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Linda

HOMESTEAD, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him. White Fang is a companion novel and thematic mirror to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild.

    Lonnie Ducote says: "Great Listen!"
    "Another Great Classic!!"
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    What did you love best about White Fang?

    I love that it comes from the dogs point of view.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

    When his final owner saves him from the "beast"


    What does Bob Thomley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tom does a great job in making all the characters accents and voices. You can really get the feeling and the idea of all the different people that are involved.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life is tough when you're part wolf And they know it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

    Bev says: "Listen, you won't be sorry..."
    "The Tomorrow Series was Freaking Awesome!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have to several folks already! This series was a page turner, if you will! I couldn't wait to finish one book to get started on the next. Thank goodness for audio books, or I wouldn't have gotten anything done reading this lot! I couldn't stop listening to them. Then I listened to them again with my children until we finished the series again!


    What other book might you compare Tomorrow, When the War Began to and why?

    Divergent and Insergent which was also a great series! I can't wait for the final book of that series too. The story lines were different but similar as far as the characters, their hardships and important decisions and actions to continue to live. They both show great courage in the face of danger. They give encouragement and hope to every reader.


    What about Suzi Dougherty’s performance did you like?

    She was a perfect match for this series. I would love to hear her in more audio books. She did a wonderful job in every character. So much so that you knew who was who when they spoke or did something. She is a great performer! Thanks Suzi Dougherty!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, twice!


    Any additional comments?

    Good combination of Author and Performer! The book series was worth every penny and probably more! Thank you John Marsden for an awesome series. I will be looking for others from you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (747)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Wonderful Tale! History lesson included!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It is a rich tale with a touch of history! Keeps you interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Maddelin, Im not sure how to spell it but the main character is my favorite.


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

    No, I haven't listened to him before but he did an outstanding job on this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every part that the main character was able to pull himself, and others, out of a situation by digging deep and forcing himself to go on.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire book including the history lessons that intertwine are fasinating and mind capturing. You want to finish it in one sitting, which is impossible to do if you work or go to school or have a life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (9667)
    Performance
    (8770)
    Story
    (8837)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "OMGish, where is the next book!!"
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    If you could sum up Insurgent in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, Exciting, Enthralling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    Two moments I think caught me, the first was when her friend Al helped the other kids almost kill Tris. The second was finding out Tris's mother and father were also transfers. Especially that her mother was Dauntless and if I remember correctly Divergent too!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two scenes a the very least, the first was when Tris's mother saves her but unfortunately dies doing so. The second was her rescue by Four and her brother Kalub.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I absolutely loved every part that Tris beat the serums and caused the scenarios to turn around in her favor. This causing the leader on the other side aggravation. And I love the fact that Tris and Four finally got together as a couple!


    Any additional comments?

    Someone needs to tell the author to hurry up with the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15122)
    Performance
    (13692)
    Story
    (13788)

    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.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "One of the best reads since The Hunger Games!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I honestly don't consider one over the other. I use the audio versions of books because it is convenient as I am always on the go and do not always have time to sit and read. I love books any way I can read them.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    The Hunger Games because they have a similar theme and progression through the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite scene, but if I had to pick it might be all of the scenes where she proves to herself that she is where she is supposed to be.


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

    I laughed in a couplets parts and I was in awe in others.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a page turner and I couldn't wait to get to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

    Matthew says: "Shockingly bad narration"
    "Great book but the reader sounded robot like."
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    If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Great Classic Read!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Garden?

    I love Ms Mary. She has an awesome spirit!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I understand that the language itself was probably hard to do, but the performer I thought was very robot-like and just didn't sound right. Almost like a new reader in grade school. That's a bummer because I think sometimes that can make or break an audio book. Good for the author the storyline was wonderful! As expected in a classic!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love it when Ms Mary tells Collin off for being a bratt


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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