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Kathleen

Kenilworth , IL, USA
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  • Lewis and Clark

  • By: William R. Lighton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stilwell
  • Length: 70 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In the years 1804, 1805, and 1806, two men commanded an expedition which explored the wilderness that stretched from the mouth of the Missouri River to where the Columbia enters the Pacific, and dedicated to civilization a new empire. Their names were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This book relates that adventure from it’s inception through its completion as well as the effect the expedition had upon the history of the United States.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've never heard the word etcetera so many times

  • By D. Johnson on 06-01-12

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Very interesting document, wonderfully read by narrator
Lewis and Clark were so well prepared and educated.
It is too bad not to know more about the other men on the expedition.

  • Spymistress

  • The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II
  • By: William Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

A rousing tale of espionage and unsung valor, this is the captivating true story of Vera Atkins, Great Britain's spymistress from the age of 25. With her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and exceptional informants, Vera ran countless missions throughout the 1930s. After rising to the leadership echelon in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by Winston Churchill, she became head of a clandestine army in World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Unfortunately Monotone Performance

  • By Glenn on 03-29-14

THE NARRATION IS A MONOTONE RACE

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

How could the performance have been better?

An editor who listened and directed the narrator to -SLOW DOWN- ADD INFLECTION-AND TONAL CHANGES. This is a very interesting book which I have started 3 times and simply can't follow much less think while listening. Having listened to 1000s of audiobooks, this is the most incomprehensible.

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

Anger- at the narrator who seems to make no effort to communicate-only to prove- he can read fast (without breathing?).

Any additional comments?

I wonder if it is possible to slow this file technically.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Man from Lisbon

  • By: Thomas Gifford
  • Narrated by: Vinicius Machado
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis learned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can. In 1916, Reis left Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches. In desperate straits, Alves discovers his true talent: forgery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Problem

  • By Kathleen on 12-08-12

Narration Problem

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

Reviewed: 12-08-12

What did you like best about The Man from Lisbon? What did you like least?

The narrator's voice is good-except for the strange squeaky feminine voices.
But I'd call him a 'master of mispronunciation' in English and French.
Aren't these recordings edited or rehearsed?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Code

  • By: Charles Brokaw
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power... but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jonathan Davis better than Erik Davies

  • By Chris Marie on 05-15-12

narration in need

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-10

The central character in this book is a linguist, but the narration is full of mispronunciations and cartoon russian and italian accents.
An obscure but central culture in the book , Yoruba, has not been researched for pronouncing names or places-Oludumare(O-LU'-DU-MA'-RAY), Obatala(O-BA'-TA-LA), Ile Ifa(EE'-LAY EE'-FA)
also Trastevere(TRAS-TE'- VER- EE)a section of Rome.
In the Russians' accents I am reminded of Bullwinkle-Boris and Natasha.
And do educated english speaking Italians really add an 'a' after every syllable?

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Friends and Heroes

  • By: Olivia Manning
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the safe harbour they thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb narrator

  • By Kathleen on 01-22-10

superb narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-10

Harriet Walter is the finest narrator I have yet heard. Her ability to suspend disbelief is perfect. Her knowledge of other languages and accents is also perfect and highly educated.
The Balkan series is complex with many characters and nationalities. She not only balances and simplifies, but does overall service to the author by presenting these excellent books in a way that they are always clear and enjoyable to readers.
I know that she is a distinguished Shakespearean actress, but
Narration is a special art for which awards should be given.
Congratulations to Harriet Walter.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Disciple

  • By: Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

The Iranian effort to develop nuclear weapons was the inspiration for this tale of spies, assassination, skullduggery, military action and political intrigue. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Devil's Disciple, and he has a plan. With 12 nuclear warheads mounted on twelve missiles, he will make Iran a martyr nation; then he will lead the world's Muslims in a holy war against western civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another fine book from Coonts

  • By Hill on 08-11-10

disturbingly unreal

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-09

sounds like a video game description
undeveloped characters
'nukes' and 'kills'
disturbingly unreal

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Prodigal Summer

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lily on 10-12-08

beautiful narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-09

This is an intriguing book on the subjects of coyotes and predators, a different view, while the parallel women, one a solitary by choice living as a ranger in the wild and the other solitary by rejection chooses to be a farmer rather than a scientist/academic. Both share reticence, opposition and progressiveness re nature. Both eventually also come back to children, joining the wildlife quest to reproduce, protect young and be part of the society. Once again Barbara Kingsolver presents a very complex story and idea with amazing detail and intelligence.
The author's reading also reflects her understanding of sound and language. In particular she is able to make the accent of the country people into an extreme but softened voice. Whereas most readers seem to adopt simply a harsh generic twang for all southern accents. I feel exactly the opposite of the criticisms of Barbara Kingsolver as reader (particularly after her book 'the lacuna'). Perhaps subtle and sensitive is not understood today.
Ironically this seems an underlying theme of this author's writing.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Lacuna

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 695

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past it

  • By Christine on 12-02-09

a great book in every way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-09

"The Lacuna" is a wonderful book.
A sensitive, powerful, interesting story,
With themes of important matters of human civilization and history, it never is idealized or didactic.
Despite these large issues the book like the main character Harrison Shepherd always modestly comes back to the life of one person.
The author's skill and judgement and intelligence are daunting.
Most of all it is superb entertainment with the luxury of being performed by the author as audiobook.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-09

This is the best use of voice change I have ever heard. The narrator modifies or adds only a hint of an accent instead of a complete change. He is a very talented and unique reader.
The book itself is extremely interesting and articulate as if it was written to be spoken.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Victim

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows--and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • poor narration

  • By Kathleen on 04-19-09

poor narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-09

The narrator goes between twang and donald duck to create distracting offensive character voices. It would be better if she just used her own voice.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful