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Molly Garner

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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3023)
    Performance
    (2758)
    Story
    (2740)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Sedaris continues toward more serious commentary"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a Sedaris fan or other socially liberal person will love this book. Sedaris uses his sharp wit to roast social conservatives in many essays (which is delicious!). Passive-agressive? Give this book to your conservative friends and family.Sedaris continues down a path toward more serious, darker work. Funny topics in earlier essays about drug addiction, death, etc. have led to rather sad and disturbing parables (i.e. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk") and this most recent work continues on that path. Certainly, some essays are on the surface just plain funny, but there is a more serious undercurrent and depth that Sedaris had added to this collection.


    Any additional comments?

    It's great to listen to Sedaris read his own work. This book, like all of his work are personal essays which lean toward social commentary. Like "Me Talk Pretty One Day" focused on David's life in France, this book focuses on David's life in England and on the road. He's no longer an every-man: cleaning apartments, working construction, attending school, doing drugs, etc., and I think his new life as a successful writer may turn-away some fans. He remains, however, very much himself. Extremely entertaining, thoughtful, witty, and (despite his own opinion of himself) very likable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (735)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Introduction to life on the rez for all readers"
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    Where does The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Entertaining read for young-adults and adults alike. A great introduction for younger readers (and adults, too) into the real life and experience of a modern-day Native American teenager. No vampires, dragons, etc. needed to keep the reader engaged.


    Which character – as performed by Sherman Alexie – was your favorite?

    It's almost always great when a writer reads their own work, but Sherman Alexie excels at the spoken word. In lectures, I've heard him talk about the Indian way of speaking, especially around non-Native Americans, and here he lends full force to the North Western Native American dialect.


    Any additional comments?

    The book reads like a movie, and I'm amazed it didn't get made as such. This is a little off-putting as "great literature" goes, but I believe the style would help keep younger readers engaged.
    Also, I'd love my young sons to read this book, but it's still to old for them. I'd recommend readers no younger than 13.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?

    Ann says: "Clever story, fun performance."
    "It's great!"
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    Would you listen to The Gruffalo again? Why?

    Yes. My five-year-old asks that we listen to it nearly every night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The little mouse is so clever.


    What about Hal Hollings’s performance did you like?

    Nicely read. Pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book is best if you are already familiar with the story or the short-film. Not a lot of descripiton in the narration, itself. Buy the book, supplement with the audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Household Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Kelly Lintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous Brothers Grimm. Their most famous tales are instantly recognizeable: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince." The collection is often known today as "Grimms' Fairy Tales".

    Molly Garner says: "Wonderfully read, but most tales not for kids"
    "Wonderfully read, but most tales not for kids"
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    What did you love best about Household Tales by Brothers Grimm?

    The narration is great! Kelly Lintz does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life without self-conscious cleverness. A pleasure to listen to.


    Would you recommend Household Tales by Brothers Grimm to your friends? Why or why not?

    After my children, age 5 and 7, enjoyed a nighttime reading of Rapunzel I bought this for some after-dark story time. I knew Grimm's Tales could be dark, but many are so gruesome that I have to preview and take notes before I can listen to them with my children. Many of the stories are variations on the same theme so it often feels like you've heard the stories before. (Children lost in the woods, evil step-mothers, beautiful maiden marries wealthy king, etc.) I'm glad I've been able to offer my children a different viewpoint of the folk tales than the Disney version most have grown up with and introduce them to real literature. The re-telling of these folk tales do a suprisingly good job painting a picture in the listener's head.


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

    I have maybe five "characters" in my bedtime story repertoire, many of which make my throat itch after a few pages. Lintz has, seemingly, hundreds which she transitions from one to another without skipping a beat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. 22+ hours of folk tales. I doubt I'll ever get through them all.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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