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Elizabeth

winter Park, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Song of Solomon

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

    JACK says: "Poorly Edited"
    "Choppy"
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    Would you try another book from Toni Morrison and/or Toni Morrison?

    Yes, but never another abridged one


    What could Toni Morrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not abridged it. I ended up having to read it because being constantly cut off and cut up was so distracting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (220)

    Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knickknacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world.

    Charlene says: "A little twee but very funny."
    "Not So Epic"
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    What was most disappointing about A. Lee Martinez’s story?

    For me it was the predictability of the story and the appallingly forced romance. To me there is nothing worse than a fake romance.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Khristine Hvam’s performances?

    Sure, her voice neither detracted nor enhanced the story


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself....

    Wendi says: "Inspirational story, but a valley-girl narrator"
    "Bad Narrators"
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    What other book might you compare The Running Dream to and why?

    Flipped; Runaway; Confessions of a Serial Kisser; all also by Wendelin Van Draanen in her characteristic charismatic, touching style. They all have Y.A. female leads and tell stories of self discovery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it was a good book with a touching ending, but I was distracted by the narrator. She kept going up at the end of her sentences? Like everything was a question? And? I just don't think? that because the person telling the story? was a teenage girl? That she needed to keep doing that? It made me dizzy. Still, all in all an inspiring story :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?: Time Warp Trio, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Everyone's favorite time-travelers are back! This time, the Trio end up in a different time but pretty much the same place: their hometown of Brooklyn in 1877.

    Elizabeth says: "Worst Narrators"
    "Worst Narrators"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would change the narrator.This was one of my favorite series as a kid and I never got around to finishing it. But I will have to get them somewhere else because I was distracted from an otherwise very funny book by the voice of one of the main characters, Sam, who is a boy and this reader decided that meant the voice of a very, very winy little girl.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bryan Kennedy’s performances?

    No, never


    Any additional comments?

    change the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1044)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "let down"
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    What was most disappointing about Gail Carriger’s story?

    the first one was funny sexy, and fast paced, but they keep going down hill. Less suspense, less romance, less humor. and more unintelligible, made up science


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the narration was still as good as the first


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2235)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Steam punk"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The Romance, and the main character's spunk. It is definitively not historically accurate to Victorian England, but it's still good fun


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (711)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Hilarious"
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    Where does Bonk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    definitely in the top half!


    Would you recommend Bonk to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is incredibly funny and very informative. One of the most enjoyable non-fition books I've ever read. Better than a lot of fiction too


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She wasn't quiet funny enough. She sort of skimmed over things that needed more attention, or a pause for the laughter.


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

    You could it's light and entertaining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    "romantic"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Lauren Willig before, how does this one compare?

    fits in very well, funny, exciting and sweet


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, very well. I think this narrator matches the whole series very well. I was disappointed that she was changed for one of the books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wind in the Door

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Madeleine L'Engle
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Just before Meg Murry's little brother, Charles Wallace, falls deathly ill, he sees dragons in the vegetable garden. The dragons turn out to be Porginoskes - cherubim composed of wings and eyes, wind and flame. It is up to Meg and Porginoskes, along with Meg's friend Calvin, to save Charles Wallace's life. To do so, they must travel deep within Charles Wallace and attempt to defeat the Echthroi, those who hate, and restore brilliant harmony and joy to the rhythm of creation, the song of the universe.

    Brianna says: "Micro and Macro Universes"
    "Magic"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have extreme reactions. It made me laugh and cry as a kid and it will always hold a special place in my heart


    Any additional comments?

    I love this whole series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "Mind Blowing"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    More or less, but Mat Damon narrates the second half highlights from 20th century and I think he does a much better job. I wish he could have narrated this unabridged version


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

    No, it takes a lot of absorbing. I had to put it down and think about it, reread it and then start again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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