Where has this book been all my life? It seems like anyone who gets his or her hands on Ken Grimwood's 1986 novel Replay can't wait to tell someone else about it.
I imagine Replay would have a different impact on an individual at different points in their life, and for that I look forward to rediscovering this book again in the future. I wasn't halfway through when I was telling anyone who would listen about this book. There is something universally appealing of the premise of getting a do-over. Grimwood checks off all the essentials on time traveler's to-do list: Attempts to stop a major catastrophe check. Bets on sporting events and wins big (à la Biff Tannen in Back to the Future), check. Gets the girl(s) over, and over; check check check. Published in the mid 1980's, Replay holds up very well for readers nearly 30 years later.
This thought provoking book is a great page-turner at times it feels like it should be a summer blockbuster film. I was most surprised at how much I reflected on my own personal experiences and choices I have made in my life. Would I like to do them over again? Would changing them have caused more serious consequences? Replay makes you think about your current and future path in life and will be a book that I will be thinking about for years to come.
I was surprised to see so many people critical of the narration. William Dufris does a fine job in telling the story. My only issue would be his portrayal of female characters was subpar, but not enough to take me out of the story.
Perhaps at times Replay is a bit overindulgent in trying to capture too much of the past. But I found most of the experiences to be delightfully rewarding. I look forward to doing my part in passing on Replay as it was passed on to me.
Anne of Green Gables is timeless and welcoming to girls of all ages. I wish I had read this as a girl because I would have wanted Anne to be my bosom friend! As an adult, I would recommend this story to those young and old.
Anne brings the story to live with her colorful descriptions and amusing mischief. Her awe and marvel of the world around her is what makes her such a wonderful character.
Mary Sarah does a superb job as narrator of Anne of Green Gables. I particularly enjoyed her reading of Anne's long-winded tangents. Anne has a love for talking and Mary Sarah captures that love brilliantly.
I was moved by the love Marilla and Matthew gave Anne despite the mixup when they requested a boy. We see them form into a wonderful family and experience the joys and hardships they face together.
I look forward to listening to the other Anne books in the series.
There are some interesting elements such as the historical depiction of the orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929, more than 100,000 children were sent, via orphan trains, to new homes in rural America (PBS). I felt terrible for Niamh's plight and wanted to see her get to a place where she could be safe and loved. I felt like the author took pleasure in torturing this girl unnecessarily. I understand that the Irish face a lot of prejudice, but some of it seemed forced and over the top. I seriously doubt a young girl with red hair would cause such repulsion with EVERYONE she came across.
I was disappointed that there was no representation of a positive adoption or foster situation. It is important to note that children in the the foster care system do face hardships and abuse, but why not put a spotlight on the good cases? It would have felt like a nicer balance against the horrific path Niamh faced. I found Molly's predicament to be completely silly compared to what Niamh/Vivian went through. Fifty hours of community service for stealing a library book is beyond ridiculous. Why not just check it out and never return it? Molly's stepmother is portrayed as a stereotypical right-wing lunatic who easily gives up on her "difficult" vegetarian foster child while her doormat husband basically shrugs.
I initially found the narrator to be unpleasant. I'm confused as to which narrator was which character but I preferred the narrator who did Niamh's Irish accent the best. The Molly voice did not fit the character and was hard to listen to.
I generally felt the most emotions while listening to Niamh face horrific situations. I felt really sad that she went so long without being loved. I also felt anger and confusion at some of the author's choices for Vivian as she is middle-aged.
I highly recommend this to any Veronica Mars fan who has finished the television series and has seen the recently released movie. The audiobook picks up a few short weeks after the movie has ended and contains spoilers from the flick. While the audiobook does a great job of reminding Marshmallow's of Veronica's history in Neptune, the throwback explanations may be overwhelming to a newcomer. This is not just a throwaway novella to pass on, there are some major developments in Veronica's life that all fans will want to know about!
Veronica Mars is all grown up now but she's still the same tough as nails yet vulnerable character we fell in love with from her days at Neptune High. Veronica's amusing observations and quick wit gives the case she is working on substance. You can't help but root for our snarky heroine to stick it to the bad guys.
Kristen Bell's superb narration skills shine as she brings to life the well loved cast of characters featured in the Veronica Mars series. Bell's interpretation of her hacker friend Mac hilariously captures Tina Majorino's style who played Mac in the series.
Veronica's razor-sharp insight is both amusing and clever as she gives it all to solving her client's cases. That same quick-wit also protects a guarded and vulnerable disposition that makes Veronica Mars both approachable and human. When her heart breaks, so does the listener's.
If we never get another Veronica Mars television episode or full-length film, I will be perfectly content with the series continuing in book form, especially if Kristen Bell is narrating. I can't wait for the next installment of Veronica Mars in audiobook format!
The story certainly starts out with a splash, but by the middle, it begins to lose momentum. You'll love the characters, you'll love the plot, and the narrator does a terrific job of telling the story. I just felt disapointed with the lackluster finish.
Even being in my twenties, I still enjoyed listening to The Princess Diaries. Anne Hathaway's narration is great, and she will make you love Mia. The books are very different from the movies. I recommend all five books in the series.
Things were going so well with William Hurt narrating the first story of this audio book. His Narration was terrific, and the story was great. However, once I started part two, I was bored, and King's narration was very unpleasant to me. Perhaps I'll pick it up again soon, but for now, "Hearts in Atlantis" is on the shelf.
This is a collection of short stories read by the author, mostly about his some what disfuctional family. If you liked Sedaris' last book, "Me Talk Pretty One Day", you will certainly like his new audible selection "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". David's narration may turn off some listeners, but I find it enhances his stories and makes them funnier. If you're new to Sedaris, check out the audio sample before your purchase. One minor complaint is that several stories (example: "six to eight black men") were taken from previous books of his. Still enjoyable none the less.
Despite seeing the end of this novel coming a mile away, I still enjoyed listening to see how it played out. Hard core mystery fans might find Margolin's Sleeping Beauty cliche at times, but it's entertaining none the less.
This is one of my favorites here on Audible. It's beautifully narrated by Jenna Lamia who manages to bring the characters alive through a number of different southern accents. You'll find yourself laughing and crying right along with Lily in her journey to discover the truth about her mother.
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