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A. Frazier

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Fowles
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

    Darwin8u says: "Writes with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking"
    "Metafiction meets realis"
    Overall

    Fowles' novel is spectacular and the reading does it justice. It is metafiction in the guise of realism. The narrator's entries into the text and the fascinating ending contrast and play with the "truth-telling" function of traditional realism.

    I'm a regular audible listener, listening to books during walks, and I extended my walks to get some extra listening time on this one.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (231)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III may be the son of the brave leader of the mighty Viking tribe the Hairy Hooligans, but he certainly doesn’t feel very heroic. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are challenged to pick baby dragons from the dragon nursery, Hiccup actually manages to catch a small one. But now how will he train his stubborn new pet?

    Susan says: "Not the same as the movie"
    "My daughter loved this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon again? Why?

    This was the first time our daughter, almost 5, really listened to an audio book in the car without being distracted. When we stopped the car at our destination, she pleaded for more of the book. It was a bit scary at some moments, but well worth a listen. This is not the story you find in the movie adaptation and, in fact, while I liked the film, I prefer this story. The characters are funny, the humor keeps adults entertained, and there is no shortage of suspense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Madeleine L'Engle
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (170)

    Father is missing! His top-secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away, but where? And how? Meg and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, set out with their friend Calvin on an exciting adventure through time and space to search for him. With the help of the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the youngsters learn to expect the unexpected as they move in the fifth dimension known as the "tesseract."

    Leroy says: "Best Book for a Kid"
    "Had to stop listening after two hours"
    Overall

    I'll give this book another try in its print version since it's regarded as an important work of children's literature and I know so many people who love it. I just couldn't handle the narration, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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