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ninjac

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (3743)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2411)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Narration adds to ho-hum story"
    Overall

    I joined a book club and this was the first book they chose to do. I wouldn't have read this book otherwise. But I really enjoyed Jeremy Irons reading this. You will like this book if you like new age religious themes.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3726)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3297)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Engrossing and Incredible Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a crazy listen. Much like the movie Speed, or the novel Dr. Zhivago, the characters in this book keep having to deal with situations and circumstances beyond their normal lives. There are a lot of characters, but they are all integral to the story and even though it seems convoluted and expansive at times, the story does pull it all together in the end. I listen to this at work for background noise while creating publications and I found myself drawn more and more into the story, not noticing until my screen saver kicks in that I haven't been working, (so be careful!).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female characters were all wonderful. It really is a great character study.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Malcolm before, but look forward to his other performances. He did really good with separating the multiple characters and their accents.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always wanted to know what was happening next.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen to this book if you are doing anything else! Especially around the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11840)
    Performance
    (10855)
    Story
    (10916)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Prepare to laugh while crying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Its honest, delightful, heart wrenching.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the teenagers felt like teenagers.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Kate Rudd did a great job being Hazel Grace, especially the struggling to breathe.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have listened to this story over and over again and have recommended it to many people. The characters were so well written, even the ones on the outskirts of the story. I'm definitely going to read/listen to more of his books.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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