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Patrick

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  • Macbeth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Stephen Dillane, Fiona Shaw, full cast
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    By the time Shakespeare came to write Macbeth - almost certainly in 1605/1606 - he had already completed three of the great tragedies with which modern audiences are so familiar: Hamlet (1601), Othello (1603), and King Lear (1605). Each of those plays gives us an eponymous hero who is in some significant way flawed, but for whom we also inevitably feel deep sympathy, whatever his errors or crimes. But in MacBeth, Shakespeare has chosen for his tragic hero a man guilty of the most terrible crime imaginable to a Jacobean audience, that of regicide - the murder of a king.

    Marius says: "Fire burn and cauldron bubble - an excellent stew"
    "Good Story, annoying sound quality"
    Overall

    The classic tale is dissapointing only in the area of sound quality. Of the witches, the first scene and later, you can only hear one of them well, the second ok, and the third not at all. Other Sound quality issues are also annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (902)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "A Favorite"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the audiobook. The characters are engaging, the plot is effective, and I happen to like fantasy books. Jenny Sterlin is a great reader and enhances the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (503)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    The use of Fairy tales to inspire mystery will not only get you wanting to read the rest of Buckley's tales, but inspires (if not re-inpires) you to read the classic tales.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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