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Diane Sklensky

Syracuse, NY USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "An Intriguing Classic with Rich Characters"
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    Would you listen to The Canterbury Tales again? Why?

    I'm sure that there were things that I missed - but, despite the lively, updated language and frequently entertaining characters, quite a lot of medieval attitudes came through and I probably will not listen again. I'm glad that I listened to it once, though, to know what it was about and get a feeling for the time. I was intrigued by the degree to which the seeds of the Renaissance were present in the extensive quotations from the classics - I had not realized that was already occurring at the time in England. But so many of the characters went ON and ON quoting the classics that I suspect that I will not feel the urge to return to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Franklin, I think. So many of the characters were spiteful or otherwise ungenerous that his Tale was a pleasant relief (if I am remembering correctly).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Franklin's Tale.


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

    Not an extreme reaction - some of it was quite funny, but I don't think I laughed aloud.


    Any additional comments?

    It was, I'm sure, far easier to listen to than to read and I do feel better informed for having heard such a classic work of literature. The excellent performances made many of the tales very engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3722)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3435)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Fascinating!"
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    I was deeply engrossed in this story and want to know what happens next for the protagonist(s). I didn't know what to expect, but then didn't want to stop!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (791)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Truly Enjoyed This Story"
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    Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A satisfying classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insight into the differences between Victorian and modern attitudes. Sometimes I liked theirs better! Loyalty, honor and patience were so highly valued. And people who behaved badly mostly reaped the consequences.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His voice suits the subject matter perfectly - measured and modulated, but capable of intensity, while it is possible to distinguish several versions of accent and tone to represent the various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long book, which can be a detriment for reading - it's hard to find the time. But it makes the audiobook great value: many hours of entertainment for a single credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (828)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Hilarious Ghost Story"
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    Where does Maybe This Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved North Archer for his generosity and felt deeply sympathetic toward him for his "stuckness" in his own life and what it had cost him. But Alice is also terrific in the way she stubbornly resists Andie, only to eventually succumb.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Her characterization of the different personalities made each clearly distinguishable - and brought out the humor of their individual quirks, in an affectionate way.


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

    I loved when North finally showed up and he and Andie began really working together to solve the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of a desire to write about Alice as an adult and the difficulties of developing a Gothic atmosphere in an age of ubiquitous cell phones caused Jennifer Crusie to set this in the early 1990s - which totally worked for me, as that was when I was a similar age to her protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    The mysterious Stalkers show up at almost the same instant 12-year-old Aiden Cain’s grandmother dies. Following his grandmother’s instructions, Aiden decides to seek out a powerful sorcerer at Melstone House. Yet when he arrives, he discovers the man died a year earlier. Melstone House now belongs to the sorcerer’s adult grandson Andrew, who agrees to help Aiden with the Stalker problem.

    Carol says: "Magic and Ordinary Life"
    "Thoroughly Charming"
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    Would you listen to Enchanted Glass again? Why?

    I enjoyed the voice, characters and story very much and would like to revisit them another time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchanted Glass?

    Andrew visits Aidan's foster family and discovers that the story is more complicated than he had realized.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    While I liked most of the characters, Andrew - a person of magical talents, but not seeking after power, with, instead, a sense of responsibility and a passion for history, definitely engaged my sympathies the most.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story - suitable for children and adults.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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