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Gisella

Avid listener, teacher of English as a foreign language in Mexico City. Very interested in recommendations.

Mexico D.F., Mexico | Member Since 2008

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  • 5 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "Narrrator needs to work on her reading"
    Overall

    It only got my attention at the very end.
    The narrator really needs to work on her reading aloud, she's a novice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen God's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Stephen says: "Audio is horrible!"
    "Bad audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The audio is terrible. It is a recording that puts a strain on the listener as it is recorded like through the telephone, not a studio, and the listener can tell. The author is excellent, but not as a reader: she reads too fast. Thoroughly enjoyable, but can be hard to hear.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Meet Balthazar Jones, Beefeater at the Tower of London. Married to Hebe, he lives and works in the Tower, as he struggles to cope with the tragic death of his son Milo. The Tower of London is its own magical world: a maze of ancient buildings, it is home to a weird and wonderful cast of characters – the Joneses of course, as well as Reverend Septimus Drew, the Ravenmaster, and Ruby Dore, landlady of the Tower’s very own tavern, the Rack & Ruin.

    Gisella says: "Don't download it"
    "Don't download it"
    Overall

    I had high expectations but was sadly surprised. The ending was unclear. Although the characters are good they fail to grab the listener's attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice and Virgil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist; it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey - named Beatrice and Virgil - and the epic journey they undertake together.

    Graeme says: "Darker, but much better than Life of Pi"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    Should have stopped listening when I got tired first, but I carried on, through the end. What a waste of time! The author came down the totem pole, his work in Life of Pi and this is not is the same level of comparison. Do not read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10379)
    Performance
    (5637)
    Story
    (5670)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Don't miss it"
    Overall

    This book was recommended to me within the website so many times and I was reluctant. Giving in to the recommendation was highly rewarding. This is one of the very best audiobooks I've ever heard. It's light, simple, yet profound in meaning, very humorous and soul fulfilling.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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