Nibley, UT, United States | Member Since 2013
I really love The Shadow. I and so discouraged by these recordings because they are not clean. I know they are old, I know the media doesn't last forever, but I still walk away from The Shadow episodes with a want for more.These recordings have a lot of hiss, pop and added noise. I am sure this is because of the age of the media on the originals. These need a master to rework them. The story is good. It was interesting to listen, but it was a depressing story. OK, I listened right after One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix and it was funny and light, then I went to this (alphabetical order on my player). Only listen to this when you have 1) absolute quiet in your listening place, 2) when you can handle an adult story, 3) when you can focus on every word without distraction.Because The Shadow knows! Hahahahahahahaha!
This book is narrated from the viewpoint of Death. Capturing souls of those who pass. This wasn't demonic or anything like that, it was Death the facilitator between this world and the next. Interesting.
I love Liesel's books, the books she steals and the one she writes.
WOW! Such a voice for the perspective of Death.
This topic of WWII is difficult at best to write a novel about with compassion to people. During my reading I did some research on WWII and found it is estimated that over 40 million people died in this world war. I can't even imagine this number. This book contained descriptions of how people lived in fear during this time. The book is likely on a reading list for young readers due to the age of the main character but I sure think this book would benefit from co-reading with a young person and an older person to describe more of the details.
There are a number of deaths and while they are not graphic in detail they are described. Even a suicide is described briefly. If this bothers the reader it is best to skip this book.
The people who lived through WWII have my complete respect. They saw and lived through the worst time in history. It want to keep living is an amazing feat considering the horrible things that must have crossed the news and been reality for those in fighting zones.
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't too depressing and it was enlightening and even fun. I was sad when the book ended. I wanted to know more of the lives of the survivors of WWII and Liesel's family/friends.
A very good book.
Frightening, passionate, moving
Other reviews have very valid points. At first I wondered who made the horrible decision to use this narrator for this book. The words were spoken too fast and there were NO changes from character to character. As I learned more about each person who 'spoke' in this book I realized the narrator was actually a good fit. I am very glad I pushed through the first 2 hours.
There are minor changes in the narration depending on who is telling the story. The oldest teen daughter is a fast talker and she is quite uneducated. The mother is worn and compassionate but her soul has limits of coping. She ages as expected through her trials. I found the teen twins to be most fascinating. Both have very different outlooks but both value an education beyond measure. Amazing young girls struggling to become strong women with a sense of right, wrong, leadership and education. I wish I could meet these two.
The story is a bit long and there are parts that just don't seem to move quickly enough, about 3/4 of the way through but by the time you get to the end you won't want it to end.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I highly recommend.
Don has a quirky view of life. Every single person I know has some Don traits. I laughed and laughed because Don never sees his own faults and is just impossible to deal with, until Rosie comes along.
The project, the teaching, the food schedule and more all make me laugh because a part of each of us is in Don. Ultimately the only thing he desires is to be needed and loved. Isn't that what all of us want?
The voice lent credibility to the character. Awesome performance!
Listen with someone else, the giggles will cause you to stop and collect yourself from time to time.
Ok, so I got this book based on recommendations and it is horrible. It is stupid dribble about a woman who becomes a vampire.
Language, language, language. Nasty.
I recently picked up another book (has a TV series about it) because it was popular and everyone was talking about it. I returned the book. I love books. I don't return books! I read them, reread them, lend them, listen to them, talk about them and even sleep with them under my pillow.
This book was interesting, twisting, thoughtful, provoking and everyone walked around with their clothes on. Considering the most recent movies and TV series left me thinking that the collective "everyone" has lost their mind. This book has some unusual topics (dinner conversation about pesticides, anyone?) but it was something that could be listened to in the car with very young children, teens and even an elderly grandmother. Offensive? Not likely.
The performance was fun. The voices were great. I didn't want it to end.
I'm getting more Agatha Christie books and catching up on my library. I've plenty of books that don't talk about 50 shades of something, outlandish storylines or something called soft porn. Porn is still porn whether it is soft or hard or somewhere in between. Skip the trash and enjoy a book like this instead. Doubly good, my dear fellow!
I laughed, I cried and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is not modern writing with modern perspectives or politically correct phrases. This is an old book with older ideas and was far more a perspective of the time in which it was written. Worthwhile to listen! Thank you, Audible, I love this book.
I have a friend who is always saying he is looking for his last book, meaning something so good and powerful that searching for another perspective is not worth the time. I suggested I have found the last author, but not the last book. Brene Brown is moving, enlightening and so real. I have re-read her books several times. I feel like I was swallowed up as a broken soul and soothed until I could stand on my feet again. I'm not alone, I'm not perfect, I'm just me. I learned that practicing what I believe means loving myself and those around me for who they are, not what they are. Practicing each day means making my life fulfilling and happy. Practicing the art of loving without constraint, without parameters, without any restriction at all is what I want in my life. WOW! Incredible author.
I started with The Gifts of Imperfection. I listened 3 times (in a row no less!) and I have given away 20 copies of the book.
I suggest that if you are looking for your last good book then you have found your last author instead.
The whole family. George, MaryAnn and Todd were great. They just worked together like a close knit family.
I didn't have a single character that was a greater favorite. I can't think of a better narrator either. The tones, the voice alterations and just the sentiment behind the words worked with Mark's performance. What a joy!
Christmas. A dog person will just understand. The credit in this book says something like 'For my wife, she has taught me so much - not the least of which is the value of a good dog'
Families who have dogs understand the values that dogs teach us - any day that ends with a bit of ball throwing/fetching is a good day, sofas are for snuggling, the outfit/haircut/makeup don't have to be perfect to be the perfect companion for a dog.
This is a short but exceptional story. It is perfect for this time of year and it is a perfect story for families. I wanted to listen all the way through but the day caught up with me and instead we went to bed with just over an hour left. While making breakfast we finished the story. We giggled about the story events as we let the dogs in then let the dogs out. By story end our dogs were curled up on the sofa ready for a mid morning nap.
A few of you may want a box of tissues but overall this is not a tear-jerker story, this is a feel good story with a good ending.
Dare I suggest that you give this book as a gift? It is awesome!
I am not sure when or why I put this book in my library. I think I viewed it to be a period book of life in the early 1700s. I am not Methodist and I don't generally read historical accounts of religious figures. So aside from me scratching my head as to why I bought this book I really liked the strong matriarch in this family tale. A recent funeral really impressed upon me how much a strong motherly figure plays into keeping families tied together in harmony. Susanna Wesley is such a woman.
The period during which this book takes place is so different than today in how many people had nursemaids in the home, staff and certainly how many trials people went through. Listening to how one nurse took a newborn to bed with her, then rolled over on the baby was a good modern times reminder that babies have their own beds. But I wonder how our society would react going from our very low infant death rate to what Susanna lived with as sad but normal. I think our society is too upset by minor things and we over-react when the mail/package is not delivered in two days or less. Yet Susanna really endured much more than we have been trained to endure. We are wimps compared to what life was like just 300 years ago. We whine too much. Susanna was a fantastic woman who had her head on straight.
This book was inspiring. Bravo!
This presentation was quite nice. At first I thought I might stop the performance and find a copy to read along but then getting the voices down helped. Dramatic recordings can sometimes be too dramatic. The story flowed well and was enjoyable. This isn't a recording to listen as you focus on other things, this takes some attention to be paid. If one knows the story by heart from readings, etc, then maybe they can count stitches, or pay the bills while listening. I could not do that!
I will listen again though, which is the real telling of enjoyment, is it not?
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