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Darline

IOWA PARK, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Johnny Stange, John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Here are four unforgettable stories by Yann Martel, the New York Times best-selling author of Life of Pi. In the exquisite title novella, a very young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the 20th century.

    Douglas says: "Tedious and disappointing"
    "Somewhere In The Middle"
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    The author of these four stories is the same author of Life of Pi, and Beatrice and Virgil, both very good books. This book has 4 stories, two of which I enjoy and two others that were so, so. If you are looking for a short book, this book would be OK. Don't expect the same kind of writing he did on his two books I mentioned early. The last story I did chuckled a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Clues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kate Ellison
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl. And as usual, when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get it out of her mind.

    Carol says: "Enjoyable"
    "Dull beginning, Predictable ending"
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    I thought the story was never going to get started. I almost quit before the story started to finally began to unfold.. All I have to say is if you listen to this story you better be ready to tap, tap, tap, banana. Trust me don't waste your credit or time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10782)
    Performance
    (5999)
    Story
    (6045)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Robert Parker"
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    I know there has been a lot of reviews over the movie Life of Pi. However, I really do enjoy reading Yann Martel works. I must say, I was totally shocked at the ending of the book. Onced it ended, I thought how much it was written in a similar form of Virgel and Betrice. A bit disturbing, yet the story is very interesting and keeps the listener involved. Well worth the time to listen to. If you get a chance listen to Virgel and Betrice, of the two books it is the better one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Annoying!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andy Griffiths
    • Narrated By Stig Wemyss
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Is this the right book for you? Take the annoying test and find out. Do you ask 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips? Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do? Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water? Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers? Do you swing on the clothesline whenever you get the chance?

    Darline says: "Don't Read If Your An Adult, It's Annoying!"
    "Don't Read If Your An Adult, It's Annoying!"
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    Would you try another book from Andy Griffiths and/or Stig Wemyss?

    No, I would not. However, I will recommend them to my students in 5th grade. Kids are sure to love his wacky writing and sense of humor.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this point. I have a lot of books I want to listen to and read. Thinking about a classic like "The Wizard of Oz" or "Gone With The Wind".


    Which character – as performed by Stig Wemyss – was your favorite?

    None really, I thought the boy was a brat.


    Do you think Just Annoying! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but there is. However, if I was a 5th grader I would love any follow up books because, that is the type of hummor kids like.


    Any additional comments?

    I only got this book to see if I wanted to recommend it to my students. For a quick, fun read for kids its a decent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (742)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "New Favorite Book"
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    Where does Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the very top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the story draws you in the moment you look at the cover. There are also so many twist and turns in the story, that just when you think you have it figured out, you don't.


    What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You can relate to him as a young teenage boy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, a bit long for that, but I did listen to it every chance I had.


    Any additional comments?

    There is some cussing in the book. I really wanted to share the book and the audio to my 5th grade class was unable to, due to the cussing. So, I am doing the next best thing and reading it aloud to them from my Kindle and skipping the cuss words. This book feels like the Lightning Thief or Harry Potter books. Kids are sure to love it. Just wish the cussing had been left out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Closed for the Season

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Downing Hahn
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn’t been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He’s sure they’ll discover important clues to the mystery they’re trying to solve: Who killed Myrtle Donaldson? And what happened to the money she handled as head bookkeeper at the Magic Forest?

    Beau says: "A Scooby-Doo Novel"
    "Wonderful Story for a 5th or 6th Grader"
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    If you could sum up Closed for the Season in three words, what would they be?

    It's about friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the boys remained true to on another. It also had a nice little mystery to go along with it.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, can't compare


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in a few places.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice little mystery, with a good story line about friendship. Any boy or girl would enjoy reading this book.

    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
    Overall
    (27342)
    Performance
    (13950)
    Story
    (13998)

    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!"
    "A Must Read On Your Reading List"
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    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. I enjoyed the different character being read by different people. I got caught up in each one of their stories. I felt like I really knew everyone personally. I was able to connect to each character..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    I don't want to say because I don't want to give anything away.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The main characters were read by different narrators. Makes you feel like each person is telling you their own story.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    Really each character is memorable because as I said since it is read by a different narrator you see each person as they really are. It is told in first person.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story very much. Full of laughter, tears, and heartbreak. Yet it shows that no matter what race you are, all races can come together if relationship are nurtured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3357)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2836)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Nice little mystery"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Creatures?

    It had a differnt spin than some of the other young adult books I have read over the last year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wasn't full of a whole lot of romance, just enough to keep things interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say, don't want to give any part of the book away.


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

    No, not really. Unless we talk about what her uncle did for her.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good young adult read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18699)
    Performance
    (8563)
    Story
    (8593)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Full of twist and turns"
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    Would you listen to The Girl Who Played with Fire again? Why?

    I really enjoyed listening to it, don't know if I would listen to a second time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I had to keep track of all the players. I did get confused a few times and had to relisten to parts. Very good plot though.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Very much


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

    I am afraid to say, because I don't want to ruin the book for someone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a very good book. I liked the first on better, but I still would recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23439)
    Performance
    (10048)
    Story
    (10121)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Full of Surprises"
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    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    Loved it the first go around. I don't know if I would listen to again, but I really did enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    I am afraid if I said I would give a surprise away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, I don't want to give anything away.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much wanted to, but much to long to be able to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, a must read that should be put on your list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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