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James

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Larklight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Philip Reeve
    • Narrated By Greg Steinburner
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In 1851 a mysterious visitor to Art Mumby's space home has plans for a calamity that will destroy not only the entire British Empire, but also the known universe. Can disaster be prevented with help from Art's irritating sister Myrtle, a few exotic space creatures, and an extraterrestrial pirate?

    Margot says: "Great fun!"
    "Get a Brit..."
    Overall

    Oh what a lovely book: smart, and funny, and imaginative - if only it had been read by someone with a real British accent and a sense of mischief equal to the author's. It's a testament to the story that I stuck it out, mispronunciations and all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Company of Swans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Patricia Conolly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams.

    James says: "A Treat"
    "A Treat"
    Overall

    I borrowed this book from a local library shortly after it was published with no knowledge of the author, and no expectations. And the plot is pure hokum - anyone who has ever read a Mills and Boon (or Harlequin) romance will know what's going on from the start - but oh, what lovely writing illuminates the story. Funny, poignant, sometimes wickedly sly - all with a completely clear understanding of my understanding of the genre made it an instant, and often re-read favorite, and an author I searched for in bookstores.

    To find it now, well read (albeit with a sometimes strange take on the Russian accents) and completely unabridged to add to our audio library is a complete joy.

    Should you be equally charmed, try Ms Ibbotson's children's books. I had to when I ran out of grown up titles in her (at the time very short) canon, and am now torn as to which are better fun. Anyone who can invent "The gliding kilt" as a ghostly character has to be commended, and read at any age.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (3997)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1859)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Just loved this. A really good narrator (Lenny Henry, Brit comedian, Caribbean heritage, so the accents are spot on) great story - funny, quirky, definite. A proper fairy story for grown ups. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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