Blood Work

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1 out of 5 stars
By Chelsey on 07-22-13

Sounds like text-to-speech not narration

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

Can't even give an honest review of the story because the sound is so bad I can't stand to listen to it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Holly Tucker? Why or why not?

Sure, if I could hear a real narrator read it.

What didn’t you like about Julia Farhat’s performance?

Sounds like text-to-speech, over-enunciates, choppy, terrible!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Erik on 08-05-13

Ok Book, Awful Narrator -- Warning

What made the experience of listening to Blood Work the most enjoyable?

Interesting medical history for period about which little is commonly known.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator does not appear to have professional voice -- my wife and I both felt that her inflection and tone were incredibly "grating". Attempts at dramatic inflection just made things worse. Almost painful to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While enjoyable, it was not such a compelling narrative that I felt the need to get through it in one sitting. Part of the problem was the poor narrator. Listening for too long was just painful.

Any additional comments?

I will exercise care never to order a book with this narrator. Audible should not use this narrator again -- at least for any kind of non-fiction (which is genrally all I listen do).

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Misslilo on 06-15-16

Is that even a human narrator?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

After listening to the authors interview on Stuff You Missed in History Class, I was keen to read Blood Work. Unfortunately I could not find it locally and it isn't available on kindle, so I purchased the audio book. I wish I had looked at the reviews first!!!
The narration sounds like a text to speech computer programme. After 2 minutes I couldn't cope any more and turned it off. I'm sure the book is great, but the audiobook should be avoided.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 10-25-15

Couldn't finish it

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

I couldn't finish this book as I found it sensationalized the gory and dragged out the story

What didn’t you like about Julia Farhat’s performance?

Quality of her voice

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 06-05-13

A great book about history and science

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of the best science books I have listened to on audible. Well researched and engagingly written. Tucker builds a compelling narrative around the facts of the trial of Jean Baptist Denis, a fascinating and lesser known participant in the scientific revolution.

What did you like best about this story?

The solid research that underpins this book makes the extraordinary tale even more compelling.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tucker's description of transfusion and vivisection in the seventeenth century are a grisly but fascinating onslaught.

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

if it bleeds....

Any additional comments?

Farhat's narration was also very good.

I hope that Audible will publish more science books of this quality and less of the dubious self-help and pseudoscience vanity books.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 06-06-18

Worst. Narrator. Ever

Book is great but the narrator is horrible. She sounds like a robot!! It’s so annoying that I might just read the book so I can stop listening to her.

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