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LittleBookFairy

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  • 18 reviews
  • 22 ratings
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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "A book about books"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh Yes, without a doubt. This book is wonderful , esp for people who like books about books. This book is not just for children. Any adult will enjoy this just as much or perhaps more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I most enjoyed how much the main characters like Meggie, Mo, Elinor adored books sooo very much. They respected books and cared for them to the centre of their souls. Books were as much part of them as an arm or a leg. Their lives were surrounded by books and they got great comfort from books and were happier because of having books in their lives.
    Books were there to be cherished and they shared their joy of books with each other.


    Which character – as performed by Lynn Redgrave – was your favorite?

    I cannot pick one , I have to pick three. Mo, Meggie and Elinor.. It was just wonderful listening to her. I could just picture them in my head.


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

    The book makes me so happy, I have it in multiple formats. I never tire of reading it. If you love books, I do mean love,then this is the book for you. Books are magical and this one is especially magical.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about magic , love of books, family, sharing a love of books with those we most love, good guys, and bad guys . It is so wonderful !!!!!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristin Chenoweth
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    In this frank and funny memoir, the Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen shares her journey from small-town Oklahoma to big-time Broadway, vamping on what it takes to stand firmly on a foundation of family and faith while wearing a hot pair of Jimmy Choo platform sling-backs.

    Holly says: "Salt of the Earth + Sparkles"
    "A little Gem"
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    Would you listen to A Little Bit Wicked again? Why?

    I would for her Kristin's comic one liners and sense of humour. Her beautiful voice is wonderful as narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was more or less like the rest of the book. A solid story about her life in showbiz from her pageant days, and ballet classes right up until she was on our TV screens.


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

    I have only ever watched her on TV in Pushing Daisies ,and Four Christmases and Deck The Halls. I think she is a lovely actress !!


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

    Yes there was a few moments that were emotional. When she talked about her birth mother, and her adopted family , and when there was a death in the family, and she was on a plane when she got the news..I just wanted to give her a hug!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Kristin has just about the worst luck when she is flying .. I liked how she explained her treatment by staff on her flight. You never think it could happen to a celebrity. Her love for her adopted family is also worth a mention. It was very touching to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Queen Latifah
    • Narrated By Queen Latifah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like.

    Chandra says: "Young Ladies Need Motivation Too"
    "Queen Latifah Rocks!!"
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    Would you listen to Put on Your Crown again? Why?

    I don't know.. Her voice was beautiful and her story was touching and I am very glad I read it ,but I am not sure I will listen to it again. Although saying that, there are others who will gain a lot from this and who will enjoy listening to this more then once. Dana is very optimistic and a sunny person. It was lovely spending time in her world.


    What other book might you compare Put on Your Crown to and why?

    Jennifer Hudson's autobiography is quite similar. Both are strong beautiful women who love their families and care very little about all the trappings of fame. They seem like real people that you would enjoy spending time with if you met them in real life.


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

    I have never listened to other performances by her before. I had watched almost all of her movies and I love her as an actress. I love the way she looks at life. Small things giving great enjoyment. Spending time with real friends and family. Taking care of those who took care of her. Taking a moment to live in the moment ..When Dana( Queen Latifah) talked about the loss of her beloved brother I do admit to crying. She describes the moment so vividly in the hospital with her and her mother as they got the bad news it almost felt like I was there too. Her brother is mentioned so often in the book it feels like he was there with her when she was writing/recording it. Mama Owens was a wonderful women too and it is easy to see where Dana got her strength and sensible look on life. Her performance was excellent and touching and I am so glad I listened to this story.


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

    Strength Through Troubled Times.


    Any additional comments?

    Dana's family are very dear to her and with good reason. They seem like really great people. It was lovely gettting to know those close to her and to see what made her the person she is today. A really nice read that encourages me to look up more about this wonderful woman who is an inspiration to all curvy girls out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10556)
    Performance
    (9581)
    Story
    (9602)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Stunned By How Good This Was!!!"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audible book so far.. I bought it not knowing much about it and I truly loved every second of it. I literally did not want to stop listening because I had to sleep and eat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate was my favourite ,but really all the residents from the building were interesting and I could picture each oen in my mind clearly and all their diff personalities


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

    No, this was a first, but it wont be the last. Ray did the voices so well, esp the female voices and the voices of the Squales...OMG he did thise sooooooooo good.. I had goosebumps on my arm and kept thinking of all he said. Even now I can hear it in my head when I think of the book.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish.. Housework was left... Husband was not fed... everything was left until I had the book finished..I was freaked out by the story, intrigued and and left speechless. I sooooooooo want there to be another book after this one..... Please Mr Peter Clines write a sequel!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book without looking up information on it. Two words that are going to make your blood run cold while listening to this are Squales and Cattle....seem harmless enough now maybe but wait.........just wait.... hehehehehehe(insert evil creepy laugh here)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Borrowers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mary Norton
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the "human beans", who don't even know they exist.

    Carol says: "Exciting, Whimsical, and Well-Read"
    "The Little people In The House"
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    If you could sum up The Borrowers in three words, what would they be?

    petite family fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the household objects that the borrowers borrowed to use in their own home . I thought that was really cute. The story can really get young imaginations sparking!!!


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

    No, I had never heard any performances by her before but I would be keen to listen to more. Rowena has a wonderful voice.


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

    The old lady in the bed talking to one of the borrowers. It was so sweet and touching.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely book to share with young people to get their imaginations running overtime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Small Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, ‘as if a child had taken hold of it’. At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares.

    Kate says: "Ranks right up there with The Haunting."
    "The small hand that creeped me out."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Small Hand the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice was the most enjoyable part. He told the story so well ,and you could almost feel the emotions he was feeling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. I finally learned what the entire story was about and why it happened. I did not guess ahead of time what the ending would be so I really enjoyed that. Susan Hill can build tension in a story very well.


    Which character – as performed by Cameron Stewart – was your favorite?

    The main character was my favourite. He was easy going and easy to relate to. He is a very straight forward man . It was very refreshing hearing this story from his perspective


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

    Yes, when he was left the country and went to visit the monastery in the hope of buying the book he was going to view. The eerie moments he had when he was there and the spiritual moments he spent talking to the monks,esp when he told one of them what was happening with him, how he felt he was being haunted.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good book to listen to. I do prefer The Woman In Black but this was very very good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
    "The Wonderful Faulty Towers"
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    What did you love best about Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    I loved the witty banter between the characters and the hilarious happenings at Faulty Towers. It was very enjoyable to listen to and each voice was a pleasure to hear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

    When Mrs Richards was annoying everyone in Faulty Towers by complaining about losing money. It was hilarious! It really is all very funny. The sarcastic humour is wonderful .


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Basil is my favourite character. Love him!!! I spent so much time laughing at him. He is such a lively sarcastic character that you cannot fail to laugh along with this audible.


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

    Where Not To Go On Your Holidays


    Any additional comments?

    Go buy this!!! Wonderful tv series and still wonderful on this audible version. Very funny ,sarcastic, comic capers in this program. Love it !!!! There is always some disaster or near disaster happening at the Faulty Towers which makes all the staff and guests shine in their performances in this show. The characters really are wonderful . Each character has a distinct enjoyable voice that is a pleasure to listen to . At the beginning of this audible you get to hear John Cleese( one of the Monty Python guys) explain the inspiration behind writing Faulty Towers. It was a lovely way of beginning this audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (212)

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "The Struggle To Stay Thin"
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    Would you listen to Unbearable Lightness again? Why?

    Yes I would. It was a tough subject that normally would not interest me to hear again but when told with Portia's wonderful voice it becomes a very touching account about a very hard time in her life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Portia's honesty. Portia in no way made this seem glamourous. You are shown exactly what she went through. I can understand now why this is an illness. The struggles she went through and how strict she was with herself were mind blowing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Yogurt part and the part of exercising while at work and trying not to ruin her make-up It showed how strict she was with herself .


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

    The Strength Of A Woman.. One Woman who fought the war on eating disorders and won.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Tiny and innocent, Matilda is the child of Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, who have no respect for their daughter. Having just entered her first year of school, Matilda makes friends in Miss Honey's class and quickly amazes her teacher with reading and math skills she has not yet been formally taught. Her intelligence amazes Miss Honey. Enter Headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who despises and mistreats the school's children with torture and violence that no one has the courage to challenge.

    Matthew says: "Fantastic story, alas the telling of it!"
    "Matilda As I Never Heard Her Before"
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    What disappointed you about Matilda?

    The voice of the narrator I did not enjoy at all. It was very grainy and unclear. I wish I had saved my money and bought either a different version or a different Audible book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Ian Davies?

    Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet, both are clear and eloquent. The recording was scratchy like an old record.


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

    Yes the story itself was wonderful as I have read it previous times before. I just wanted to have it on Audible too. Sorry to say I did not enjoy it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that, while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

    A User says: "Dark Magic & a talking skeleton"
    "Skullduggery Pleasant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Skulduggery Pleasant to be better than the print version?

    Yes I do. Having all the characters played out with individual voices make the story come alive .


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favourite part was all the witty one liners, they were very funny and I did laugh listening to them. The arguments between Skullduggery and Stephanie were also hilarious.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    He was excellent. His voice was perfect for Skullduggery.. It had the right amount of sarcasm and experience.. It was easy to imagine him as the older wiser person in their friendship. His voice could be very creepy at times which set the scene on more then one occasion. At other times his voice was very droll. Perfect for who he was playing. I was not sure at the beginning if I would like a man reading the parts of Stephanie but it really worked!, he was great at it.After a while I forgot that it was a man reading female voices.


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

    It made me laugh. The banter between the two main characters was played out very well and I would easily buy more books in the series just from listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful series for the young or the young at heart who like adventure and bad guys that get what is coming to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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