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Victoria

Danville, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Mostly tolerable"
    Overall
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    Story
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Particularly in the beginning, the story jumped to a new character every chapter, which might be easier to follow if you were reading the book in print, but was difficult to catch on to in the audio version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was tolerable but one or two of the voices were like sandpaper, especially the voice of


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom in many parts, faint interest in others


    Any additional comments?

    Will be fun for natives of the Bay Area - lots of local spots referenced which brings back the fun into the book in spite of the flawed narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6146)
    Performance
    (5459)
    Story
    (5457)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Very creative story - entertaining and mysterious"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes, I'm not sure I caught all the details the first time through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So creative! Ideas and images that left you thinking about what else might be possible in a world filled with magic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration could be a bit dark or slow at times, but otherwise, the characters, tone and mood were performed well.


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt like a beautiful dance - you get to know each dancer individually, and then watch them as they come together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (370)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "Stephen Briggs does not disappoint"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3 again? Why?

    It's very fun to follow the character of Tiffany Aching as she grows and discovers the complexity of the world around her. That, and the bee scene at the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3?

    Tiffany Aching dancing with a swarm of bees.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    The Nac Mac Feegles.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Briggs' narration helps to bring all the characters to life, each with their own personality and voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jill Tomlinson
    • Narrated By Bill Oddie
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Plop is a baby Barn Owl. He's the same as every other baby Barn Owl that has ever been - except for one thing: he is afraid of the dark. A night-time adventure based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson. Read by Bill Odie, this audiobook includes a soundtrack and a song.

    Victoria says: "Keeps my toddler in bed for an extra 40 minutes!"
    "Keeps my toddler in bed for an extra 40 minutes!"
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    Would you listen to The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark again? Why?

    Yes, we downloaded this for my two year old son, who is now very curious about owls. He listens to this over and over, and it can buy his tired parents an extra half-hour of sleep while he listens.


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

    Yes, the characters are interesting, and the story is engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book to help little ones learn about new things - like flying in the dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (616)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Great book for business"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Switch to be better than the print version?

    Not really - the chapters are not divided in the same way throughout the book. This makes it difficult if you are listening to follow the threads between parts 1 and parts 7. I also have the print version and it is easier to follow when you can skim back through the lead sentences on each part. However, in audio the overall structure of the book holds together nicely, even though the structure within each chapter gets confusing.


    What other book might you compare Switch to and why?

    Nudge - a thoughtful approach to inspiring change among consumers, employees, or individuals.


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

    I was neutral about the performance -the book was well read but nothing particularly memorable about the reader, which is what you want for a strategic book like this.


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

    No - definitely worth splitting up over the course of several listens so that you have time to digest the main points of each chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3121)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "A lead character you would want to meet"
    Overall
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    Where does How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Five


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

    Amanda Ronconi reads the character of


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

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (682)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Lovely story, excellent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up I Shall Wear Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely, entertaining, sweet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Preston - an unexpected hero with a marvelous wit


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    He distinguishes well between so many different characters. Each character has his or her own unique voice, personality, song and way of being. Plus love his wonderful British accent.


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

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect ending to an intriguing story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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