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C. E. Pearson

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  • The Great Wall of China

  • The History of China's Most Famous Landmark
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Violet Meadow
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Great Wall of China is perhaps the wonder of the world that has most captured the human imagination, and as the quotes about it indicate, the wall has acquired special significance even outside of China. The places and ways in which it has taken hold vary greatly, but one thing is certain: The Great Wall of China is as amazing as it is mysterious, and it's as mundane as it is magical.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'd probably prefer the text,

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 19-09-16

An Hour of My Life Lost Forever!

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Firstly, I am not criticising the actual book. I think it was quite a decent book on The Great Wall and on Chinese history in general. It was the narration that completely ruined it for me, and stopped me from absorbing the valuable information. She would splutter out a few words, then there would be a significant pause, followed by a few more words. Sometimes the pauses seemed to be when she encountered an unfamiliar word and she took time to sound it out, generally mispronouncing it in the process. More often the pauses seemed to come at random, and bore no relation to the structure or meaning of the sentence. Consequently it was very difficult to understand, and very unpleasant to listen to. My advice would be to buy the book and steer well clear of the audible version.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

Time travel meets history in this new drama adaptation by Marty Ross. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One damned thong after another:Audio drama

  • By Prudence on 21-05-17

I really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I am a huge fan of The Chronicles of St Mary's, particularly when read by Zara Ramm, so I was looking forward to listening to this play, particularly since I have very much enjoyed some of the other Audible sponsored dramas. Sadly, I found it a struggle to complete this one. It was noisy, some parts were grossly extended (e.g the interminable speechifying at Peterloo), two of my favourite characters, Markham and Dr Bairstow, had completely lost their charisma, and there was very little humour - and the books are very funny indeed. There were some good performances, notably Zara Ramm, of course, and Gemma Whelan. Dr Bairstow unfortunately did not have the soft, attractive Scottish accent bestowed on him by Zara Ramm, a perfect vehicle for his dry humour, but an accent so strong it sounded like a charicature. The actress playing Isabella Barclay was fine, but her role was crudely and irritatingly overwritten.

I was very disappointed with this play. When I finished listening to it, I felt compelled to re-listen to the audiobook - a cleansing or resetting of my memories perhaps! It was perfect!

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  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's still St Mary's

  • By Sheryl Mason on 12-11-14

A wonderful book, a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Would you listen to A Trail Through Time again? Why?

I have listened to the whole series at least three times. They are the perfect blend of adventure, romance, humour with a bit of two of my favourite genres - SF and historical (albeit SF light!).

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trail Through Time?

It's hard to pinpoint any particular moment, as in these books there are always a series of events in different times and places, all absorbing and like separate stories, but consolidated within an overall story arc.

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

I have listened to Zara Ramm narrate the series but nothing else. I do love her narration. She has a beautiful voice, manages the different roles with a wide range of accents really well, her sense of comic timing is perfect, and her emotional range comprehensive. She really enhances these fabulous stories. My one niggle is that sometimes her pronunciation of names and words is idiosyncratic, to say the least! I can find myself correcting her pronunciation in my head as she reads, which can take me away from the experience. This is really a review of the whole series, but I chose to review this book because she read pyroclastic as 'percolastic' throughout the Pompeii section. However, she has clearly listened to feedback because in a later book she pronounces it correctly. I did initially rate her narration as only 4 because of this tendency to mispronounce, but on reflection that seems churlish of me because in other ways I think her narration is perfect. I just wish she would do a little homework on how to pronounce unfamiliar names and words, though!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love her relationship with Leon, so moved by the regrowth of the relationship as they find each other again. Also her rescue of the young Time Policeman, showing again her courage and compassion. And I cheered her on when she used the truth to thwart the Time Police.

Any additional comments?

Just please please - Jodi keep writing, Zara keep reading!

  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists

  • Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
  • By: Eleanor Payson
  • Narrated by: Cathryn Bond Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book, spoiled by poor narration

  • By C. E. Pearson on 06-10-16

An excellent book, spoiled by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Would you try another book written by Eleanor Payson or narrated by Cathryn Bond Doyle?

I would definitely consider more books by Eleanor Payson, but I could not bear to listen to another word spoken by Cathryn Bond Doyle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists?

No particular memorable moments, just a solidly comprehensive exploration of the issues and clear guidelines for action.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathryn Bond Doyle’s performances?

No, No and No! I found her voice harsh and grating, and her narration style robotic and laboured.

Was The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists worth the listening time?

I'm glad I have listened to it, but if I had known what an ordeal the narration would be, I would never have bought the Audible version.

Any additional comments?

As a clinical psychologist specialising in personality disorders, I bought this book for what I could learn for myself, but also to see if it was something I could recommend to clients struggling with relationships with narcissists. I will be recommending it, but not in the Audible form. Firstly, the concepts are not easy, either intellectually or emotionally, if you are not familiar with them, and there are quite detailed, practical recommendations listed which I think most people would find easier to see in front of them on the page. Secondly I found myself struggling increasingly with the narration, and this made it much harder to listen to.

I do recommend the book. I particularly liked the Wizard of Oz metaphor running through the book, the clarification of covert narcissism (which can easily be missed and leave people feeling even more confused and distressed than when someone is more clearly grandiose or contemptuous), and the role of the other person in relationship with the narcissist. It's quite comprehensive, covering intimate relationships, relationships with parents, friends, colleagues and bosses, even service providers, and the recommendations should help people make healthy decisions about how to move forward, and when to let go. I would just not recommend the Audible version.

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