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notadum1

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1452)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Ugggg..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who to recommend this book to. It's a book for children but I can't imagine why. It is depressing and dark and if I were a kid, I'd never want to read something like this.


    What was most disappointing about Lois Lowry’s story?

    This book was so unrealistic. I know I was supposed to use my imagination (I love Sci-Fi as much as the next gal) but this was just too far out. It was dark and depressing and the characters were totally boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (2006)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Beautifully read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    I cannot express enough how I loved this narrator. It appears Audible incorrectly identifies her as Dean Robertson and I wish I knew who the narrator actually was b/c I would select other books read by her. I have read criticisms about her reading this book and I don't agree with a single one of them. She is fast but I much prefer a fast reader so that I'm lulled into sleepiness by a boring old narrator. This narrator also has the southern accents and voice down perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Dean Robertson – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Adah. The narrator read her part beautifully.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a magical book in which the Congo comes to life with each line you listen to. The book is an honest look into how damaging religion can be, and how arrogant we are as white Americans (and even the Europeans) are to think we can come in and

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6384)
    Performance
    (5677)
    Story
    (5672)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Worst narrator ever."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I could not get past this narrator. I tried. I hesitated writing a review at all because I could not get past the first few chapters but I wanted others to see that they really should spend some time previewing the narration, which I did not.
    I read some of the other reviews on this book and I cannot understand why this narrator has received rave reviews. His voice is beautiful but after a very short while, it gets old and annoying. I felt it was even hard to follow what he was saying. His voice would be perfect as a voice-over/narrator of a cartoon movie with warlocks and princesses, but an entire book? No way. His voice is TOO grand, TOO dramatic and TOO exaggerated.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Erin Morgenstern? Why or why not?

    Sure. It wasn't the book I hated, it was the voice of Jim Dale.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Dale’s performance?

    Everything. Save the dramatics for the drama. Describing a setting or telling normal conversation does not need to be so over-exaggerated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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