David A Weatherbie

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  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get a better narrator.

  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

Get a better narrator.

4 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-15

What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

It would be bad enough if it were just her uninspired reading of the book - she just races through with no inflection to give life to the story; however, the real failure is her mispronunciation of so many words and names. Didn't it occur to an editor to correct her when, for example, she pronouced "fraulein" as "frow-line" when it's supposed to be "froy-line." Or, even worse, pronouncing the German article "Die" as "dye" rather than "dee." English words get treated badly, too. She apparently has no idea how to correctly say "hegemony." There are, alas, too many other examples to mention.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • People of the Book

  • A Novel
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tremendously done

  • By Cindyhasitall on 03-07-10

Good Book - Find another narrator

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

The story was very good, but the narrator was pretty awful. As a perky little Aussie, she was just fine, but her ability to duplicate any other accent apparently doesn't exist. The Spaniards all sounded like lisping Boris Badenovs. The Italians all sounded like they'd just had "some-a-spicy meat-a-ball." I kept at it because of the story, but I can't recommend this version.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful