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Kaui

I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

Member Since 2009

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  • Othello: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Jonathan Lomas, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Jude Akuwudike, Nick Murchie
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Experience Othello as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    A User says: "Excellent Listen"
    "SmartPass makes you smarter"
    Overall

    I found this oral theatrical reading of the play, along with interspersed analysis ala Cliffnotes style, to be a fantastic way to consume Shakespeare. No more tedious cross referencing footnotes. No more struggling with the language. Just an entertaining reading of a fantastic play with a solid dose of background and history to expand one's appreciation of a genius' work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    At first glance, Josh Hanagame seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "wonderful memoir about having Tourette's Syndrome"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing about living with Tourette's from the first person viewpoint. The Mormon aspect added a depth of faith, familial dynamics and introspection that I enjoyed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3724)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "This is a thoroughly engaging book!"
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    Where does Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the top books I have ever read - audio or conventional. It's educational, entertaining, fascinating and compelling. It gives a wonderful view into the person, but also a great perspective on being a German Jew during WWI and II, and a Jewish physicist during the dawning of the nuclear age.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein?

    Gosh, every page was memorable. This book is one of the best books I have ever read. And the narrator was superb.


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

    absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1235)

    When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.

    Fiammetta Rey says: "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
    "make better voices for Tyson & Annabeth's stepmom"
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    Would you listen to The Titan's Curse again? Why?

    Yes. All of our three boys very much enjoy Rick Riordan's books. We have read and re-read them many times. We have the movies. It's wonderful!


    Did Jesse Bernstein do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I appreciate the desire to make different voices, but the voice for Tyson in particular is annoying - makes him sound dumb. And also, all Asian voices use broken English. As a 4th generation Chinese American, I found this to be profoundly insulting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1158)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "The best of Percy Jackson series."
    "Make better voices for Tyson"
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    Would you listen to The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4 again? Why?

    yes. We have three boys and all love the Percy Jackson series.


    What aspect of Jesse Bernstein’s performance would you have changed?

    I appreciate the desire to make different voices, but the voice for Tyson in particular is annoying - makes him sound dumb. And also, all Asian voices use broken English. As a 4th generation Chinese American, I found this to be profoundly insulting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Old People Turn into Chores For The Young"
    "Excellent"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I had heard that Walter Mosley is a highly regarded writer and I can see why. This book is hopeful yet sad, lyrically melancholy and ultimately, all about love and life, though dementia and impending death are the main "characters". Read this - you will enjoy it. Also, the narrator was sublime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    Kaui says: "WONDERFUL"
    "WONDERFUL"
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    I join the thousands - millions? - who adore this book. hilarious, skillful and downright stunning, this gripper of a tale mocks the Enlightenment with such wit one cannot put this down!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6302)
    Performance
    (5599)
    Story
    (5595)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "a nice read"
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    I don't want to say much about the book because its genre will give away a big part of the plot, but suffice to say that the Night Circus is an imaginative exploration of magic and magicians, evokative of times of old. It's on the lighter side, but very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Shard

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Linda Sue Park
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (52)

    Foraging in fields and on rubbish heaps, and sharing food with his friend Crane-man, used to be enough to fill Tree-ear's days. But now all Tree-ear wants to do is watch master potter Min at work.

    D. Court says: "Don't miss this book"
    "well worth the accolades it has received"
    Overall
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    This is a lovely book about a young boy, an orphan, who journeys through a life of hardship and deprivation with a sense of beauty, wonder and honor that all of us would be improved by adopting. I don't want to give the story away; you should read it. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this book immensely. The only reason, I think, that it is a children's book is its length. The style, craftsmanship and vocabulary are of high skill and difficulty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond of Darkhold: The Fourth Book of Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeanne Duprau
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    It's been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

    Kaui says: "Satisfying conclusion to the Ember series"
    "Satisfying conclusion to the Ember series"
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    This is book 4 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

    SPOILER ALERT: This book starts out roughly where ThePeople of Sparks (book 2) leaves off, with winter in full swing and people struggling to get along and survive the winter. The two protagonists want to (again) save things by going back to their abandoned City of Ember. Their adventures are interesting and of course hold many moral lessons. The story telling is skillful and writing is also well done. I would say as an adult I am more accustomed to loose ends left for the reader to fill in according to the reader's inclinations which sometimes can be unsatisfying - other times it is an excellent way to get the reader to continue to ponder and discuss the book long after finishing it. Here, the tying up of details will satisfy all juveniles and any adult who gets frustrated by open endings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet of Yonwood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly.

    Kaui says: "Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember"
    "Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember"
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    This is book 3 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

    This book predates the City of Ember by it seems at least a hundred years if not more. The reader, if s/he started with the City of Ember, will be hooked on wondering how/when the nuclear war will start. The initiate will also be hooked on this question due to DuPrau's skillfull story telling. Character development and plot continuity are well executed here. I probably enjoyed this book a bit more than The People of Sparks, though the entire series is worth a read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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