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C

Little Miss

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  • The 13th Reality, Vol. 1: The Journal of Curious Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials "M.G.," the letter informs Tick that dangerous - perhaps even deadly - events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen.

    C says: "Cliffhanger?"
    "Cliffhanger?"
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    This was an entertaining, light book on the science-fiction side of fantasy. I love puzzles and riddles so I enjoyed the beginning. This leisurely beginning gave the book a casual, fun feel. Most of the action comes at the very end of the book. So close to the end that I was expecting a cliffhanger ending where the characters get in trouble and it isn't resolved. Not so. In a way, this book could be a prequel to the series. I expect the pacing will probably pick up in the following books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1054)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "You get what you pay for"
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    The premise was interesting - taking the point of view of the butler, but the story lacked in depth and soon became merely gory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1354)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Surprising Suspense"
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    I was surprised by the way this book pulled me in so quickly. The author's writing style made events suspenseful even though I knew from history what was going to happen. She built up the odds against Abraham so that you wondered how he accomplished what he did. You'll also learn a lot about his character and his contemporary's characters. The narrator did a fine job. With such a long book, it is important that the narrator's voice be expressive and easy to listen to and this narrator accomplished this with ease. Abraham Lincoln has become one of my heros as a result of this book. Beautifully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "An Ending or a Beginning"
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    Loved this book and Maisie's developing personal dilemmas with wealth, with love, with her own self-definition. Either this is a wrapping up book (I hope not!) or this book is setting up some changes for future books.

    Leaving Everything Most Loved has a nice summary of all her cases at the end - but not the type that gives them all away. This seems to indicate the end of an era for Maisie.

    One note: do not listen to this book before Elegy for Eddie. (I made that mistake.) This book gives away the person responsible for happenings in the previous book. Usually it doesn't matter too much to skip around a little bit with a series, but this one flows better if you don't - especially because of the parallel story of Maisie's personal life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diane Zahler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Zita is not an ordinary servant girl—she’s the13th daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita’s father banished her to the servants’ quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret. Then, after Zita’s 12th birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friends, Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams.

    C says: "Fun Read with Interesting Twists"
    "Fun Read with Interesting Twists"
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    This book will keep you guessing as it moves through several twists. It's a nice fantasy tale with characters you'll love. Everything works out satisfactorily in the end, although there is a death of an innocent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeanne Ray
    • Narrated By Jeanne Ray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an inner need to nurture her family - which is a good thing, because all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding. First, her mother moves in after robbers kick in her front door in broad daylight. Then Ruth's father, a lounge singer, who she's seen only occasionally throughout her life, shatters both wrists and, having nowhere else to go, moves in, too. Her mother and father just happen to hate each other with a deep and poisonous emotion.

    C says: "Delicious"
    "Delicious"
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    When life goes the way of a cake mix gone bad, Ruth rises above it all in an exciting romp.
    Mix hope, family, and reconciliation; bake in a cast of qwirky characters; frost with humor; and you have a recipe for success.

    The narration is good considering it's the author doing the reading. Occassionally she stumbles or hesitates, but this is rare and easy to overlook when the story is so enjoyable. She captures the feel of the story and each character naturally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cauldron: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (88)

    Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn's army grows every day, and his terrible warriors, born in the Black Cauldron, never die. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed. Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn's stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran faces great danger with a courageous heart.

    John says: "Well narrated for young listeners"
    "A Series that Builds"
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    Although you can listen to just one of these books, they are more fun as a set. Each story builds upon the others. All the companions of the previous volume return. The theme of this book is sacrifice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle of Llyr: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy must leave her friends to go to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess. Because Eilonwy has magical powers, she is sought by Achren, the most evil enchantress in the land. Shortly after her arrival on the Isle of Mona, something sinister and secret befalls her.

    C says: "Budding Romance and Adventure"
    "Budding Romance and Adventure"
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    With each book, Taran matures and so does the story. This time Taran is becoming aware of his feelings towards a certain young lady. The reader continues to find voices for all the new characters in a satisfying way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Three: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (132)

    Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil, and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.

    Brian says: "Important lessons learned for young ones"
    "Is Adventure What you Think?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the first book of a series in which we are introduced to wonderful characters, the primary of which is Taran, a young boy who longs to be a hero. But adventure isn't what he imagines it to be. I enjoy seeing him learn as he journeys and the entertaining companions he aquires along the way. The messages in the text are relevant to adults as well as the young adults who are the primary audience. The only thing I wonder about is the title since the Book of Three doesn't play a very large part. Maybe Assistant Pig Keeper would have been better.

    Although I enjoy this series, I've given this part of the story 4 stars because there are a lot of times the author reverts to writing that things are best left unsaid and sometimes the urgency is slowed down by too much discussion.


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

    I have read the book. Listening to it instead taught me how to pronounce all the names. I feel that James Langton's depiction of the characters was true to how I imagined them when reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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