries of history and across several continents without burying the listener under unnecessary details. Every history work is biased by the perspective of the author, and I appreciate that the lecturer is explicit about his perspective from the beginning (American, Anglo-centric). The narration is very good and plays an important role in maintaining the attention of the listener.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,851

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Regional accent too hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Perhaps, it is a great book. Perhaps, the narrator is a fantastic professional. However, I gave up early in the book because I couldn't imagine spending 12 hours listening to the regional accent adopted for the narration. There might be an excellent reason for that choice, but following the story demands too much attention for an international listener like me who is not used to American regionalism.

How could the performance have been better?

Adopt a neutral accent

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  • La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Thibault de Montalembert
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Marcus Goldman, auteur d'un premier best-seller, est en panne d'inspiration. Quand il apprend que son mentor, le célèbre écrivain Harry Quebert, est le suspect numéro un d'un crime, il se précipite à son secours. Dans le jardin de Quebert, on a retrouvé le corps de Nola - 15 ans - serrant contre elle le manuscrit du roman d'amour que Quebert lui avait dédié. Devenu un best-seller, il avait fait la gloire de son auteur. L'histoire de Quebert devient alors le sujet romanesque que Marcus avait tant cherché.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audio rendition of a disappointing book

  • By Cedric on 10-31-15

Excellent scenario - Ecriture moyenne

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainement, l'histoire est captivante, variée et pleine de rebondissements. C’est un excellent livre de divertissement si pas une grand œuvre littéraire. L’écriture est plutôt moyenne et fait beaucoup usage de clichés.

What other book might you compare La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert to and why?

L’histoire fait évidemment penser à Twin Peaks même si le traitement est très différent.

What about Thibault de Montalembert’s performance did you like?

La narration est excellente, chaque personnage est clairement caractérisé mais sans caricature. Le rythme est parfait. Ma seule critique est la prononciation erronée du nom « Martha’s Vineyard » répété maintes fois dans l’histoire (Il y a un piège et paradoxalement une prononciation naïve en phonétique française aurait été bien plus proche de la version correcte américaine) .

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

Pas vraiment, même si l’histoire était captivant l’action avance trop lentement pour ne pas se fatiguer et avoir besoin de faire des (longues) pauses.

Any additional comments?

I am really looking forward to the movie version!

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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

Much too detailed

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

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

No. The author goes into too many unnecessary details (e.g. the geography of an obscure Swedish village) or goes too far back in time (e.g. the whole story of the Jewish people since the temple of David ). At some point in Chapter 14 , I realized I had lost track of the story and gave up.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

The right level of technicality.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Holter Graham?

Yes, His narration is lively and precise. I think however that we could do a better job of pronouncing foreign languages. Germany plays an important role in the story and his pronunciation is haphazard. For example, while he pronounces correctly the W is Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, his Americanization of Wien got me confused. Also, the city fo Göttingen plays an important role, why not learn to pronounce its name correctly? To his credit, his French pronunciation is usually better but France plays a less important role in the story.

Could you see The Making of the Atomic Bomb being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Someone would have to trim the book!

  • Les naufragés hurleurs

  • Martial de la Boissière 2
  • By: Christian Carayon
  • Narrated by: Mathieu Buscatto
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

1925. Tout semble si déréglé qu'une prédiction qui annonce la fin des temps au solstice d'hiver se fait de plus en plus entendre. Pour Martial de la Boissière, cette fin des temps correspond plutôt au naufrage d'un voilier au large de l'île de Bréhat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent crime story - fantastic performance

  • By Mr Personne on 05-06-17

Excellent crime story - fantastic performance

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

What other book might you compare Les naufragés hurleurs (Martial de la Boissière 2) to and why?

Arsene Lupin serie (but better)

Any additional comments?

Mathieu Buscatto is an exceptional narrator. He is able to create a distinct voice for every character without caricature. His female characters sound very naturel even though he does not try to mimick a femal voice.

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tough to listen

  • By Rick on 10-27-16

The first 30' were a bore and I gave up

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Real disappointment! The topic is very interesting but the author lost me in the first 30' by sidetracking into the history of the field, academic dispute, and pointless conceptual reflections.

  • Le diable sur les épaules

  • Martial de la Boissière 1
  • By: Christian Carayon
  • Narrated by: Mathieu Buscatto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Au cours de l'année 1924, un village isolé des montagnes tarnaises et menacé d'extinction est le théâtre de plusieurs assassinats atroces. Déjà les langues se délient et certaines superstitions ressortent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Simenon and Maurice Lablanc had a child ...

  • By Mr Personne on 03-26-17

If Simenon and Maurice Lablanc had a child ...

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Where does Le diable sur les épaules (Martial de la Boissière 1) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very entertaining story supported by a great performance! Many turns and twists keep the story interesting (if not always in unexpected ways). The writting is bit in the style of the Arsene Lupin serie, but with a little less exgeration, and the study of the small occitane village after WWI is a little remiscent of a Maigret novel. I regret however that the author feels that the more gore the better. The performance is really exceptional, but i expect the accents might be hard to understand for non native speakers.

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,334

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

The roots of a castrophy

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, B.W.Tuchman keeps the listener's interest high throughout in spite of the great depth of details she dives into but the details are not gratuitous, but carefully selected because they contribute to the overall story.

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

Make me think !

Any additional comments?

The performance by the reader is excellent but I wish she made more effort on foreign language dialog and names. Her use of ridiculous foreign accents to render English translations of foreign language dialogs is cartoonish and at times offensive. As a native French speaker, I also had difficulties recognizing the name of many places I am familiar with due to mispronunciation. It is not so much that she anglicizes the words but rather that she makes up the French pronunciation.