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Emily

Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

ratings
52
REVIEWS
51
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
67

  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Northanger Abbey is the coming-of-age story of Catherine Morland, who is taken to the fashionable resort of Bath with her friends, the Allens. While in Bath, she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. The Tilneys invite Catherine to Northanger Abbey, their family estate. Catherine, an avid reader of Gothic novels, soon becomes obsessed with the thought that possible atrocities are going on at the abbey.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Favorite"
    "Classic story; not my favorite narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Overall, yes. The humor in this work is brought out well on audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think it is one of the funnier of Austen's stories to me.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job with the reading. From her voice, she sounded on the older side. I found this distracting since this book has an extremely young and naive main character. I couldn't decide if it was intentional to have an older voice as the narrator, yet she sounded even older than Austen was at her death. As a result, for me the narration really took me out of the story, rather than being a plus or even neutral. She might have been on another book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Gothic Satire


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This suspenseful novella focuses on the dark secret that haunts the aristocratic Trevlyn family since the untimely death of Sir Richard Trevlyn. His widow keeps the key to the mystery inside a locket, which she never takes off. When a charming stranger with ulterior motives gains access to Lady Trevlyn and her young daughter, will he unlock the family secrets along with their hearts? Fans of Alcott’s Little Women and her heroine Jo March’s racy stories will delight in this Victorian sensation novel.

    Lynette says: "Great Novella"
    "Unusual mystery from Alcott; wonderful narration"
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    Would you listen to The Mysterious Key and What it Opened again? Why?

    Yes, it was a fun listen. The mystery kept me engaged and yet I also found it relaxing to listen to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Klett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she is a favorite narrator of mine. She has a pleasing voice, and also does wonderful accents and characterizations for the different people in the story. I would recommend her as a reliably excellent performer.


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

    Yes, I wasn't able to but it was a good length to listen straight through. It would make a good one to listen to on a drive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a "typical' Alcott but I'm glad that I have heard it. Definitely would recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (536)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "a disappointment for us"
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    We almost never give up on a book, but this time my 12 year old and I couldn't finish it. He so disliked the main character and the tone of the interactions between the high schoolers in the book he said he just couldn't continue, and since it isn't exactly a book that will be on the AP English exam, I didn't have the heart to force him to finish it. I liked the premise a lot, but I find real-life tweens and teens much more appealing then the ones depicted here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (587)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "Wonderful audio of a children's classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a great audio for children and adults. I was especially glad my 12 year old and I listened together. I have never seen him so often pause an audio to discuss various aspects -- the clothes, the ethnic stereotypes, what various words meant, etc. Those discussions were probably as educational as anything. He's reading this book for school, but I know listening to the audio while he has the book in front of him has made it into a pleasure for him.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    Probably Francie, but Kate Burton is a wonderful all--around narrator.


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

    I think it is too intense and long, but certainly it is compelling to listen as long as you can. We're actually on our second listen, which is unusual to imagine for such a long book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ordinarily I like some music as a part of an audio, but somehow the music played between chapters here is a little jarring. My son calls it Random Music Moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victorian San Francisco Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. "Madam Sibyl's First Client" was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In "Dandy Detects", the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage", two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy.

    Emily says: "Great supplement to wonderful series"
    "Great supplement to wonderful series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Victorian San Francisco Stories the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a pleasing voice and the mysteries were enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I liked Mr. Wong from a prior book and it was great to see him again. A fine person and interesting to learn more about the Chinese experience.


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

    I certainly could have listened to it in one sitting and enjoyed it. That said, if you are looking for something to listen to over time (say before bed over several nights, as I like listening to audios), this would work well being short stories. Also, these are some of my favorite mysteries but are not particularly suspenseful to me (possibly part of why I like them so well). So they work well to listen to over time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a minor note, but I thought the narrator pronounced Fuller strangely, at least in the beginning.

    I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes Locke's other mysteries or who is wondering if they would -- it would be a fine introduction since these are free standing stories and wouldn't spoil the other ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Speak Dragonese

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (41)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third may very well grow up to be an awe-inspiring swordsman and the greatest Viking who ever lived, but as a boy, he is incredibly ordinary. In fact, the most impressive thing about the young, slightly freckle-faced Hiccup is just how unbelievably ordinary he is.

    Emily says: "Funny sequel; good narrator"
    "Funny sequel; good narrator"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny and fast moving. A good sequel if you liked How to Train Your Dragon.


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

    Doyle has really grown on me as a narrator. He has a great voice and a wonderful way with creating different voices to differentiate characters. He added a lot of humor. He kept my attention (and my son's) with his engaging style.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely an audiobook that both adults and children can enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    "A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, 'Can we do this anonymously?' Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic - and sarcastic asides - to the classics.

    Rhonda says: "It is so Great to have Jesse Bernstein back!"
    "Funny Take on Mythology"
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    Would you listen to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods again? Why?

    Yes, it was funny and educational. My son and I were just saying that we needed to review the mythology stories when this came out. And how better than via Percy Jackson and Jesse Bernstein.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just as humorous as the original Percy Jackson series. It covered both the mythological characters we all know, and some I'd never heard of.


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

    He is the best narrator for the Riordan books and one of best children's narrators we have run across. He's funny without being distracting. And he does wonderful, distinctive voices for the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The Riordan books are a blast for kids and very educational. This one is no exception. This middle aged mom loved it too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (94)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Required reading but not too bad"
    "Funny and Poignant Look at Civil Rights Era"
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    I purchased this audio for my 12 year old and me to listen to, thinking it would be an introduction to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 little girls (note I had always heard them referred to as the "four little girls" but I was interested to learn that they were 14).

    It starts out pretty far away from that, as a mostly humorous look at an African American family in Flint, MI. My son liked how the book progressed as a series of vignettes, which made it easier to pause the book and resume listening later. There were many funny moments which I wasn't expecting.

    Once we got to the end, "our" family has lived through the bombing and is dealing with the aftermath. Over the following days, my son continued to question why people would have killed children to prevent having to go to school and restaurants with people of a different race. It is a very hard situation to understand, and I thought this book did a great job of making it present for him, as opposed to an event in history that's impossible to understand or experience.

    LeVar Burton is a wonderful narrator. He has a thoroughly pleasing voice that would be suitable to any number of books -- he dealt with the comedic and tragic aspects equally well. I plan to look for other books he's recorded.

    The book ends with a brief overview of the history, which my son enjoyed almost as much as the fictional story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Nation: A History of US, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Beginning with George Washington's inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark's daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812, and more.

    Hideaki says: "Very educational"
    "Wonderful US History; book 4 particularly good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The New Nation the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting chapter in American history, well told by Hakim.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is such an inspiring time in US history, filled with extraordinary people. Served for me as an antidote to the discouraging state of modern affairs in the world. (Of course, they had their problems then too, like slavery and the unequal status of women...)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of how Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, each believing the other survived, friends in old age after a long political rivalry. I've loved that story since I was a kid and was glad to share it with my son.

    Other favorite bits were the end of George Washington's life (what a great man! I didn't fully appreciate him as a kid) and the Burr-Hamilton duel (what a waste of Hamilton's extraordinary intelligence).


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator here is particularly good -- she is lively without being distracting, and keeps us engaged with the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renaissance: Assassin's Creed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio Auditore embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honor, he will learn the art of the Assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli, knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.To his allies, he will become a force for change in his fight for freedom and justice.

    Jason says: "Great story, Great Narration."
    "12 year old loved it; Mom not so much"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the story trite and boring. Certainly there is a lot of potential in the Italian Renaissance setting that wasn't realized. My 12 year old son loved it, but he plays the game -- he must be the target audience, since I certainly wasn't!


    Has Renaissance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, if the genre is novelizations of video games. On the other hand, I will continue to read historical fiction/mysteries which is I believe how Audible has this characterized.


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I was not aware of this narrator before and he was fantastic. His performance was the only thing that enabled me to tolerate this. And my son's enjoyment of his performance has inspired him to sign up for Italian lessons! I hope to hear Jackson narrate something I like better.


    Do you think Renaissance needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a somewhat bizarre title. It seems to have much appeal for my 12 year old and his peers, though there is a fair amount of borderline inappropriate content (other families would probably say *completely* inappropriate!). I'm not so bothered by that when I perceive works to have other good qualities, but it is hard for me to see much artistic merit here. From an adult perspective, there are a lot of other, better books out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Was Harry Houdini?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Tui Sutherland
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Every kid has heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail cells, and locked trunks. But do they know that the ever-ambitious and adventurous Houdini was also a famous movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia?

    Emily says: "Great series; Houdini's story still fascinates"
    "Great series; Houdini's story still fascinates"
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    Where does Who Was Harry Houdini? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Who Was...series is one of my kids' favorites, especially out of the educational titles they listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and his wife are both compelling characters.


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

    He is definitely a pleasant narrator. He doesn't intrude but keeps one engaged.


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

    I have always found Houdini's story a bit sad but thankfully some of the poignant aspects were downplayed, which helped with listening to it before bed with my 12 year old.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this series to anyone looking for educational audios for kids that they will see simply as entertainment. Both my 12 and 15 year old have enjoyed them -- as have I.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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