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Amanda Hartrich

Hamburg, NY United States
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  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

such an important story to hear

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I loved this though it was so hard to hear. Epic in breadth and depth, I think every American needs to read/listen to this book.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Merchant of Death

  • Pendragon, Book 1
  • By: D. J. MacHale
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby: he is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE these books!

  • By smokefan201417 on 08-08-10

Couldn't have a more annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-16-12

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

The story is entertaining and fast-paced. I'm listening to it while working because my 13 yo son is reading the series and loves it. I like to know what he reads, so I gave it a go.

What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

The narrator, however, made me hate the main character. The whiny, nasal tone that he used for all children (who are the main characters) grated on my every last nerve. I'm seriously thinking about whether or not I can stand to listen to any more books in the series. It was almost demeaning to all 14 year-olds out there. The whining was more like a young child, not like a teenager.

Any additional comments?

Good story, terrible listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful