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Lauren

SILVER SPRING, MD, United States

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  • 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
    (171)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    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..."
    "Delightful!"
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    This book is not just for children! I am in my late-twenties, and I am hooked on this series. Penelope Lumley is such a likeable protagonist, and the Incorrigible children are such interesting characters. I highly recommend this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    OMG the other reviews are right! This narrator is completely wrong for this story. He sounds like a 30-year-old man, but the main character is supposed to be 15. I just couldn't buy it with this narrator. The narrator also has strange intonation and stress patterns - the words he emphasizes are weirdly chosen, and the dialogue is kind of stilted and unrealistic because of it.

    The story is good, but the narrator made it really frustrating to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (862)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Classic Tale Read Beautifully"
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    Jane Eyre is a classic book. I love the heroine's quiet strength, and her resolve to do what she believes is right, despite how it conflicts with what would be pleasurable. Her self-respect despite her low station is really admirable.

    I think the voice actor, Susan Ericksen, was such an excellent choice for this book. Her soft-spoken performance, and her range of emotion, seemed like a natural fit for Jane, and she was a delight to listen to for the entire length of the book. Hearing the book read by Susan Ericksen really added to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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