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Kathy

This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

    Monica says: "Laugh and Cry"
    "This isn't Disney."
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    Where does Peter Pan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty high on the list. It's nice to read/listen through the classics that I should have read long ago. My daughter read this and book when she was about 10 and didn't like it-it wasn't the Disney version. She actually read the book we had. I suppose it would have been a lot different had I read it to her. Hopefully, she'll read it to her own kids or try it again as an adult...but unless you appreciate being and reading to as a child might-it's not going to be the same since Mothers have grown up and Boys don't always.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    Captain Hook-boy could you hear classic Tim Curry snarling and sounding crafty. Wonderful!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because of Tim Curry. I love his voice and characters in film-he is definitely so very memorable.

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  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2436)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1527)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "For Downton Abby fans"
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    I have read other Kate Morton books narrated by Caroline Lee and liked them better. I liked the different voice persona that Ms. Lee gave to the characters-she's quite good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As I am only the reader and not the author, I am not sure. It was a very simple basic story line with the upstairs characters and fairly predictable, except at the end which seemed to fill in all the blanks in the last 1/2 hour or less of the story.

    I found it a bit confusing when moving part to part and especially at the openings when it was announced that I was listening to "A Shifting Fog" by Kate Morton. I stopped the story several times to make sure I had the correct one. A bit disconcerting.


    Could you see The House at Riverton being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The House at Riverton is very Downton Abby-take your pick from any number of stars-would they be much different than those chosen for the mini-series?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is the best of Kate Morton's books, and having listened to others, I would put this very far at the bottom. It was not a surprising mystery, not the edge-of-my-seat-thrilling but fairly predictable. I was kind of surprised at how Downton Abby-ish it seemed, thinking that this book came first and then the mini series, but you could easily picture all that was going on if you saw the mini-series. I was surprised at how many people reviewed and gave this story five stars...they must not have listened to the other books, which had more depth and build up than this one. I will think carefully about listening to another of her books. Sad to say that, but true.

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7435)
    Performance
    (5667)
    Story
    (5681)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "A Rare Voice"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Rarely does this type of narrator become so personified and philosophical. Gives thought to how the world is seen through a spiritual being.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    The return of Max from what seems like two death sentences.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    At first it was a bit confusing as to the characters, so I restarted and understood and really enjoyed the narration in such a calm and methodical manner. I thought he sounded a bit like another actor who has played evil characters, so the voice was perfect for Death, but somewhere along I found Death not to be so evil as "his" take on events is told. The performance kept me listening, some predictable of the story, but I enjoyed the fascination Death had for the Book Thief and some events of surprise.


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

    Oh yes, laughing in someplaces and crying in the others..all very touching and emotional. It's that others reached out to help, people finding ways to cope, survive and carry on.


    Any additional comments?

    As my daughter reads the book (printed page), I was curious as to how it was presented on the page, but I suggest listening to the audio version as well. Different pictures in the mind through the voice work. You do not see the pictures drawn, so use both the mediums to enhance the full experience of this work.

    No, I will not be seeing the movie..I've heard enough of these stories from family in my life.

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  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (485)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Who Knew?"
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    Would you listen to The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion again? Why?

    Oh most definitely. I love the basic story. Heck! Some of it takes place in my own state-I recognise things. Okay, beyond that I'm a Fannie Flagg fan, she tells a great story that starts very simply, has a great deal of things to laugh at and her characters are always folks to remember and to think that you might actually know some of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    OMG-so many...Possibly the one with Sarah Jane running back and forth between the bird feeders with a neighbor watching thinking she was nuts. Maybe the whole section of early gas station days when you really got full service, or the end when Sarah Jane finally meets Fritzie and then the reunion back in Pulaski. And what about all those flying scenes? Truly fun, historical and some hysterical.


    If you could take any character from The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lenore, Fritzie, and Sarah Jane. They'd have me wide-eyed with stories, manners and how things were done back then and now. In the South, there are so many more rules of etiquette, that I would have loved to watched the clashing and agreements on how the world is now in comparison.


    Any additional comments?

    Anytime there is a Fannie Flagg book read by herself...LISTEN UP!! She is incredible, and accents of different parts of the south are terrific. The Wisconsin accent wasn't half bad either. She definitely tells a great story. Finally, it's a story that is not well known, that of THE WASPS of WW II. It's a big part of the book, but who knew? I'd never heard of them-sad but true and I thank the author for incorporating a quiet fact of history into this intelligent tale.

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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (797)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "So that's how that came about!"
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    I have always enjoyed Penny Marshall's characters and have seen most if not all of her movies, but what was so great about this book is that Penny Marshall tells HER story...all the ups, downs, good, the bad and the probably not pretty stuff. She introduces her family- all of them and how she became who and what she is. Who she is is truly impressive and an incredibly intelligent, caring person, someone I would like to have l as a trusted friend.

    Ms. Marshall impresses me as a very real, nothing hoity toity Hollywood, but practical and not only very street wise, but has a great deal of common sense. Listen to the book and find out that she uses those qualities as a director of movies.

    As much as I love knowing everyone's story, it was great to know about how one really deals with what seemed a pretty interesting family-certainly a very successful one and one that continues still today. Why again do I feel like I missed something not having grown up in a New York borough? I loved hearing the details of the TV series "Laverne and Shirley" like the whole wearing of the L on her clothes, or the sing-song: " Schlamiel, Schlamazel.." or the whole Pepsi and milk thing. It was all the details included-nothing seemed to leave you wondering, she answered what seemed like any question you may have of her life. It's definitely an open book..book.

    Mind you, Penny Marshall has a very distinctive voice and I wouldn't (no offense intended Ms. Marshall) suggest she narrate any other stories but her own, but her voice is the best in telling her story, inuendos and all. It was wonderful to hear how she developed in life, and what she learned, I take away the thought that she is out there as she learned from her mother:"to entertain people" and that Ms. Marshall has been thoroughly living life as it is and taking full advantage of all that is offered.

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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (837)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Amazing Experience"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The narration, the fact that it felt that I was actually there in Zululand instead of thousands of miles away in a car, in my home. So well documented, warm, humorous, loving, sad and most of all touching. This book was educational without effort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What was not to like, the whole story was memorable and I would listen to it again for the subtle details I missed. It's so wonderful to know that there are conservationists in the world that are making a concerted effort and a difference to the environment, that is bringing our present world a better place.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Oh, definitely Lawrence Anthony himself. His South African accent, knowledge of Zulu all made everything so easy to picture in my mind. Ooops, gotta watch the road! You get lost in the voice, and know Mr. Anthony is teaching and wanting you to experience and understand more about the elephants and other animals that are in his world.


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

    I laughed at a Disney reference when referring to the elephants in a line, trunk holding onto tale. Sad when all is done to help a baby and yet..... and particularly the way the elephants did understand what was happening in Mr. Anthony's life and came forward to share. Example, the introduction of new babies to him, and they meeting his grandson.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh, this is such a memorable read and it was recommended by my daughter-in-law. I have since recommended everyone who will listen to me to purchase the audio version as somethings just don't work with the written page. I will investigate some of his other books. I did "google" his life. Sad that such a wonderful conservationist left this world on the youngish side, but the legacy and mark he left are truly amazing. Thank you Lawrence Anthony.

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1789)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Better than the movie interpretation"
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    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes, because I often like the original better than the movie version. This book was intended originally for a child-just a story, and kids do like Witches-good and bad, Evil somethings, easy understandings and a pleasant ending.

    I have always freely admitted to being terrified of the Winged Monkeys in the overly famous film version, therefore, didn't like and still don't watch said movie They were just evil and scarey but the book and only one other book gives answers as to why they've got wings and "work" for the witch. It's plausible as are all other events in this book-they just make sense to my childish mind.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Wow, she really could change her voice for the characters, and she could do it with speedily change of character. Her flow and tone were even, and you could stay with it a long while.


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

    Nope, just enjoyable on a long road trip.


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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1261)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "What a Life, so far..."
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, Wise and Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There really was only one character with this book and HIS world of characters.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    I liked that he was so personable. Besides just reading from his book, parts are taken from live performances he has done-you can hear the live audience. I love the fact that he's famous and all but he has the same "kid issues" that we have as parents/grandparents-just a regular guy, but knows so much. Is it from growing up in Brooklyn where sports, music and family were all rolled into one and makes you wish you'd grown up there too, 'cause you might have (and probably did) missed something?


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

    This was a book we listened too mostly all in one sitting-on a long drive heading to New York.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the recording was a little difficult to hear-especially when he was whispering a thought.

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  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (139)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Best when an author reads their imagination!"
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    Would you listen to I Still Dream About You again? Why?

    I would definitely read this book again because Fannie Flagg reads it, and since she wrote it, she can put her spin on how she imagined her characters to be. Oh, she doesn't change voices really, but you can tell who is who by her words which translates to the speakers' voice. Each character had their own way of speaking, and taking place in Birmingham, AL who doesn't love a true southern accent?

    The book is just fun, interesting, a bit of mystery, history and whether you love the characters, or want to smack them upside the head there is always a twist and turn.

    What starts out with a weird premise, you just keep listening, because you'll want to know how successful the people are in their dreams, hopes and plans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Still Dream About You?

    It could be the understanding of how not overly dramatic/partisan regular folks handled the Civil Rights era from a southern point of view, or the twists and turns which makes you wonder what is this author doing, or..the revelation of the underlying theme of the story.


    What about Fannie Flagg’s performance did you like?

    Oh yes, but now I hear her voice in my head, and if I slip into a southern accent and "oh darlin'" someone, I'll know from where it came.


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

    You mean besides the out loud laughing parts?

    Although dealing with a simple theme and you pretty much can figure it out towards the beginning, the author wraps a story around it and spins a tale. Layer upon layer you can identify-maybe not exactly, but you want to hear more as these are just regular people going about their business, they're easy and friendly and you want to know them-some of them anyway.

    I'm sure my husband wrote the words for one of the women as she describes travel that includes airports/planes.


    Any additional comments?

    As with "Fried Green Tomatoes" and all her books, Fannie Flagg is wonderful to read. Simple or complicated themes, she wraps you up in the story, and you wish you were there to participate-but you are.

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  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (879)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "Best in a long time."
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    If you could sum up The Longest Ride in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Surprising, Heartbreaking


    What did you like best about this story?

    Typical Sparks novel, but only the 2nd one I've read that is truly NOT forgettable, or just a good summer/winter read. I tried guessing what would come next, and had several possible scenarios, but true to his work, Sparks surprises and so pleases. Nothing unsavory, just wonderful. I know I'm gushing, but this is a true love story as was The Notebook, that I had my husband read, it was/is how I feel about him, our relationship, and our life. Nicholas Sparks just tells things better. And no I don't have Alzheimer's, but what if? and we met differently at a different time and place, but it's something hopeful we who have found our one, truly understand, and fully appreciate while thinking, "Yes, that's our story too." I'll probably have to have my husband listen to this story as well. It ends and I still have a few tears because it is as I've been trying to say, a beautiful life story or two.


    What does Ron McLarty and January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their voices added such vividness to the book, each taking male and female roles, with fabulous expression.


    Any additional comments?

    If you only want to read/listen to one (maybe two) Nicholas Sparks books, make this one of them. I also suggest: The Notebook.

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