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Mama C

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  • Penny from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Amber Sealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren?t speaking to each other!

    Mama C says: "A Light Coming of Age Book"
    "A Light Coming of Age Book"
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    This is very different from the books I usually read, and that's what I wanted. A gentle, summertime book to let my mind rest while on vacation. The author takes us back to the 1950s and invites you into the life of Penny, a young teenager with two very different families: her mother and her white-bread grandparents with whom she lives, and her late father's big extended, Italian family. The events of the book take place over the summer when Penny's eyes are opened to many things. There is nothing that would offend anyone in this book (it's probably a youth novel), but it's also not a page-turner. Very much like the books I read as a girl in the 1960s. The narrator does a good job with most of the characters, with the exception of the young boy cousin and Penny's grandfather, which I found slightly irritating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lark Shall Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Cadell
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    There was no money, the family was scattered, and Lucille, who had mothered them all since she was 16, was going to be married. So the house must be sold; Lucille knew that was the only sensible things to do, but the family had other ideas. Home they came by whatever way they could, penniless and bedraggled but with certain newfound friends who were to help them to upset Lucille's plans - all her plans for a calm, settled, and sensible life.

    topcatrules says: "Fabulous story, fabulous choice of narrator!"
    "Takes One Back"
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    The book is a gentle story, the type girls read in the fifties and sixties. Both plot and characterization are shallow, but the point isn't to challenge the reader. Sit back and enjoy a simple story from the past.
    Although the narrator has a wonderful voice, the recording has an echo, which is a little irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Brother's Voice: How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Nasser, Sherry Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Stephen 'Pista' Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in Hungary to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris still brings a husky tone to his voice when he remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephen's account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every listener to understand that the Holocaust was real.

    Frequent_Amazon_User says: "Heartbreaking Journey through a Survival Story..."
    "Great Story, Needs Help"
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    First of all, get the print version. The narrator’s reading diminishes the story.
    The story, as all Holocaust stories, is worth telling. But the writing is very simple and not very good. Yet, I’m glad to have learned Nasser’s experiences, which gave me a fuller understanding of this terrible time in history. He’s a positive man and we can all learn from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Avi
    • Narrated By Alexandra O’Karma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (310)

    Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

    Cindy Busch says: "We loved it!!"
    "YIKES!"
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    This book has all you're looking for: excitement, mystery, and dangerous situations. Although the protagonist is a 13-year old girl, this is always one of the most popular assigned books for both boys and girls in my middle school English class. You'll love it. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9819)
    Performance
    (8927)
    Story
    (8922)

    Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

    W Perry Hall says: "I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You"
    "Should, But Must?"
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    On every high school English reading list in the 1970s, but somehow I managed to graduate without reading Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451." Fast forward 40 years and I figure now is as good as anytime to read it, especially since listening can make almost any book bearable. My takeaway? I wish I had read it in high school. Time hasn't improved this book, and I'm sure it would've felt more relevant then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13926)
    Performance
    (12627)
    Story
    (12586)

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    Charles Atkinson says: "The Best Thing? It Really Happened!"
    "Heroic Tale"
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    If you enjoy books where an individual fights off his or her fears to do something great, then this is the story for you. Labeled a novel because so many of those in the book have died and the Nazi records destroyed, Sullivan claims about 90% of it is true, basing the book on interviews and much research. Although the protagonist considers himself a coward, with all he saw and risked, readers will understand that he is a WWII hero. This is a wonderful story that deserves widespread attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2468)
    Performance
    (2186)
    Story
    (2187)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Another Winner"
    "Wonderful in All Respects"
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    I'd never read "Matilda," and I can't imagine a better way to read it. Kate Winslet brought each character to life with energy so you picture them perfectly. Great story, too, with a David and Goliath plot. Adults and children will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Music in the Hills: Drumberley, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    After spending time combatting terrorists in Malaya, James Dering returns to Scotland. He starts a new life at Mureth House, the home of his aunt and uncle, Mamie and Jock Johnstone, where he hopes to learn to be a farmer. But he soon learns that picking up farming isn't an easy task and is made even more complicated by the unexpected ups and down of rural village life. Sheep-stealing crooks, village gossip, lovestruck teenage runaways, and a brunette bombshell all disturb the peaceful solitude James had willingly signed up for.

    Jerri C says: "Return to Scotland"
    "Good, Relaxing Story"
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    Not great literature, but a good, gentle story delivered in a pleasing way. This is the second story in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just William 7

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richmal Crompton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

    Mama C says: "Great Stories"
    "Great Stories"
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    Unfortunately, three of the stories are repeated at the end. Not sure who's responsible for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just William 2

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richmal Crompton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

    lonegunman says: "A Class Act"
    "Never Disappoints"
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    Richmal Crompton's stories of William are so delightful I read them over and over and still laugh aloud. Martin Jarvis's narration is spot on and adds so much to the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pietr the Latvian: Inspector Maigret, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, David Bellos (translator)
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man.

    Die Falknerin says: "Long live Maigret"
    "Delightful!"
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    This is just what I've been looking for! Twenty-first century mysteries are generally too gruesome or cute. Maigret mysteries have great plots. So glad this is a series.
    The narrator sounds quite a bit like Michael Gambon, the actor who plays Maigret on BBC. He does a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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