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Sarah

Mount Annan, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald’s glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.

    Sarah says: "Love this Version"
    "Love this Version"
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    The Great reading of The Great Gatsby! Loved the pace and expression.
    A love that lives on...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Bridge: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By William Zappa
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    As the Kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany the Ranger Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica's villages and mines are silent. Only an exhausted and starving girl called Evanlyn can tell them why: Morgarath has sent his foul creatures to enslave the Celts. While Gilan rides swiftly back to Araluen to report this news to the King, Will and Horace discover the true purpose behind Morgarath's actions.

    Sarah says: "Even better than the first book"
    "Even better than the first book"
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    Our obsession with Rangers continues. My boys love the books. Makes for a quiet car trip. This book ramped up the excitement and suspense - can't wait to download the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By William Zappa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be what he longs for, but when he and Halt are sent out to prevention the assassination of the King....

    Sarah says: "Most enjoyable"
    "Most enjoyable"
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    Listened to this book on the way to school every morning with 2 boys aged 7yrs and 12yrs. They were absolutely riveted and QUIET (yay!!). We could not miss a morning without the Ranger's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Morris Gleitzman
    • Narrated By Morris Gleitzman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Felix lives in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home. The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as all of Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy.

    Denis says: "once ..loved by all"
    "Kids Favourite"
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    My kids loved this story and series in fact. At first I thought it a bit naive and young for them but I liked the way it gently introduced what would have been the experiences of a child during this time of history. They couldn't get enough of it and were talking about it for ages. Great read great story, loved hearing the author read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2225)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Couldn't listen - Narration very poor"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    How could the performance have been better?

    More life and expression in the reading.


    What character would you cut from Transfer of Power?

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    Any additional comments?

    Tried it because of great reviews for Vince Flynn, especially the Mitch Rapp Series. Have been put off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Tim Behrens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    First published in 1875, this classic excursion into Mark Twain's Mississippi River country will lighten your heart even today. The characters themselves - Tom's Aunt Polly, his friends Becky and Huck, even Injun Joe - evoke nostalgia for a simpler, more rural lifestyle. Mark Twain describes a people, and a place, full of affection, wit, and adventure... where a dark summer night in a graveyard searching for black cats, or even getting lost during a cave exploration, can be a truly exciting and fulfilling experience.

    Sarah says: "kids loved it"
    "kids loved it"
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    What did you love best about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

    This story and its narrator just draws you in! I bought it for myself, thinking my boys wouldn't be interested in the old english wording but after hearing bits and pieces they wanted more and were so interested it kept them quiet and completely riveted for hours on end in the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its boy heaven.


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

    There were a few gasps here and there - especially when running into Ingin Joe!


    Any additional comments?

    Timeless!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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