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Amanda

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  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The third fantasy adventure in the Percy Jackson series is now available to download, complete and unabridged, on audio. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion), which in itself isn't ideal . . . but with Annabeth missing and the goddess of the hunt held captive, things get a whole lot more serious . . . Greek mythology relocated to modern-day America.

    Amanda says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson, Book 3 again? Why?

    Yes, read the books first, then downloaded them to listen to while traveling. Even had my husband listening to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect mixture of Greek history, wit, feelings of growing up...very clever and adventurous


    What about Jesse Bernstein’s performance did you like?

    expressive


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

    They did make a film, and changed way too much of the plot. Still trying to work out why. Should have used the producers of 'Harry Potter'. The story is brilliant as is!


    Any additional comments?

    age range from 9 - 99!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "agree its like a crash you cant look away from"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room to be better than the print version?

    The voice of the boy is to be congratulated. Very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a 'likeable' story, but the honesty and innocent view of the world from a child's eye is endearing and hopeful.


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

    Jack


    If you could rename Room, what would you call it?

    freedom


    Any additional comments?

    So glad I read this as a book-club book, needs a 'de-briefing' session. Surprisingly all 12 members read it, with initial apprehension, and all had positive appreciation for a confronting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Italy, 1570. The convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, removed by her family from an illicit love affair. While on one side of the walls, forces in the Church are pushing for change, inside, Serafina's spirit and defiance ignite a fire that threatens to engulf the whole convent.

    Amanda says: "Good story, interesting world"
    "Good story, interesting world"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, interesting world, and fascinating historical facts that intrigued Sarah Dunant to write novel. Really like Shakespearean themed novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suora Zuana, finds a life within the walls of the convent that would not have been available to a woman of her times, and has an intelligence and soul that is inspiring.


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

    no. Happy to in the future though.


    If you could take any character from Sacred Hearts out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Suora Zuana, imagine the remedies she might share with me


    Any additional comments?

    worth the read/listen. thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nicholas Evans
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The motto of the boarding school to which Tommy Bedford is dispatched is Fortune Favours the Brave. It’s 1959 and the school bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. Tommy, a quirky loner, obsessed with cowboys and Indians, needs all the bravery he can summon. Salvation comes when his glamorous actress sister is swept off to Hollywood by one of his heroes, TV cowboy Ray Montane.

    Amanda says: "not bad"
    "not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Brave?

    Main character was distant and cold. Felt like I was just watching a story roll by, not a lot of reader interaction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Evans again?

    read a few books already. Good mid-day movie fodder.


    How could the performance have been better?

    too contemplative as far as story content


    What character would you cut from The Brave?

    ??Gina, there were a few too many characters and happenings to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The fifth fantastic adventure in the Percy Jackson series is now available to download, complete and unabridged, on audio! The greatest monster of all, the storm giant Typhon, is on the loose, wreaking havoc and destruction across the U.S. - while Kronos's army lays siege to Manhattan. Soon Percy Jackson must make the hardest choice of his life - a choice that will save or destroy the world.

    catherine says: "Brilliant for kids and adults"
    "9 - 99 year olds - great listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian?

    Finished book well


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian?

    Listened to the books last year, all feel like one story now...great friendships and understanding loyalties and forgiveness


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

    Bernstein is good, sometimes his voice was a bit grating.


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

    most bits were moving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (21)

    The fourth incredible adventure in the Percy Jackson series. "Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do. As the son of a Greek god, I've had my share of near-death disaster. This summer, I didn't choose to battle the cheerleading squad, but when two hissing she-devils with fangs are heading straight for you, what's a half-blood meant to do?"

    Katherine says: "Grandson loves these stories"
    "brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    Great storyline


    What did you like best about this story?

    adventure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    anything in the labyrinth ... greek mythology.


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

    listened to it last year, all books feel like one story now, that's the beauty of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana. His father, Bev, was a talkative, plank-shouldered man, an airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. His mother Neeva - from an educated, immigrant, Jewish family - was shy, artistic, and alienated from their father's small-town world of money scrapes and living on-the-fly. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people.

    Ciaran says: "One of the books of the year"
    "Poor Canada"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Richard Ford and/or Peter Marinker?

    No


    What could Richard Ford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Characters were unlikable. Too structured, and frustratingly repetitive.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Canada?

    at least half the book. Not enough scenes about the scenery...very desolate descriptions...bit like the characters, but way overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    worst book Ive read in a while. - most of the bookclub members agreed too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day Of The Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The Triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate the world. The narrator of this novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end of the world as he knew it, he has survived to witness a new one. But the new world that awaits him is fantastic, horrific - and entirely plausible.

    Emily says: "Classic British sci-fi, well read and engrossing"
    "visiting an oldie..."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good to listen to whilst long distant driving...Read this book as a 12 - 13 year old, like most people... re-hearing it, made me realise how TV graphics have changed the idea of 'terror'.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Wyndham before, how does this one compare?

    Good author


    What three words best describe Samuel West’s performance?

    Very proper pronunciation!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    couldn't quite get through the movie, better as a book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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