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Tracy

Vancouver, WA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 67 titles in library
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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2627)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1407)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "ach no!"
    Overall

    Not quite sure how this made a most popular list. Hearing history firsthand was interesting. It was just so painful to listen to the neglect Mr. McCourt endured, and to hear the drunken waste that his father imparted to his life over and over and over again - well I'd rather have a root canal.

    It wasn't all bad, but just slow and repetitive - but it was a memoir so that was his life. Just hard to stay involved at times. Other times - hillarious and completely captivating.

    So if you're in the mood for a schizophrenic listen, then this is your book.

    1 of 5 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
    (653)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (179)

    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"
    "mixed feelings"
    Overall

    The story is timeless. This particular version being read by the author was intriguing to me. However I am disappointed with the narration. The author has a lisp (as if her mouth is full of saliva constantly) Which you get used to after a while, however her voice inflection for some of the characters is extremely grating to me. Could be a personal thing - so listen carefully to the sample before you decide if this copy is right for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. This story of the Bennet family and the novel's two protagonists, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is told with a wit that author Jane Austen feared might prove "rather too light and bright, and sparkling".

    Elizabeth says: "Perfection!"
    "Exquisite Listen"
    Overall

    I absolutely adore this narrators ability to change her voice just enough to help you identify more deeply with the characters.

    I will be buying more books read by this narrator!

    The book goes w/out saying. A classic must read that will not disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4444)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1813)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "interesting story"
    Overall

    The story was captivating, the narrators fit the characters well. The story has some vulgarity that, when spoken in your ear feels more crude than if you had read it in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3315)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1486)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This audiobook was very captivating. Although a little difficult to grasp who all the characters were at first, after a bit of listening you'll catch on. I'm more visual so had I been reading the written word I don't think following the character line would have been as confusing - but still did not detract from the enjoyment of this perky novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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