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Damaris

CATSKILL, NEW YORK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeff Kinney
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

    The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

    Book and Movie Lover says: "The 11 yr old at our house loves this series"
    "2 Thumbs Up from 9 Year"
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    Would you listen to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever again? Why?

    It was fun to hear the story on my iPod. I could do other things and hear my story too.


    What other book might you compare Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever to and why?

    I read and saw the Wimpy Kid movie, so I already knew about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Bracelet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (275)

    Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

    Daniel says: "A Big Ugly MESS!"
    "Just When You Knew...YOU DIDN'T.."
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    Where does The Copper Bracelet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, no doubt. The subtle change in the feel of the story as the authors change is wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Copper Bracelet to and why?

    Nothing I've heard or read to date.


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

    He is a marvel. His "females" are done expertly. Not easily accomplished without becoming silly or absurd, he's a master narrator.


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

    Same as my headline "Just when you knew..YOU DIDN'T"


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't help wonder how much the authors deliberately and in good humor took their sections totally off in another direction of the previous one just for the hell of it LOL, it all worked beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Prankster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    The Atlanta Journal & Constitution praises M.C.Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth Mystery series as “pure bliss.” Set in the Scottish Highlands, Beaton’s stories are full of colorful local characters and irresistible charm. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called in to investigate a murder at the residence of practical joker Andrew Trent. For years Trent has tormented his family with his cruel tricks. He calls them all together for the weekend, claiming to be on his deathbed. Little does he know - he is at death’s door!

    Beverly says: "Easy to read and relax without thinking"
    "Too Many Nights In Shining Armor"
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    What disappointed you about Death of a Prankster?

    The main character kept being attended to by every handsome man in the book. This happened to the point of silly.


    What could M. C. Beaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character came across as a sexually active virgin at the age of 24. Goody two shoes to the point of spineless. There was so much potential for this to be thoroughly entertaining but it kept insisting on failure. Found myself actually yelling at the audio "you've got to be kidding me!".


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did her job with what she had. She had to have had a difficult time getting into characters that just didn't seem real enough to become absorbing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. As a fan of M.C. Beaton, I found this book surprisingly disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (978)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "An Elegant Snare"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As you listen, you are unaware how enthralled you are until you have to stop to do something else.


    What other book might you compare The Beautiful Mystery to and why?

    Wouldn't compare this work to any other, it's unique in style and pace.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely loved Mr. Cosham's performance, may have picked up some french due to him.


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

    The last few chapters were remarkable. Just when you think you've got it all worked out, you're wrong. The ending is powerful and unexpected, that's all I'll say about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to seeing her work transformed to the screen, especially with Nathaniel Parker selected to star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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