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C. Peek

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  • Blindness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

    Cora Judd says: "Dark"
    "Stagnant"
    Overall

    The development of the plot was initially Intriguing. The book even kept my attention through about the first hour of the incarceration and exploration by the blind. Then it became as stale and reeking as their living environment. I wish some of the negative reviews had been available before I had purchased this sad book. It is simply too tedious to slog through the second half.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1787)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "I didn't care for the narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from L. Frank Baum and/or Anne Hathaway?

    I would probably not try a book from either.


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    Perhaps books from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, but only for the "road trip" aspect.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her scarecrow voice was particularly irritating, and all of the voices were a bit too cunning, like an adult talking down to a child.


    Did The Wonderful Wizard of Oz inspire you to do anything?

    I will undoubtedly watch the movie again.


    Any additional comments?

    Tthe story is a classic, and different from the movie, of course, and well worth enjoying again. I think a child would find the narration acceptable, but I'm not entirely sure if the story isn't a bit scary for younger listeners.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fog Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julia Sauer
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Greta had always loved the fog - the soft gray mist that rolled in from the sea and drifted over the village. The fog seemed to have a secret to tell her. Then one day Greta saw a surrey come by, carrying in a lady dressed in plum-colored silk. The woman beckoned for Greta to join her, and soon Greta found herself launched on an adventure that would take her back to a past that existed only through the magic of the fog.

    C. Peek says: "A treasured childhood memory"
    "A treasured childhood memory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read the book many, many times since the paperback Scholastic book I bought with my own coins almost 50 years ago. I lost myself then and now in Greta's world and found comfort alongside her in her discoveries. Even though the book is appropriate for children, it was impossible to put down, and I will listen and read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.

    Julie Campbell says: "Realistic and riveting"
    "Tedious and implausible"
    Overall

    The ending was ludicrously implausible and scant reward for plodding through this clunker. The characterization was well done and interesting, and the narration was wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Cleland
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The hilarious story of Fanny Hill and her erotic exploits in London shocked the religious and literary hierarchy, who condemned the book, thus immediately increasing demand for it. The story chronicles the life of an 18th-century maiden who, left without parents, journeys to the big city to try life on her own. Despite its highly charged erotic content and vehement criticism from the Bishop of London in 1749 as "an open insult upon religion and good manners", this romp through societies high and low contains not a single obscene word.

    Eugene says: "A Great First Listen"
    "The book is a classic!"
    Overall

    I first read this book when I was 17. That was a very long time ago. I recently re-read it to see if it was still amusing, and it was indeed. The mores of different times and places cannot help but fascinate. The book has a freshness and innocence that is surprising, considering the subject matter. I highly recommend.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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