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Danielle

Meriden, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "What a waste of a credit!"
    Overall

    I could deal with the horrible mispronounciations, the awful attempts at certain accents and the boring narration...what I cannot abide is the fact that you can hear someone else having a conversation in the backround though the entire book. JUST TERRIBLE.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2279)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Love it!"
    Overall

    After enjoying the Percy Jackson series, and being somewhat disappointed by the "39 Clues-Book 1", I was unsure how this one would sound. I was surprised to find that I like this one more than the Percy Jackson series, mostly due to Katherine Kellgren's narration. Funny, with interesting Egyptian facts, I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (520)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Great new author"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I know many people don't like comparisions, but I consider her along the line of Alice Hoffman. I also have the Sugar Queen, although I think this is the better book of the 2. Her books have the thread of a touch of magic which I like. Personal preferences aside, this one is worth a listen, especially right now at this week's sale.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6329)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3131)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    This is the first Gaiman book I've ever read/listened to, and I was not disappointed. The story was good, but the narration by the author was the best part. I believe I wouldn't have been as impressed if anyone else had narrated. Gaiman has the talent of a great author coupled with a rich voice, inflection and personalization of the different characters- as someone else mentioned, I would buy ANYTHING he narrated. Extremely enjoyable, I find myself hoping for a sequel! The story had me listening late into the evening, wanting to know what happened. I think this book is suitable for anyone over the age of 8. A bit spooky, a bit sad and humorous at the same time. Not the best book ever, but one of the better ones I've read. Worth a credit? Absolutely! The only thing I found disconcerting was the volume of the music between chapters- I think it would've been better at a more subtle volume, instead of drowing the narration of the first sentance or two of each chapter. For Gaiman fans, a must, and a great family listen for all!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Spooky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    Evanovich fans rejoice! Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when Stephanie thinks her life can't get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel. A man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Classic Stephanie Plum"
    "A good series to listen to!"
    Overall

    I really enjoy the "Plum" series. Witty and enjoyable (but short)! I've read all the books, and listened to most of the series and I have to say that Lorelei King makes these books in audio format. There were a few in this series narrated by CJ Critt and Lori Petty, and I couldn't get through the book because of the awful narration.
    I love Lorelei's "Lula" voice- hysterical, and Martin Munch sounds like an older version of Steve Erkel. Not too fond of the "Diesel" voice, but I guess you can't win em' all. I will continue to purchase this series as long as King narrates them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3781)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1836)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Overall OK, but...."
    Overall

    Like the book- hate the voice used for all the Dragons. Saphira is a female dragon but for some reason Doyle believes her voice should sound just like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1794)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I bought books 1-4 in paperback for my autistic son, and figured I'd give it a listen (I try to read whatever he's interested in so we can talk about it later). I was pretty impressed! I would have gone nuts for a series like this as a child (I am a big fan of Harry Potter/Narnia/LOTR still!) Since I work on a PC all day, I listen to many audio books and wish I could trade some of the awful adult ones for this series! But I have to say that I really liked the narrator. He sounds like my 12 yr old son would if he could get the emotions/inflections just right. The story was entertaining enough for me to pick up the rest of the books! Riordan and Jesse (the narrator) did a good job in my opinion, and I will be purchasing more if he does indeed go on to another series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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