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David

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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,248

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Excellent reader

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-08

Excellent reader

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  • The Long March

  • The True History of Communist China's Founding Myth
  • By: Sun Shuyun
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The Long March is Communist China's founding myth, the heroic tale that every Chinese child learns in school. Seventy years after the historical march took place, Sun Shuyun set out to retrace the Marchers' steps and unexpectedly discovered the true history behind the legend. The Long March is the stunning narrative of her extraordinary expedition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book - Inexcusable Audio Version

  • By David on 11-11-07

Interesting book - Inexcusable Audio Version

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-07

Although I appriciate this book, the merits of the book itself are arguable. The tone is much more anecdotal than academic, and although this may leave many questions unanswered and assumptions unquestioned, there is certainly value in it. The mythology and the politics of the Long March cannot be dispelled by one book, but it does seem to be a useful attempt with many very interesting insights, particularly as the Long March generation are simply no longer with us.

What is absolutely inexcusable and makes this an audiobook that I cannot recommend is the fact that the reader, while having a pleasant voice and good manner, does not speak Chinese. She seems merely to have been briefly coached in tones and pronunciation which only serves to bring her attempts into the surreal.

Her pronunciation of the place names and people involved are at best confusing even to one who knows the material fairly well. At worst, because she doesn't read with accuracy, her pronunciation shifts and identical places and people seem to be two or more

This is extremely unfortunate. I only wish there were more accessible books on Chinese history.

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