I listen to NPR every morning during my commute to work. The 4-minute Storycorps segment is a favorite: Two people who are connected in some way (e.g., parent - child) share a heartfelt story with the other. Without exception, I enjoy the story and am touched by the listener's response. I often ponder the story long after the segment ends.
This audiobook is a delightful collection of Storycorps stories. The stories are moving and the dialects diverse. The production values are outstanding. I recommend it highly.
Thank you, Audible, for gifting this lovely audiobook to your listeners. It's a gem.
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While zombie stories are all the rage right now, this is the story about a "new" ghost, Veronika, who quickly learns this isn't the afterlife she'd imagined. Talk about culture shock... getting used to the various creatures she encounters is a whole new experience. Veronika is in her early twenties at the time of her demise and the narrator does a great job of giving this sassy twenty-something a voice. This story and narration reminded me alot of Ellen Muth's character in the TV series "Dead Like Me" (about another twenty-something who finds herself amongst reapers and other unsavory characters). Fun audiobook for folks who enjoy listening to irreverent ghost stories.
Although I'd read reviews stating that Alas, Babylon seemed dated (it was originally published in 1959), the core concepts explored by the story remain fresh and pertinent: How do people react to (and recover from) a catastrophic event, especially as resources become scarce? Will Patton's narration was perfect for this story -- his southern U.S. accent and subdued delivery were a great fit.
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As I listened to this novella, I thought about how I wish I'd heard this story as an adolescent. Like the main character, Grace, I was gawky and shy growing up. In this story, Grace begins to shed her gawkiness by starting a project she feels passionately about and interacting with others who help her feel more socially adept. It's a short story with a wonderful message, and a great reminder that feeling shy doesn't need to hold a person back from achieving their dreams.
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First a confession: I usually use the Audible app's variable speed feature to listen to Audiobooks slightly sped up (1.25x). I started listening to Gerald J. Davis' translation of DON QUIXOTE slightly sped up and then stopped, reset the speed to its default (1x) and started listening again at the beginning. Why? Between the story itself (as an avid reader, I loved reading a parody about an avid reader), the translation (poetic without making syntax unnatural or complex), and John Hanks' narration (perfect timing and inflection, with wonderful character voices), I didn't want this audiobook to end. The story itself, of course, is a classic and I'd picked it up for Kindle previously but never got around to reading it. I'm glad I heard this translation and especially as an audiobook: There are some audiobooks where the narrator is paired so perfectly to the content that the listening experience is magical... this is one of those rare audiobooks. Highly recommended.
This is a lovely, hopeful read about, Jack, an 11-year-old boy who finds himself abandoned at a Maine campground while on vacation with his mom. When I chose to read this book, I didn't realize the reason his mom left him was due to her mental illness; had I known, I'm not sure I would have chosen this book (expecting it to be too heart wrenching). I'm glad I read "Small as an Elephant" though -- it captures the resilience and hope that sometimes only children have, and their ability to forgive. As Jack tries to make his way back to the home he shares with his mom in Massachusetts, he experiences hunger, homelessness, fear of being found and concern about the repercussions of his mom's departure on his life. Through it all, Jack persists and endures... he is inspired by his knowledge of elephants and their traits. I don't want to give away the ending -- like the rest of the story, it is hopeful and satisfying. I listened to this as an audiobook, and found the narration made the story come alive. I highly recommend Small as an Elephant: It's an interesting, satisfying children's book with appeal for readers of all ages.
I was hesitant to get this Audible Frontiers audiobook because I generally don't enjoy anthologies. However, I found the Metatropolis stories fascinating -- several stories include references to ecology-related technology changes and the narrators are top-notch. Highly recommended for sci-fi/cli-fi fans.
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Deadly Fun is the story of a female sleuth working a case on a cruise ship, and the setting provides a fun twist on the usual detective story. While not my usual genre preference, Deadly Fun would be perfect vacation reading (especially on a cruise), allowing the reader to fantasize about being an undercover investigator amidst all the other tourists. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories featuring female investigators.
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Some books spend so much time focusing on backstory that I begin to wonder when the action will start. The Calling, most decidedly, is NOT one of those books! The story begins with Chris's discovery of his murdered parents and follows his journey after that event. The Calling includes references to Bible passages as well as supernatural elements -- those details flesh out the story and also make Chris's journey even more dramatic. I found the narration enjoyable and didn't want to stop listening because I wanted to know how it all ended. The Calling is a good story, well-told.
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I began listening to Ted and Ann thinking it would focus mainly on Ted Bundy. After all, I'd spent my teen years in the Pacific Northwest, where Ted Bundy was often cited as a cautionary tale for not accepting rides from strangers, no matter how attractive or clean-cut. As the book progressed, I became immersed in the story of Ann Marie Burr, an 8 year old Tacoma girl who went to bed one night, went missing, and was never found. Ann's disappearance haunted her parents throughout their lives, and suspecting but never knowing for sure whether she'd been a victim of Ted Bundy compounded their grief. While Ted and Ann offers insight into Ted Bundy's background and behavior, it shared a perspective I'd never considered before: Families who'd lost loved ones in areas where Ted Bundy had murdered others, but ultimately never found out what happened to their missing loved ones. I found Ted and Ann to be a profoundly touching book, and at times was moved to tears by the story about little Ann Marie Burr and her family's struggle to learn what had happened to her. Recommended.
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