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  • The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mathias Malzieu, Sarah Ardizzone (translator)
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    A fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale—by turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching—about love and heartbreak. Edinburgh, 1874: Born with a frozen heart, Jack is nearly dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, a man with a musical spine.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Jim Dale is the only reason to listen"
    "Even the amazing Jim Dale couldn't save it."
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    Would you try another book from Mathias Malzieu and Sarah Ardizzone (translator) and/or Jim Dale?

    Yes, to Jim Dale. No to the author. The book description seemed so interesting and inventive but it just ended up weird and crude.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Jim Dale does amazing with Scottish accents. So it's a treat to listen to him do everyone.


    Do you think The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, i could barely finish the first one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1330)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Who knew science history could be such fun?!"
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    Would you listen to The Disappearing Spoon again? Why?

    Actually yes!!! It is so fascinating and interesting. You are learning tons but the easy story line makes you captivated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's away of navigating the history of the universe through the lens of the periodic table is beautiful. I have no scientific background, besides school but i had no trouble following along. The stories are usually short and focus on one element. His teaching style is so easy that you finish listening and are amazing at the information you have retained. If he would just write several books about all topics, i feel like i could know everything.


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

    Nope, this was my first. His voice is so mellow, you find yourself exhaling a sigh once he starts speaking. It's wonderful. Though if you are very tired, his voice reciting fascinating things about sub atomic particles may put you to sleep.


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

    No, it is an intense listen. You need to be paying attention. And I felt the need to read another book in between listening, that was an "easy" read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margot Livesey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy. Orphaned then neglected, young Gemma seemed destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin....

    Cecilia says: "f you loved Jane Eyre, you will like this novel."
    "It wants to be Jane Eyre but fails."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hmm i'm really on the fence. I love Jane Eyre, the story this is loosely based on, and it really missed the mark. I've read several other Jane Eyre spinoffs and this isn't my favorite.


    What could Margot Livesey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No spoilers but one of the big plot points in the original Jane Eyre is an 'insuperable barrier" that separates the couple. I was waiting all book to see what it would be. The big secret. And when i finally got there, it was a huge disappointed. I thought "really, she is leaving him over this?!!" It felt forced. Like the author was trying to be inventive but then just made up an issue that she hoped would be believable. And it wasn't. It was a poor man's Jane Eyre and I'd rather just read the original again.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Young Gemma


    Do you think The Flight of Gemma Hardy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it was enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liesl & Po

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po....

    RaisinNut says: "Magical."
    "Jim Dale is perfect, as usual :)"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liesl & Po to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Jim Dale brings so much to the story with his narrations. He breathes life into them. I wish he would narrate everything!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the author wrote Liesl, somehow both fragility and strength. And all the secondary characters had such life and humor even though they only spoke a couple times


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

    Jim Dale excels when he reads a book with multiple accents (scottish, irish...) So when a book is set in one location, similar to London, I don't think he gets to use his skill to the fullest.


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

    No i listened over a couple days


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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