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  • The View from Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By E. L. Konigsburg
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Jan Maxwell

    Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her--and one another? Four stories-within-in-a-story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team's triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his own her own voice, and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.

    Fay says: "Not just for kids. Konigsburg is ageless."
    "Completely worth the listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The View from Saturday to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better in that you can listen to it and do other things while you're at it too, but I think that's the same of all audiobooks.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It's witty and unassuming and I think it can be enjoyed by story lovers of all ages. You can really feel for the characters in this story.

    What about Jenna Lamia and Jan Maxwell ’s performance did you like?

    They voiced all the characters really well. I have nothing to complain about.

    Any additional comments?

    This was amazing, and a completely feel good read.
    I would highly recommend this story/book/audiobook to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the story were both excellent.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonists, the style, the fact that it makes you think.

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

    He captures the tone of the story and the personalities of the characters extremely well.

    Any additional comments?

    This story is about a bunch of honest, self-serving, greedy rich people fighting a bunch of self-deluded, pillaging, hypocritical rich people, trains, and industrialists.
    It doesn't sound that appealing and honestly, I was very skeptical, but I really enjoyed it, a lot.
    If you have the time, I would definitely recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, but probably only because it was Jim Dale reading it.

    What could Erin Morgenstern have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's just personal preference, but I didn't really find this book that engaging. The premise of the book seemed really interesting and the idea had the potential to be so much better than I think it turned out to be.

    I think it would have been better if the author took some more time to flesh out the world that this story takes place in.

    Although there was nothing wrong with the choice of words, the development of the story was shallow as a whole. Nothing was really well explained or expanded into. Nothing extremely engaging happens in this book.

    The characters weren't well developed and their relationships don't seem like a natural progression. It feels like they do the things they do not out of personal choice, but it's what the author wants to happen, if that makes sense.

    Personally, I found the ending of this novel as lackluster as the end of the Twilight Series and upon finishing this novel, I was left feeling wholly unsatisfied.

    Honestly, I would recommend any of my friends to just wait and watch the movie if they're interested in this book.

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

    I've listened to Jim Dale read Harry Potter so many times that I admit, him narrating this novel played a huge part in my decision to get the audiobook.

    His performance was spectacular, though that opinion may be (read: definitely is) extremely biased.

    The only reason I gave him 4/5 stars is because I could recognize some of the Harry Potter characters in the voices he used for this book. Honestly, I found that kind of funny and I didn't mind it so much but there it is.

    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If the world and its characters were better developed and more substantial.

    Any additional comments?

    This story as a whole doesn't really live up to whatever hype it has but honestly, I'll probably listen to it again just because I like Jim Dale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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