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Amy Andrews

Hamilton, Ontario Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • 11 reviews
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  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    This novel allows the unscrupulous and proud Queen of the Nile to recount her own tale. A masterful recreation of history.

    Michael A. Vasquez says: "I felt like I was there"
    "What a woman!"
    Overall

    Such a wonderfully told story . . . I was glued to my earphones for weeks! I read this book in preparation for a trip to Egypt and, "faction" (fiction + fact) or not, I felt quite prepared once I arrived at the pyramids. George meticulously researches her books and I found her sense of Egyptian history to be quite stirring. The narration was also excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6595)
    Performance
    (5867)
    Story
    (5868)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This novel brings forth a few interesting ideas about the manifestation of magic and illusion and attempts to draw the reader into a story of two lovers pitted against one another in a magical challenge. I really enjoyed the depictions of the circus and the various attractions that were created by the main characters. Unfortunately, Morgenstern was unable to make these characters real or in any way sympathetic or interesting. Celia and Marco bored me to tears and their love story was very one-dimensional and bland. The narrator did his best to draw the reader in with a very good performance (in spite of a small speech impediment that bothered me for a while). I would not recommend this book to others.

    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
    (10160)
    Performance
    (7614)
    Story
    (7658)

    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.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Some good ideas . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Yes, I would. I enjoyed Ikeda's narration very much. Harkness' story had some very interesting ideas that, I think, brought a new twist to the increasingly popular paranormal fiction genre. I enjoyed her conceptualization of a world in which demons, witches and vampires exist in tenuous balance. Her treatment of the growing need for these groups to move past their xenophobia into a place where members of each


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have focussed less on the boring details of Matthew's eating habits, the yoga classes and the tedious and repetitive details of their early courtship. I would also introduce more complex characterization for Diana and Matthew.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next book. However, I hope that Harkness matures as a writer and spends more time detailing her interesting ideas about xenophobia, warfare, desire, time travel and love and less time boring us with the details of what people are eating and doing for exercise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Masterful"
    Overall

    This book is a wonderful contribution to the world of African-American literature. At first, I had a hard time getting used to the cadence of the novel. However, after a while, I had no trouble following the narrative.

    This story spans seven generations of strong women. It starts off just after the end of the civil war and the reader follows successive generations to the 21st century, following the well-researched thread of struggle, hardship, joy and song. The authors do a wonderful job of exploring the tensions within and around African-American communities throughout the century, weighing issues of race, class and gender with sensitivity and understanding.

    The narrator was very skilled in giving each character a voice. The sung portions of the book were enchanting and I'm so glad that an audio version exists. My only criticism is that the operatic sections were a bit lacking, but this is a small quibble. Overall, well done! This book is well worth a credit. I learned a great deal and was sorry to have it end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13586)
    Performance
    (5981)
    Story
    (6061)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Insightful"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It offered an insightful view into the world of an elderly man, struggling with issues of mortality, memory, love, guilt, joy, loss and regret. Gruen masterfully portrays the plight of many very old people and the ways that they report living more vividly in the past than in the present. Both narrators were very skilled and brought the characters to life in a way I've seldom experienced in audio format. A memorable story and worthwhile download!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3850)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1270)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "The saga continues . . ."
    Overall

    Another great book and reading from Pullman and cast members! (Although, I did find my teeth set on edge by the terrible music preceding each chapter.) The different characters are well realized by the talented cast and the plot expands to include new, interesting characters and worlds. Pullman presents an engaging commentary on and critique of organized religion. Some groups have opted to boycott/ban the books, but I think the trilogy opens up new areas for discussion on the meaning of truely authentic faith and spirituality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Excellent narration"
    Overall

    This is an interesting, adventure story that exposed me to a period in history I had not previously explored. I agree with previous reviewers that character development is somewhat lacking and I found the "love scenes" to be quite unimaginative, despite the detail. Like others, I too tired of the overly long and gory battle scenes. I understand that this is the first book of a trilogy and I hope that future volumes are a bit more fully realized and not so bloody.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion, and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Thich Nhat Hanh
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Recorded during an intimate family retreat, The Art of Mindful Living presents Thich Nhat Hanh's practical, traditional gathas (teachings) that join ancient meditation practice with the challenges of the modern world. It includes step-by-step guides to meditation, breathing exercises, contemplation, and communication, opening our hearts and minds to the joyous wonder of tranquility and love.

    Jonathan says: "Good message, recording awful"
    "hard to understand"
    Overall

    The author/narrator has many wonderful things to say, but he's very hard to understand. I had to keep rewinding to listen a second and third time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6192)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2380)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "t"
    Overall

    A great story, masterfully told. I was very impressed with how sensitively the author addressed the highly complex issues of gender and sexuality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5217)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1732)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "wonderful cast performance"
    Overall

    A very interesting story with a wonderful cast performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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