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Sydney

Mount Laurel, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 7 reviews
  • 60 ratings
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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (358)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Eye opening"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I'm actually glad that I listened to it instead of reading it--I think listening forced me to slow down and really absorb everything the book says (I tend to read pretty fast). The juxtaposition of the different voices of the authors (Barbara K., Stephen H. and Camille K.) worked very nicely. Some of the points do get repeated a bit throughout the book, which did get a little annoying. However, that did not interfere with my enjoyment.

    The book struck such a chord with me. When I was a child, there wasn't so much transportation of produce and I do remember how excited my mother would get when certain things came "in season." This book really brought all that back. I wish I had read this book in August or July, instead of November! I also appreciated the insight into the corporate food industry. The book makes me want to investigate further.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5878)
    Performance
    (5490)
    Story
    (5509)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Could not put it down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this audiobook. I thought the story was incredibly gripping and creative, and the characters were very appealing. I really was invested in finding out how the book was going to turn out. I like the way the author turned the typical superhero saga on its head. I was completely hooked from the intense opening prologue to the satisfying, although still suspenseful, ending. I am assuming that someone in Hollywood will make a movie from this, because it would be perfect for a movie. In fact, all along as I was listening I kept imagining how the movie version of a scene would appear. Finally, I have to say that the narrator was great. He had distinctive voices for all the characters and not one of them was annoying or grating. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8401)
    Performance
    (7551)
    Story
    (7670)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Not as we imagined"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    We have all read this book and loved it. It's a wonderful story. My teen kids recently requested I get the audio version so we could listen during our long drives to and from school. Unfortunately, we find we have to give up on it. The narrator's voices for the dwarfs is so completely different from those we imagined for the dwarfs, and his singing of the songs ... it's just all wrong. We can't take it.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1313)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Totally engaging"
    Overall

    This book really enthralled me--could not put my ipod down. Very good story, and the readers were great. The last part of the book was not the best, but it was still very enjoyable. I may listen to this one again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
    "Great Story, not the best production"
    Overall

    I am really enjoying the story, and the reader does a great job bringing the characters to life. But the defects in the production keep pulling me out of the story and ruining my enjoyment--I can hear someone talking in the background at times, the reader bumps against the mike or something (thump), I can hear pages occasionally being turned. Sheesh. Some of the pauses are way too long. And sometimes the reader flubs a word and then corrects himself. Basically, this reading needed a little more quality-control.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle, Daphne - a girl from the other side of the globe - is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

    James says: "Transcends categories"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I have listened to several of Terry Pratchett's books--including the Tiffany Aching books with my kids and some of the Discworld novels on my own--and this is now most definitely my favorite. I think he did an amazing job with this book. It's about belief, not just religion, and explores the power of belief for its own sake.

    We just loved it. The narrator was wonderful as well. We are so sad it's over!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (241)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Offensive and annoying"
    Overall

    There are so many ways in which this book and the reading bothered me. I figured out the "whodunnit" way too early. I kept hoping I would be wrong and that there would be another twist, to no avail. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, which could be offensive in some instances. It seemed at times that the reader had trouble keeping track of all the different voices and accents he was using and occasionally used the wrong one, which was jarring. And a couple of his voices were downright grating to listen to. All in all, I wish I'd stayed away from this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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