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  • The Great Fortune

  • By: Olivia Manning
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, best audio performance I've heard

  • By Clay on 09-03-17

Great book, best audio performance I've heard

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This narrator is very talented. She even does characters impersonating each other somewhat convincingly. It's pretty dramatic, as opposed to understated, but I'm very impressed.
The story and writing is wonderful, like Anthony Powell but with things happening. The author exhibits cool Olympian disdain for the characters so far. I haven't finished it yet.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The North Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader / Listener Beware

  • By K. Agricola on 12-23-17

Dramatic but good narration

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Where does The North Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, it was a very suspenseful story. A little bit gruesome and disturbing at times.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

I only wrote this review to say that while at first I thought the narrator was overdramatic, I got used to it quickly, and overall I very much appreciated him. He's a very competent narrator, with a nice voice and accent(s), and he uses his range clearly to distinguish the different characters' voices in dialog. I would put him in the top 10% of narrators. I had to get the Kindle book, and read that at times, because narration was sometimes too intense for my bedtime reading, because of how intensely disturbing some of the events are.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Egypt, Greece, and Rome

  • Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • By: Charles Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Long sources of mystery, imagination, and inspiration, the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean have given rise to artistic, religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions that span the centuries. In this unique and comprehensive introduction to the region's three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome draws a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well done academic intro done in audio

  • By Frank on 10-12-14

Nice reading, except for the pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

What did you love best about Egypt, Greece, and Rome?

A nice synoptic overview. It is read in a thoughtful and unpretentious manner, too.

What didn’t you like about Jim Meskimen’s performance?

While I like his reading style, the pronunciation is pretty abysmal.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

That's an idiotic idea.

Any additional comments?

This review form is silly

4 of 7 people found this review helpful