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Amanda Andert

St. Louis, MO United States | Member Since 2011

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  • How to Be a Pirate

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

    Georgia says: "Another Tennant triumph"
    "I know they are for kids but I still love em"
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    What did you love best about How to Be a Pirate?

    David Tennant does a GREAT job as narrator. I love toothlesse's voice. I also love Hiccup's point of view on the rest of the hooligans. it's a love hate relationship that's always fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toss up between fishlegs and toothless. Both are terribly pragmatic in otherwise heroic situations. also great voices for the characters.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    every character has a distinct voice and everything is done so energetically.


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

    oh laugh. i don't know that it was extreme, but i definitely laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    the whole series is really amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (443)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "My new favorite among the classics"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. Firstly Oscar Wilde is always a good decision. Secondly it's just a great story. So many films have tried to adapt this but until you read the scene where Dorian mentally justifies his involvement in a major tragedy you will never truly understand why this qualifies as a horror story.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    I liked the performance of Lord Henry. He's an interesting character because you never really get a bead on what his motivations are. Is he being serious when he says horrible things? Is he just goading people? The way he's played you are never really sure if he's being genuine when he encourages Dorian to be a terrible person or if he's running some kind of personal social experiment.


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

    I was genuinely horrified when reading the passage where Dorian convinces himself that Sibyl was just dumb and that he didn't really have anything to be sorry about concerning her. Following the thread of his logic is just tragic.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an easy listen as classics go as it's relatively short. It's also interesting to decipher the real motivations of a lot of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9994)
    Performance
    (9299)
    Story
    (9300)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A really fun sci-fi adventure story"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. The characters are endearing and the humor is really fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Perzeval is the obvious choice but I really liked seeing his development as a character. His insecurities and mistakes made him very relatable and genuine.


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

    I was nervous about Will Wheaton as a narrator because while I generally appreciate his content he doesn't have the kind of voice that I normally want to listen to for hours at a time. However he's perfect for this character. His inflection, enthusiasm, and general nerd cred come in handy, especially the part where he references himself in the text. Also a great job differentiating his character voices. Made it really easy to follow the story and keep characters straight.


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

    There's a point where Perzival totally withdraws from the outside world and this part really got to me because I found it so incredibly sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a really fun book, great for nerds of any denomination. Awesome characters and a virtual world that you will frequently wish you could log into yourself (think Caprica, meets Sims, meets Warcraft). Great characters and an awesome adventure narrative make this a lot of fun. That said there was a lot of not so subtle social policy preaching, more at the beginning of the book than anything else. That could have been handled a little less overtly. Also I wish there had been a little more development of the main bad guy in the book. Why was he such a dick? Why was he working for such a dick corporation that is clearly totally cool with casting him aside? I have questions.

    I will absolutely be adding this to my go to book list. A really fun listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15728)
    Performance
    (13953)
    Story
    (13988)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved the start, hated the end."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The end was a major let down. I had two really juicy theories about how it was going to go, and they were both better than the non event that was the actual ending


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are at least 2 ways to end this novel that are appropriately poetic, inevitable, and character defining. and frankly those are just what I could come up with, I figured the author would have something even better up her sleeve. not so apparently.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy was very well performed. The narrator captured her many sides very well.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning was so intriguing I loved the dual perspectives and the emphasis that it's the little things that drive a wedge between people. Small acts and how they are perceived are what make up every single day and every single interaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2354)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "Incredibly Scary"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Orwell is kind of his own style.


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

    it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.


    Any additional comments?

    amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (887)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "One of those books you know you should read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    having never read the print version i can't compare


    Which character – as performed by Tim Robbins – was your favorite?

    any of the society ladies. i love his interpretation of them.


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

    not all in one but it was definitely a book i wanted to get back to.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book i've had on the shelf in print for years but never read. I'm so glad i got into audio books it's really given me an opportunity to get back into literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (525)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "A bit long winded but ultimately enjoyable"
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    What did you like best about The Eyre Affair? What did you like least?

    I really liked the concept of the book and was really interested in the world the author created but at the same time I feel like there were a lot of sentiments that were plot lines that existed entirely independent of the main narrative which diluted the enjoyment of the main plot and was at times pretty boring. I'm not sure if these alternate plot lines come into play later in the series but I personally found them frustrating.


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

    really just a bit more editing


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

    I always enjoy the voices being diverse. It helps me keep characters straight. Especially in a novel like this with so many different minor characters.


    Could you see The Eyre Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    On the one hand yes because it takes place in a world complex and different enough to maintain it's own story lines and with enough characters to keep the pacing up but I feel that a lot of the literary references would be lost on a television audience.


    Any additional comments?

    over all an entertaining book though not really as funny as i would have hoped. i was browsing the satire section when this came up and in honesty there wasn't much satire to be had unless you count the arguments and controversies of academia being applied to everyday social situations. and that was more of a backdrop than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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