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  • The Last Day

  • Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
  • By: Nicholas Shrady
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Along with the volcanic destruction of Pompeii and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Lisbon quake of 1755 is one of the most destructive natural disasters ever recorded. After being jolted by a massive quake, Lisbon was then pounded by a succession of tidal waves and finally reduced to ash by a fire that raged for five straight days.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • could be better

  • By WERNER on 08-05-2017

could be better

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2017

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from Nicholas Shrady? Why or why not?

Possibly.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator, and this goes for all narrators, should learn how to pronounce names.

Did The Last Day inspire you to do anything?

As always with history and historic fiction, it inspired me to search the net and find the places and people mentioned. It HELPS if the narrator gets close enough to correct pronunciation to aid in finding the references.

  • The Cheapside Corpse

  • Exploits of Thomas Chaloner, Book 10
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear. There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade, and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II's government with no means of paying for the nation's defence. Amid the tension, Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a good book/series

  • By WERNER on 13-03-2017

Overall a good book/series

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cheapside Corpse to be better than the print version?

Can't say as never read this in hard copy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cheapside Corpse?

Most memorable of all of the series is the historical accuracy. One of my own distant ancestors turned up and the author had him down pat. Nasty piece of work, that one.

Have you listened to any of Gordon Griffin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have, and he is very good at the narration.

Any additional comments?

What stands out the most for me is how our hero seems to get slower (read stupider) with each case. However, this can be easily explained by the number of times the poor bloke has been hit in the head. At the rate poor Chaloner keeps getting clobbered, I expect the series to end with him a drooling idiot.

  • Persian Fire

  • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first "clash of Empires" between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no competing popular book describing these events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Greg Sale on 02-08-2017

Would, am sure, been better

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

Reviewed: 01-02-2017

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Wished it were the unabridged version. This writer/subject is too good to cut out any portions.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Holland? Why or why not?

Most definitely, and have,

What three words best describe Andrew Sachs’s voice?

Rich, distinct, appropriate.

Did Persian Fire inspire you to do anything?

Yup. Look for the unabridged version.

  • Hunter and Fox

  • By: Philippa Ballantine
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dissapointing

  • By WERNER on 15-01-2017

dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2017

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A little more background to the story MIGHT have made these a bit more enjoyable.

What will your next listen be?

Conn Iggulden

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She reads way too fast.

  • Kindred and Wings

  • By: Philippa Ballantine
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

On the back of the dragon Wahirangi, Finn the Fox flees the world he has known. As he sets out to find the brother he never knew of, he still holds in his heart the memory of the Hunter. He has denied his love for her, but he cannot deny it forever. In the halls of the Last Believers, Talyn begins to uncover her own mysteries, but her lust for the death of the Caisah is still strong and clouds her vision. She must choose her path, as the Seer of her people or as the assassin of the overlord.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dissapointing

  • By WERNER on 12-01-2017

dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2017

What disappointed you about Kindred and Wings?

Not up to what I have come to expect from Philippa Ballantine. Confusing and disjointed. The narrator doesn't help by reading way too fast.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.