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Hoosick Falls, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 425 titles in library
  • 85 purchased in 2014

  • Castle in the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sparkling tale, young merchant Abdullah purchases a magic carpet - and soon finds that the enchanted rug is none too agreeable. But despite the carpet's cranky demeanor, Abdullah must rely on its help to rescue a princess from a wicked djinn.

    Christie says: "Howl's Moving Castle trilogy book 2"
    "A wonderful story with a wonderful narrator"
    If you could sum up Castle in the Air in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, fun, magical

    What other book might you compare Castle in the Air to and why?

    Howl's Moving Castle & House of Many Ways; same author, same narrator.

    Stardust - love story with lots of magic and perseverance.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the climax of the story, actually - it was very clever.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I've already listened to it twice - it was really a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Great book!"

    This was a really great story. It's a cold-case murder mystery and a coming-of-age story rolled into one. I was engaged and interested the entire time; there was not one moment of boredom. The setting was absolutely perfect - one of the best aspects of the story, actually. The characters were human and imperfect and very believable. I really really enjoyed this. The story was great, and I found myself able to relate to it, even though I have never worked in an amusement park.

    At first, I thought that Michael Kelly's narration sounded a little young for a man in his 60's, but then when the story shifted to the past and the main character was only 21 years old, he sounded perfect.

    This was a home run, as far as I'm concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"

    I had never read this book before listening to the audio book (which is something I rarely do - I usually read the print version first just so that I don't miss anything), but this is such an incredible performance and such a wonderful book that I found myself paying closer attention and backing it up when I missed something.

    Elijah Wood's performance is perfect - I can't imagine that there is anyone who could have done this better.

    All around - this is a fantastic audiobook - a great story and a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Awesome book, awesome audiobook"
    Would you listen to Good Omens again? Why?

    I've read the book several times - I would be lying if I said it wasn't among my top 5 favorite books. The audiobook was wonderful - Martin Jarvis' delivery was perfect. I loved this.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Omens?

    The baby-swap scene - always good for a laugh. :o)

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

    A British accent, lol. No, seriously, he's a great narrator. He really brought this story to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Please don't misunderstand - Dune is my favorite book of all time. I don't think there is an author on this planet, alive, dead or not yet born, who could even come close to creating something as amazing as Frank Herbert created with this book.

    That being said - this is one of the WORST audiobooks that I have EVER listened to. There is a full cast of characters and yet every few chapters, the actors are not voicing their characters - the narrator is.

    This is SO disconcerting - I HATE it. If I didn't know this book practically by heart, I would be very confused listening to two voices for the same characters.

    The narrator seems to take over in chapters that have a lot of dialog, too. It's ridiculous.

    Honestly, whoever directed this production is an idiot. It does NOT work to switch back and forth between a full cast production and narrator-read dialog.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have NOT read the dialog - this is HORRIBLE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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