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  • A Week in Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Maeve Binchy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who've never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple's surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.

    Wendy says: "In her own voice"
    "What a great gift for her friends!"
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    What about Maeve Binchy’s performance did you like?

    First of all, I love Maeve Binchy. I love the way she weaves characters in and out of each other's lives. How their relationships change and they just go with the flow. How she always brings out the most poignant aspect of the relationships without getting muddled up in all the baggage.

    Next, you have to listen to the introduction! Once you understand that she has written this story and is performing it as a gift for her friends at the festival, it takes on so much more meaning! The audience laughs at the parts of the story that are poking fun at them! I love the comeraderie that is so evident in the context of the reading. It means so much more as her performance than it ever would as written text!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Silence: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (540)

    A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker....

    Nina says: "Never disappoint!"
    "best one yet!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best writing so far in this series. Maybe Sagara got a new editor for this book or something. On the other hand, the cursing has moved up a level. It is totally unnecessary and adds nothing to the book; it just means I have to be really careful not to have it on around my kids. Lots of f-bombs in this book. :( Other than that, it is the best book this far in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (731)

    In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

    Jessica says: "I love this series!"
    "Great story; mediocre writing."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters in this story are great. There is a lot of depth to a lot of characters--even characters who will likely only appear in this episode. Kaylin is pretty juvenile, but it is interesting to watch her begin to mature. She has such a pure heart, you always want to root for her! In this episode, I was really interested in the change in the Barrani characters, who have seemed very flat in the others. I'm especially interested to see where things are going with Lord Nightshade!


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, the writing in this book is pretty sophomoric. There are too many complicated, awkward, run-on sentences that are difficult to follow. It seems like the author is trying to make herself sound more intelligent than she is. On the flip side, it's a great story, and I'll definitely be listening to the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (162)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    Jackie says: "Now I want more"
    "going to buy the whole book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Imagine: Free Excerpt to be better than the print version?

    I only got the excerpt because it was free, but I'm definitely going to buy the whole book! For a strong left-brainer like me, who has memory trouble to boot, it is revelational! Where to start? First, it is very well researched and written. Too many books of this type are filled with broad, sweeping generalities founded on who knows what; this book is not like that! Also, it is a lot of new information--a new way of thinking about thinking--but it's not so intellectual that you can't follow it. It's easy to follow and to keep up with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's on concept--that doing something mildly distracting will help your brain focus--that rings so true to me. I've had so many employers and teachers who insisted on the sit-in-this-room-behind-this-desk modality of work, it is enlightening to hear someone verify what I have always believed--that getting outside, going for a walk, doodling, reading something off-topic but not too intriguing, etc. will free my mind to roll around ideas and find a better solution to a problem. I have found this to be true over and over--as long as I was putting pressure on the problem, I couldn't see a solution, but as soon as I let it go, I could see what should have been obvious! This is only one of numerous principles of how the mind functions that is described in this book. I can't wait to hear the whole thing!


    Any additional comments?

    Jonah Lehrer performed this book so beautifully. His conversational tone makes you feel like you're sitting in Starbucks together and he's telling you about this interesting thing he discovered. He was a great choice for this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    After George McWhirter Fotheringay discovers that he is able to perform miracles in a local bar after he professes not to believe in them, he experiments in his home with whimsical results. He seeks the advice of local clergyman, Mr. Maydig, who decides to begin a campaign of using Fotheringay's powers to reform the world. But with best of intentions, Mr. Fotheringay has little knowledge and less foresight. Before long a miracle backfires and he must use his power one last time to undo the cataclysm.

    Kindle Customer says: "probably revolutionary in its time"
    "probably revolutionary in its time"
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    What did you like best about The Man Who Could Work Miracles? What did you like least?

    This story may have been the first of its kind, and was probably a new and fantastic thing a hundred years ago; however, since then, it has been done repeatedly--and better. I especially disliked the ending; it's so irrational and idiotic, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't heard it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35936)
    Performance
    (26935)
    Story
    (27320)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "not a great performance"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I'm going to read the next hunger games book. The story was pretty good (not my favorite, but all of my friends are reading it) but the performance was pretty annoying. McCormick tends to use the same intonation--an over-dramatic intonation--for nearly everything a given character says. I realized the second time through that a lot of my distaste for certain characters was due to her intonation, not the character himself! It made it hard to identify with the characters, so next time I'm reading it off the printed page, so I can add the tone of voice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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