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Erin

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Mole is happy with his life until, one day, in the middle of spring-cleaning, he emerges from his hole at Mole End and starts meandering around the English countryside. Everything is new for the simple but stalwart Mole. Never before has he seen a river, taken a boat ride, or encountered the woods.

    Erin says: "A beautifully written children's classic"
    "A beautifully written children's classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook. As a child, I had the pleasure of having many classics of children's literature read to me by my best friend's mother who was an actress with a lovely British accent. Listening to this audiobook recaptured this lovely childhood experience. This is a story with a lot of very clear characters and the narrator does a great job clearly creating them with her voice.


    What other book might you compare The Wind in the Willows to and why?

    I might compare this book to Watership Down, which is another beautifully written work for young people that is just as enjoyable when you revisit it as an adult. Both novels imagine a human like society amongst animals. The animals in The Wind and The Willows are much more human and it is fun to imagine that toads and rats and moles and badgers secretly keep little houses with pantires and cozy fireplaces.


    Which character – as performed by Shelly Frasier – was your favorite?

    My favourite character was Toad. Shelly Frasier really went all out in creating the highs of his conceit and the lows of his self deprication.


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

    This book made me laugh a lot. The characters are so fully themselves and really a lot like people that you know in real life.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1946)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Weird and Good"
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    I loved this series as a child. It is a much weirder story than I had recalled. As an adult I find some of it repetitive and not all of the adventures seemed important to the overall development of the story, but it is so imaginative and wonderfully bizarre that it was still very enjoyable. Also the reader does an absolutely amazing job with all of the characters and has immense energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (344)

    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

    Tad Davis says: "Great reading"
    "Interesting structure with overwrought content"
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    Somehow I never read this book in school. It is a classic and very influential so I wanted to hear it. It has a really interesting structure of stories being told within the larger story, which allows you to hear from three different characters in first person. This book deals with big important themes like hubris and compassion in a clever way. I just found the overwrought misery of each of the characters unbearable. There is a whole lot of bemoaning one's fate in this book and the reader's performance does not help matters. I had a hard time getting through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2197)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Even better as an adult!"
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    I loved this book as a child and I am happy to report that it was even better as an adult. It is really about how the bonds of society are formed. What makes a good leader? What makes a good citizen? How much choice do we have about the kind of society we want to live in? These are the big questions raised by this tale about a group of wild rabbits who are forced to find a new home. I love how all of these very human issues are explored through rabbits who are very rabbit like. Some real attention was payed to portraying rabbits as they really live in the wild. This narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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