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Fiona

Fiona Geurie, Australia Member Since 2008
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  • "Interesting story but worst narration."

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    Would you try another book from Brandon Mull and/or E. B. Stevens?

    Quite liked the story but couldnt get past chapter 7 as the narrator made the story grindingly boring and tedious


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As said above I think this would be a great series except for the narration. It was so bad that I have returned the book to Audible.


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    Fablehaven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
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    For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

    Joanna says: "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
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  • Fablehaven, Book 1

    "The worst performance I've ever heard"

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    What disappointed you about Fablehaven, Book 1?

    It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Mull’s story?

    Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Hell no!


    What character would you cut from Fablehaven, Book 1?

    The mother.


Erin - Audible

Erin - Audible Jersey City, NJ 09-30-13 Member Since 2010

Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.

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  • "Revelant and Realistic Queer YA"

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    If You Could Be Mine is the story of two girls in Tehran who have been best friends since childhood. The protagonist, Sahar, is a very smart young woman on track for the top university in Iran. Nasrin is a spoiled rich girl whose parents are intend for her to marry as soon as she leaves high school. Neither of these situations is painted as unusual in Iranian society within the context of the book. Farizan clearly establishes the country's culture without it seeming intimidating or anti-Islam.

    Negin Farsad's narration makes the story more emotionally resonant than I think it would be otherwise. Sahar spends a lot of time being angry about her situation (understandable), and defensive of her decision to pursue a sex change so she might marry Nasrin instead of her fiance. Farsad easily finds the essential nuances within that anger, creating strong, unwavering characters.

    As the story is in first person singular, we don't see any of Nasrin's real feelings on the subject of her impending marriage beyond her outside behavior, and what she says to Sahar. I would have liked to know the complicated feelings going on in Nasrin's head as well; it surely could not have been easy to choose duty and a life of ease, or the love of your life.

    Overall, I found If You Could Be Mine thoughtful and well-written, with fully developed characters and socially relevant storylines. I liked the insight into underground queer culture in Iran. I would have rather seen a sweet ending, or a bitter ending, rather than a bittersweet one, but I'm glad Sahar was able to make the choices she did.

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    If You Could Be Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Farizan
    • Narrated By Negin Farsad
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    17-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They've shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love - Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret - until Nasrin's parents announce that they've arranged for her marriage.

    Erin - Audible says: "Revelant and Realistic Queer YA"

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UNABRIDGED) by Jane Austen Narrated by Kate Reading

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Victoria says: "loved it."
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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
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UNABRIDGED) by Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrated by Vanessa Maroney

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    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
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    Gary says: "Outstanding!"
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UNABRIDGED) by Patricia McCormick Narrated by Clea Lewis

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    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Clea Lewis
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    Kimberly says: "Very good."
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UNABRIDGED) by John Boyne Narrated by Michael Maloney

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    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
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    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
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UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Blair Brown

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    • By Lois Lowry
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    RaisinNut says: "People of all ages will enjoy this book."
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UNABRIDGED) by Charles Dickens Narrated by Frank Muller

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
  • 4.2 (216 ratings)
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ABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Khaled Hosseini

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    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
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    Robert says: "Kite Runner"
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  • 4.3 (124 ratings)
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UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Hardy Narrated by Pamela Garelick

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
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    Biggar Thomas says: "Fabulous"
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    Esperanza Rising (






UNABRIDGED) by Pam Munoz Ryan Narrated by Trini Alvarado

    Esperanza Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pam Munoz Ryan
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
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UNABRIDGED) by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts Narrated by Bryan Kennedy

    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
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    Matt says: "Great book"
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UNABRIDGED) by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by Full Cast

    Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Walter Dean Myers
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    Karen says: "This story is worth the time to listen."
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UNABRIDGED) by William Golding Narrated by William Golding

    Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
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UNABRIDGED) by Judy Blume Narrated by Halley Feiffer

    Blubber

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Judy Blume
    • Narrated By Halley Feiffer
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UNABRIDGED) by S.E. Hinton Narrated by Jim Fyfe

    The Outsiders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
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    A User says: "The Outsiders"
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UNABRIDGED) by John Green, David Levithan Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
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    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
  • Delirium (






UNABRIDGED) by Lauren Oliver Narrated by Sarah Drew

    Delirium

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    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
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    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
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UNABRIDGED) by Jay Asher Narrated by Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone

    Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
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    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"
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  • Nickel Plated (






UNABRIDGED) by Aric Davis Narrated by Nick Podehl

    Nickel Plated

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
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    Sheryl says: "Very Good. Would be a great motion picture!"
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (






UNABRIDGED) by John Boyne Narrated by Michael Maloney

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
  • Masked Destiny (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark A. Roeder Narrated by Guy Veryzer

    Masked Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
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    Masked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male. Skye's obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place. Try as he might, he's unable to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path.

  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave (






UNABRIDGED) by Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky Narrated by Robin Eller

    Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
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    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

  • Let's Talk about Sex  by Pastor David Narrated by Christy Wurzbach

    Let's Talk about Sex

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    • By Pastor David
    • Narrated By Christy Wurzbach
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    What does God think of my sex life? Do you ever wonder? If so, you're not alone. Teens and young adults alike have been asking that question for centuries. Finally, there is a comprehensive answer! Pastor David dares to address the questions that many people would rather sweep under the rug, not expected especially from a Preacher's pulpit, or considered too sensitive to be discussed in the open. He does so by sharing what God has to say in His Word.

  • Let's Use Free Speech to Honor Pranks (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Bushard Narrated by Nicholas Aaron Biddle

    Let's Use Free Speech to Honor Pranks

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    • By Andrew Bushard
    • Narrated By Nicholas Aaron Biddle
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    Some people oppose pranks. Some people condemn pranks. Some people hate pranks. Don't be a killjoy like them - cherish pranks, at least every now and then!

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  • Out of the Pocket (






UNABRIDGED) by B. E. Stanfel Narrated by Dan Kassis

    Out of the Pocket

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By B. E. Stanfel
    • Narrated By Dan Kassis
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    Though separated by thousands of miles, the two men form a bond as Mercer provides support to Ahmed in his struggles to provide food for his family, and Ahmed helps Mercer learn how to survive without his dad. High school English and history teachers could use Out of the Pocket as a median to teach about the Iraq war while analyzing themes, symbolism, and character development. The best way to teach history is to tell a story.

  • Soft Skills for Emerging Student Leaders (






UNABRIDGED) by Dr. Earl E. Paul Narrated by Dr. Earl E. Paul

    Soft Skills for Emerging Student Leaders

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    • By Dr. Earl E. Paul
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    This article, the first of two, focuses on student leadership and youth leadership soft skills areas that are necessary for any younger leader, mainly of high school and college age, Soft skills refer to traits or behaviors a leader must practice to be effective when dealing with others. The material found in these articles is not highly theoretical but practical and would be excellent for student leadership training or for a student leadership seminar.

  • Tease (






UNABRIDGED) by Amanda Maciel Narrated by Julia Whelan

    Tease

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    • By Amanda Maciel
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment - and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy.

    RueRue says: "Who is the Victim ?"