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Wendy Segal

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  • Rasputin

  • Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly thorough work. irritating narration.

  • By Stephanie on 06-11-17

Like listening to Siri narrate a book

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I'm a frequent reader of history, but this book seemed singularly without academic foundation. To make it worse, the narrator spoke in a machine-line monotone that was unnatural and stale. Couldn't make it through to the end.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Eleven on Top

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Plum Fun

  • By Gail H. on 06-24-05

Not her fault but reader didn't match my expectat

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

You know how when you're reading a book with dialogue, you "hear" the voices as you read, the regional accents, the age or youth of the character, the personality? In almost every character, this narrator's choice for the character's voice didn't match what was in my head, and it made the performance disturbing for me. I won't listen to any more by this narrator-- I'd rather read the book and try to get her bad accents out of my head.

  • Stalin

  • The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
  • By: Edvard Radzinsky
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book About a Great Tyrant

  • By Moon Man on 05-01-05

Didn't realize it was abridged

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

When I bought this Audible title, I was struggling to finish the paperback version. I thought I'd do better with the Audible version, but when I started listening, I realized it was abridged. They left out so much that it doesn't hang together. It just doesn't make sense, and it's hard to follow. Read the book -- or skip it altogether.

  • Blood Sport

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen from Dick Francis!

  • By Mary A. on 03-18-04

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I've read probably a dozen Dick Francis books and I've loved nearly all of them. I've listened to dozens of audio books - lectures, novels, mysteries, memoirs. I can't seem to get through this recording. I listened to the first few chapters and had to keep rewinding because my mind had wandered. I put it aside. Today I tried again, and I couldn't listen even to the first 10 minutes. The reader's voice is so deep and intense that it takes all of my concentration - and then some - to pay attention. It's like listening to the boom, boom bass of someone else's music coming up through the floor of your apartment. It's all bass, and I have a huge headache from trying to follow it. I give up!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

Crushingly boring

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

What would have made What's So Funny? better?

I'm hours into this and I can't bear to finish. It's crushingly boring. I LOVE Tim Conway and have memories of rolling on the floor from his Carol Burnett days. This book is torture. What he wore to school in 3rd grade. The address of every home he ever lived in. Discussion of him mother's accent, but no example or attempt to imitate it. List of his childhood friends. Who cares? Nothing engaging, funny, or interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Judaism, Christinanity and Islam
  • By: Frank E. Peters
  • Narrated by: Frank E. Peters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Professor Peters' studies of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam allow him to offer a series of lectures beginning with Creation and ending with the Final Judgment. In this course, Professor Peters leads listeners through a comprehensive study of each of these fundamentally monotheistic religious communities. As he concludes, only by understanding their similarities and differences can we hope to make sense of the politics of religion which continue to fuel conflicts throughout the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative review of the 3 big religions

  • By eDave93 on 08-13-12

One of the best I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

I listen to a lot of lecture series on audio and this one was one of the best for clarity of speech, insight, presentation. It's not that he told me so many things I didn't know, butthe way the professor organized his material was insightful. A pleasure!