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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Wonderful for academics and lay persons alike

This is a great overview of the history of China. Professor Andrew R. Wilson is a very knowledgable and engaging lecturer. I recommend this course for anyone with an interest in China.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Another performer who cannot speak the language

Would you consider the audio edition of Oracle Bones to be better than the print version?

No. I'm going to return the audio book and buy the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Peter Hessler has don a great job of researching this book, and he's a skilled writer.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

I wish someone who can actually pronounce Chinese would read the text. It's actually quite important to be able to understand what the performer is talking about, to follow the story.

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

No. I couldn't get through chapter one; the reader's Chinese was so horrendous.

Any additional comments?

Please stop hiring people who don't speak Chinese to read books about China! And stop making the performers read quotes by Chinese people in a thick Chinese accent. It's so unnecessary.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Very interesting material, not a good performance

What disappointed you about The Fall and Rise of China?

Professor Richard Baum reads in a pattern, where all sentences inside a paragraph end in a slightly up tone, and then the final sentence in the paragraph is always low.

Up up down. Up up up down. Up up down.

This pattern makes it very difficult to pay attention to the words, and my mind starts to drift. I become so aware of the reading pattern that the words just disappear.

What did you like best about this story?

I've restarted the lecture three times, because the material is great, but I just can't seem to pay attention due to Baum's way of reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Richard Baum’s performances?

I would not try any of Professor Baum's lectures, unless read by someone else.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-15

A very thorough introduction to the medieval world

What made the experience of listening to The Medieval World the most enjoyable?

This is a great course, given by a very knowledgable professor. It is recommended to anyone with an interest in the medieval period.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Tense, well-written, well-performed audio book

I loved this book right from the start. The two voice actors are both excellent at what they do, and they did the story justice!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Why not have someone who speaks Chinese read?

Would you consider the audio edition of Empress Dowager Cixi to be better than the print version?

The book is well-written and very entertaining. Jung Chang has written a solid piece of work that makes learning about the dowager empress a lot of fun.

The narrator Jolene Kim, however, is another matter. She reads wll enough, and she might be of Chinese heritage (I have no idea), but she's clearly not from maninland China, and her pronounciation of Chinese Mandarin is horrendous. This detracts a lot from what could've been a perfect audio book. Kim pronounces Cixi as "Zi-shee" (the latter cyllable doesn't even exist in Mandarin), and because of her generally bad pronounciation of Chinese, it's very difficult for someone to look up names and words that she's is reading. Why not choose someone who actually IS from mainland China to read this book?

Another curious choice Kim makes is to read all of Empress Dowager Cixi's direct quotes in a type of Chinglish accent. Why would she do that? Cixi did not speak English at all, and thus did not deliver her opnions in broken English.

Please don't let this discourage you from reading or listening to the book, though! The book itself is great, and deserves to be read by everyone.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

A book perhaps best suited in paper format

If you could sum up Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  in three words, what would they be?

This is a condenced book on Chinese literature. The book itself is informative as a crash-course of many decades of literature from the Middle Kingdom, but the person who reads cannot pronounce Chinese. This leads to the problem that when you hear a new Chinese word or name, you have no idea what this word or name is (and it's very difficult to look it up), because Backman as the narrator botches all tones and prononciation. He does a fine job of reading, but I wish they would've had someone else pronounce the Chinese words.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Excellent and touching biography

Where does The Disaster Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very well-written book for anyone who's been mesmerised by the movie "The Room." Greg Sestero reads the book himself, and his performance is great and the impression he does of Tommy Wiseau is spot on.

The book is funny and surprisingly touching at times.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Love this comedian, enjoyed the book greatly

What did you love best about Yes Please?

Wonderfully written by one of the best living comedians today, and narrated by both Poehler herself, as well as Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner and more. This is a treat to listen to.The only thing detracting from the book to me, is the chapter on Poehler's children. I understand how they are important to her, but I just want to hear about her and her carreer, and I just don't find this chapter as entertaining or interesting as all the other chapters.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Good book, but horrible narrator

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

No, not at all. I will also try to return it myself and buy the Kindle version if I can.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Although I can tell the book is well written and interesting, the narrator Scott Brick ruined this entire experience for me. He reads in an overly dramatic manner, and doesn't appear to connect to the material in any meaningful way. It seems like he's so taken with his own voice and performance, he doesn't even care what he's reading.

I couldn't finish the book, because as Brick was reading, all I could hear was, "I am a thesbian! I am a thesbian!" It was as if the book was narrated by Frasier Crane. I will stay away from anything narrated by Scott Brick from now on.

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