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Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "Like sitting in a small town coffee shop"

    The story is pleasant, because it's like listening to all of the small town gossip. It's all very interesting, the plot moves slowly but you hardly notice, because it's all such juicy tidbits. I like that it is written in short spurts of story, so that you can listen in short pieces at a time. The reason I ranked the performance low was simply that I really disliked the narrator's voicing of the children and the women. His voice, so beautiful for men, was cringe worthy for the softer toned characters. With that said, I will probably go back and get the next audiobook, because I have learned to tolerate( but not like) his annoying voice tones, and the storyline is so nicely set up for my daily 40 minute commutes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Ann Thackerq says: "Flawless!"
    "Brilliant! (Says the adult listener)"

    My younger sister first picked this book up in 4th grade, and has been in love with it ever since. I have been ignoring her pleas for me to read it for a very long time, thinking it was just another silly child's book about some cute furry animals. Boy was I wrong! I bought this audiobook, the book alone is a wonderful story, that slips in lessons on vocabulary that young ones will never notice, but will learn all the same, but then the narrator! The narrator tops it off. I have seen the movie already, and my friends, this audiobook is FAR better than the movie.

    It's just a nice story, that isn't "too nice." The story is well told. It had my 25 year old self chuckling at parts, admiring sentences at others, and clinging to the edge of my seat at many. I ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it (don't start it in the evening) and nostalgically sad that it ended. And at just over 4 hours long, it would be perfect for one of those long car trips with the family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Much love for both book and narrator"

    The book is written from a perspective on WWII that I really hadn't seen addressed before. It is the perspective of a German child, growing up in a quickly changing world, and slowly realizing that all the changes aren't just minor differences in life, but dangerous and wrong. I especially enjoyed the narrator, I believe he should narrate many more books than he does! I also enjoyed listening to the witty old man, Death, and his perspectives on WWII.

    Well worth the read/listen. However, if you are reviewing for children, know that there is a bit of language, and they might learn to swear in German as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Not for younger kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    Very entertaining. I was concerned at first, because it's from teen lit, and the book does insinuate towards topics that may not be appropriate for younger kids, and I thought it would turn to more elicit scenes, but it didn't. I would say it's pretty safe for 14 year olds and up. It has quite a few swear words(Not more than you would hear in a pg/pg-13 movie though), and insinuations about genitals and menstruation, but the terms were pretty innocent, and somewhat necessary, considering she's a girl posing as a boy in a sailor's world. The book also addresses some dark matter, such as orphans dying in the streets, hangings, and molestation/rape(attempted, but not explicit). With that being said for the parent's who are trying to decide if it is appropriate for their children, I'll move on.

    As a mature adult, tired of the vampire series, and yet still in love with a good story, I thoroughly enjoyed Bloody Jack. I love the character's blatant honesty. At first I found the narrator annoying, but it didn't take more than ten minutes for me to start enjoying her as well. The story, though it seems to meander some if you were to plot it on a line, glued me to my seat even in it's meandering ways, and it's waywardness made it more believable. To the right audience, this book is good innocent fun.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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