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Laura

Melbourne, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Fun to listen to"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is equal to the other books in the Dragon series. They are all awesome and really fun to listen to, The narration is wonderful with great voices so you really can believe the whole cast is there. This was the 4th book in the series I listened to and have the other 4 on my ipod now waiting for the chance to escape into my head.

    I Highly recommend this series to anyone young at heart.

    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
    (80)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    "Such a sad story"
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    What did you love best about Once?

    That the boy tried to write stories about his experiences.


    What other book might you compare Once to and why?

    The boy in the striped pajamas


    What does Morris Gleitzman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was more sad I think listening to it. If I'd been reading it I'd not have finished it.


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

    Cry cry. Laugh a little then cry some more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (798)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    Kelli G says: "How to Live"
    "Honest and from the heart"
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    Where does The Last Lecture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    1


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lecture?

    The stuffed animals.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Singer and Randy Pausch ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    we Randy died, so that would be difficult to do.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Live every day as if it were your last and make sure you have plans for your family before you die. It's not about you when you are dying, it's about the people you are leaving behind.


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  • The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Less than half a year ago, Tony and I received a mysterious note from Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, three children who have experienced authentic encounters with the beings we call faeries. As hard as it was for us to believe, we came to see that there was no alternative explanation. Now, putting aside personal concerns, we bring their stories to you.

    Don says: "Excellent!"
    "Short for the cost, but ok read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I the most enjoyable?

    It was a very creative story, it just ended too soon.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black ? Why or why not?

    Not unless they are bundled into groups.


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

    He is a great narrator, I search for books he has narrated As one of my search parameters when looking for the next great book.


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

    You would have to make a tv show, or combine the books. They are really short, not like the Harry Potter books which are hours of listening.


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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2455)
    Story
    (2452)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Bought because of a friends recommendations"
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    Where does Thinking, Fast and Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not a lite listen, but the speaker is slow. I prefer when the narrator speaks more quickly, but that only takes. Little from the book itself. You can always speed up he speech on an I device.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, no, not a story, the book is about the way people think. If you have an unusual thinking style and you think no one else does. Or worse you think everyone around you is slow, read this, it may help you understand how others think.


    What does Patrick Egan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reviewing books like this are hard in that it's not a story as much as someone's thesis. The narrator does a really good job keeping you focused on the book. Some narrators read with such disinterest that the listener has no choice but to become disinterested.


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

    Again,it's Not a story. It's a lecture. And it did make
    Me laugh. Maybe because I agreed with some if what he said, and sometimes because he was so wrong( with respect to me.)


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, it may help you understand that odd ball down the hall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (964)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "You have to be able to keep up ..."
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    Would you listen to A Visit from the Goon Squad again? Why?

    There is not just one story, there are many short stories that all intertwine with each other. Some characters are obvious, others you figure out their role the second or third time you have a listen.

    It's a great listen, but my son says it's a better read. With the book it's easy to go back and find where important things happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Visit from the Goon Squad?

    The end of the first short story. At hat point you are wondering what about he next 5 hours?


    What about Roxana Ortega’s performance did you like?

    I actually prefer to listen to my books read by males, but it was easy to understand and not too slow, more to say it was just the right spleen and characterization to not have to rewind to find the voice com the past.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Visit from the Goon Squad and why?

    Oh gosh, I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a book that if you like I you find yourself listening to it again and again. If you get lost after the second chapter, it's not a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6240)
    Performance
    (5728)
    Story
    (5729)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Not what I was expecting, in a good way."
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    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected entertaining beautiful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The black cat named Ocean. She was there to make the worst days better.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change voices in mid sentence. Also, he reads at a good speed, some readers read to slowly, but Neil reads just about right.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and why?

    The narrator. I can't remember if anyone ever used his name in the book, nick names and slang names. He was the 7 year old book nerd that I see often in my work with kids. They are very bright and have vivid imaginations from the reality they invent in their minds from the books they have read.


    Any additional comments?

    The Ocean at the end of the lane is an adult novel for adults who remember being kids, or are still kids. Its a fantasy of remembering the magical things that happen as a kid and some of the pain also. The birthday party no one comes to, the wonderful friends that you meet for a very short time before they disappear and the pets that make bad things better.

    I think the book is just right. If you are expecting American Gods with super deep, detailed characters that are built up over hundreds of pages, this is not for you. Its a fun book about remembering, if only for a brief time, what life was like some time ago when you were a kid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (329)

    Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

    Hazel says: "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"
    "Cute and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

    David Tennant is an excellent narrator. The voices and the sound effects he makes are cool and allow me to build images as he reads. The book itself is entertaining and funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fishlegs is my favorite character because he is always saying what needs to be said.


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

    They are all awesome!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (502)

    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Great episode!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Doctor Who?

    This book is so well written that it is easy for the listener to imagine all the characters as if it were a long episode of the TV show. David Tennant reads it perfectly. I would not change a thing.


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

    So far all of the books I have listened to narrated by David Tennant have been great.


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

    I laughed and gasped at all the right places, that being said, the book was full of surprises.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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