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Raleigh, NC, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 107 ratings
  • 147 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Nature Girl

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Jane Curtin

    Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility.

    Rebecca says: "Great book, decent audio."
    "Great book, decent audio."

    I'd already read this book (on paper), just wanted something fun to listen to; this is! I love how Hiaasen creates these characters that are completely wacko, but somehow so lovable because of their innate sense of justice & good intentions.

    The narration is decent; Curtin especially does a good job with Honey. The only thing that grated on me was that she made Sammy Tigertail (a 1/2-Seminole) sound sorta Canadian/Minnesotan/Dumb-white-person-imitating-Native-American-speaking-English. It wasn't pronounced enough to be totally offensive, but it was annoying. Having grown up near reservations in the northeastern US, I sorta get what she was going for, but really... the kid was raised off res, by his white mom, for part of his childhood. He'd probably speak like another southern Floridian.

    Overall, not bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Can't get past the narration. :("

    After finishing Inkheart (this book's prequel), I could hardly wait to hear more of Lynn Redgrave's magical narration of this wonderful story. I downloaded Inkspell in a hurry to listen, without realizing the narrator is not the same. While disappointed by this, the story is so good I thought it'd still be a worthwhile listen. Sadly, I was mistaken. This narrator is awful to the point of distraction. Fenoglio now sounds like Tony Danza. Seriously. Elinor's voice is shrill and hard on the ears. Mo's voice (which is supposed to be enchanting!) sounds thick and dumb. And there are some minor children characters whose words are just inaudible, due to the squeaky-fake-shrill voice the narrator gives them. I replayed these parts a few times, then gave up, figuring that since they're minor characters, what they say probably wasn't that important anyway. :\ Add in all the cheesy sound effects this narrator comes up with (apparently he envisions his audience of listeners to entirely consist of 4-year-olds), and it's just a total mess. I've stuck it out til halfway through the book, but simply can't take it anymore. It's a great story, but I'd rather just get a paper copy from the library. Such a shame, too, since Lynn Redgrave's reading of the 1st book was so utterly gorgeous. I can't believe I used not 1, but 2 credits on this waste of audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Great book, amazing narration!"

    I'm a grown-up who likes to check out what my tween nephews are reading, & really enjoyed this book. It's a lovely story, and I love that books are considered special and even magical. What a great message for young readers! This was interesting & funny enough for an adult to enjoy. The narration is stunningly beautiful. Lynn Redgrave's classically-trained voice is just amazing. It was one of my favorite audiobooks ever, simply for the quality of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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