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Barbara

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  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4211)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3082)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Decent Teen Story, meh Narration"
    Overall

    I didn't have time to read the print version, so I used a credit on this.

    The story is good and aimed at the teen reader, but the narration fell short enough to only get 2 stars. As another reviewer put it, the story is read and not performed. If that doesn't bug, I'd go for it. I've recently been spoiled with some absolutely excellent narration and this one suffered a jarring lack of delivery style. I don't know if that was intentional, or if the narrator just needs to grow and develop as an artist. The voice itself, was pleasant but at the bottom of the reader's register, allowing little room for inflection. The accents were affected and off and better not attempted. Almost every sentence ended on that 'down' note related to just reading aloud. This said, I believe the narrator shows promise with vocal training and experience. I'd like to hear from this narrator down the road, but right now, it's making the book difficult to finish (I'm in the second half of the download and struggling).

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Scott says: "Excellent, but very sad it's abridged"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Absolutely the best fiction written on the Battle of Thermopylae. Beautifully performed narration by Derek Jacobi.

    I requested this audiobook a year ago, and finally, with the release of 300, we got it.

    300, while a fun popcorn movie, and equally fun graphic novel, does not compare to the thrilling, well researched and most historically accurate account of what occured at the Hot Gates.

    If you want politics, intrigue, romance and action, mesmerizingly narrated, you will find it here.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amy Sedaris
    • Narrated By Amy Sedaris
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving.

    Barbara says: "A Goldmine"
    "A Goldmine"
    Overall

    I found this book a delightful read. My favorite part- and it's not easy to choose, was the hilariously informative section on how to be a good guest. Make no mistake, the content is not just great satire, but an actual handbook on how to give a successful party. The included pdf files of the recipes mentioned are the icing on the cake.

    Ms. Sedaris gives useful tips I have never heard or seen anywhere else. Her narration is top notch and a treat in itself. I can't wait for her next effort!

    This is the book you will give for the Holidays.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    • Narrated By Shawn King
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    James says: "Fun to listen, and sometimes I learn stuff"
    "Great fun and informative, too!"
    Overall

    I gave this show a try as a new mac user, and have found a program that is entertaining and informative. I recommend not only listening to the show, but you must also check out the website. I have gotten more help from the lovely people in the forums of YML, than from my own MUG group's site! What a lovely intro to the world of mac!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AudibleProops, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE
    • By Greg Proops
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    An AudibleOriginals® series, AudibleProops features Greg Proops and his own brand of acid-drenched, vitriolic, and epithet-laden material. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Richard A. Bretschneider says: "Honest"
    "total brain candy!"
    Overall

    I often have to listen 2 or 3 times to hear what I laughed over and missed! Proops gets me laughing so hard I have to wipe a cynical tear from my eye.

    Okay, I'm addicted.

    In a country where our media is corporate-owned, and therefore bound and gagged by their own hands, Proops is a refreshing break from the bland waste-scape of what is currently accepted as "news".

    Get your tongue out of cheek take on today's culture here!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "Fabulous for an abridged reading"
    Overall

    I would have given 5 stars if it had been an unabridged reading! So disappointing not to get all the details of an unabridged read by the author's own voice. This book should, and I hope, shall be on lists of required reading for students. I only wish we could have had him for a 3rd term. How many lives need not have been lost.

    This book gives me hope for the future of our country, that the programs he has established will give us another such talented and dedicated leader.




    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dude, Where's My Country?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By D. David Morin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    He is the scourge of Stupid White Men everywhere. He's taken on fat cats, gun nuts, lying politicians. The Guardian describes him as "a wake-up call, a kick in the mental backside." And now, Michael Moore is back, daring to ask the most urgent question of these perilous times: Dude, Where's My Country?

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "I am politically to the left - this is just bad"
    "Dude, where's Arte Johnson?"
    Overall

    I absolutely LOVED the reading Arte Johnson gave to SWM. The bloodless narration of this book, however, has made it difficult for me to keep from drooling and slipping into a coma! I am still slogging through it, and I bought it in NOVEMBER! I am determined to finish it! I may just have to go to the library instead and borrow it! This is so frustrating! Is it possible for an audio book to be re-released with a different narrator?

    I truly enjoy Mr. Moore's work, which is full of life. Not deadpan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cancer Schmancer

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fran Drescher
    • Narrated By Fran Drescher
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Part inspirational cancer-survival story, part memoir-as-laugh-riot, Fran Drescher's new book picks up where Enter Whining left off. After her marriage ended, her TV series was cancelled, and her beloved dog died, Fran started having symptoms no doctor could adequately explain. With her trademark humor, she tells of her tireless search for answers and the cancer diagnosis that she ultimately beat.

    Barbara says: "Cancer Schmancer"
    "Cancer Schmancer"
    Overall

    You don't need to be a fan of Dresher's to enjoy this book. Did I say 'enjoy'? Yes! I teared up quite often at her reading and laughed with her through the darkly humorous parts. This is a strong lady giving good advice over a nosh at the kitchen table. Don't pass it up- and don't be afraid of almost 3 hours of that voice. I wish there had been more. I didn't know I knew so little about the women's health industry.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (332)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed Lies, and Al Franken's reading of it! The SNL alumnist performs rather than reads, which makes for a very enjoyable listen. I highly recommend this to all and sundry!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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