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Lida

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Louis Madigan says: "A Classic"
    "Loved this book Great Classic"
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    Would you listen to The Call of the Wild again? Why?

    No because time is short and there are so many great books.But I would choose others by the same author and reader. I would definitely recommend it to others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "Worth a credit"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would with some reservation. There is a lot of coming of age sexuality that I am sometimes uncomfortable with. Also there is a hint to bigger story but the leading up to the climax seems really drawn out (unnecessarily so in my opinion). Howvere the language is lyrical and I am enjoying the narrator who's voice seems perfect for her character.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anton DiSclafani before, how does this one compare?

    I have read none of his books before.


    What about Adina Verson’s performance did you like?

    I had read a negative review of the narrator and was almost persuaded not to by this book. The Washington Post rated it very highly so I went ahead. At first I had the speed a little too fast and I did find the voice jarring BUT I slowed it down ( to normal) and then found the narration to be very in keeping with the mood and subject of the book. It was enjoyable to listen to.


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

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    I have not finished this book ( I am about 2/3s through it). I am enjoying it but do think it is unnecessarily long for the story it presents. If I had bought an actual book I probably would have skimmed alot of it. I do recommend the book however because it is beautifully written. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (6936)
    Performance
    (4899)
    Story
    (4888)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Grabs you and won't let go"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this amazing audio book. Be prepared to be unable to stop listening. The story could be predictable but the way the author writes it it isn't. The suspense will carry you from page to page and you will be torn at the end, wanting to know how it ends but dreading it. The characters are well developed and become friends that you will want to keep around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms Lavinia


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The animation is wonderful and their narration brings each of the characters to life in a special way. The first time I tried to listen to it I did not really get into it and was disappointed that I had purchased it. However the second time I was hooked from the very beginning. I knew that I would love Ms. lavinia's voice and her slight hint of an Irish accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not heard of this book but it was selected for me by Audible.com as a book I might like based on my reading preferences. i am extremely grateful that they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Rabbit Ears Entertainment
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Based on an 18th-century French fairy tale, this is a magically romantic story about a young prince who befriends an enchanted cat-queen. She provides him with the rarities requested by his father, in a series of challenges to win his kingdom. Their affection for each other blossoms into love, and the prince helps break the spell that an evil gnome has cast over the white cat.

    Lida says: "Perfect for snuggle time with the grandkids"
    "Perfect for snuggle time with the grandkids"
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    Would you listen to The White Cat again? Why?

    Yes, over and over, The story is charming and Emma Thompson narrates it


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a classic fairy tale but seemed deeper than most.


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

    Her narration brought all the characters to life in a most enjoyable and lively way..


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to more Rabbit Ears Entertainment books. There is a broad range of stories narrated by famous persons. Check them out for yourself. You are sure to find one or two that are perfect hor your family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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