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Heather Hoag

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2142)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "You will never believe where she went!"
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    Where does Where'd You Go, Bernadette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 20. Great story and well told.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    I am not sure I have ever read a book like it. Told from the point of view of the daughter (mainly) the story unfolds in an interesting way that I can't explain without giving away a lot.


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

    Her voice and expressiveness was great. Her voice for the daughter was childish and as the parents mature (except when the adults were acting childish).


    If you could rename Where'd You Go, Bernadette, what would you call it?

    Bernadette, you're a Mess!


    Any additional comments?

    Fun story. Long but worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (2486)
    Story
    (2507)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Definitely her second book"
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    What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

    The story just was not as rich as Harry Potter - I know you shouldn't compare her writing like that but the story was not rich and engaging. All 7 Potter books count as her first book and the second novel curse happened to her.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

    Yes. I think there are still many great works in her. "Real life" just didn't really work out for her to write about.


    What three words best describe Tom Hollander’s voice?

    Rich, engaging, varied


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Tom Hollander has a great reading voice and is wonderful to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2418)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2046)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Tough cop is tough"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The cop main character was a little too "tough". She seemed really stereotypical and without depth.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    Maybe


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She was flat - like listening to a Film Noire


    Was The 7th Month worth the listening time?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Predictable. If you have something else to listen to then go for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2178)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "READ THIS! Just a GREAT "mystery""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very layered and interesting. Great mystery and puzzler.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Penumbra. He is a very layered character and very kind.


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

    He sounds like the young man who doesn't really know his way around the world yet.


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

    The whole mystery/puzzle of the books was great. I would love to be in the book club.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9532)
    Performance
    (7036)
    Story
    (7076)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Not a Twi-love story"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    The performance is outstanding. She does accents beautifully. At one point she has to portray a snooty french aristocrat and she is perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the occupation of the main character and the great descriptions used to identify the places she goes and the manuscripts she looks at.


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

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1112)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    Where does The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 for sure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John/Earnest - he was so calm through the whole ordeal and in the end very smug.


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

    no


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

    Yes and I did since it is so short


    Any additional comments?

    Great acting by the entire cast. Extremely funny through out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Anne-Marie Duff, Sir Derek Jacobi, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain’s most well-known actors. The Brave Tin Soldier: A one-legged toy soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina. Thumbelina: A tiny but beautiful girl grows from a barleycorn which has been enchanted by a witch. The Nightingale: An emperor prefers a sparkling mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. The Ugly Duckling: A little bird is called ugly by others until he matures into a swan.

    Heather Hoag says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Excellent Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales to be better than the print version?

    Yes. David Tennant performance was of course as spectacular as his theater and TV performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices were all wonderful


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

    EMOTION!


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

    I cried at Brave Tin Soldier


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Excellent and Funny"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version but the narrator was wonderful and made the funny parts really funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassio-woof! She was just funny.


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

    Never heard her before.


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

    Laugh and laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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