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  • The Jewels of Paradise

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 99

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A "mystery" of a different sort, . .

  • By Ruth on 10-14-12

Bring back Guido

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

What is Venice without Brunetti? This slow narrative isnt up to Leon's standard. I feel that i wasted a credit

  • Great American Music: Broadway Musicals

  • By: Bill Messenger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bill Messenger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Rodgers and Hart. George and Ira Gershwin. Cole Porter. Lerner and Loewe. For most people who've grown up with and shared America's musical heritage, great songs open the floodgates to memories and feelings. Perhaps nowhere is this more profound than in the world of Broadway musicals, with their iconic melodies and memorable lyrics.Revisit the standards, originally written for the stage, that have both delighted and helped mend the broken hearts of Americans for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a lesson on Musical Theatre!!!

  • By Joshua on 10-13-13

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

What would have made Great American Music: Broadway Musicals better?

A different narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Bill Messenger’s performances?

Never

Any additional comments?

I bought this expecting to hear some great music and a meaningful history of musical theatre. Instead there is an interminable narrator. I quit listening after about half an hour, and would return it if I could.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Shipping News

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Joy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Find the unabridged version!

  • By Karen on 05-28-07

Good words, disappointing reader

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is excellent

What did you like best about this story?

It is a compelling story of growth and human character

What didn’t you like about Robert Joy’s performance?

His voice is off putting, and detracted from the story.

Could you see The Shipping News being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

no