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Ms. Ivey

Ms. Ivey

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  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Diane Ravitch
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    In this best-selling expose of national policy gone wrong, America's foremost historian of education, Diane Ravitch, renounces her support for reform policies implemented over the past decade that she says are wrecking America's cherished tradition of public education.

    Mark says: "Finally, a reality check on teaching and learning"
    "Decent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The woman who read the book was irritating. I think it took twice as long than if I had read the text myself. Too many long pauses.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that the author seemed genuinely less concerned about party politics and more concerned about the welfare of the American student.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eliza Foss’s performances?

    No


    Did The Death and Life of the Great American School System inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (669)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Good Read"
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    If you could sum up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in three words, what would they be?

    Wild creative imagination


    What other book might you compare The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to and why?

    This was more like Murakami's 1Q84.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    It was okay. I've certainly heard better but also worse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3891)
    Performance
    (3399)
    Story
    (3367)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Fascinating Book"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. The plot is very unique and interesting. It held my attention throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators were very good. Allison Hiroto did a splendid job reading smoothly and conveying the character's personality and moods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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