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emilie

Melbourne, Australia

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

    Todd says: "Expecting "Whoa!", but got "Meh""
    "a great story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    The story was very exciting, gripping and fantastical but it did get a little repetitive by the end (yes, we know you are not going to let go of Lettie Hempstock's hand, you have said it 5 times now) And maybe it's something you wouldn't notice if you were reading it, however there was so much imagination you can let that go and absorb yourself into his world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Neil's work, his imagination is spectacular and his story telling is beyond skilled, this is another of his great works of fantasy fiction.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the narration a little annoying, it sounds like he's reading to a circle of children gathered round a fire cupping a mug of warm milk. Which was nice at first but got annoying for the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1565)

    Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

    C. Acevedo says: "I really enjoy listening over and over again."
    "good but a little dated"
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    Where does Rich Dad Poor Dad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance is poor but there are little gems in the content that are useful, it did change the way I thought about investments


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert T. Kiyosaki? Why or why not?

    Maybe if it was read by someone else!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Wheeler’s performances?

    er, no, I think that's obvious.


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

    Times have changed and the economic environment is quite different to when this was written however
    I think with all these kind of self help books you take what you need. There are gems in this, and those made it all worthwhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (231)

    Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

    Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

    Claire says: "No PDF??"
    "fabulous"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, there were plenty of KILLER lines and quips


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I very much enjoyed Tina's description of her childhood and her father.


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

    nope.


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

    I could have...


    Any additional comments?

    Although it was very entertaining I felt I didn't really learn anything terribly deep about Tina, and I wanted to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

    katrina says: "Engaging and entertaining"
    "brilliant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sisters Brothers to be better than the print version?

    It's on par, I would say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a gripping, stylish, fabulously told tale. I found it intelligent and exciting. The narration I thought was perfect.


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

    no, I have not.


    If you could take any character from The Sisters Brothers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take out Eli.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration addictive and started to think like the characters in the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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