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M. Kawaguchi

An eclectic wordist. YA? Fantasy? Sci-fi? Humor? Yes. Yes, please. I like what ifs, relatively happy endings, and strong narrators.

Redmond, WA | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "Brits in Terra D'Ange?"

    I love this book. I loved it on paper and I love it in my ears. It's rich and dark, like good chocolate. And the reader is very good, with a nice set of voices for the characters. However, I was unable to get over having a British accent in the voice of the narrator, Phaedra, because the novel is very clearly set in an alternate version of France. It was very jarring, and the pronunciation of some words and names was different from what I expected. Still, an excellent version of an excellent book. Recommended highly.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ella Enchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Eden Riegel

    Ella of Frell wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift of obedience and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey?

    Mary A. says: "What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story"
    "My daughter's favorite so far."
    Would you listen to Ella Enchanted again? Why?

    We definitely will. It's such an engaging story, and the voice actress is quite good for her age (and I think having a younger reader made it better for my daughter).

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Char or Ella, quote from daughter: "nice people, Char laughs and tells people his secrets, and Ella tries to make things right when they're wrong, and she has enough courage to break the spell."

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

    The feeling of it actually being a children's story; one truly for children, not just one directed at children by adults.

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

    It's already been made, but it's SO different from the book! I would love to see a movie that actually was like the book, and I would give that one the tag line "not every present is a gift."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stever Robbins
    • Narrated By Stever Robbins

    Want to conquer your e-mail inbox once and for all? Need help getting organized and staying focused? Start listening! Millions of people already benefit from the innovative, time-saving tips that Stever Robbins dispenses each week in his number-one-ranked Get-It-Done Guy podcast. Now he’s come up with a nine-step plan to transform even the most overwhelmed into an overachiever.

    M. Kawaguchi says: "Thanks to your work, now I can't sleep, Stever!"
    "Thanks to your work, now I can't sleep, Stever!"

    This is a superb audiobook. I listen to many, and do not use effusive praise lightly. I usually listen to audiobooks and podcasts before bed, to help me relax before sleep. Get-it-done-guy is one of my favorites, and the 10 minutes or so usually offered is a great break from my day. Stever tickles my funny bone like he put "make this girl laugh" on his life map. But now that I have so many hours of his humor, all in one place, and it is so good - both well written and educational in a "stop what you're doing and reorganize your life right now" kind of way - how is it that I am supposed to get any sleep? I keep giggling out loud and waking up my husband, who then listens himself and then chuckles so loudly that I still can't sleep, even though husband has stolen the earphones. What the heck!?! Here is the part of the review where I would say that Stever is a cross between "insert business guru here" and "insert comedian's name here", but he is such an original that comparisons are useless. Go get an episode of the podcast. Any will do. If you do not laugh, go buy a "How to get a sense of humor" audiobook instead. If you laugh, or change your life for the better, or - most likely - change your life for the better while figuring out how to invest in the Depends brand so you can listen to more, then you should buy this audiobook. Possible also while buying the hard copy so you can use a highlighter for the good parts. S'what I did, and look how happy I am. Well, except for the not being able to sleep part...

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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