A. Meyers

Pewaukee, WI United States
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Difficult to hear if there's background noise

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

I haven't finished the book, but this review isn't really about the plot; it's a a technical issue. The sound isn't up to snuff with other books I've purchased from Audible. It sounds as if the reader is very muffled, reading in a too-small studio with a bad microphone.

What didn’t you like about Liam Owen’s performance?

Mr. Owen's performance is okay; that's not the issue here.

Any additional comments?

So long as I don't have other sounds to distract me and I can listen carefully, I can hear the story adequately. But if there are other sounds (such as while I'm washing dishes, etc.), it's harder to hear and enjoy the book. This one would be better to listen to with headphones or ear buds.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Everyone nodded

Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vin, I suppose. What's not to like about a female Harry Potter analog?

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a nice job of giving some vibrancy to the characters.

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


Any additional comments?

I was very annoyed for at least the first half of the book by the author's constant use of "nodded". "[the character] nodded" appeared so frequently, I was tempted to keep count of how often he made use of that phrase. Spoiler alert: Sanderson continues this habit throughout the trilogy. I wouldn't let that keep you from listening to it all, but I'm stunned that his editor let this through.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-14

How did I stick with this??

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

I love speculative fiction, and the premise intrigued me. I tried reading it some time ago but was put off by the narration. At loose ends for a book, I decided to give it another try. I tried to ignore the narrator and focus on the story, but that didn't help much. The main character was fatuous and so lacking in the ability to make inferences that I was frequently frustrated by the author's depiction of him. The characters all lacked depth.

Has Julian Comstock turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I'll do more research on unfamiliar authors and narrators before making selections, based on this experience.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

Absolutely not. His performance was the most melodramatic attempt at pomposity I have ever experienced.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed, but felt I should read to the end so my review would be based on a complete reading.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book of dozens I've downloaded from Audible that has been disappointing to this degree. Nothing has come anywhere near this close.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-14

I doubt Austen would like this much

Would you try another book from Shannon Winslow and/or Beverley A. Crick?

I don't think I'd try another Shannon Winslow novel if it's one in which she's trying to mimic Jane Austen. Beverley A. Crick's narration seemed better-modulated to a book for much younger readers.

Would you be willing to try another book from Shannon Winslow? Why or why not?

I'd try another book of Shannon Winslow's only if it were of a different genre, although I'm not sure which one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Beverley A. Crick?

A narrator with a less Pollyanna-ish style would have given the book a bit more weight. Crick's style made it seem even more fluffy than it was.

Could you see For Myself Alone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, please! There were too many points I felt were ignored legal and social realities for women of that period.

Any additional comments?

This doesn't seem to be the same universe in which Dickens wrote Bleak House, or in which women's rights to property were severely limited by entailments, etc. Jo seems to behave too much like a 20th century woman in handling her affairs, in moving about socially, etc. The subplots with the suitors lack anything like the subtleties of Austen's handling. Therefore, to attach Jane Austen's name to it is, to put it very mildly, disappointing.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-06

Really poor narration

I'm a retired middle school reading teacher. I've enjoyed Audible titles in this genre before. But this narrator is, bar none, the worst of all I've previewed or listened to. His tone is pretentious and his regard for punctuation (as noted above), nonexistent. I can't get past his style to care about the text. Pass on this one!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-06


I'd read this book twice, including once in a women's literature class. The strength of Austen's style is legendary. But listening to this reader made the book even more enjoyable. Her pacing and expression were spot-on for me. I'll look for her again on other titles.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful