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A. Disney

Oregon, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 8 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 523 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Rainbow Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    The winsome Anne Shirley is grown, has married her beloved Gilbert, and is the mother of six frolicsome children. Anne and her family experience some unimaginable events when a strange family moves into a nearby mansion. The Meredith family is comprised of two boys and two girls, a minister father but no mother, and a runaway girl named Mary Vance.

    A. Disney says: "Low point of the series"
    "Low point of the series"
    Overall

    While an entertaining and fun book, the core characters in the "Anne" series just make cameo appearances. I think this was one of the books L.M. Montgomery wrote because she was pressured to, so somehow it doesn't quite reach the level of Anne's House of Dreams or Rilla of Ingleside. One can't help being annoyed with a father who is so absent-minded that his children are in constantly in danger of serious harm, but is quite able to pay enough attention to find a wife, who is obviously meant to devote her life to raising his 4 children (dear as they are).

    The narrator does not add to the listening experience at all. At least once every five minutes, she emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence, does not bring out the different characters with different voices, and is generally flat. I would have given the book 4 stars otherwise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "A bit strained"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this for someone who was mostly attracted to Jane Austen because of the recent spate of movies/series.


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

    The author attempted to relate what Jane Austen


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (203)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    K. Lange says: "One of Heinlein's Best"
    "A light romp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun if you want something light and entertaining for a long drive. A gratuitous nudist colony, but otherwise a fairly tight plot.


    What about Patrick Lawlor???s performance did you like?

    Perfect for the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Why this one?"
    Overall

    It puzzles me, that of all Josephine Tey's books, this is the one that would make it to Audible. It's one of her least accessible, and unless you have some grounding in English history of the 15th century, hard to follow when listening 30 minutes at a time.

    Narrator was good, and at times very good, although he struggled a bit with the American and Gloucestershire accents.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (884)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "Lovely Listen"
    Overall

    A lovely narrator - worth listening to just for the pleasure of listening to her voice. In places, the book appears to be condescending to Africans, but having read some of the author's other books set in Europe, I think this is just an occasional part of his style which always grates a little.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's New Testament NIV

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (1)

    Do you find the Bible hard to read? Do your thoughts wander as you try to make your way through a Bible reading program? If so then discover the joy of listening to the Bible. Now you can experience the entire New Testament wherever you are...with understanding you never thought possible.

    A. Disney says: "Strange Narration"
    "Strange Narration"
    Overall

    The narrator, while at times an excellent reader, becomes annoying after about 20 minutes. He emphasizes odd words and has uncalled for pauses and has almost cynical tone at times that clashes strangely with the text. Several chapters into Matthew he develops an unusual way of pronouncing "Jesus", something like "Je-SUS", and his inflections begin to lose any connection to the material. I finally stopped listening - the first time with any Audible book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anne's House of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Everyone who falls in love with irrepressible, red-haired Anne Shirley longs to know more of her life and adventures. Now, on the very eve of her wedding to Dr. Gilbert Blythe, we can come back into Anne's world in Anne's House of Dreams.

    Kathy says: "Great narrator, the best 'Anne' book yet"
    "Great book, poor narrator"
    Overall

    This book about the beginning of Anne's married life is much more fun for a grown reader than the first couple books in the series. Lots to appreciate on many levels. But ... the narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard. She has a very monotonous voice with no sense of rhythm, often puts too much space between words, and doesn't differentiate characters well or capture the character as written by the author.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Little Women

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Jamie Lee Curtis
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The March sisters are practically a part of everyone's family; Meg is the pretty one, Jo the tomboy, Beth the shy one, and Amy the artist. Follow their adventures in and around their New England home during the Civil War era as they discover the value of family, love, loyalty, and patience as taught to them by their beloved "Marmee."

    A. Disney says: "A Classic"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    The book is, of course, a classic. Listening to it again reminds me why! However, the narrator (Jamie Lee Curtis), is very uneven in the quality of her work. She does a great job with Jo, but gets Amy all wrong. Very often she ignores the actual text of the book. For example, it will say that Amy "spoke gravely", yet Amy's part is performed in a flippant, sassy way. It becomes especially grating towards the end when Amy is a young woman and is changing from the selfish little girl portrayed at the beginning of the book. The servant Hannah's accent is not well done, but this is minor since she she rarely speaks in the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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