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  • Cinderella Man

  • James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History
  • By: Jeremy Schaap
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, Fantastic Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-08-18

Fantastic Story, Fantastic Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Fantastic amount of detail is found throughout this book. It gave a wonderful insight into the game at the time and has some brilliant stories about the fighters from the era.

This is the second title I’ve listened to by Grover Gardner and he was fantastic again.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

The narrator felt completely wrong for this book, it is based in America and read by someone who wouldn’t sound out of place in a Jane Austen adaptation. I don’t believe this to be a fault of the narrator herself, more she felt like the wrong choice for this novel.

The novel itself left me wanting, I found it dull and implausible. The narrators day dreams became tiring and often found myself switching off. I know I am firmly in the minority here but I struggle to understand the universal acclaim that this book has garnered. I don’t know if my expectations where to high but it was not my cup of tea.