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Elisa

Kingston, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27137)
    Performance
    (13758)
    Story
    (13805)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent readers in a good story"
    Overall

    I listened to the audible.com version over a number of weeks... a wonderful reading done by wonderful actresses. I can't imagine reading this book without those lovely voices telling the story. And it's a good story, showing women's bravery, white women, black women, abused women, doted upon women. Then there are the truly ugly women, ugly in their souls, in their beliefs, ugly before their gods, ugly to their help, to their children, to each other. And these ugly women are so sure that they're the pinnacle of everything good and right in the world, and they are so sadly mistaken, but hells bells they do a lot of damage. I won't mention any former vice presidential candidates, will I?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "A very scary bad guy in a good story."
    Overall

    Listen, kids, the really bad guy in this story is a Lubbock. And a Lubbock is a rapist. This character left me with a really bad feeling... that it's a rapist in a childrens' novel. It lays eggs in you!! And you give birth to a half-human half-Lubbock creature. It can rape males and females, although males die when the Lubbock "baby" is born, and females give birth to the creature in the traditional way and therefore, don't die, mostly. I was completely taken aback and totally grossed out that this was in a childrens' book.

    I LOVE Howl and Sophie and Calcifer. And now I love Charmain and Peter and Waif, too. But this Lubbock creature, well, I just wish I could erase it from my mind, completely. Am I overreacting here? Were others as horrified as I was?

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (944)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    Overall

    OMG!! I actually clapped my hands while driving the car (alone, mind you) when the reader spoke the last words of this amazing audiobook. I LOVE the movie, but Miyazaki's version is so far removed from Jones' original novel, I was astonished. I enjoyed every second listening to cantankerous Sopie and vain Howl and manic Calcifer. Oh, how I want a Calcifer of my own! A wonderful, wonderful story for kids and adults.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (81)

    Learn once and for all how to change your thoughts to improve the quality of your life: no more excuses! In this exciting live presentation recorded in Maui, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals a powerful seven-step paradigm that will allow you to drop your excuses and change the lifelong thinking habits that prevent you from living at your highest levels of happiness and success.

    Anita B. says: "Tired of hearing about his accomplishments."
    "Just not what I expected"
    Overall

    You know, Mr. Dyer's a really smart guy and I have learned from his life and works. But this particular offering, an edited recording of a workshop, well, let's just say that the recording, if it had gotten to the point, could have been 15 minutes long rather than hours. Just too many anecdotes, and asides, and tales. The point of "Excuses Begone" is really logical and mathemtical almost. Admit that your ideas about yourself and your life cannot be 100% true or false. This gives you the freedoom to admit that anything can change. The doubt that anything can be completely true or false give you the wedge, the opening to admit that you can have a different and often opposite thought, one that cannot also be 100% true or false. So why not think the thought that gets you to where you want to go, rather than the thought that keeps you where you don't want to be? That's the sum total of Excuses Begone. Can you be 100% certain that you will be anxious, poor, fat, unloved forever? No, of course not. Can you be 100% sure that you will be secure, calm, fit, trim, not-poor, and loved? No, of course not. So admit that your better self is possible. Keep that thought utmost in your mind and you will become what you think about. The end.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9581)
    Performance
    (5255)
    Story
    (5330)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    Wow! That was great. Completely engrossing. Excellently read. Terrific story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6935)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2750)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Required reading"
    Overall

    It's just required reading, in my opinion. Chock full of excellent information, filled with important knowledge, humorously written. If you want some perspective on Life, The Universe, and Everything, please read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inkdeath

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (226)

    The Adderhead has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay - Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders.

    Derek B. says: "My most liked fiction book series ever!"
    "Where's Meggie?"
    Overall

    This third novel in the series is a disappointment, story-wise. We have been engrossed in the story (first two volumes) and were SO looking forward to the third. Too bleak. Too depressing.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (881)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Loved the reader, really like the story"
    Overall

    So now we're into "kids" books with our 8-year-old. Have done some Narnia, all of Harry Potter, Inkheart (wow!) and now Bartimeaus. We really liked the story, very entertaining on a long car trip, but we LOVED the reader, Simon Jones. I, personally, would listen to him read anything. Going to go look up more info about him. Now we're copying how he speaks!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1161)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "deeply deliciously disturbing"
    Overall

    If anyone has ever read a novel better than Jeremy Irons has read Lolita, I'd surely like to know about it. Mr. Irons IS Humbert, shameful, deceitful, dreadful, tortured, overwhelmed by uncontrollable longing and guilt. The story, of course, is a classic. Now so is his reading of it. Nabakov himself would be astounded.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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