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carrie

Stantonsburg, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Barbara Robinson
    • Narrated By Elaine Stritch
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

    Patty says: "WHAT A WASTE"
    "Great story - horrible narrator!!"
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    What would have made The Best Christmas Pageant Ever better?

    The reading on this book is AWFUL! I love this story and have been reading it since I was a child, but I HATED the reading of it here, I stopped listening after about 20 minutes because I simply couldn't stand the narrator. Very sad, because this is such a fabulous and sweet Christmas story. Please find a better version audible. I wish I could get my money back for this!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is excellent, the narrator is awful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it was just annoying to listen too. It's an old lady reading this book, when it's WRITTEN from the perspective of a child.. it makes NO sense.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alchemy and Meggy Swann

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks.

    carrie says: "Great story, not my favorite narration"
    "Great story, not my favorite narration"
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    If you could sum up Alchemy and Meggy Swann in three words, what would they be?

    Really fun coming of age story about a girl who had to learn to "stand on her own two feet" even when they don't work quite as well as they should. Meggy learns that family doesn't equal love and safety, but that finding good friends to help you through life are a wonderful gift.


    Did Katherine Kellgren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Wasn't a big fan of the narration, especially did not enjoy her representation of Meggy. But didn't "not" enjoy it enough to stop listening. I've read the book several times on my own and simply enjoy the story itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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