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Julie

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (186)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Excellent Engaging Fiction for All Ages"
    Overall

    I'm another middle-aged reader who enjoys reading young adult fiction. In fact,
    I actually aspire to write some someday. Jennifer Donnelly has given me alot to look up to in this novel. It's a layered, thought-provoking story with characters I hated to leave behind after three days of frantic listening. Without being heavy-handed, the author highlights parallels between different eras and different kinds of revolution. Even if readers don't think that they are interested in history, they'll still be likely to be drawn in by Andi's story.

    The time-travel plot-device was deftly handled, and it actually only occurs in the last third of
    the book, after it's been well set up. And by
    then I would have gone anywhere the author
    chose to take me, time-travel or not!

    I also can't praise Emily Card's amazing
    narration enough. She does a tremendous job
    of "being" Andi. Her performance is moving,
    funny, and unpretentious. She is also so good
    at voices that I think she could have handled
    reading Alex as well. Emma Bering's Alex is

    initially less engaging, and hearing her mature
    voice speak the words of a 17-year-old does
    take some getting used to, as other reviewers
    have said. However, Alex does speak with a
    different vocabulary that's meant to evoke
    another time, an era where some young people
    were likely to sound more mature than their
    age, at least to our modern ears. So, Ms. Bering and her main character are not that
    badly matched, and she does a fine job with
    the many other voices in Alex's world. But
    Card's award-worthy reading, and the great
    story, are what make Revolution more than
    worth my credit--and what made me write my
    first review.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Going Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Here is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

    Christopher says: ""Boy" to man "Going Solo""
    "Gripping, funny adventure"
    Overall

    This is a perfect match between narrator and material. Both are fabulous. A real treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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