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  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (719)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Most enjoyable"
    Overall

    I found the author's ability to tell a tightly plotted and logical story in a fantasy milieu with well-drawn characters to be impressive. Sage is deserving of more popular attention than she has.

    4 of 4 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
    (33923)
    Performance
    (25111)
    Story
    (25454)

    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"
    "Narrator Creates Voice of Katnis"
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    I am writing this review mainly to lend some support to the narrator who seems to garner more complaints in these reviews than make sense to me. From my perspective, McCormick provides the perfect voice for Katnis. She sounds tough, emotionally repressed, competent, yet struggling to cope. I accept that some listeners must not find this voice appealing, but future readers, please don't let the complaints put you off. Judge McCormick for yourself.

    This is a fabulous story. Collins creates a fantastic but believable world. I was struck by how many correlations to real life conditions I found in the text. People really do still starve like this in many parts of the world. Entire ethnic groups are held in servitude on flimsy historic reasons (not that any reasons are justifiable). Twelve year olds carry guns and fight in armies. In America, we love lotteries and "Survivor" reality TV. It makes one think....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1351)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "What a Stunning Book"
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    Story

    I would classify this book as medieval science fiction. Since I love both genres, perhaps I am biased. It is drama, tragedy, and even comedy, all rolled into one. I thought the story construction, counterpoint between 14th and 21st centuries, and reading quality were great. If I had to mention a problem, it would be the deliberately low audio in some places. Since I listen in the car, this tendency toward sudden pianissimo was difficult to navigate.

    I recommend this book and will probably listen again even though I very rarely do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (212)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Inspired Imagining of Tussaud's Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not much is objectively known about the personal life of Madame Tussaud. She was a show-woman and guarded the truth of her feelings and family. When she wrote about herself, she gave conflicting stories. Perhaps she had no idea how interested in her the world one day might be. She lived through traumatic times, and the book offers a great lesson in some of the major personalities of the French Revolution as it might have been seen through her eyes. Moran delivers a powerful "what-if" depiction of the great wax artist. In the process, we also learn what important intellectual, educational, and social functions were served by a wax museum in the 18th century. Anyone who has ever visited one of the successor Tussaud museums today will likely look upon the experience much differently after reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (319)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Stranger Than Fiction"
    Overall
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    Nancy Wake's story is astounding. If this were a fiction book, I might say the character was over the top, but plenty of witnesses have contributed to the claims of this book. Granted, war stories can be exaggerated, but this one rings (mostly) true. Perhaps the most unbelievable point in the story for me was Nancy's transition from an amateur courier to a professional resistance soldier. It seems to happen so easily for her. Don't listen to the appendices unless you want to be let down. Like all of us, Nancy is only human and has her faults. Kudos to the author, however, for not sugar-coating her character.

    The flippancy of the writing, and reading, of the book matched the tone very well, overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "Clever, funny, yet informative"
    Overall

    This book does several things well.
    1. The humorous narration can make you laugh out loud.
    2. The story of the tumultuous life of Attila Ambrus, his family, friends and acquaintances is emotionally gripping. Rubenstein does an excellent job of making Ambrus come to life and--despite all the anarchy--make sense. Though a criminal, Ambrus is an innately intelligent survivor worthy of biography in his own right.
    3. The socioeconomic context of post-Soviet Hungary is well-researched and accurately analyzed. Most westerners still know very little of what the people of these ex-Soviet satellite countries have gone through and are still experiencing. This is an important subject about which much can be learned painlessly through The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Cannot Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elyn R. Saks
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (108)

    Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

    glamazon says: "Schizophrenia Inside Out"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    I felt the narrative rambled in places, but on the whole, the book provides helpful insight into the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. I recommend it for anyone who lives or works with a schizophrenic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Breath-taking book"
    Overall

    I started listening to this book (I'm reviewing all three parts here) as preparation for a trip to Ireland this summer. I love antiquity and history, so I thought this would set the mood for my trip. In fact, it was indispensable. Many of the places described in the stories told here were already on my itinerary, and the Irishness of the text as well as of the audio couldn't have complemented my travels better. I plan to listen to the whole book again, soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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