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Darcy

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 4 ratings
  • 226 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (72)

    Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

    Christopher says: "Stunning, Healing"
    "Marvelous"
    Overall

    In the tradition of _The Mouse and His Child_, _The Little Prince_ and _The Velveteen Rabbit_ this is one of those rare and astonishing stories, ostensibly written for children, that work on so many different levels one can't possibly process them all with one listen. Just as Edward Tulane becomes a different doll in each stage of his journey, I expect that this is a different story for everyone who reads it, and each time they read it.

    The only reason for 4 stars rather than 5, is that the first half of the story does get a bit repetitive and even tedious. Still, by the last chapter I was overwhelmed by a level of raw emotion seldom experienced since childhood. I don't believe it is possible to come away from this story unaffected, and it stays with you for a long time after the narration has ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Ryan
    • Narrated By Terry Ryan
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. From her frenetic supermarket shopping spree - worth $3,000 today - to her clever entries worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, Evelyn Ryan's story shows how a winning spirit will triumph over the poverty of circumstance.

    Deena says: "Totally Delightful!"
    "The story is great"
    Overall

    but Terry Ryan is not a particularly good reader. I read the first few chapters of this book at a friend's house when it was newly published and always meant to finish it. I'm generally not a fan of abridged works, but in this case the abridged memoir trims some of the repetition of the original. The only real problem is that Terry Ryan's reading of her work is never particularly engaging and at times very irritating as she reads at a very dull monotone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cricket in Times Square

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By George Selden
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the more than thirty years since The Cricket in Times Square was first published, it has become a classic for all ages. George Selden's whimsical tale of a little Connecticut cricket named Chester, whose entrapment in a wicker picnic basket leads to never-before-dreamed-of adventures upon his arrival in Times Square, in its original, unabridged form, becomes a delightful performance as retold by Rene Auberjonois.

    GuideDogUser says: "Charming Childhood Classic"
    "You don't have to be a kid"
    Overall

    to love this story and to love this audio book. The narration is flawless, and the magical world within the Times Square subway station is a wonderful place to escape to for a few hours. Like the New Yorkers compelled to silence by Chester Cricket's last concert, I found myself taking a break from the usual bustle of activity in the house to just sit and listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

    Amy says: "The worst book yet!"
    "Didn't like it at all"
    Overall

    I found the story tedious, without a single sympathetic character. And Martha Plimpton's attempt to create different voices was distracting and unsuccessful. I don't recommend it and definately wished I hadn't wasted a credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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