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lunarchi

Trenton, New Jersey | Member Since 2016

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  • Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By John Beach
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (17)

    Boy hero Tom, Hugo the Averagely Spooky Ghost, and famed ghoul hunter Hetty Hyssop have formed an agency dedicated to dealing with difficult apparitions. No spook can defeat them, until their too close encounter with a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost (or "GILIG" in ghosthunter-speak).

    lunarchi says: "Definitely a Good LIsten!"
    "Definitely a Good LIsten!"
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    After reading Cornelia Funke’s first Ghosthunter’s book, we purchased the other three books in audiobook form from Audible.com. This book continues the adventures of eleven-year old Tom and Hetty Hyssop, with the addition of Hugo, an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), to their team. Alvin Bigshot calls them to his seaside resort to deal with, what turns out to be, a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost (GILG). Any seven to ten-year old Ghostbusters fan will appreciate their suspenseful escapades. As in Ghosthunters Book 1, I appreciated the advanced and unique vocabulary sprinkled throughout the book. John Beach’s narration makes the audiobook equally appealing to adults. The entire Ghosthunters series is definitely a good listen… and great for long car trips!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3189)

    For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know.

    Pamela J says: "A softer, sweeter Sedaris"
    "I'm a Fan!"
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    I have to start by admitting that I’m a David Sedaris fan. I’ve read and enjoyed almost everything he has written. So for me, listening to Sedaris read his diaries was very interesting and entertaining. He has the ability to look at and write about challenging periods of his life with a unique sense of irony and humor. His performance is fantastic and always adds a lot to his writing. I would definitely recommend listening to the audio version of Theft by Finding. It’s a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11578)
    Performance
    (10325)
    Story
    (10335)

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
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    Knowing that A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is considered a classic, I decided to listen to the audio book before the movie is released in a few weeks. I have to admit that I thought it was awful, possibly one of the worst books I’ve ever listened to and/or read. It was definitely too overtly religious for me. The writing was terrible. There was a lot of “telling”, rather than “showing” of action. It was slow and boring. It’s not a book that I’d recommend or share with either children or adults. Maybe this will be a case of the movie being better than the book. I certainly hope so.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Wolff
    • Narrated By Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17921)
    Performance
    (16027)
    Story
    (15936)

    With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

    Jerry R. Nokes Jr. says: "Not as credible as one would like."
    "Definitely a Good Listen!"
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    I enjoyed listening to Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, written and narrated by Michael Wolff. It’s hard to be living in 2018 and not be aware of the political situation in the White House. I have enough background knowledge to know that the spirit of Wolff’s book is believable and true. He built a good case for his vision of the White House chaos. Wolff did a great job of narrating and I think it added a lot to the audio experience. Fire and Fury is definitely a good listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Margareta Magnusson
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism.

    Natalie says: "Home like story, very vivid. I found it practical "
    "Significant Read"
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    The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter is very much in alignment with Marie Kondo’s idea’s about decluttering. However, she approaches it from a different angle. I was a bit put off by the title, but I’m glad I decided to give the book a try. There are some practical hints about how to clean, but much more is devoted to why it’s important to keep one’s house in order. A big emphasis is put on how clutter affects families during a lifetime and after a person passes away. Magnusson makes the point that it’s not easy to think about or discuss, but she stresses the importance of taking responsibility for the organization and disposal of our possessions. I listened to the Audible version and felt the narration by Juliet Stevenson was appropriate and believable. The book is a short, but significant listen and/or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crafty Killing: Victoria Square Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lorraine Bartlett
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (171)

    The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner Ezra Hilton is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra had been faltering - but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer.

    Kindle Customer says: "very enjoyable"
    "Good New Mystery"
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    A Crafty Killing: Victoria Square Mystery: Book 1 got Lorraine Bartlett’s new series off to a good start. The mystery was engaging, drew me into the story and kept me there. I liked the characters. Katie grew on me as the story progressed. I especially liked the Victoria Square/Artisan co-op theme. The rebuilding of the business aspect was interesting, as was Katie’s dealing with artists and crafters. The story ended around holiday time, which made it a good December listen for me. It was definitely a good book. I’ll be interested in the continuing series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
    Overall
    (4795)
    Performance
    (4217)
    Story
    (4210)

    2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

    ZOE R says: "Holidays"
    "Audible Gift"
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    I didn’t hate Gather ‘Round the Sound, but I’m certainly glad it was free from Audible. Most of the stories were mildly engaging, but not great. It was a collection and included a little bit of everything: fiction, nonfiction and singing. I made it through to the end, but it wasn’t my favorite holiday read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22136)
    Performance
    (19695)
    Story
    (19665)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Wayne says: "Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for..."
    "Enjoyable Listen"
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    I picked Private up from Audible.com and I think it was actually free. Since I’ve never read or listened to a James Patterson book, I can’t say how much he contributed to this book, which was co-written with Maxine Paetro. It was an entertaining, but a bit confusing at the beginning. There were far too many mysteries to follow. The plots were all clear by the middle and the end somewhat satisfactorily resolved everything. The characters were straight out of mystery writing 101. I can’t really complain. The narration by Peter Hermann was good. It was an enjoyable audiobook, especially for free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1535)
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    (1552)

    Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

    book buyer says: "wonderful!!"
    "Classic Series"
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    The Silver Chair is a continuation of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Once again, we were immersed in the fantasy of Narnia during a six-hour drive. The audiobook delighted us and the drive went quickly. We’ve been listening to the series over a long period of time, whenever we happen to take a long drive. The entire Chronicles of Narnia series has been enjoyable, including The Silver Chair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9376)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8491)

    For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

    AmazonBuyer says: "Important perspective from an excepcional woman"
    "Historically Significant"
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    What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton is a must read! I listened to the Audible version, which was narrated by Ms. Clinton. Although I am very familiar with the election, it was very interesting hearing Ms. Clinton’s insights. The one idea that stuck with me was her determination to fulfill her dreams and destiny, despite all of the hatred and the obstacles in her path. She always did what she believed was right. Her morals and values were high. This was true throughout her life. She persevered, and did not let the opinions of others affect her decisions. I’m thankful that she wrote the book. I believe that her story will be historically significant.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (870)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "A Reflection of Her Time"
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    Perhaps this was not the best time to read West With the Wind by Beryl Markham. It’s August 2017 and our country is embroiled in racial and political turmoil, which definitely affected the way I felt as I read this book. It was well written. I generally like memoirs, and West With the Night was a good one. Many of Markham’s stories were engaging and entertaining. However, her language was frequently infused with racism. Her lifestyle and attitudes were those of White privilege and entitlement. I was also horrified by Markham’s descriptions of elephant hunting. She was very proud of the fact that she was the first person to track elephants for hunting by plane. I do realize that all of this was a reflection of the times in which she lived, but that does not excuse or make any of those elements acceptable. At the end, I had mixed feelings about West With the Night. It’s totally out of step with my values and I have a big problem with parts of the book. But I cannot deny that it is very well written and an interesting memoir. Would I have chosen to read the book knowing it’s down side? Probably not, but I can’t say that I’m sorry that I read it. Beryl Markham was a notable twentieth century woman and for that reason, it was a valuable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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