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Anne L Harrigan

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  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (294)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Mixed Feelings"
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    I thought that I would love this book. I grew up with Jim Henson's work and I loved it all. I guess I am just left scratching my head at the end of this wondering how after 600 pages that go into great detail, I am left feeling like I know Jim Henson even less now. There was something sort of cold about this book. Jim Henson was such a great story teller, but this book felt more like a text book on his life. Sure, it told me what kind of car he drove at every point in his life, all the houses he had, and all the amazing projects he was working on...but even when quoting from his journal, I still didn't feel like I understood him at all. It just felt like I was hearing a long list of everything he did, not who he was. The parts that did try and delve a little deeper left me feeling like Jim Henson was a man without emotional attachment. While the ending message was great, I felt really disappointed by this book as a whole.

    As for the narrator, I was also not in love. I hated how when sometimes quoting Jim, he would slip into an impression of Jim's voice, but not always. It really took me out of the moment. He also would sometimes do muppet voices, but not always. I found it really inconsistent and sort of strange. I will give him credit though, when he did the voices, they were actually pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6400)
    Performance
    (5756)
    Story
    (5759)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Barely made it through"
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    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    It will be a while before I would trust myself with Deborah Harkness again. I thought Jennifer Ikeda did a fantastic job and would love to hear her read again.


    Has Shadow of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from Deborah Harkness.


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

    This series is my first time listening to Jennifer Ikeda, but i really liked her.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. I was so bored listening to this book. I liked the first one much better, and held out hope for the third book, which is why I stuck with it and got it through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10179)
    Performance
    (7630)
    Story
    (7674)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Not What I hoped for..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I really wanted to like this book, and I believe it is the best in the series, but the series as a whole was very flat.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved the beginning. I was really intrigued by the story, but then as soon as the romance started (and I like romance) it became dull and uninspired. I found myself switching to faster modes of listening just to get myself through it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning when she reads from the book, and then the mystery that starts after she sends the book back.


    Could you see A Discovery of Witches being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Actually yes, a movie would force them to get rid of a lot and might actually help the story flow better.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator was really great. If she hadn't been, I wouldn't have made it through this series (not that it would have been a bad thing).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parkland

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This audiobook follows a group of individuals making split-second decisions after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the cameraman who captured what has become the most examined film in history, the FBI agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of the country at a moment's notice.

    Elizabeth says: "Great narration, great book"
    "Interesting Take on the Assassination"
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    I wasn't even close to being alive when this assassination took place, yet I've always been drawn to learning about it. I've read a lot of books on it, both conspiracy and not. What I liked about this book was that he went basically minute by minute. Each minute, all of the things that were happening with all involved. The focus of this book was not just the President and Oswald, but their families, medical staff, law enforcement, bystanders, and the people of Dallas. It was an interesting way to experience the events of those four days. He doesn't spend much time on conspiracy, only a couple of mentions of it when certain events happen to say that those events would be used as fodder for years to come. I was OK with this. I think the way this book is setup, in order to make it flow and able to be followed, you need to stick with one story. Too many theories would have muddled it. This isn't a book of embellishments, it's very straight forward and to the point. Even after reading many books about the same events, I felt like I learned things I hadn't heard before, which is always great.

    I love listening to Edward Herrmann as a narrator. This is my third book I've listed to that he's done, and he's one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (843)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Humbling"
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    I enjoyed this because through Malala, I actually felt like I had a history lesson about her region and her people. Her story is hard to swallow. Hard because this girl should never have gone through what she did. All she ever said was that she wanted to go to school, it seems like such a silly thing to have campaign for. In attacking her, the Taliban made her an international beacon of hope and justice, the opposite of what they were going for. It's hard to believe someone so young has gone through this much. I only wish that she had read the entire book, and not just the forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12970)
    Performance
    (8842)
    Story
    (8891)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Beautiful"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable Heartbreaking Beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was an amazing story all around. Some of it seemed like it might have been slightly "enhanced" but it didn't take away from the fact that these men endured unbelievable odds in service to their country.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry, several times. This is a book that gives you a glimmer of what these men felt; their struggles, and their triumphs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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