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Ann

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Under the Cajun Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mindy Starns Clark
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    What secrets can be found by the light of the Cajun moon? New Orleans may be the "Big Easy", but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs, only to learn a longhidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

    Deborah says: "Good clean mystery"
    "I should have read the member reviews!"
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    What disappointed you about Under the Cajun Moon?

    This is a lesson in what I should have done: Read the member reviews! This book is not horrible, though it's pretty predictable, but the religious stuff is unbearable! No where did it say that this book had a Christian message...except for the member reviews. The mystery is OK, and i listened to more than half of it before the preaching started. Then it was laid on thick and heavy and I stopped. I felt tricked by the author, and I did not appreciate that. If you have the conviction of your beliefs, then you should also be willing to stand up and say what your book is really about.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2672)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2405)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "A new take on a classic Thurber story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the most enjoyable?

    I loved listening to this book after seeing the old black and white version of the movie for a second time.


    What other book might you compare Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to and why?

    Any other short stories by other authors like H. G. Wells and Washington Irving.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the new reading from Ben Stiller and look forward to seeing the new movie, once it comes out on DVD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

    JACK says: "Peculiar and Suspenseful"
    "Another great read from Ransom Riggs"
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    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has Great voices and accents for all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing second novel for the miss P's series, and I can not wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (513)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy Fun"
    "Neil Gaiman, how does he do it. great evary time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I told one of my friends about it, and he loved it


    What other book might you compare Coraline to and why?

    all of Neil Gaiman's books


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

    he brings the creepy story to life in a way I did not get from the book


    Any additional comments?

    I read it wen I was 10 and loved it, I read it another time wen i was 13 and it is still one of the greatest (yet creepy) books i have read. love the movie too lives up to the book but they changed some stuff and added stuff the clay animation is amazing for the story if you like the book see the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O' Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Angleberger
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross, Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Tom Angleberger scored two critical and popular hits with his Star Wars–inspired The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. In the hilarious Fake Mustache, young Lenny Flem Jr.’s friend Casper disguises himself with a shockingly convincing handlebar mustache and begins robbing banks, quickly amassing a fortune. Setting his sights on the presidency, Casper is working on plans for world domination—and only Lenny stands in his way.

    Mark says: "Hilariously Twisted"
    "very fun book for a 13 year old. I loved it"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was one of strangest books I have read


    What does Jonathan Todd Ross and Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the people came to life with the great readers.


    Any additional comments?

    very funny book I have read almost all of tom's books and i think this is one of hes best books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (520)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Suzanne Collins Is Great"
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    Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

    It is not like any other books i have read


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    it was good for the book, he was great for the people (and things) in the book.


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

    yes I listened to this book in a day or two and the others in the series shortly after


    Any additional comments?

    though it was the same author it was very different from the hunger games (great book too)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Have to Stop This: The Secret Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Pseudonymous Bosch
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Joshua Swanson, Cassandra Morris, and others
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    "In this fifth and final (I swear!) audiobook in my saga of secrets, a class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly - and I don't mean in the bored-to-death way - when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this "crime" of vandalization, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when the mummy disappears."

    Ann says: "Great End To A Great Series"
    "Great End To A Great Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series, and would like to see other books by the P B. This book series reminds me a lot of lemony snicket's books. hope you like it as much as I do. Eddie age 13

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Light

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rebecca Stead
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Peter is thrilled to leave New York City to accompany his parents on an expedition to Greenland to study global warming. There he has visions of things that should be too far away for him to see. Generations ago, the people of Theas community were hunted for possessing unusual abilities, so they fled beneath the ice. Thea needs help that only Peter can give. Their meeting reveals secrets of both their pasts, and changes the future for them both forever.

    Ann says: "grate book for 13 year old"
    "grate book for 13 year old"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    there are tow stories that go together in the end


    Which character – as performed by David Ackroyd and Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    peter


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

    a grate story of earth and it's people


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "great YA novel, I loved it...by Eddie, age 12"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a great book. After reading the Gregor series, where they live in underground colonies, I was a little sick of that concept. Still, I enjoyed Enclave (though they live in enclaves, also underground). All the characters had their own interesting back stories, which was really fun to listen to. The narrator had a very squeaky voice that got annoying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (272)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Beautiful Story of Love and Loss"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was really quiet surprised to read some of the reviews of this beautiful and mesmerizing book. First of all, let me say that I love it when writer’s read their own books and Barbara Kingsolver is no exception. She has a fabulous voice and I loved her characterizations and intonations. They are what the writer intended them to be.This is the story of a life. It flows from childhood to adulthood with twists and turns and interesting historical events. This is not a straight-forward story, this story requires the listener to let go and allow themselves to be guided through the journey without needing to know the end. I found it funny and sweet; sad and still wonderfully hopeful. There are wonderful characters, but I don’t want to spoil a thing. Kingsolver’s writing is lush and beautiful, full of metaphors and wonderful turns of phrases. She is a dealer in words, and she treats them as the valuable commodity that they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (880)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "What a surprise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So some of this book is a bit boring and some of the science stuff lost me, but she also has a wonderful way of making certain things interesting. How do they go to the bathroom in space and what do they talk about to control. I especially enjoyed telling my 12 year old son and his friends about vomiting in space and other gross details that they loved. I found it fascinating and surprising.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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