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Jessica

GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Stories: All-New Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman (author and editor), Al Sarrantonio (editor), Joe Hill, and others
    • Narrated By Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.

    Diane says: "Tales of the Macabre"
    "A pleasure"
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    Where does Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, it is a collection of stories from a variety of authors which makes each a unique and worthwhile listen. There is a wonderful dearth of literary perspective each author presents.


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

    It is a cast reading, and each gave life to the story that he/she was reading.


    If you could rename Stories, what would you call it?

    I would, the name piques curiosity in such a way as to draw the reader in. Besides, each story is different and there is no better unifying title than the name of the collection.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mary Sharratt
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow, lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest. Drawing on Catholic ritual, medicinal herbs, and guidance from her spirit-friend Tibb, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink. As she ages, she instructs her best friend, Anne, and her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft. Anne ultimately turns to dark magic, while Alizon struggles to accept the power she has inherited and dreams of a simpler life.

    nursebettyknitting says: "Fascinating"
    "Thought-provoking"
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    If you could sum up Daughters of the Witching Hill in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, enriching and satisfying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a great look into how dangerous it was to be a woman who dared to have a voice and the terror of a witch hunt.


    Which character – as performed by Terry Donnelly – was your favorite?

    Bess Southerns


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

    The end was suspenseful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6192)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (3001)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "PURE MAGIC!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    Loved listening to Neil Gaiman's narration impart such life into this story of fantasy. He created a world parallel to the one we know, and made it believable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adored the Marquis, who was unabashedly selfish and self involved


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

    I have, this is by far my favorite. When he narrated Fragile Things, I found it incredibly difficult to tell when one story ended and another began.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "There is a London below..."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1020)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "More than I expected"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing this story as Stephen King tells it. I love it when authors narrate their own works, it gives such soul to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bag of Bones?

    The twist at the end, after the storm.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    The earnest way he told all of it, with making it too dramatic because the story was enough to keep me listening.


    If you could rename Bag of Bones, what would you call it?

    Sarah Laughs


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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