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Brandi Deziel

Toronto, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 208 ratings
  • 567 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. So much of this story is just explaining what happened in the first 3 books. I started out really enjoying this series but I don't think I'm going to listen to any more of them after this book. I'm so bored of everything being re-explained. Getting new readers of a series up to speed has been done much better in other YA books.

    Has The Necromancer turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Did Paul Boehmer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He does great voices/accents for many of the male characters. Like most male narrators he doesn't do a great job for the female characters.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A bit depressing"
    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    Jim Broadbent does a perfect job narrating Harold. He's exactly what you would expect Harold to sound like.

    Was The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry worth the listening time?

    I suppose but I wouldn't listen again.

    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to finish this book. I don't want to give away any of the details but as the book progressed I found Harold's pilgrimage more and more disheartening and frustrating to listen to. I'm glad I stuck with it to the end but I would never listen to it again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Bradbury's unforgettable modern Gothic masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, something evil arrives in a small Midwestern town on the crest of the wind one autumn night. A "dark carnival" with frightening attractions and supernatural characters sets up stakes. It is up to two 13-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, to figure out a way to save the souls of the town.

    Sarah says: "Ageless"
    "This narration isn't for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator

    What didn???t you like about Stefan Rudnicki???s performance?

    His voice drones on and on making what should be an exciting story seem very tedious. I don't find it a good fit for a book that focuses mainly around two young boys.

    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is great! I highly recommend the actual story if you can handle the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "Didn't love it"

    I'll admit this is well written and the narration is good but about a quarter of the way through I started to really dislike the main character. I listened all the way through and liked him less and less. By the end I was glad to be done with him. An interesting look a pre-communist China but I wouldn't listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "One of the most original books"

    This is one of the most original books I have listened to. At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy a story told by or narrated by a child but it was remarkably well done. I was also afraid the subject matter might be a bit depressing but it wasn't at all. Definitely worth the credit!

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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