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Janae

I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

Pearland, Texas, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 88 titles in library
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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (658)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "Interesting and thought provoking."
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    Would you listen to Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce again? Why?

    Yes, because he read Gulliver's Travels very well considering all of the different characters he had to read for and he didn't read in silly voices. Pierce also had some incredibly weird names to pronounce and accents to keep straight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    When Gulliver left his Houyhnhnm Master.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    1) When Gulliver left Glundalclitch.
    2) When Gulliver left his Houyhnhnm Master.


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

    Made me think about how Swift unfolded his idea that Humans are not suppose to know everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Now I know what it means when someone is called a YaHoo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom of the Opera

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gaston Leroux
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

    Sarah says: "Book better than the movie"
    "I am glad I took the time to listen to this book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Phantom of the Opera to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I don't think I could of read the book but b/c I spend so much time in a car, I found it interesting to listen to.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4830)
    Performance
    (4309)
    Story
    (4319)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Well written book."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, it was well written. The narrator did a good job with the characters voices and an Irish brogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna and the King of Siam: The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Margaret Landon
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.

    Ellen says: "A Classic"
    "Anna was part of Siam's destiny."
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    If you could sum up Anna and the King of Siam in three words, what would they be?

    Teachable
    Pride
    Destiny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anna kept her wits about her when most people would of run away.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    The head wife, but I can't spell her name.


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

    Shocked at the Kings drastic mood swings.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book and watched the latest movie with Jody Foster in it to get a sense of the country. The book was better at telling the story and of course explaining the characters that the movie just skimmed over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2316)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Didn't want to book to end."
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    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    A story written by Dumas read by John Lee is a real treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By C. C. H. Pounder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A perfect Christmas for Lela Edwards this year would include the presence of her husband, her three daughters, and her favorite granddaughter, Darcie. They would each be happy, healthy, and properly married. But life doesn't always unfold in a perfect way, even for God-loving, churchgoing people like these. Lela's husband of fifty years, Walter, has recently passed, and the daughters now live in towns and states far from the Chicago neighborhood where they were raised.

    Rochelle says: "so so"
    "Good Christmas Story."
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    What did you love best about The Memory Quilt?

    Pounder did a wonderful job narrating the story.


    Any additional comments?

    An easy to listen to story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2672)
    Story
    (2698)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "A Scary Story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    I started listening to this on an overnight train from Paris to Italy and I had to stop because I got scared! Being drawn into a story so much that I become frightened is fun, but I have to admit, that I had more fun listening in a familiar environment with a fuzzy blanket. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story and would listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2061)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "A Wonderful Christmas Story"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    When Mr. Scrooge really laughed for the 1st time.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Empathy in the voices of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2139)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "Interesting."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wicked?

    Elphaba


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked?

    When Elphaba tried to talk to Nessa Rose about Oz and her treatment of animals.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    The different characters he portrayed.


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

    The loyalty of the animals that Phabula took care of.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I listened to this book. The story wasn't about what I expected it to be about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (853)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "One for all and all for one!"
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    If you could sum up The Three Musketeers in three words, what would they be?

    rowdy gentlemen boys


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 4 Musketeers were very loyal to each other and they wore such elaborate clothes (tights and lace) while carrying and welding super sharp lethal swords. I am so glad I listened to the book, it was so entertaining!


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

    John Lee "ROCKS" when it comes to reading stories!


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

    When Milady was beheaded and the Musketeers grieved in their own personal ways.
    Milady was bewitching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Janet Suzman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of property and power. Born in Newgate Prison, Moll propels herself through marriages, periods of success and destitution, and a trip to the New World and back, only to return to the place of her birth as a popular prostitute and brilliant thief. The story of Moll Flanders vividly illustrates Defoe's themes of social mobility and predestination, sin, redemption, and reward.

    Louise says: "great reader, fine read"
    "Now I know who Moll Flanders was!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Moll Flanders in three words, what would they be?

    what a life


    Have you listened to any of Janet Suzman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time to listen to Janet Suzman.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the end when she was remorseful of her life-style and then the Goodness of God over took her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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