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zoomcity

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  • The Halloween Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (117)
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    (106)
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    (107)

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

    Dave says: "An October Essential!"
    "What did you say?"
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    What disappointed you about The Halloween Tree?

    I need to be able to hear the story, even when the narrator whispers. If I have to turn the volume all the way up just to be able to almost hear the whispering, that's a very bad performance and production. You can imagine what happens: after the whispering, the normal narration blasts your ears away like a horrible commercial. I also didn't like the characterization of Mr. Moundshroud. He sounded bored. I've never considered Mr. Moundshroud to be bored by the


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

    It was a complete disappointment. I hoped to have fun with my son listeining to a Halloween story we both enjoy. This was not to be. Perhaps the dramatized version available on Audible is better. The old cartoon from the early '90's definitely is.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (493)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "to be and not to be"
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    The more I think about this book, the more I love it. I also love that Ruth Ozeki narrated the book, and after the book ends, she tells the listener that when she writes, she reads it aloud to hear the words. That recording the book allowed her to be sure the text is "read" with the inflection she intended, which is impossible in print. She also suggests checking out the print version, since it contains footnotes and, I think, an appendix, which are impossible to convey in audio format.

    I'm not one to write detailed reviews of books. But I will tell you I loved Nao (when I finished the book, I thought about the book in her voice) and her great-grandmother, Jiko, and her great-uncle, Harukami #1. I also don't usually comment on beautiful writing and such, but I felt it more than I normally do, and it swept me away. Like on a wave. Or in a current. Or a gyre. Like the gyre, current, waves that brought Nao to Ruth. And to me, and maybe you.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Days

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Annie Potts
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read, not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale.

    Ron says: "Good McMurtry, not great"
    "Excellent performance"
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    This is a ridiculous story. Marie Antoinette "Nellie" Courtright is a beauty courted by George Custer, Bill Hickock and two Earp brothers, in addition to a host of non-famous beaus. She works for Buffalo Bill Cody, gets the best of Jesse James, meets Billy the Kid and General Sherman, and witnesses the gunfight at the OK Corral.

    I enjoyed this because it's funny, and Annie Potts' narration is perfection. She made me want to keep listening. It would be a quick read on paper, but it's so much better, and time well spent, on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "Lovely narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Weird Sisters the most enjoyable?

    I bought the book first, intending to read it. I downloaded the free first chapter, too, and after listening to Kirsten Potter's narration, I had to listen to it. I made the right choice. I really liked the story of three sisters reuniting after their mother's diagnosis of breast cancer, and Ms. Potter's performance enhanced it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Perry
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Chicago, 1924. There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special - worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a "girl reporter" for the Chicago Tribune, the city's "hanging paper".

    zoomcity says: "Some books should be read"
    "Some books should be read"
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    This is a book that I would have liked better if I'd read it instead of listening to it. The pace is very quick and there were so many characters. If you lose your concentration at the wrong time, you'll be rewinding like I did--wait, who is she? If I'd had the photos that are in the book, it would have greatly enhanced the story. I tried to find photos online, on Mr. Perry's site, but I had to go to the library for the full experience. Not all the photos in the book are online.

    Still, it's a fun read for fans of Chicago, like me. I wish there weren't two chapters on Leopold and Loeb. I know Maurine Watkins, etc., covered their story, but still...too much.

    I'm glad I listened.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3441)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1429)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Delightful and Thrilling"
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    I loved the premise of magic's return to England, and the suggestion that magic is thoroughly English (Napoleon is quite unsuccessful in his search for a French magician, and Mr. Strange & Mr. Norrell are renowned throughout Europe). The depth of magical history Ms. Clarke has created thrilled me. It was a crushing disappointment to be unable to read more about the Raven King. I wished for a companion book just about him. This story pleased me as both fantasy and historic fiction.??Simon Prebble's narration is pitch-perfect. Each of the characters come to life under his care. I fell in love with so many characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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