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Shannon

High Point, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 reviews
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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (435)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "A story that I wish would've never ended"
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    Would you listen to The Land of Stories again? Why?

    Such a great story that I just did not want it to end. The tale of this sister and brother, their childhood up to this point and the great tragedy that lead them to the most amazing discovery and adventure of their life; it was truly captivating.


    What other book might you compare The Land of Stories to and why?

    This one more the most part stands out on its own. If you read it your will see it reminds you of many other stories as it is meant to however the journey of these two main characters set this story apart from others.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Colfer – was your favorite?

    Oh he did so wonderfully with all the accents, the vocal ranges and intensity it's hard to pick just one.


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

    I laughed indeed just because the characters were so adorable and wonderful and cry? Well I reared up a few times for our poor twins who had to go through such hard times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story for young and old a like. I will venture back to this book at sometime indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mississippi Jack: Bloody Jack #5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (391)

    In Mississippi Jack, the fifth installment in the Bloody Jack series, the intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Kellgren does it again!"
    "I love this series!!!"
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    Such an awesome series! Jacky Faber is the best, I simply love her mischief and heart. The narrator brings each character their own fantastic voice and the story comes to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Strange New Things

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Josh Cohen
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings - his Bible is their "book of strange new things."

    D. says: "Where's the plot?"
    "That's the end?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story kept me hanging on but I was highly disappointed by the ending. I really felt like it left a lot untold. This story created a lot of questions and then ends with few answered.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Help


    Which character – as performed by Josh Cohen – was your favorite?

    I don't know, they all were pretty good


    Was The Book of Strange New Things worth the listening time?

    Ehh... I guess. Like I said before, unanswered questions but at least it was interesting enough to make you ask what's will happen next, what's happening back at home, why are these people really here?


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28632)
    Performance
    (15156)
    Story
    (15203)

    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!"
    "Glad I experienced it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this audiobook was delightful, I could not put it down. Not only is it a great story on its own but the narrators really brought all the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    When Minnie helped with the miscarriage


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Minnie, hands down


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

    Dream of change


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "I couldn't wait for it to end"
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    I did not love this story to be certain. The narrator was awesome but the story itself was too long and tiresome, our main character was much too much of a complainer. I understand that this irony is not loss in the story in whole and is to add to the final humor but it was a story I did not enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (604)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "A picture is worth a million words"
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    Would you listen to Tell the Wolves I’m Home again? Why?

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home was very interesting and an easy listen but, I'm undecided on if I would listen to it again. The narrators voice seemed very electronic and flat at times which really threw me off at times. Perhaps I would read the book though.


    What other book might you compare Tell the Wolves I’m Home to and why?

    I could not compare this story with any other that I have read personally.


    Did Amy Rubinate do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, when it came to the characters Amy Rubinate performed awesomely at making each character his or her own. However the generic narration would be a bit flat and monotone at times, it sounded like a operator recording.


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

    Love Against All Odds


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (436)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
    "Living in the mind of a young girl"
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    What made the experience of listening to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl the most enjoyable?

    Selma Blair's performance made it feel like Anne was talking right to me. This audio book was transformed into a friend telling of her trials and a friend listening intently. This is story is amazing on its own but the performance set it apart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anne is a real teen girl and I felt like if I had been in her situation... Well I don't know. It's a tragedy that Anne had to experience these hardships and that in the end she suffered even more but I appreciate that the story is real and raw. I am thankful for Anne who spent all that time writing in her journal and sharing her story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Anne talks about making a difference long after she is gone... I cried, like a baby!


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

    See the comment above, yes absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Anne transforms through out her time in the Secret annex and that makes her more likable as her story develops. I hate for her that she wasn't able to enjoy her youth but I am greatful that she shared her story with us and that would make her happy if she knew, all the lives she had touched through writing in her journal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2332)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "A fascinating tale"
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    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    The story a lone was awesome but our famous narrator made it outstanding! Before reading this, I had only ever had the movie version. The book is so much better! It is hard to pick out a part that I loved best so many things come to mind... But if I have to pick one... Oh I just can't... Every aspect of this story is awesome. I was able to recapture something awesome from my youth and listen around my daughter without the worry of her hearing something inappropriate. Plus the characters and how Anne brought them each their own voice gave the story a new and unexpected dimension.


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to and why?

    I feel like this story stands alone as it should. It is unique and that makes it wonderful... Anything that may compare in the future is just a copy cat.


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

    No I have not listened to Anne before but I was very pleased with her performance and would listen again.


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

    I may have laughed on a few occasions but I don't recall any tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.

    Emily says: "Second in the series continues the adventure"
    "An adventure to revisit"
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    If you could sum up The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome awesome awesome!


    What other book might you compare The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns to and why?

    None and yet so many at the same time. Chris Colfer really wrote a great adventure and made it his own. While this story recalls many of the fairy tale classics, Colfer keeps the integrity of each character without commercializing them. But they aren't who the story is about anyway. Alex and Connor Bailey are awesome and lovable and new characters who are a fresh breath of air.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Colfer – was your favorite?

    What? I have to pick just one? That's not going to happen! I caught myself a few times wondering how in the world he gave each characters voice such a different range, I had no problem telling which character was from the other.


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

    If I could have I would have! But I just didn't have that much free time in one sitting. But I did finish it in a week and a half.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Chirs Colfer! After listening to The Land of Stories, the wishing spell and finding out soon after that he had already had The Enchantress Returns in the works, I was so delighted! I hope he isn't done with Alex and Connor Bailey just yet, please don't be! I have more to say but can't without spoiling something awesome for those who haven't read yet.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12238)
    Performance
    (10905)
    Story
    (11074)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "A Very Long but Awesome Adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Well... I must say I haven't read the print version to say. But I can say this the narrator made this story come to life. He performed each character excellently and gave them wonderful individual voices. The many pieces where he had to sing, although not my favorite parts... He sold me on it every time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    The emotion and almost physical battle against Gollom stands out to me the most. But there were so many moments. But the reason why that particular moment stands out to me is because I love the riddle game the two play.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See previous answer


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

    But of course! We are talking about the writings of Tolkien. There were several and it would be hard for me to select one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7098)
    Performance
    (3466)
    Story
    (3516)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "The books are way better than the movies!"
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    What did you love best about Breaking Dawn?

    Jacob's voice!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Dawn?

    I really appreciated the multiple narrators and loved that this story takes on Jacob's point of view. I particularly like the part where Jacob (without giving too much away) has his personal climax and that's all I can say without ruining a key part of this story.


    Which character – as performed by Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Walters – was your favorite?

    Matt was perfect as Jacob... Absolutely perfect! IIyana had a great range of voices for each character and I look forward to hearing her again.


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

    There are many moving moments, a lot happens in this book for our three main characters and honestly when the boom ended... I wasn't ready to leave them just yet. The end when Bella masters her powers and is able to surprise Edward once again is just the absolute sweetest thing!


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