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Belinda

Newark, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), and others
    • Narrated By Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook.... Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world.

    michelle says: "bizzare, ironic, and excellent"
    "Spices of imagination behind the door..."
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    If you could sum up Suddenly, a Knock on the Door in three words, what would they be?

    Imagination, idealistic, wonderland.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door?

    I was really surprised by the Ari story. I loved the details and the crazy turn that the story took. Really Really loved it!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the different variations of tones and the accents that each narrator brought to each story. It was easier to imagine with the different voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door and why?

    I would say the characters of Ziki and Urgon. People are always battling inside with the person of who they would like to be versus who they actually are. This story artistically shows the difference between the personalities and how a person can try to hide it, but someone will be there to unveil it at one point in your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Really great book! Loved that the stories were so imaginative and challenged me to think about how things end and how we portray ourselves to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (290)

    Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

    Hazel says: "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"
    "Being a hero the hard way!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I think that any one at any age can relate to this book. It's a great story about building character and how to build honor not by your actions or being strong but staying true to yourself and following your gut.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiccup was my favorite character. I admired how he stood calm in all situations even though he may have been afraid on the inside. He proved that true wit is more useful than strength.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    I loved his accent and the different inflections he used in his voice. You could hear that he was really invested in the story and he kept you listening to every word.


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

    Being a hero the hard way!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT! Really a true pleasure to listen to! I am 24 years old and I think that this story is good for any one. There were a lot of great characters and the story ended differently than you typically expect from a tale of a legend.

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  • The Fourth Stall

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Rylander
    • Narrated By Mike Rylander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

    Tanya says: "Funny, Suspenseful and Full of Heart!"
    "Mob lives in the lives of children."
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    What did you love best about The Fourth Stall?

    I loved the language used to make the story seem like a mob lifestyle. I felt like I was listening to a cartoon happening with a mix of mild violence.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fourth Stall?

    I think the most memorable part for me was when Mac and Vince got into a quarrel about the money they were saving. This scene was very relatable, especially when you are in a situation where you cannot understand everything that is happening with your friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Mac brought in all of the bullies to create an alliance. You got a sense of who everyone was and why they were a bully in the school. It was easy to relate at least one of the bully characters to a bully I have had in the past. The author showed how they were also human as well rather than portraying them as "the enemy".


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

    It would probably one of Vince's grandma quotes. There were so many it is hard for me to pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for adults and teenagers. It has comedy, empathy, and a world beyond what you remember of the playground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6150)
    Performance
    (5463)
    Story
    (5461)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "A world beyond your idea of a circus"
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    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes. I absolutely loved this book. The author provides so much detail about the different aspects of the circus that it is very easy for you to create it in your mind. I understood each character's purpose and enjoyed the outcome of the story. It was very well written and I loved the narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    I can't compare this book to another. It created a whole new world in my imagination. A lot of people compare the story to the movie "The Prestige".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Marco and Celia finally show each other their powers in person. You can imagine each illusion they create and this is when their relationship builds.


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

    I grew attached to each character and enjoyed how each of the stories connected together to create the ending. The author gave enough information so that you would not forget when you jumped from one character plot to another.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT! READ IT! I hope they make a movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1729)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "The song for every wallflower......."
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    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!! I loved this book from the beginning to end. Charlie is a character that is easy to relate to. The journey he takes to learn about himself and the secrets that he runs from keep you listening. I have read the book and saw the movie as well. All three are awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You enter the mind of why someone so quiet as Charlie, lives in his world to just be happy and please others. He puts himself before others and you learn how not everything is always what it seems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the car scene with his friends. You see Charlie finally let his guard down in this scene and learn to live in the moment and cherish it forever. It brought me back to some many times in high school where I have felt just like this with my friends.


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Charlie out. I would love to discuss books, home, and getting through high school with him.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a listen! It is not long and it will keep you on your toes until the very end!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (467)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    Muddy says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Androids in a whole different light......"
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    What did you like best about Blade Runner? What did you like least?

    The creative world the author built around Androids and Humanoids. Almost like taking a crazy look into the future if robots were to take over. Wonder what my Verizon Android phone can actually do!


    What could Philip K. Dick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have used simpler language and be less descriptive about each different plot. I got confused very easily and found myself having to go back in the story a lot to figure out what happened.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was very robotic and slow. I had to listen on 3x just to not fall asleep. I commend him for his character voices, but I think he took it a little too serious with the robotic, monotone voice.


    Do you think Blade Runner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think the book ended like it was supposed to. I don't think there is anything else that needs to be added.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (864)

    The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe: The Power to have anything you want. In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life. Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness....

    Darren says: "The Power"
    "I have...........THE POWER!"
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    Where does The Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it ranks at the top 10. Its content and message are something that I refer to commonly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The powerful message of positive thinking and how to apply it to new aspects of my life Just because I don't see the car I want, doesn't mean that I can't feel love for it or show it appreciation. It helps me to make it a focus to save for the car and I know once I get it, it will be very rewarding. You don't have to make your request a car. Her words help you focus on finding what you want and working to get it.


    What about Rhonda Byrne’s performance did you like?

    I love her accent to be honest. Her inflections in words are different and you can tell where she finds her passion in this teaching. You can hear her belief in the law of attraction. You can tell that she honestly wants the reader to succeed in achieving in life and getting the things that they deserve.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. For this kind of book it is good to take breaks because then you can think about and apply the different lessons she speaks about.


    Any additional comments?

    Great sequel to "The Secret". The beginning is a little repetitive, but once you get into it you learn more about how to apply the law of attraction to different parts of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs / Pickles to Pittsburgh

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Judi Barrett
    • Narrated By Jerry Terheyen, Linda Terheyen
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Two tall tales about the tiny town of Chewandswallow, featuring immense foodstuffs and distinct characters, are included this delightful collection.

    Belinda says: "A Treat to Your Ears and Tummy!"
    "A Treat to Your Ears and Tummy!"
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    If you could sum up Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs / Pickles to Pittsburgh in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Whimsical, Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the worlds of food and the love the children shared for their grandfather.


    What about Jerry Terheyen and Linda Terheyen ’s performance did you like?

    I liked their positive energy and tones used to keep the child spirit bright for this book.


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

    When they said that everyone in the world should have food.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Took me back to my childhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (424)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Tough Guys in Scrubs"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beat the Reaper to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version of this book but I really did enjoy the narration and sound effects. Robert Petkoff did an amazing job of represnting all the characters. I really enjoyed his voice, street accent, and female voice overs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beat the Reaper?

    I really enjoyed the shark tank scene. I've never been to an aquarium so this scene really came to life for me with the water and echo effects.


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

    I have never listened to his performances before. I am looking forward to exploring other books he has narrated.


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

    I think I was most moved when he went to Poland and found out about his grandparents true past. The story really changed at this point and you could see how in some weird way he was always meant to be "Bad" as I call it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Great Listen! It was like watching Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos mixed with a little bit of General Hospital.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17088)
    Performance
    (12991)
    Story
    (12929)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "The world behind the catch line..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Tina Fey narrate her own stories was the most enjoyable experience. You could hear her accentuate each moment/ funny story and go back those places in her memory while adding a funny twist.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked her to spend a little bit more time on the relationship between her and her husband....but I could also understand why she chose to keep it private....maybe a fictionalized version of it would have been funny.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    I would say the description of her father because I could literally imagine how he was such a strict man. I also enjoyed her description of her college personality as she was discovering her talents and herself.


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

    No extreme reaction. I did enjoy her debunking of her photoshoot experience. I always thought getting photographed for a magazine was luxurious, but I enjoyed her reality check about how vain it really is.......and how it is all and illusion. Now every time I watch her Garnier commercial I will know that it probably was not an enjoyable experience for her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Tina Fey and her comedy this is the book for you.

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