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Abby

I'm a children's librarian in Southern Indiana. I love listening while walking and doing housework.

New Albany, IN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Princess in Love: The Princess Diaries Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo may seem like she's the luckiest girl ever. She's a princess, for starters. And while she's no supermodel, mirrors do not crack at her reflection. Best of all, she finally has a boyfriend. However, all she wants is a little peace and quiet...and a certain someone else to be her boyfriend. For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy-tale it's supposed to be...or is it?

    Abby says: "Anne Hathaway Brings the Story to Life"
    "Anne Hathaway Brings the Story to Life"
    Overall

    Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series is a sure bet for tween girls who like funny stories and Anne Hathaway brings the audiobooks to life with her expert narration. I was laughing out loud as I was listening to this (and the first two books in the series).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21224)
    Performance
    (19590)
    Story
    (19599)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Compelling survival thriller"
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    I absolutely could not stop listening to this book! The story is really compelling and exciting. It's science fiction, but more of an adventure story with lots of science details than what you might think of when you think of "science fiction". It's also really funny with a very realistic narrator.

    While I really enjoyed the story, iif I had it to do over again, I would probably choose the print version of the book for a couple of reasons. #1 I probably would have skimmed over some of the science details. I'm as interested as the next person, but when you get half a page of calculations about how many calories Mark needs to survive and how many he can scrape together... it was just a little much. In the audio version, there's no skimming down the page.

    #2 parts of the book are told from Mark's point of view and parts are written in third-person about what's going on back on Earth or in the Hermes ship. Since the same narrator reads the whole book, I sometimes got a little confused about whether Mark was still telling the story or if it had switched. I wish that they had had a separate narrator for Mark's first-person parts or that the narrator had done a slightly different voice for those parts. R.C. Bray reads well and he does do accents for the foreign characters and slight voice changes for, say, female characters, but I wish the first-person parts had been differentiated more.

    Overall, I'd still recommend this book, particularly for readers who like survival/adventure thrillers, readers who like stories with lots of science details, and/or readers who want a really compelling story that you can't put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The False Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (303)

    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

    English teacher says: "Best read of the summer!"
    "Loved the story, didn't care for the narrator"
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    Story

    This is an exciting story that, for me, overcame a so-so narrator. The middle is a bit slow, but the twists and turns at the end more than make up for it. I didn't care for Charlie McWade as the voice of Sage. He tried valiantly to voice the characters, but accents sometimes slipped a bit and I couldn't tell any of the three boys apart. I'll be reading the second book in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    "A story for women everywhere"
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    Bernadette Dunne is well-matched to this story of a strong woman doing what she can to help the women of Afghanistan. Dunne reads with a strong, clear, no-nonsense voice, which is just how I imagine Debbie Rodriguez to be from her story. The first person format lends itself nicely to audio and I enjoyed stepping inside Debbie's world behind the veil as she embraced Afghanistan and its women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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