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Laura

Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2015

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  • The Shoe Bird: A Musical Fable by Samuel Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Samuel Jones
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    In The Shoe Bird, Jim Dale brings to life a flock of unforgettable bird characters: Arturo the parrot, Gloria the goose, Minerva the owl, and even the extinct Dodo! This is Eudora Welty's fantastical story of how some feathered friends made a fateful switch from flying to wearing shoes, little knowing that they would soon become the prey of Freddy the Cat!

    Jen Menzel says: "Wonderful book"
    "Incredible!"
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    I purchased this book to take on a trip. My 3 year old daughter hates travelling in cars (because we do not have one), and we had to rent a car for a trip this summer so I needed to find things to distract her. This audiobook was perfect! Not only in Jim Dale one of my favourite narrators, but the story and music are absolutely amazing! My daughter asked for the first song to be repeated over a dozen times. We did not finish the book until weeks later after our trip at home because she keep asking for the same parts. In the same vein as 'Peter and the Wolf" the story is told through song. Jim Dale, as usual, does an excellent job of all the different voices. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough! We have listened to the book repeatedly since I bought it in May (2012). And I imagine it is one that we will play for years! I love it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (412)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Weak characters, slow plot, but good narration"
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    I very much like Katherine Kellgren as a narrator and her performance in this novel is very good. However, given that the characters in the book are flat (lack complexity, very predictable), Kellgren tends to over "act". I think she does this to give more energy to a dull, slow story. I kept waiting for something interesting and exciting to happen in the story, but it never did. There were many small climaxes throughout, but nothing to keep me interested. I listened to the entire book because I never like to leave a novel unfinished, but it was not as enjoyable as I thought it might be. All the characters were far too stereotypical. Indeed, Goodwin relies far too heavily on the traditional/modern binary between the UK and US (respectively) to frame her story and the characters. Modern, exciting, risky, and loud Americans; sombre, mundane, traditional, proper British. Boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5248)
    Performance
    (4514)
    Story
    (4494)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Perfect narrator!"
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    Katherine Kellgren is an amazing narrator! She embodies Lady Georgiana Rannoch so well, that I had difficulty listening to her in other novels (but she is such a great narrator that I quickly got over it!). The story is okay - nothing complex and unfortunately predictable. But it is the perfect book to listen to if you need to do other tasks simultaneously. Indeed, I listened to all of the Royal Spyness audiobooks while working on one project. So while the story it is not amazing, I definitely recommend this book and others in the series! They are enjoyable and fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7526)
    Performance
    (6692)
    Story
    (6700)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "Good story. Excellent performance."
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    I tend to chose audiobooks more by the reader than the book/story (although this is not to say that the story does not count). Jim Dale is my favourite reader and hence why I bought "The Night Circus". The story is very good - not excellent nor very complex. It has vague similarities to "Harry Potter" (and given that Dale also read those, it makes the similarities seem greater). I would definitely recommend this book for those who enjoy fantastical fiction. Though keep in mind that "The Night Circus" seems to be more adolescent fiction.....not anything near the fantastical fiction of Le Guin!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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