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Adira

Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle"

Torotno, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Chasing Vermeer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Blue Balliett
    • Narrated By Ellen Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.

    Susan says: "Not great art, but a pleasant"
    "Not worth your time"
    Overall

    This was hugely disappointing. The reader sounds like someone who reads the listening tests on ESL tapes, i.e. totally grating and annoying, with no real warmth or emotion. Not to mention the story itself stinks. The protagonists are irritatingly self-satisfied in their intellectual superiority and characterization is broad and obvious or paper thin. I am really surprised at the success this book has been having, but I suppose if you market anything the right way it will do well.

    1 of 4 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
    (6695)
    Performance
    (5958)
    Story
    (5958)

    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"
    "Magical Creative Story, but possibly wrong reader"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    No, I think I prefer the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    This book is unique and creative. I've never read anything like it! I would suggest this book if you love Cirque do Soleil and the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. The descriptions of the different tents are like jewels or some kind of amazing chocolate that you want to read again and again!


    What didn’t you like about Jim Dale’s performance?

    I think he was the wrong reader for this book. He only does three voices and they are always variations on a wheezy sounding older West Country British voice or a Scottish one. He didn't even try to do the appropriate accents for the characters and his voice always sounds worried for some reason, even in the scenes that shouldn't have been in that tone.

    I think a better choice would have been to pick a young American woman to read, after all the main character Celia Bowen is a young American woman from New York. Bailey is from Conchord, Massecheutts. Chandresh LeFeve is French, Madam Padva is Russian and Sukiko is Japanese. The only character who should definitely sound British is Marco.But he should be read by a younger person, being young too, and he grows up in London. Dale doesn't even do a proper Londoner accent. I have no idea why he chose to read the Murray twins with thick Scottish accents other than the fact that they are described as having red hair!

    I think a truly gifted voice actor could have a lot of fun with these different voices. Another solution would be to use two voice actors, one female for Celia and one male for Marco and Bailey. I often found Dale's voice distracting, especially when he read for the female characters .

    I think he was just chosen because of his association with the Harry Potter books which also contain "magical" subject matter.


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

    There were so many wonderful scenes it is hard to pick just one! The part when Marco and Celia were dancing and he was wearing a green mossy colour and it started to creep into the colour of her dress until they were both the same colour was fantastic. All the descriptions of the different tents and the food were wonderful too. I loved the parts with Frederich Tiesen and revers and the making of the clocks and Celia's early lessons in the magic arts with her father. It was all such a beautiful, magical experience. The themes expounded upon in the novel show a rich understanding of the human heart and a great generosity of spirit. After reading this book, you feel like you would like to know the author just to find out who could come up with something so wonderful! I truly believe that the best writers put something beautiful into the world and this book is all about characters trying to put out something new and lovely into the world despite their circumstances. I love how Marco and Celia transform what is a cruel battle of the wills set in motion by their respective teachers into an occasion to make marvels that add magic and wonder to people's lives. I think everyone should experience this book, especially if they are a fan of circuses and magic and wish to awaken the sense of wonder inside themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Frans de Waal
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we?

    Raymond says: "Top Banana Award"
    "Human, chimp and bonobo societies are alike"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've really been enjoying listening to the audiobok version of

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (900)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "Don't know why this was selected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story?

    It was overlong, with no punch at the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sometimes the emotion of the reader didn't seem to match the character's emotion she was preforming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27646)
    Performance
    (14235)
    Story
    (14289)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful readers!"
    Overall

    The readers for this book really brought it to life. I really liked the use of different narrators for the different characters. You felt they were really performing the characters like in a film or play, rather than just reading. They injected real emotion into the different women. It is an excellent book just to read on your own, but the narrators here make it all the more wonerful. This is what all audio books should be like!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1149)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    How did this ever get to be a classic? It is one of the dullest books I've ever heard. While the descriptions are beautiful, absolutely nothing happens for ages and ages and then nothing continues happening, just long description after long description.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Playback

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Marlowe is assigned to tail classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club. Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder.

    Old Hippy says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This is a really excellent story, one of Phillip Marlowe's best outings in my opinion. Elliott Gould makes an excellent Marlowe. His voice conveys the perfect mix of sensitivity and toughness that makes Chandler's private eye the real deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archer's Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Sue Park
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kevin is trying to remember what he's supposed to do if there's an intruder in the house: stay calm, don't look scared, call 911. At the same time, he's doing his best to figure out how the heck some guy with a bow and arrow got into the room. The archer's explanation - "I lost my balance, fell off the tiger, and landed here" - just adds to Kevin's bewilderment.

    Adira says: "Good story for tweens"
    "Good story for tweens"
    Overall

    Great narrator! Exciting story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Tales From the TARDIS, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Hayles, Terrance Dicks, Eric Saward
    • Narrated By Jon Pertwee, Colin Baker
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Twelve stories of excitement and adventure in distant times and places!

    David says: "Excellent collection narrated by the real actors!"
    "Excellent Dr. Who stories"
    Overall

    Great stories with really excellent narrators! A must for any fan of the new series or old or just anyone who likes science fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    The Gingerbreadman, psychopath, sadist, genius, and killer, is on the loose. But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons following Jack's poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker. Missing Persons looks like a boring assignment until a chance encounter leads them into the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Mole.

    Gary says: "10001001110000111"
    "Excellent! Great story and amusing narrator"
    Overall

    This is a terrific and funny book. It had me laughing out loud. The reader has an amusing British voice and charming manner. The Dorian Gray used car lot is hysterical!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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