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muhammedallia

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (706)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "A short bit of enjoyment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but that's because it's a play and plays are boring to read because they're meant to be experienced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Earnest :) The coy answer is the only answer because the confusion of two Earnests is great.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I'm in love with James Marsters's voice. He reads most of the Dresden Files series and I can't get enough of him as Spike on Buffy. He's good with accents and he seems like a fun actor to work with and an all around likeable guy. If you like your guys sarcastic and witty, then he adds just the right flavor to this somewhat scoundrel of a dude.


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

    I smiled a lot while listening to this and found it a pleasant listen for a walk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19044)
    Performance
    (14815)
    Story
    (14761)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "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. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Inspiration for Funny Women"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey is everything I want to be, motivated and using her creativity to make a living that is challenging but remarkably rewarding. Her story is inspiring and hysterical. The whole story moved me to laughter and awe, but in particular her clever vernacular, coining terms like "crotch biscuits" is the mark of things I will quote until end of days.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Outside of inability to not say "crotch biscuits" at every opportunity, the most memorable moment is when she defines the real difference between male and female comedians, and it comes down to one very entertaining substance.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    It is a joy to have the writer of a book narrate it, because a good joke can be inflected in just the right way, at the most opportune moment to heighten chance of sudden guffaws.


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

    When Tina discussed the amount of mental anguish that goes into balancing a successful career and choosing to have children as a woman, it was very moving. She takes the good and bad of life with a healthy dose of humor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6060)
    Performance
    (2638)
    Story
    (2674)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Dark Depressing Future Anyone?"
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    What disappointed you about The Road?

    This story left me without answering any of the intriguing questions that it brought about with its dark setting. Why did this happen; who were the characters before it happened; where did everybody go? It felt like we as readers were dropped in for a portion of the story too near the end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

    Probably not. I don't like being depressed.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    His voice lent a lot of roughness to the main character that felt right for this hard survivor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The letdown of unanswerable questions followed by the deep depression of a story without hope.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35937)
    Performance
    (26936)
    Story
    (27321)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Excellent bridge into dystopian sci-fi"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    While this book was thoroughly enjoyable as both a physical novel, and an audio performance, I probably won't revisit it. The story is fast-paced, exciting and fun, but does not have the type of depth that requires another listen. Maybe I am only saying that because I thought the third novel was such a let-down. If I were still eagerly awaiting the final installment my opinion would be different. The setting is intriguing, the possibilities for revolutionary outcomes gets your blood racing and the fact that a girl is kicking butt all make this a worthy read. Ideally this story will capture the attention of young girls who can fantasize about mixing toughness with kindness, being self-reliant and selfless all while enjoying the thought provoking aspects of what might cause such a future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cinna, her stylist. I enjoyed the subtle aspects of this character's nature. The way he used design and fashion to make statements about his beliefs was full of rich moments for the imagination.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The balance of intense combat scenes and gentle poignant scenes create two favorites for me. The initial battle at the opening of the Hunger Games event left me breathless with anticipation, while the one-on-one time between Katniss and Rue brought a few tears to my eyes.


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

    There were no laughing moments in this story for me, but my reactions were certainly extreme. Thrill would be my top, followed by deep contemplation at such a dystopian future full of injustice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11667)
    Performance
    (10878)
    Story
    (10887)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Why can't all audiobooks be like this?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    The fact that Wil Wheaton is actually a big nerd, really contributed to the awesomeness of this book. His fervor for nerd culture fit perfectly in a story about the king of nerds, designing a contest to inspire more nerds. I cannot give enough kudos to him as the narrator of this story. The sheer joy of the topics was evident in his voice, despite that he is a well trained actor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    All of them? Okay, that's not a fair answer, but the question isn't fair. I loved so many of the moments. Maybe the first key. The scene where Wade meets the lady of his blog-obsessed dreams has chemistry, builds solid characters, and has great interactions, all while being set in a great plot and delectable world.


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

    I haven't heard any other audiobooks by him, but I do listen occasionally to his podcast Radio Free Burrito proving and he could read the dictionary and make it interesting.


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

    Lots of laughter and giddy excitement. It gets my nerd sense tingling. I've listened to it twice already and will probably do it again in a few months.


    Any additional comments?

    If you proudly call yourself a nerd, then you should listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4679)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2146)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Both morbid and fun"
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    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    I liked his quirkiness. He had an unusual perspective of the world and an enjoyment of it that was well worth the listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that there were ups and downs for the character that were severe, but there were still moments that made me laugh.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    He had a higher pitch voice that really perfected the oddness of odd Thomas.


    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    His fat friend in the Hawaiian shirt probably had some of the funnier lines.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good for anyone who likes a touch of supernatural to a quirky drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10278)
    Performance
    (7722)
    Story
    (7767)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "No more supernatural/useless woman love interests"
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    What disappointed you about A Discovery of Witches?

    I am so tired of weak female characters being the love interest of dark brooding vampires. After what felt like 20 straight minutes of this girl deciding what to cook for her date with what should be a blood sucking fiend, I quit. Vampires should be either a: SCARY or b: campy. I love Buffy and I enjoyed Interview with the Vampire and this was neither. I really thought this story would be about witches, magic and something resembling a plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    For a supernatural storyline with much more intriguing characters, I always fall back on some Dresden Files, but I've also been giving time to the Kim Harrison book series with a witch lead.


    What three words best describe Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    Fine. Lulling. Acceptable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was intrigued by the main character's initial history and the plot instigator of discovering the unusual book but then it went no where with a romance that didn't make any sense. Just because two characters see each other, does not convince the audience that they are destined to be together, or even that they have any chemistry. That needs to be written in with some witty dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'd like this book if someone edited out the romance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13245)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5622)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "I just can't finish this"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story is a bit dry and oddly harsh. I don't like long, depressing dramas, but for those who do there is plenty to rave about in this book. If anything were to be changed, I'd like more character interaction that made the reader at least like the characters before we're supposed to pity them endlessly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I cannot tell if it's the writing or the narration that keeps putting me to sleep. I've probably tried to listen to it 5 or so times and I keep quitting.


    Was The Pillars of the Earth worth the listening time?

    No. I don't think I'll ever finish listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some scenes involving rape that actually made me feel a bit queasy and I do not recommend it for those who are easily moved to tears.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13215)
    Performance
    (10816)
    Story
    (10939)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Atypical Fantasy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    Because this first book is a character narrating his life story to a chronicler, it works very well as an audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The first book focuses mainly on the main character. I'm interested in Fella as a strong female with brains and a work ethic, but his friend with the Russian accent is really funny as well. I wish more of the side characters were mentioned in depth, but the story thus far is only from one point of view for most of the telling.


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

    He gives delightful accents to the characters and it really makes their minor moments pop.


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

    I've definitely laughed out loud a few times, especially when he meets the bumpkin pig farmer. Also, I've opened my mouth in surprise a couple of times while listening at work. The author makes this character believable by having bad things happen from bad decisions or just ill luck, so when something good happens to the character I tend to smile, even if it's just in relief.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been pleasantly surprised by this book. It has a lot of the elements I appreciate most in fantasy, which is great attention to historical detail, restrained magic that has some scientific basis to it, and not a ton of fanciful races running around as the only diversity. A good fantasy has diversity within the human race, and occasionally includes fantastic characters.

    I bought the second book the day after I finished the first, so that says a lot about how much I'm enjoying this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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