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Sarah Glazer

New York City | Member Since 2014

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  • 10 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015
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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19663)
    Performance
    (17718)
    Story
    (17872)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "WOW"
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    I can't stop listening to this! I'm half way through and I just couldn't wait to write my review. Excellent narration, story, pacing and characters. You will not regret listening to this. I don't want it to end! If you are a fan of Oryx and Crake, The Hunger Games, or even the His Dark Materials trilogy; you will enjoy this book. The main character is a thoughtful, resourceful, strong-willed and smart young woman. The world Veronica Roth has created here is fascinating. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4642)
    Performance
    (3071)
    Story
    (3105)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Very Funny"
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    I am a big fan of both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which makes me pre-disposed to enjoy this story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys their work or work like theirs. My only complaint about the audio version, is that Martin Jarvis does a very poor American accent- especially a sultry female one. BUT, seeing as these characters are not the main ones it was not difficult for me to ignore the very off accents. He's a great narrator otherwise and did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3506)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1491)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Fun and twisty!"
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    What a wonderful story! Just a good book- hands down. Susanna Clarke did an excellent job of fleshing out her characters and story. They are not fully good or evil, wrong or right... they just are who they are. Simon Prebble brings this story to life and I was very sorry when it ended. This is on my "listen again" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6167)
    Performance
    (2733)
    Story
    (2769)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Intense"
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    I found Cormac McCarthy's work difficult to read. His writing style is very specific and not for everyone, although his subject matter is. So to be able to listen to The Road was the only way this story could come alive for me. Of course, because of the subject matter, it is not the easiest listen. But I think it is an important book on survival, love... humanity. Everyone should read or listen to it. Tom Stechschulte did a great job and I would look for his name again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (663)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "Slow beginning but very satisfying"
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    Christopher Lee is the perfect choice for narrating any Tolkien book. An excellent actor all around and he really brings each character and scene to life. You can hear how much he loves and understands the story, which only enhances the listening experience. I found it hard for me to get into at first and that is only because of all the new names. But after a short while, I was fully engrossed. I found that this was an excellent book to listen to when I didn't have to keep stopping it- like in a daily commute to work. Much better on a long trip or a day of housecleaning where I can be left alone to submerse myself in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5608)
    Performance
    (3850)
    Story
    (3860)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Abridged... sigh..."
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    I love this book and I think the audio version is wonderful. I just wish that there was an unabridged version out. If you are a fan of the book, this will be a fun diversion for sure. I've listened to it many times and because of the format, it's easy to listen to a section or two and put down for a while. Just remember that you won't get the full story. A real bummer, true. But what they have put forth here is really well done and excellent. Great voice acting with a full cast that only enhances the stories that are highlighted in this abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6345)
    Performance
    (3881)
    Story
    (3912)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "HAHAHAHA!"
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    One of the best stories ever. Imaginative, funny and full of great characters and adventures. Stephen Fry does a perfect job- it doesn't get any better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (450)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "Funny and Twisty"
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    Hiaasen's stories are always dark, fun, and fully of surprises. George Wilson does a good job but I've heard better. It's tough when you have such a gruff voice and you have to do a woman's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (738)

    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!!"
    "Creative and Lovely"
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    This is a great story for all ages but especially those with a strong sense of whimsy and a deep love of books. There is plenty of action, twists, turns, and creativity. Lynn Redgrave is perfect. Truly a wonderful narration by her and one of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10513)
    Performance
    (6121)
    Story
    (6206)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Engrossing!"
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    This audio version of Dune is the best I've ever heard. I got more out of it listening to it than I have the multiple times I've read it. I think the reason for this is how well the narrators bring the story and characters to life. The story itself is, as most people know, a classic. The narrators are varied and it never feels like they are reading the story to you. The only thing I found odd was the accent used for the Freemen. It didn't distract from my enjoyment of the audiobook, but it wasn't how I imagined they sounded like, so it took me a little while to get used to it. This is a true performance piece and not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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