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  • The Hill to Die On

  • The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America
  • By: Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer
  • Narrated by: Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The inside story of the battle to control Congress and the unsparing fight for advantage in the 2018 midterm elections. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very timely, detailed, enjoyable

  • By Michael J Canning on 05-03-19

Authors should have hired professional readers

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I thought this audiobook would be to my liking but it was not. Actually I also purchased the Kindle version so perhaps I can offer a higher rating for the book after I read it. The subject is one that has long interested me and I can only hope that the book's content will be worthwhile.

Note to self: from now on remember to listen to an audio book sample before placing an order.

Regretfully, the authors of this book may be adept at writing, but are not are not equally gifted in the art of narration. Jake Sherman, whom I have seen several times in TV, delivers alternate chapters in a work-a-day fashion --- much like he is reading a report for class.

However, it is Anna Palmer's portions that are particularly difficult to listen to. Sorry to say this but her vocal range appears to be limited, her pace is rapid fire and most bothersome of all is her overall style. I realize that she is quite young, but surely in the field that she is in, she must know what "up-talking" and "vocal fry" are. I listened to one chapter that Anna read and although I found her delivery unnecessarily grating, I decided to try to listen to another one of her reads. First, I listened to Jake on the following chapter and then took a breath to relax before hearing Anna in the chapter after that.

I could not listen to but a brief passage before I had to shut the audio down. It was that irritating. Oddly, the few times I have seen Anna on TV, she did not appear to talk at such a fast clip or punctuate her speech with a raspy, rising tonality --- both of which come off sounding snippy, smug or snide. All I can think is that Anna was nervous when she recorded the book. O know that I would be. Whatever the reason, I could not listen any longer, but will read the book!

  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman

  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined it for me

  • By Julia on 11-09-14

Book was fantastic! Audiobook was money wasted!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Time, and money, wasted!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Many secrets were revealed throughout, except for the one presented on page 297 in the epilogue. The very last line of the book reads: "This was, at best, a half truth."

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jill Lepore?

Actually, I fully expected that a male would have been the reader. The book is definitely more about Wonder Woman's creator, Charles Moulton Marston, than it is about Wonder Woman herself. That is how I somehow jumped to the conclusion of a female narrator. However, a woman with a commanding voice would also have been a fitting choice – perhaps Suzanne Toren. Ms Lepore has penned a well-researched and quite interesting book, but as for narration, she should stick to writing. Her voice is not trained for this art. I know because I have similar vocal resonance – acceptable some of the times, but with a shrillness that seems to pop up out of nowhere. I wonder what or who encouraged Ms Lepore to even consider narrating her book? Has she ever done so before? Do audiobooks have editors or voice coaches? If so, someone appears to have made a wrong call.

Did The Secret History of Wonder Woman inspire you to do anything?

The book inspired me to relish all of the Wonder Woman lore that I have accumulated in my 75 years. Wish I still had all of those comic books that my uncle in New Orleans bought for me when I was about 4 years old – and not just for their monetary value.
Ms Lepore's book re-opened my long-standing search for more and more info on my heroine. Boy, oh, boy, did it ever fulfill and more! If Mr. Marston's lifestyle inspired him in any measure to create a strong, feminine, and just superhero, it made me wonder who or what would he have spawned had he been meek and perhaps even puritanical. It might not have made any difference, but interesting in that his revealed lifestyle seemed to play such an important part in the creation of Wonder Woman.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book! Skip the audiobook!

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