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Darrin

SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 111 titles in library
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  • Wayside School is Falling Down

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Louis Sachar
    • Narrated By Louis Sachar
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    More teetering tales and quirky characters from the 30th floor of towering Wayside School. The craziness continues.

    Darrin says: "Great listen with the kids!"
    "Great listen with the kids!"
    Overall

    Hilarious book that the whole family enjoyed. (Kids 8 and 10.) Kids had both already read the book, but loved listening to the stories anyway. Mom and I laughed so hard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Uur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Nic De Jager
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Uiteindelik is dié blitsverkoper nou ook as luisterboek beskikbaar! Om 05:36 hardloop die vrou teen die hang van Leeukop. Sy is jonk, beeldskoon, Amerikaans - en beangs. Sy word soos ʼn dier gejag deur mans wat net ure gelede haar beste vriendin se keel afgesny het. Om 05:43 bel hulle vir speurder-inspekteur Bennie Griessel wakker. Hy moet kom, ʼn jong meisie se lyk lê langs St. Martini, die Lutherse kerk bo in Langstraat.

    Darrin says: "Uitstekend! Jy sal nie jammer wees nie"
    "Uitstekend! Jy sal nie jammer wees nie"
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    Ek het 'n bietjie gehuiwer voordat ek hierdie boek gekoop het. Ek hou baie van Deon Meyer se boeke, en ek het al sy boeke gelees (behalwe Kobra, wat ek hou vir die Kers vakansie!). Maar ek het my betwyfelinge oor die produksie gehalte gehad. Gaan dit so goed wees soos die Engelse boeke op audible? Of gaan dit meer soos die RSG produksies wees? (Moenie my verkeerd verstaan nie --- hulle is ook baie lekker. Maar dis net nie dieselfde nie.)

    Ek moes nie bekommer het nie! Die boek is puik gelees deur Nic de Jager. Dis 'n klein ding, maar die spoed waarmee hy lees is net reg --- vinnig genoeg om my belangstelling te hou, maar stadig genoeg om lekker gespanne te word. Ook, ek het nie onthou dat hierdie boek snaaks is nie, maar hy bring die humeur van die boek uit. Daar is een of twee plekke waar die klank gehalte verander in die middel van 'n hoofstuk, maar oor die algemeen is dit regtig goed. Hy lees ook baie duidelik, wat belangrik is vir my wat in die kar luister.

    Die boek self is my gunstelling Deon Meyer boek. Dis spanningsvol, interessant, snaaks op plekke, en vol verrassings. Ja, daar's baie vloekwoorde, so as dit jou afsit, dan los maar. Anders, koop hierdie boek en luister!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (981)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Blowing against the wind"
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    I got this book for a recent road trip based on all of the positive reviews. I don't like writing negative reviews, but feel a need to do so when my experience is so at odds with the prevailing wisdom. I had to turn it off about 1.5 hours into the story because I was literally struggling to keep from falling asleep while driving. The story begins very slowly, and I didn't see any of the humor that other reviewers refer to. Perhaps it gets better later, but I will never find out. The reader was OK, but wasn't lively enough to make up for the slow pacing of the book.

    My 12 year old daughter and my wife agreed with me. We have listened to close about 50 books aimed at children and young adults over the last 5 years, and this is the first one that none of us was interested in continuing. We turned on Divergent afterwards, and within 5 minutes were already more invested in the characters than after 1.5 hours of Howl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7241)
    Performance
    (6584)
    Story
    (6597)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Too long by 1/3"
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    There were lots of good things in this book --- interesting characters, good plot twists, well narrated scenes. It's just there were lots of dull times as well. I don't know if it was the narrator or the plot, but I ended up listening at 1.25 speed just to get the book moving more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1024)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Mixed results"
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    Wife and I enjoyed the book. This is the second series read by Kellgren that we have listened to, and we are going to look for her in the future. The story was interesting, albeit somewhat slow. My 12 year old boy (just finished 7th grade) and 10 year old (just finished 4th grade) girl both complained the whole time that it was on during a recent long car trip. In that regard, it reminded me of The Graveyard Book, another book that was just too slow for my kids, while very interesting for the parents.

    There are a couple of places in the book that I was just as glad that my 10 year old daughter wasn't listening. There is an attempted rape of a prepubuscent girl, which was foreshadowed throughout the story. The language of the attack isn't too explicit, but explicit enough to have been troubling to my daughter, had she been listening. She did listen to a description of a hanging, and was troubled by the language.

    Bottom line: I wish we would have gotten a different book for the car ride. We will not be listening to the sequels as a family, even when the children are older.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3181)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Good book, though a little long"
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    I listened to this book on a long car trip with my wife and two kids (boy 12 and girl 10). We felt the story started quickly enough, and within 30 minutes all of us were into it (except my wife --- more on that later). There were parts of the story that were too intense for my daughter, who asked us to turn it off a couple of times because she was getting scared. She is a very mature 10 year old, so I would say 10 is the absolute low end of ages for which this book might be appropriate. In retrospect, I wish I had picked another book for her.

    The performance was good. The reading was lively enough to keep us interested for a long book. His voices for the characters were also nice, except that his voice for the one female character sounded more like baby talk than a 16 year old girl. Additionally, sometimes the perfomer's voice didn't match the excitement in the story. Overall, though, the performance didn't detract from the book.

    While overall we liked this book very much, parts of the book seemed to drag on without advancing the plot quite enough, and the ending was not quite up to the same quality as the rest of the book. Except for that, it would've been 5 stars.

    As an aside, my wife didn't listen to the first 2.5 hours of the book. After a 2 minute catch up from my son, she was able to jump right in to the book after that time without really missing anything.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

    Brianna says: "A guidebook for entertainment"
    "Fantastic story well read"
    Overall

    My family listened to this book on a long car ride. Mom, Dad, son (12) and daughter (9) all agreed it was a very good book; even better than the first in the series (which son didn't like at all, but the rest of us did). We loved the accents of the reader, which were still easily understandable over the road noise of the car. In fact, I am sure that this book is much better listened to than read, as the reader really nailed all of the qualities of the characters. I'm not sure how well the book would work as a stand-alone without having read the first one. It seems like there might be times that it would be hard to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Mixed results"
    Overall

    My family listened to this on a recent road trip (Mom, Dad, 11 y.o. boy and 9 y.o. girl). Mom, Dad and daughter liked it, but son thought it was too old-fashioned. The accent of the reader was a little bit hard for the kids to understand over the car noise, but was much easier for them when we finished the last hour listening at home.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frindle

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (61)

    He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever: the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero.

    Darrin says: "Great family road trip book!"
    "Great family road trip book!"
    Overall

    We have listened to lots of books on our road trips over the years, and this one was my family's favorite. (Family consists of me, wife, 11 year old boy and 9 year old girl.) The story was funny and kept moving enough to keep us entertained on the long road. The reading was lively and understandable for the kids, who sometimes struggle on road trips to understand. The only downside was that it is relatively short, so we needed several other books to pass the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6654)
    Performance
    (3422)
    Story
    (3442)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Mixed results"
    Overall

    We listened to this on a long car trip with our kids, ages 8 and 10. My wife and I LOVED it!! The author did a fantastic job with the voices, and we were sad when it ended. The kids, however, weren't able to follow the story and complained about it being on. They much prefered Lightning Thief, the other book we listened to on the trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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