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Ntropi

Bay Area, CA, USA

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  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (670)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    Paige says: "I'm not baby crazy enough for this"
    "One of the best narrators I've ever listened to"
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    The story itself is very well written, and it comes to life with Ms. Pardee's narration. While the storyline kept me curious about what was happening, the narration is what kept me listening. Her mastery of voices, personalities, and the occasional external audio contextual contributions were fantastic. If I could grant the performance more than 5 stars, I would. This was one of the most enjoyable readings I've listened to because of the care Ms. Pardee took with individualizing each character's voice and audible mannerisms.

    The characters are well developed, the foreshadowing is appropriate, and the outcomes amusing. Except for one trait Ms. Geary attributes to witches, she almost had me convinced they could exist and could actually do the magic she describes. Her research of alchemy and its integration into her witches' practices added authenticity to their behaviors. I do not want to spoil the story for others so I will refrain from describing the one part she included which shattered the imaginative reality I created for her characters.

    I've devoured (read) the entire Harry Potter series, Twilight series, Hunger Games series, and listened to another book about witches (I'll have to look up the name of it) and enjoyed all of them if that gives you an idea of the genre of books I like to read or listen to for entertainment. I just started listening to the second book and expect this will be another series I add to the aforementioned list. This book does not try to utilize any other author's thoughts or schemes. I find this series to be a unique portrayal of the lives of witches in the United States. Oh, and Ms. Geary's descriptions of Berkeley's geography are not far off from reality either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "Just like a conversation with Dan Rather"
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    As one might expect, listening to hours of Mr. Rather speaking is quite enjoyable, especially when you grew up listening to him in the evenings. I'm glad he read his book because it added emotion to the places he intended there to be emphasis. I always respected him as a journalist and now I know why one should respect what he does as his career. As humble as he is to describe his accomplishments, I know they were not subtle contributions. I was aware of his departure from the evening news and always felt like he was used as a scapegoat. It was the country's loss when he was replaced by people who do not understand how to communicate as well as he does.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about many of the major events that Mr. Rather reported about in the last fifty years. I was alive for some of them and recall them with my own perspectives as he recounts his. For the events I do not remember or have not already studied, I appreciate his in depth descriptions of what was happening at that time. He is a true journalist, an honorable person, and a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32553)
    Performance
    (23877)
    Story
    (24201)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "My voice did not match the narration"
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    I read the book and LOVED it. I stayed up all night to read it because I could not put it down. Listening to the story was a completely different situation. The narrator did not choose to emphasize some of the subtleties that I put in the language. Some of her voices were questionable and seemed to stereotype the characters. I did not feel like she captured the passion, angst, and self-doubt a 16 yr old girl would possess. I kept listening only because I love the story. I've actually read the entire series but may not waste more time listening to it if the same person narrated all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (548)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Another well researched novel"
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    I have read all of Lisa See's other books and am looking forward to her next one. All of her books are written after months, if not years, of research. This one is no different, however this part of history did not set well with me in some parts. It is not Ms. See's fault that history is so ugly, but it was difficult at times to listen to what was happening in the story. It is one thing to be aware of events in history and another thing to hear about it in historical fiction. This is my first See audiobook so maybe I was not ready to listen to the stories I usually read with my eyes. I may still buy the book because I remembered at the end how she usually gives some background on the research she did for the book. I do not recall that being in the audiobook version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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