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Exeter, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • Winnie the Pooh: Piglet Meets a Heffalump (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geffrey Palmer, and others

    A wonderful adaption of Winnie the Pooh, featuring an all-star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Story 1: In which Piglet meets a Heffalump. Story 2: In which eeyore has a birthday. Story 3: In which Kanga and Baby Roo come to the forest, and Piglet has a bath. Story 4: In which Christopher Robin leads an expotition to the North Pole.

    Bianca says: "Terrific Performance for All Ages"
    "Terrific Performance for All Ages"
    Where does Winnie the Pooh: Piglet Meets a Heffalump (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be one of my favorite audiobooks so far (2nd in line - The Help is our nr. 1) . We have small kids and listen to this audio book over and over again in the car. Of course the Winnie the Pooh story is great and timeless. But the performances of these actors are top-notch. It has me laughing all the time - even though I have heard this story at least 10 or 15 times in just a few weeks.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piglet. The voice just makes me laugh. In fact, if you are having a bad day this would be a great way to cheer up. It is fab.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    What do I not like is an easier question as I could simply say

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Don't want to give away details - so best to say that this book evokes a multitude of emotions. You have to be an ice cube to not melt during this performance.

    Any additional comments?

    This story is ageless - interesting and entertaining from 1 - 100. We find it a really good way to calm our youngest ones down when they get fuzzy. Even toddlers, who might not quite understand the whole story - will listen as there are many voices and sound effects to keep them engaged quietly and this can give a welcome break to a busy day of running errands taking the kids in and out of the car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Miracle of Hope: Amish Wonders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ruth Reid
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte

    Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn child. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his deaf eight-year-old daughter Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first, but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

    Bianca says: "Refreshing - Loved it"
    "Refreshing - Loved it"
    What did you love best about A Miracle of Hope?

    The characters were very likable and lovable. I wish it would be possible to live in such a caring and warm society focused on the community as a whole with God in the front seat. A community where people love and care for each other in a selfless way. There are no feelings of guilt to ask for help nor worry about its inconvenience.

    I loved everything about this book. It wasn't soppy and sweet, but showed the love, hope, doubt and fears of those who put their lives completely in the hands of God and trust him fully. It definitely made me think about what's important in our lives and especially WHO.

    It's interesting that Amish books are as well read as they are, especially considering the small population of the Amish. Am typing this up on my iPad, but I think I would trade it in order to live with the people in this book. But then I remember, the book is fictional.

    Guess I'll read the next in the series.....

    What other book might you compare A Miracle of Hope to and why?

    Beth Wiseman writes similar books and series for example. There are quite a few others as well, but her name popped in my head first.

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of the Story

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

    Laurie says: "Listen a Little Longer.."
    "Absolutely loved it"

    Lovely light read, great characters beautifully brought to live by the author and made into close friends by the narrator, who I thought did a superb job.

    This isn't the type of book that'll change your life and stays with you, but I definitely looked forward to continuing it every evening until the end.

    Am positive that I'm giving a higher rating for the audible version opposed to if I would have read it myself as the Irish brogue is very charming. The narrator did an excellent job with each character, I'll be making a point to purchase another book narrated by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Good, but very long audio book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    This was quite well voiced - although I had just finished the Help when listening to this and I have to admit anything will be a bit negative after that amazing performance.

    I have not read the book, so I cannot say which one is better. Assume that due to the many long winded descriptions of things and places the audio version might be a bit better.

    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    This was a step outside my normal reads - it was on sale for $ 4.95 and very well reviewed so figured would give it a shot. Liked it a lot and will certainly - after a bit of break from it - continue on to the next books in the series.

    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Thought her Scottish accent was quite good and enjoyed the way she read this. I will absolutely be listening and specifically searching for more work from her. She did a good job.

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

    Fell asleep several times (not sure if this is the type of extreme the question is looking for), which was mainly because a lot of bla-bla takes place between events (which is how this turned into 1000+ pages and over 32 hours of audio). However, many parts were very good and I certainly caught myself holding my breath at various times. Laughed aloud a few times as well, but no crying....

    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book. It is the first audiobook I have listened to by this actor and writer. Not sure if I would have enjoyed the written version as much as the actor added a lot extra to this story which I really enjoyed. It is over 32 hours long and I would certainly need a break and listen to a couple of other books before I move on to the second one in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Brilliant Performance & Excellent Book."
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Have listened to audio books before in the car, but The Help has turned me from an occasional audiobook listener to a real fan. This book is amazing. The characters are voiced so well they get under your skin and into your blood. The story itself is interesting and certainly a lesson of, thank goodness, now the past. But most of all it was the characters of the people and the funniness of the stories and the way this is written that was enthralling. My daughter who is 9 wanted to see the movie, which is PG-13 - we are a bit conservative and I always abide by the movie age recommendations as I feel they are made for a reason. But knowing her I could understand her interest, so we made a deal. We would try out the audiobook. If there were too many language problems or too much graphic detail we would put the book away and save it for a later time.

    It was a terrific decision. Not only was this a good listen, it also opened up a world and discussions about subjects we never talked about before. We homeschool and this is a perfect beginning to creating a real interest in further study. This is one of those books that could very well shape her interests for years to come.

    On some occasions some rough language was used, but with the proper guidance did not think it was a big issue. Also, one situation was rather detailed and graphic, but again, it opened up the doors to yet another discussion about life and what sometimes can happen/

    All and all I would absolutely recommend to use this book in home schooling. And it is perfect to hook speakers up to and listen to it with multiple people as it creates much food for thought and discussion.

    Would gladly listen to this again, probably multiple times and am planning on gifting this to multiple people this coming Christmas. Have since the Help listened to some more audiobooks at home (which certainly is more relaxing than watching tv) and do have to say that The Help's performance beats all other books. It is wonderful how various actors are used (and they are really top-notch) and I cannot wait for each of them to do more work as I will follow these actors along as the voices are superb.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the story is that there were so many great morals and lessons to gain on the way. About friendship, equality, humor, love, taking chances and to be courageous. It was easy to bond with each character.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Our favorite scene was the pecker-pie incident. Without giving too much away this had us laughing aloud for a bit.

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

    A story of love, courage, hope and friendship between colored maids and

    Any additional comments?

    Wish their were more audiobooks like this one. Also much enjoyed the multiple voices. The worst part about the book? That it ended.....We simply loved it and shall miss Skeeter, Abelene and Minnie (and even Celia).

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