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HS mom

Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    "Always great!"
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    Jim Dale does a wonderful job bringing Jules Vern's characters to life off the page. Our family has listened to this telling of Around the World in 80 Days time and time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (635)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "A fan of Maria V Snyders work."
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    Enjoyed this series. If you have as well, then don't miss Yelena in Poison Study!
    I also enjoyed INSIDE OUT, and OUTSIDE IN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Will Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Carol Plum-Ucci
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Paul Michael Garcia, Eddie Lopez, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion under 24-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, US operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime as two teen virtual spies, also infected, hunt for the criminals on the Internet.

    HS mom says: "Trinity Falls Five where Streams Of Babel leftoff"
    "Trinity Falls Five where Streams Of Babel leftoff"
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    The author makes you feel connected with the characters. This book doesn't disappoint. I got to enter their lives once again as they struggle with their health and that there may still be a possible threat. Intense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11707)
    Performance
    (10451)
    Story
    (10620)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Rob Inglis is fabulous"
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    Unlike The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I listened to this with all my kids and they just love Rob Inglis' narration of the cast of characters , he even shines in singing. Fell in love with Bilbo Baggins and had to listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6560)
    Performance
    (5877)
    Story
    (5968)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Great story and narrator."
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    Rob Inglis brings the characters to life, and even manages to read the elvish tongues gracefully. One of my best listens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "Favorite listen. Gifted it to a friend to enjoy!"
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    My husband and I loved this one so much we gifted it to our friends to enjoy. Listening was like going on a retreat!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stop the Train!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Geraldine McCaughrean
    • Narrated By Ellen Myrick, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From the author of The Kite Rider comes another great historical novel, this time set in the American west, where the residents of a new settlement struggle against nature and the railroad to keep their town alive. Pulse-pounding adventure, moments of gut-bustin' humor, and a deeply moving sense of community, make Stop the Train! a must-listen.

    HS mom says: "Awesome family listen!"
    "Awesome family listen!"
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    Great full cast. All our family members from six years old to 63 years old all enjoyed it, and couldn't wait to go for a long drive so we could listen to even more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Only May Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Emmy Rossum
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    It isn't easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899 - particularly when you are the only girl ever born to the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can't seem to abide her family's insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. Not when there's fishing to be done, sheep to be herded, and real live murderers to be captured!

    HS mom says: "May Amelia is the only girls in her family"
    "May Amelia is the only girls in her family"
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    I have read this book by author Jennifer L. Holm. I enjoy her works. This performance of May Amelia does not disappoint. I would recommend this performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hattie Big Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kirby Larson
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    For years, 16-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought, and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends, especially Charlie, fighting in France, through letters and articles for her hometown paper.

    Lisa says: "Surprisingly excellent!"
    "A wonderful story of a piece of Americana."
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    I have read this book, so I was expecting a great performance, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed listening to the story as well as reading it. I have enjoyed sharing this story with my daughters and their grandmother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Betty G. Birney
    • Narrated By Joseph Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, he longs to escape the small farming community of Sassafras Springs and do some exploring of his own. No one else ever seems to want to leave Sassafras, however, not even his best pal, Jeb, and so, for now, Eben figures he's stuck on the farm with Pa and Aunt Pretty until he grows up. All that changes when Pa, tired of Eben's moping, challenges him to find the Seven Wonders in Sassafras Springs.

    HS mom says: "A pleasure for the whole family"
    "A pleasure for the whole family"
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    Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs was enjoyable for our whole family (6 year old, 8 year old, 12 year old, mom and dad.) The performance was great and the pace of the story was just right, it was like sitting in the room listening to a storyteller. This book inspired us to look around us for our own "wonders". I recommend this story for young and old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28352)
    Performance
    (14894)
    Story
    (14946)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Multiple cast members make story vibrant"
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    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Absolutely. In fact I have. The characters seem to come alive


    What other book might you compare The Help to and why?

    This story has the unique women's perspective of history. I am currently enjoying women and girls perspective in "The Breadwinner". Also, the books of Esther and Ruth, in the Bible have interesting historical perspectives.


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

    No, but these are stellar performances.


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    As the title is chosen by the characters brought to life in the book I would not change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed The Help and the way of life for certain women at a certain time in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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