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Julie D. Dickinson

Portage, Michigan USA | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 645 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2015

  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Excellent Story with a superb narrator"

    I bought this solely on the reviews of others and wasn't disappointed. My husband listened to it after me upon my persisting and despite the fact we rarely like the same books, he enjoyed it as much as I did. The narrator does an excellent job with the voices and accents and one of docs. phrases has become a bit of a family joke (we live in Germany). I listed to Brother Fish before discovering that Tandia is the sequel to The Power of One. Those books were also very enjoyable, but the Power of One is one of those special stories with characters that remain a part of you long after you've read or in this case heard the last page.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Charms

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

    David Olszewski says: "Lots to like, but some complaints"
    "Really bad - will be returning this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so looking forward to this book. Although the story starts out ok the entire plot line with Ivy is extremely irritating and non-sensical and unfortunately ends in such a manner that this story line can only continue in future books. Big bummer because I really liked Rachel, Jinks and several other other characters and greatly enjoyed listening to the first two books.

    What could Kim Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just not gone there with Ivy. It has nothing to do with homosexuality either. You need to listen to understand, but honestly I don't recommend it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    Her narration is fine.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Fistful of Charms?

    Most of the middle and end scenes with Ivy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of the Mad Scientists

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley

    A Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bill Harley - songwriter, storyteller, author, playwright - is known as one of the finest family performers in the United States. His unique combination of song and story, silly and serious, has entertained families for 20 years, and led him to be called "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly.

    Robert says: "Laugh Out Loud..."
    "Circus Peanuts & Deadman's Curve"

    My daughters, 9 & 5 at the time, listened to this almost every night for 3 months at bedtime and occasionally on the weekends during the day too. It was good for lots of giggles and there was no fighting at bedtime about "I don't like that" which often occurred before we got "The Battle of the Mad Scientists". My husband and I also like listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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