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  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Terrible narration by the author

  • By Jack McLean on 11-16-18

Lepore writes wonderfully and reads abysmally

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I am only a few hours in but will probably quit here. The book itself is great and the history illuminating. Lepore focuses on unfamiliar corners of familiar events, with a steady eye on whether "these truths" that we hold to be self-evident have in fact characterized or been achieved by the American story. It is a book I would like to read. Alas, it is not a book I can bear to listen to. Lepore is a terrible and uncontrolled reader. Too loud in some places, too soft in others; too bland in most places and too over-wrought in the rest. Her bizarre renditions of quotations -- shouted, with a hint of an unplaceable foreign accent, in a pitch not her own -- are simultaneously comical and unpleasant. Just a huge misjudgment not to have someone else do the reading.

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  • Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

  • Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
  • By: Laurie R. King - editor, Leslie S. Klinger - editor
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, Clive Chafer, Derek Perkins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Leslie Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixture of good and not so good

  • By David on 02-08-17

Never reeled me in

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

It's a little hard to give this a single score because the stories, and the readers, vary in quality enormously. But none are great and some are pretty poor. (Full disclosure: I gave up half-way through; maybe it gets better.) Several of the stories had a clever premise, but somehow the execution was poor and they all promised more than they delivered. When listening just became a burden, I stopped.