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Meaghan

History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (520)

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    Katherine says: "Required reading"
    "Super creepy.. and I love it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

    This was my first real foray into Lovecraft and I didn't REALLY know what to expect. The incidental music really adds to the atmosphere and the narration is wonderfully expressive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories?

    The end of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me. So horrifying!


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

    His reading of the ancient language is wonderful and he is very expressive. Really adds to the overall horror atmosphere.


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

    Again.. the ending of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great introduction to the world of H.P. Lovecraft. It features some of his best known stories so is a great jumping off point. So incredibly creepy! I'll definitely be looking up more Lovecraft after this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3119)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Predictable but very entertaining"
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    I actually went into this book expecting not to like it but boy was I wrong. The first few chapters felt like a sci-fi version of Ever After (the Drew Barrymore film) but it quite quickly becomes it's own story and I can't wait until my next credit comes in so I can get the next book in the series.

    Truthfully there's nothing really special about the writing or the narration. I love this book because it's fun and is a neat take on a story I love. My biggest complaint about the book is that the foreshadowing is about as subtle as a frying pan to the face (You'll understand when you listen/read) and as such the big "reveal" in the last chapter wasn't really a reveal at all. Despite this issue there were some really interesting twists in the story and I'm looking forward to continuing Cinder's journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (511)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "Fantastic!"
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    If you could sum up Frankenstein in three words, what would they be?

    Who's the monster?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral ambiguity. Film versions of this story make the Creature out to be either evil or incredibly sympathetic, but going back to the source material the reader can see that neither Viktor nor the Creature are heroes or villains. It brings up a lot of questions and offers no answers. Very intelligent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene when the Creature and Viktor are together. Good dialogue and great questions brought up about who the real monster is and the nature v nurture debate.


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

    *spoiler* When the Creature kills Elizabeth. She's an innocent in the story and it doesn't seem fair but it helps bring up another point. Viktor had the means to prevent the inevitable, so why didn't he take it and be rid of the past that has been haunting him?


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Stevens does an amazing job narrating this story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1635)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "No wonder it's been so divisive!"
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    Would you listen to Zealot again? Why?

    Yes. I'm certain I've missed a lot of information. This is a book that needs to be listened to (or read) at least twice to get all the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it's not just a book about Jesus. It is also outlines the various political, societal and religious issues before, during, and after the life of Jesus. It also gives a look at how the modern church was formed and how Christianity became what it is today.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There aren't really scenes... I guess I liked the comparisons between the gospels and Aslan's reasoning for the differences between them. I also really liked learning about early 1st century Middle-eastern geo-politics (but then I'm weird).


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

    I didn't have a particularly extreme reaction to it, but I now know why it was so controversial when it was published.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacquard Loom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Congratulations!
    • Narrated By You Hacked the Audiobook. Details in the description below.
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Download Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet for FREE by Julian Assange, narrated by Tom Pile.

    Meaghan says: "Quite an interesting listen"
    "Quite an interesting listen"
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    This book is a really interesting conversation between cyber activists. I learned quite a bit listening to this and got a new insight into the world of hacktivism and where Assange and his colleagues stand.

    The one thing that sort of bothered me was that there is only one narrator. This is a transcript of a conversation so a single voice switching parts left me confused at times to who was speaking. It would have been a bit better had there been a narrator for each different person in the conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (685)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Sara says: "Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts"
    "So much fun!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cabin Pressure to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version so... yeah


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why must I only choose one?! They are all so wonderful! Ok... if I have to choose I'll choose Martin because he tries so hard to be taken seriously and he's just undermined and twisted in hilarious knots.. also it's Benedict Cumberbatch.


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

    Again no print version. The comedic timing of these wonderful actors is brilliant and that would probably be lacking in a print version and the jokes may not have played as well in a book.


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

    I definitely listened to this in one sitting. May have gotten strange looks from people sitting near me as I tried to stifle giggles.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be buying the remaining seasons as soon as possible. So funny. Highly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (150)

    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    Siobhan says: "Abridged?! No!"
    "Ben can read to me all day..."
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    Benedict Cumberbatch narrates and is wonderful! He should read everything. I don't think I need to say anything more about that.

    As for the story: Casanova's memoirs are fascinating. Whether he actually did all the things he said he did is pretty irrelevant. His memoirs are a great window into 18th century society. For history buffs this is a must read. Also, it is nowhere near as explicit as people seem to think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (634)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Strangely the movie's better"
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    I watched the movie years before I listened to this story and I was completely in love with the movie so listening to the original story was a little odd to me and I'm a little biased, sorry.

    I did really like the book though. It is very different from the movie, which I still prefer, but there were a few things that bothered me about it. Miss Pettigrew is not nearly as strong a female character as I would like her to be and seems to just kind of bumble along accidentally helping her new friends. The men are excused their awful behaviour because they are handsome. I liked the ending though. Still a happy ending for everyone, but different from the film.

    This is a nice fluffy book, good for when you need something to pass a trip or something but not wanting anything too heavy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (455)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Whoville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Stacy Coombs says: "Awesome Grinch"
    "A Great Christmas Story"
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    No Christmas is complete without the Grinch. Although it was weird to have it read to me by someone other than Boris Karloff, Matthau does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

    Clare says: "Tantalising"
    "Entertaining and Well Narrated"
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    This is the second Heyer novel I've listened to (the first was Sylvester). I really only downloaded them because Richard Armitage was narrating. I didn't really expect to like these books, as'm not much of a romance fan, but I'm glad that I was sorely mistaken in this.

    Richard Armitage does an amazing job narrating. I could listen to his voice all day.

    As for the story, there are parts of the narrative that are a little silly, but overall it is super entertaining. The characters are marvelous and remind me a little of Jane Austen characters. I love the strong independent Venetia and absolutely adore Demerel, the rake.

    I'm definitely planning on reading/listening to more Heyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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