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Material is great, but pace of reading off...

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

First of all, Dr. Armstrong is clearly an expert in her field and truly brings to life the social realities of the Medieval world. I liked the structure of the course with a thorough review of the time period, and then toward the end, Dr. Armstrong moves into an extensive overview of the daily experiences of those in the Middle Ages or Medieval time period. She really makes the material relatable and engaging, and integrates the fields of literature, art, history and religion in a way that I wasn't fully anticipating from a "history" course.

I didn't give "5's" across the board because the pace of Dr. Armstrong's lecturing didn't have the right flow or meter for me, in two specific ways. First, her reading/speaking speed was much too slow. I ended up moving the text to 1.25x in order to have the reading seem to be at normal speed, and even then, I sometimes considered speeding it up even more. Second, frequently it felt as if she were reading notes and the rhythm or stressing of the words was a bit off. It was easy to tell when she didn't need to refer to the materials closely, as the lecture sounded a bit more natural in terms of pace and intonation. (However, I'd rather that she speak too slowly than rush through the material so I couldn't keep up.)

Overall, I would recommend the course for anyone who is interested in a good overview of life in the medieval world.

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Lorelei King was the only good thing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

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

I thought that this was the worst of the Stephanie Plum series. I didn't laugh, and I kept getting confused, and having to listen to sections over and over. The writing was definitely lacking.

Any additional comments?

Lorelei King was amazing-- she always is. It's just that the book was bad. It's such a shame, but maybe the Stephanie Plum series has run its course?!

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Best Credit I Spent for the Family

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

The entire Ramona collection brought to life by Stockard Channing. My five year old loves it. Great for time in the car and because it’s all the books, we don’t get bored. We’ve now listened 3 Times through the whole thing.

There is something about the way that Beverly Cleary describes childhood and the emotions, beliefs, triumphs and struggles of Ramona that transcends gender, age and generation. The story takes me back to my own experiences as a girl and my young boys completely relate to her as well.

I’m so glad that we can enjoy this together as a family for just a credit!

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My favorite childhood book comes alive

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Where does Ramona the Pest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second audiobook that I've bought for my little kiddos. My 5-year-old loved it, and we've listened twice now. Stockard Channing is a wonderful narrator, and her inner voice of Ramona was perfect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ramona the Pest?

So many moments-- listening to this with my kids brought back so many memories from when I read it as a child. I really remembered the earthworm engagement ring, and Susan with the Boing Boing Curls.

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

Yes, and then we started all over!

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Very solid and enjoyable story!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Green Mill Murder to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I do think that the narrator has a good range of voices and variety. The only issue I had was the Southern American accent. That's probably because I'm a Southerner, so the accent was quite off to me. Other than that, the reading is excellent.

I wish the books weren't so short though!

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the description of flying and the plane-- I knew nothing about a Gypsy Moth plane, so I had to look it up.

Any additional comments?

There are very nice moments with the author at the end of the book too, so you can hear about her inspirations, and find out about details in the story. I like that the recording studio included those.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Felt a little too contemporary

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

I love Rosalyn Lanford, so I thought I'd try this book out- my first Lisa Kleypas novel. The writing and issues doesn't feel quite suited to the period. The story was generally interesting, but too tedious at times. I neither loved nor hated the story.

As always Ms. Landor's narrator was perfect, and raised the quality of the writing.

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Amazing listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Loved every moment of this and so did my kids. Kate Winslet's reading is superb, and of course, the story is one of my favorites!

This is an excellent choice for the entire family!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Solid reading for male narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Would you consider the audio edition of When He Was Wicked to be better than the print version?

I like audiobooks in general because I can "read" while doing other tasks, but this one has a lot of sexual scenes in the second half of the book. Personally, I don't enjoy listening to those, so I had to skip over them. This is more of a hassle when listening than when reading.

I was really reluctant to switch narrators from Rosalyn Landor, who is my favorite. I also wasn't sure what I'd think of a male narrator. I did like it. His voices were solid, he read with feeling, and good characterization. I'm just spoiled now for Ms. Landor.

Note that the second epilogues are not in this narration.

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FINALLY!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Would you listen to To Sir Phillip, with Love again? Why?

Yes, this was the first Julia Quinn book that I ever read, and it made me fall in love with contemporarily written Regencies! It was just as delightful to hear in Rosalyn Landor's lovely voice!

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Sir Phillip, with Love?

I love the interactions between Eloise and the children!

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love her voices and her emotions! Best voice for Regencies there is!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narration lacking

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Lucy Rayner?

I love Julia Quinn. This is one of her earliest books, and it shows. The dialogue and plot are just not as sharp as her later books.

Lucy Rayner has this ability to be really shrill and grating. Belle's voice was annoying and very distracting. There is also something a little off in the rhythm of the reading. The narration in between the dialogue felt a bit like it was a metered poem, rather than prose.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucy Rayner?

Rosalyn Landor... so smooth, excellent voice. She is a delight.