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The Aeneid of Virgil audiobook cover art

what a delight Elizabeth Vandiver is!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Enthusiastic, eloquent and (almost scarily) well-informed, EV makes it a pleasure to explore the classics. She combines lightness of touch and sly humor with both a profoundly empathic grasp of her subject and a deep respect for its profundity. Her love of classical mythology is contagious.

When Things Fall Apart audiobook cover art

finally, Chodron on Audible!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-05-18

I have always found this a lucid and helpful work and was happy it found its way here at last.
I found it a bit dissonant narrated with Campbell’s vestigial valley accent but I like her choices of emphasis and her generally cool and detached delivery.

Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel, Book 6 audiobook cover art

great story, dismal narration

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

note to author:
I know you’re a fan of Chandler (who isn’t?) and the only reason he ranks higher than you in my pantheon of crime writers may be that he got there first. But this narration sounds like some Bryn Mawr english professor’s idea of bourbon-soaked gumshoe ennui. That would be par for the course but narrator Giles has also slowed down the narration to an absurdly slow pace for what should be clear expository reading. And he places emphasis on too many words as if he, himself, has no idea what is going on in the story. It seems he will stop at nothing to slow down the delivery - ‘art’ is a one syllable word, Peter. My advice to the author would be to pay his narrators by the story and not by the hour. (Oh, and don’t pay them in quaaludes!)

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The Lost Painting audiobook cover art

haar goes for baroque

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Reviewed: 03-27-18

entirely dramatically satisfying and well informed on the (my) art world. i particularly appreciate that the author allowed different elements of the story to more completely unfold without constantly switching back and forth to other narrative threads as many adhd-inducing writers feel compelled to, apparently in the interests of ‘tension’.