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Melissa

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  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Novella Carpenter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways.

    Sarah says: "Not an instruction book but a fun read"
    "Unexpected"
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    When you choose a book like this you expect to read something that's a little more educational than entertaining. In other words, informative but not as liesurely a read as maybe a Stephanie Plum novel. However, this one surprised me. It WAS educational in some ways, and definitely autobiographical, but it was also quite entertaining. I was very pleased by this book, and by the end of it I wished I had a neighbor with a secret restaurant in her basement and a pair of turkeys in my back yard. I would almost consider this story to be the Eat-Pray-Love of urban farming except Novella Carpenter's final revelation doesn't have quite the umph of Elizabeth Gilbert's. Still, the story has a similar feel and was worth my time & credits. I would recommend it to others (in fact, I am) most certainly.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5306)
    Performance
    (4495)
    Story
    (4491)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Narrator better than I feared."
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    If you could sum up Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 in three words, what would they be?

    Dresden never disappoints.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like so many of the characters, but Harry is my favorite because he's smart, funny, & more than a little bit of a smart ass. ;)


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

    Sorry, I'm a James Marsters fan. While John Glover did better than I expected (I figured anyone that wasn't James Marsters would outright suck as Harry), I would have much preferred the powers that be had waited until Marsters had been available to narrate.


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

    All the Dresden books are ones I'd like to listen to straight through. A couple of them I've been able to & did.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dresden. I got into it after seeing the few TV episodes that were made on Netflix. Many of the books I wish I had been able to see on the screen. While some have been stronger than others, I haven't been disappointed by any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2021)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Brandon says: "Oooooooooh Booooooooy!"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    Out of the first four Sookie Stackhouse books I personally think this one is the weakest as far as plot goes. The way it reads though it seems like this book was used more as a vehicle to setup certain ideas & situations that might be expanded upon in the following books. I guess I will find out when I get there. Still, it was good like the rest of the series has been so far. It definitely has not detered me from continuing on with the many thrilling & supernatural escapades of the residents of Bon Temps, LA. I can't wait to see what book 5 has in store. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

    Melissa says: "Required reading but not too bad"
    "Required reading but not too bad"
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    I was required to "read" this book for a college level children's literature class. Usually when I'm assigned required reading I expect to be bored to tears because the books professors tend to pick are not often the types of books I prefer. However, this book wasn't bad. Along with "Alas Babylon" (required for another class) this was one of the better books I've been assigned. I was glad to see LaVar Burton as the narrator. I love his voice. It brought back so many memories of watching Reading Rainbow as a kid. His voice always sounds so relaxing and gentle. I feel like I'm curled up in front of a cozy fire no matter where I am when I hear him read. LaVar also has excellent diction and he utilizes pauses very well. He might not do voices like other narrators, but for this book it was just fine with me.

    The story was also good. I wasn't able to relate to it completely or clearly judge it's realness because I'm not old enough to have experienced these events & others like it, I live in the North, and I'm white. That being said, I feel like it did give me a decent glimpse into what this family felt and experienced in both Flint, Michigan & Birmingham, Alabama at that time in history. It was interesting to see how children might have dealt with experiencing major civil rights events, how they worked out those emotions & logic in their own mind, and how they related it to what was happening in their own lives at the time.

    All in all I think it's a good story & worth the listen, for kids & even an adult like me. :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11344)
    Performance
    (6757)
    Story
    (6640)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Funny"
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    If you want a good laugh this is the book. It summarizes how just about every parent has felt at one point or another. Samuel L. Jackson is the ONLY person who could have done this book justice. If you're at all familiar with his work you can guess why. Think "Pulp Fiction" meets bedtime story. However, this is obviously NOT a book for your kids to hear... unless you live in a home where the F word is used freely and happily by all. When your kids are driving you nuts & you just want them to lay down, fall asleep & give you some peace for a while just pop in your headphones, poor a glass of wine, & enjoy. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1052)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "WHY??? This narrator needs work."
    Overall

    Ok. The book is great, as are all the others in the series that I've heard so far. However, I was not pleased with the new narrator. If you're going to narrorate a book that's part of the series & you are not the first person to read that series you SERIOUSLY need to listen to the other books in the series for continuity's sake. I was maybe 30 minutes into it when I had heard enough of her saying PISS-ker-ee and LEE line. It's pa-SCARE-ee & LAY line, lady. Do your research, every other actor does. Jenks sounds way too girly, even for a pixy, on top of it. However, I do think she did a good job portraying Rachel's "snarkiness", as one listener called it. I just don't get why you'd change narrators in the middle of a series. Especially when the first one was pretty good. Al can't even make me nervous anymore the way she does him. Anyway, like I said, the book is wonderful & if this is your first time hearing this series I don't think you would be terribly disappointed. It's just one of those peeves you get from getting used to someone reading the parts the same way for 5 books then almost being forced to change your whole mental image of these characters because of the way the new narrator does it. You know what I mean? I had the same problem going from CJ Critt to Lorelei King in the Stephanie Plum books, & I actually LOVE both of those narrators. This one though, not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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