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  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1250)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Janine says: "Offensive accents!"
    "Good series"
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    Where does The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is not as good as the best ones, such as Harry Potter, but it is very enjoyable. And the narrator is excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The series is funny, I usually laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (74)

    Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. "Why?" she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?

    karen says: "Imaginative but predictable"
    "Great book BUT a section is out of order!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is another great book by Barker as the follow up to the Abarat. Just note that this audio book seems to have a short part (or two) out of order! makes for disjoint listening. Lucky for me I have a hard copy of the book and was able to get the story straight. Maybe this can get fixed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4440)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2137)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "ruining a childhood memory"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Maguire again?

    The narrator does a good job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end


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

    Left me DEPRESSED.
    If you love the Wizard of Oz I would caution you against reading this book. While the premise is actually very "clever" and the book well thought out, reading it left me rather depressed. I almost didn't make it through. My mom reading us the Oz stories from her own ancient copies of the book is a very happy childhood memory. For me the land of Oz should remain a pure and wonderful place that is not sullied by real world depravity, callousness, filth, bigotry, cruelty, and abject suffering. I am an adult and I do like adult themed books, but if you have any love of the pureness and innocence of the original OZ books, please think twice about reading WICKED. I wish I hadn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I imagine the stage show version is a bit more cleaned up and possibly more palatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Alice: The Last Apprentice, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    I must be brave. I must do what has to be done. I am Alice. Alice is the most powerful witch the county has ever seen. She may one day be the most evil. But Alice is also the best friend - and true love - of Tom Ward. Together they work to defeat the Fiend - the world's greatest evil - once and for all. They have nearly everything they need, all except a blade hidden in the Dark, the Fiend's domain. So Alice ventures there to find it. She faces the most terrifying creatures in existence. And she once again battles old enemies who bear grudges: Bony Lizzie, Bloodeye, and more.

    Bill says: "Good Story, Terrible Performance"
    "WHY CHANGE NARRATORS?"
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    Where does I Am Alice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story is great of course but the lousy narrator almost ruins it. SO disappointed when I saw that woman was doing the voice. ALICE HAS A VOICE and its the one Christopher Evan Welch does.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice really shines in this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Goethals’s performances?

    NO BECAUSE GOETHAL ALMOST RUINED THIS BOOK! I'm really irritated about this (can you tell?)


    Any additional comments?

    I HATE IT when they change narrators, please authors NEVER EVER do that unless there just isn't a way to keep the original person.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1331)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "Gaiman stories read by Gaiman should not be missed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gaiman stories read by Gaiman should not be missed. I often choose audio books by the ability of the narrator and Gaiman is unparalleled in his ability to bring to life his type of story through the spoken word. His other books such as the Graveyard book, Coraline and Neverwhere are works that I have listened to over and over again.

    And as for quality of the story of Stardust itself, while I put those other Gaiman books above Stardust, I was still quite delighted by this tale of the Faerie realm. No fan of Gaiman should pass this story by!

    Also at the end there is a wonderful interview with Gaiman about his inspiration for this book, his other works and about how he learned he had an affinity and a love for doing narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stardust?

    I loved the description of the Faerie market.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As said, Neil Gaiman is an EXCELLENCE narrator. His voice rich and melodious. He knows his work and he knows exactly where to put the slight pauses to emphasize his unique wry humor and where to speed up to add excitement and heighten drama. He does voices that fit the characters that make each distinctive and convey their personality.


    Any additional comments?

    As other people said this book has a brief encounter of really "adult" content that should be kept in mind when young children read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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