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  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Good story, poor narration"
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    If you could sum up Dixie Divas in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, engaging, lighthearted


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice just didn't fit what I thought the characters should sound like; some more than others. Sometimes it made it hard to keep listening or to buy into the scene because the voice just didn't fit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (370)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "A Fantastic Listen for anyone who believes in the"
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    This book was well written, emotional and real. As a teacher, married to a teacher and from a family of teachers, I have a firm belief in the importance of this job and am saddened by the red tape and hoop-jumping of bureaucracy as well as the difficulty of reaching students on the fringe. This book captures both the feelings of the despair of failure and the hope of success that keeps us coming back everyday. Tony Danza's voice is the perfect delivery for this memoir, too. There is something about the thick Brooklyn accent and the gravely tone of his voice telling his own story that makes it so much more real and emotional. I have recommended this book to many of my teacher friends but I hope that non-teachers read it, too. The whole reason he started this was to bring change and hope to education in our country and the more people who read it and understand what goes into teaching, the more hope there is for change.
    A fabulous listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    Bethany says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "Not as bad as I was expecting based on reviews"
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    If you are really into the Lauren Willig series concerning the Pink Carnation, you might be able to get past the fact that this is a different reader. You might even be able to get past the few mispronunciations (eventually she stops pronouncing Eloise as "El-was" but I am disappointed that the producer didn't catch it right away. Other little things drove me crazy like pronouncing lowering as "lawring" more than once) Mispronunciations aside, she was an effective reader; able to effect different voices for different characters and effusing each character with emotion and depth. The story itself was a typical Willig plot. The characters were lovable and the ending was satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

    Leah says: "Pace Setter"
    "Harder to believe"
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    Ms. Willig did too good a job painting this older sister of Letty from the previous novel as a negative character. It was harder to cheer for her. I didn't really like her character or the selfish one of Lord Vaughn. I did enjoy the Love story but then both characters go back to being spiteful, malevolent snobs. No thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

    Coffee Lover says: "More, more, more!"
    "Might be my favorite one in the series"
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    Of the 5 books in the series I've listened to, this might be my favorite one. There was something compelling about the story and the relationship and misunderstandings of Letty and Jeffery that captivated my attention. I ate it up, feeling frustrates with the characters and feeling my pulse quicken, holding my breath during perils. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1596)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "My 4 year olds first chapter book"
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    This is a quirky little tale well narrated by Anne Hathaway. She did an excellent job changing her voice for each character and I found that it captivated my child's attention so that she could listen to 2 chapters at a time and asked for more. It was fanciful but not too complicated for a child to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Madhav Sharma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrols in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance.

    Carol says: "Fabulous Narrator"
    "Phenomenal performance"
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    If you could sum up Kim in three words, what would they be?

    vibrant, descriptive, compelling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kim?

    The ending was a surprise. I thought, "what? It's over?" It seemed abrupt. I wanted to know what happened next.


    Which character – as performed by Madhav Sharma – was your favorite?

    Oh my goodness, he is so talented. It's hard to pick. I think Mabub Ali would be my favorite rendition. Followed by Kim.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    Markus P. Mayer says: "so and so"
    "Not what it seems"
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    What would have made The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness better?

    This not what I thought it would be after reading the description. Instead of information about nutritional myths for the lay person, it seems to be all about how to eat and exercise if you are a training athlete. As I am not hoping to run a marathon or any other intense sport that requires specific nutrition training and fitness training, this book felt like a waste.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Publicized it for what it was. Then I would not have bought it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The delivery was fine. His lecturing voice was clear and understandable. He even incorporated a few "stories"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are definitely redeeming qualities if you are a high performing athlete in training. I am not.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    "A delightful little tale. Hooray for Turnip"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book but I would suggest that they read a few of the others first. I think it was because we know Turnip from other tales that seeing him in this light is so delicious. I never saw him as a romantic interest before but now I do. It was well done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mischief of the Mistletoe?

    When Turnip climbs the trellis--not for any romantic reason--but because he just wanted to continue talking to a fellow conspirator about the mystery. I also loved the final confrontation with the "uncle" I was hoping and hoping it would happen and Ms Willig delivered


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Turnip.
    I do love Kate Reading's interpretations. She is a great narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ugly Duckling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Rabbit Ears Entertainment
    • Narrated By Cher
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Rediscover the inner beauty in all of us with this beloved Hans Christian Anderson story of the outcast duckling who finds himself transformed into a beautiful swan.

    Shandra says: "Not up to Rabbit Ears standards"
    "Not up to Rabbit Ears standards"
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    Would you try another book from Rabbit Ears Entertainment and/or Cher?

    Definitely! I love rabbit ears products for the most part. It's just this story that was not up to par.


    Has The Ugly Duckling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Again, definitely not. I own lots of these rabbit ears stories and the kids and I love to listen to them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cher’s performances?

    It wasn't her reading that was bad, it was the pace and the production itself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, what I didn't like was the tone of the story--too much talking about what an ugly duckling it was, a little too much meanness and self loathing. And the accompanying music was soooooooo sloooooooow which threw off the pacing of the story. I didn't even get to the end. I couldn't take it any more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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