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Ann

Ithaca, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Elijah of Buxton

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (23)

    When you first walk into a room in a house, or into a stable, they have a way of telling you they know you're there. It ain't nothing particular noticeable, but the air inside of �em changes like it's saying, "I'm watching you". But I'd got into this stable so quiet and sneakish that nothing knowed I'd cracked open the door, held my breath, and took a step inside.

    Michael Yardley says: "Great Book, but not for young children"
    "Very Good"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I already have but as a word of advice don't listen to it 5 times like I did or it will get boring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10247)
    Performance
    (9376)
    Story
    (9396)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Amazing story"
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    This book blew me away. Although I'll admit this book is quite depressing it does not make this book any less of a masterpeice. The novel is about 13-year old Theodore Decker who lives in New York City. After the death of his mother Theo's life follows a downward tredchectory with a few ups along the way. But don't let this deter you, whether Theo is mourning a loved one's death or making a new friend this story will deeply move you. Not only this but you will be kept on the edge of your seat in this suspensful tale. I usually don't reread (or relisten) to books this long but I definitly will with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marya Hornbacher
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    When Marya Hornbacher published her acclaimed first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have a piece of shattering knowledge: the underlying reason for her distress. At age 24, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is.

    Lamont Crook says: "Forget Prozac Nation - this what it is really like"
    "Good, But a Bit Repetitive"
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    I found overall that this was a pretty good book. It is a fascinating point of view on life. Reading this book is a great way to get a picture of life as a mentally insane person which most of us, thank fully, will never experience. My main problem with this was that it was a bit repetitive. I felt like in every other scene she was drunk in some hotel going on manic rages. But mainly it's a very good listen, making you want to support Marya every step of the way to dealing with her inhabilitating condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1189)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "A Good Read"
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    This book was pretty interesting. The beginning started of well. In my opinion this book
    started of very well and stayed quite interesting until about the middle where it sort of became still interesting but a little slow and depressing down to the slightly dissatisfying ending. I think that it would have been productive for the author to end the book at the end of part one. Despite the less enrapturing begging the good earth is still a masterful novel. It shows about how great wealth can only bring sorrows and to have a little over enough is ideal, that love is what's important. Although unlike many books about love vs. money it is not about one's love for one's family but love of the earth. Belonging with the earth which spawns undying satisfaction and the only true happiness.The good earth although not perfect sends a powerful message and begs of your attention. It translates an understanding deeper than bone it's not to be missed out on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Academy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Laura Credidio, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village as the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

    keynotes says: "captivating!"
    "Good"
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    Would you listen to Princess Academy again? Why?


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    Which scene was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    i lovede ite butt i cud du withowt thu poums betwen chapturs

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (590)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "I'm blown away"
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    If you could sum up A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in three words, what would they be?

    best audiobook ever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

    there were to many to list


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book for 15 hours of happiness

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (519)

    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

    Stacey says: "Fantastic addicting fantasy"
    "fantastic"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    that it was such a fun kids book for the whole family to listen to


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    not realy because it's a fantasy novel


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It wasn't bad it's just that since he narrorated Harry Potter I can't imagine him doig anythig else.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    please excuse any spelling/grammer errors im kinda in a rush

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Aza is far from beautiful. With pale skin and blood-red lips (not to mention ungainly size), she is seen as odd, at best. But Aza does have one blessing: a voice of astonishing beauty. In Ayortha, where singing is the main mode of communication, this gift is no small thing, and soon Aza finds herself rising at court. But, as she will discover, unexpected good fortune can also bring unexpected danger.

    Ruth says: "A Wonderful Fairytale Musical!"
    "Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fairest to be better than the print version?

    Yes but I liked this too


    What other book might you compare Fairest to and why?

    Ella Enchanted because they're both equally good


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

    Aza!


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

    this book just makes me really happy and satisfied every time I read/listen to it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, The Goose Girl has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Magical Listen"
    "it's the best book I have ever/listened to"
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    Where does The Goose Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this you're missing out on something amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wish

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Wilma Sturtz is invisible and miserable at school. So when an old lady on the subway offers her a wish, Wilma immediately asks for popularity in fact, she asks to be the most popular kid at school. Suddenly, Wilma has more friends than she can keep track of, forty dates to the Grad Night Dance, and a secret admirer writing her love poems. Everything is great, until she realizes there's a loophole in her wish, and her time in the spotlight has almost run out

    Ann says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Where does The Wish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to say it ranks in the middle but only becuase the other ones I have listened to are so amazing!


    Has The Wish turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the opposite is true.


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

    she gives the main character a funny and belivable voice


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

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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