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Karen

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  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I....

    Villarreal says: "Love the book, but not the narrator"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up Little Women in three words, what would they be?

    Classic... Heart... Life


    What other book might you compare Little Women to and why?

    Little Women is in a league by itself. Why try to compare others?


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Kate's voice is very pleasant and she does an excellent job with all the characters' voices. I never once wondered who was talking. The story really comes alive with a great narrator. Thank you, Kate.


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

    Not really. I wanted to take my time with it. And did. It was great to listen to in the car on my work commute. Very calming but engaing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad to have narrator choices with Audible, so that I can sample and pick the one I think will suit me best. Thank you, Audible, for the variety!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin: Life Among the Lowly

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

    MaryNeal says: "An eye opener"
    "Narrator's Voice On Sample Was Somehow Misleading"
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    What did you love best about Uncle Tom's Cabin?

    "Love" is not the word. It's a tough story to read, very emotional. I would say that I am glad I finally read it. And leave it at that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Uncle Tom's unwavering faith in God and the ripple effects his life has on others is by far, the BEST part of this story.


    What three words best describe Mary Sarah’s voice?

    Pleasant (at times). Irritating (at times--she could go from a soft to harsh sound in the middle of a sentence. This took some getting used to). Unemotional (at times--I was disappointed that she didn't read as sincerely as I was expecting). But after listening to Linda Stephens read Gone With The Wind, everyone is going to pale in comparison.


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

    No, that would have been impossible. Needed breaks from the sadness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1832)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Wonderful on audio"
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    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    It was a joy to listen to this time around. I think I finally have all the countries of Oz in order. So many adventurous events and characters to remember!


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    Compare Oz? It's in a class by itself.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    She has a very pleasant voice to listen to. Great job with the voices, with the exception of the Wizard. But that's just my opinion and a very minor complaint.


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

    No extreme reaction. It's my second time through this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this version to anyone wondering which to choose. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1137)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Very Good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book very highly because it has been well-researched and compiled to be very easily understood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    O'Reilly's ability to put Roman history in total perspective in relation to the time period. It all makes sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the story about Jesus preaching in Nazareth, being almost run over the cliff by the church leaders, but then just... walking away. Goosebump stuff.


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

    I laughed and cried. Jesus' brutal beatings and death are very hard to imagine and listen to. But in the end... =)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Twist: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale.Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant narration"
    "Hands Down, THIS Is The Version To Listen To"
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    What did you love best about Oliver Twist?

    The story is wonderful to start with, but Gerald Dickens' narration puts it over the top!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?

    All the truths coming out at the end.


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

    This was my first, and I will most definitely seek out more of his work!


    Who was the most memorable character of Oliver Twist and why?

    All of the characters are so well-drawn, but for me... probably Nancy. She risks everything to do the right thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Just one... if you are reading this review to see what others think of this particular version of Oliver Twist -- trust me... THIS is the one to get. You will not be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All She Ever Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    A three-time Christy Award winner, Lynn Austin crafts rousing tales of hope and redemption. All She Ever Wanted stars Kathleen Seymour, a woman who seems to have it all, though she hides a dark family secret. To her horror, everything comes crashing down when she loses her job and her daughter is caught shoplifting. Desperate to regain control over her life, Kathleen returns to her estranged family to mend her severely broken relationships before it is too late.

    Carla says: "Pure Enjoyment"
    "Ok Story, GREAT Narrator"
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    Where does All She Ever Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle somewhere.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lynn Austin before, how does this one compare?

    Have not listened to Lynn Austin, but I have read another of her books. But I grabbed this one simply because Linda Stephens is narrating!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The coming home scene at the the very end. I don't want to give anything away and spoil it for someone else.


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

    The father's prayer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Absolutely Fabulous!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is compelling, but Bill Homewood's narration is top notch, start to finish!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that these people's lives were a house of cards ready to fall, with or without the Count.


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

    I have not. But I would search him out as a narrator again. If there were several narrations available to a book I was looking for, and he was among them, I would purchase that book with no hesitation.


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

    This book has had many film adaptions. Some ok, some downright bad. The book is the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1089)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Narrator Drags The Story Down"
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    What did you like best about The Snow Child? What did you like least?

    Best: the good hearts of the charactersLeast: the narrator


    What was most disappointing about Eowyn Ivey’s story?

    The ending did not make sense to me. If this is indicative of a "Russion fairy tale", I am not much of a fan.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator with more expression in the vocals would have done wonders for this bleak story. Or maybe it was the narrator that was bleak.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor choice in narrator. She had a pleasant voice, but she read very flat and blah. I kept thinking it would improve. It did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (571)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Not as good as I thought it would be"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Of course not. The book is what it is. I am glad I finally listened to it. Now I know the true story of Dr. Doolittle.


    Would you recommend The Story of Dr. Dolittle to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. It started off nicely, but grew boring for me. I don't recommend books that bore me.


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

    I liked his voice. It reminded me a lot of Rex Harrison's, and that made me think of his entertaining movie personification of Dr. Doolittle.


    Was The Story of Dr. Dolittle worth the listening time?

    I suppose so. But I was glad to be done with it at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7725)
    Performance
    (5933)
    Story
    (5954)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Featuring... all the elements of a great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Allan Corduner, brought the words to life.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    I can honestly say I cannot think of another book I have read that is anything like this one. Starting with the storyteller himself, Death.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Everything. His voices were so distinctly different for each character. He does such a fantastic job. I never once wondered who was speaking.


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

    No. I was ok taking a couple weeks listening to it on my work commute. But when I was down to the last 3 hours, I did stop everything else in my life, sat down, put the headphones on, and listened to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I did not give the book 5 overall stars is because of the foul language and taking the Lord's name in vain many, many times. This story, as well as any other, could have been told with the same emotional impact, without the cursing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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