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Brandy

Durham, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Anne of Avonlea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    In the first sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Montgomery's feisty red-headed heroine is now 16 and a school teacher in the small village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Although older, she isn't necessarily wiser, and she hasn't outgrown her mischievous antics.

    Colleen Calvert says: "Narration drove me crazy"
    "Memory lane..."
    Overall

    Anne Shirley's adventures aren't quite as spectacular in this second book of the series, but I've always enjoyed watching Anne grow up. Listening to this again after having read it for the first time so long ago, brought back a lot of fun memories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26406)
    Performance
    (20318)
    Story
    (20502)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Full Series Review - Possible Spoilers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is hard for me to think of these books as separate entities because I think they are truly a part of one story. Overall, I liked these books, and they are worth a listen. I'm not a huge fan of Catching Fire, but it is a necessary read to keep abreast of all the plot lines in Mocking Jay. I try to keep it vague, but like I said above their might be spoilers below.





    When I first started listening to the series I read a review somewhere that reminded readers that the story is not necessarily about Katniss, it is about her role as a pawn in larger events. I'd love to give credit to that person, but I've long since forgot where I read the review. It is, however, the key element to remember when listening to these stories. For one, it helps the reader to make sense of Carolyn McCormick reading the books. I love her as an actress, and I love her voice, but it is a distictive and mature voice, not necessarily something I would have picked for Katniss. Remembering that while Katniss figures heavily in the events of the book, the overall story is not necessarily about her, helped me to connect with McCormick as a reader. I was able to think of her not as Katniss narrating her own story, but as, say, a mother reading Katniss's story to her daughter.

    If there is one critique I have of these stories it is the love triangle. It made sense in the Hunger Games, but Katniss needed to declare her feelings in Catching Fire, partly because it was obvious to the reader at that point, and partly to allow more time for resolutions and reconciliations between the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (494)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Touchingly Personal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Only knowing what you have heard in the media to date it is too easy to write off the victims of Jonestown as somehow complicit in the atrocity. This book took a faceless group, and made them individuals I cared about deeply. It illustrates how even when they knew the horror to come, they were powerless to stop it.

    The book is great. The narration spot on. I loved it even as it broke my heart to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6145)
    Performance
    (5414)
    Story
    (5461)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Just what you would expect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would, and have, recommended this book to friends. It is a fun read and listen.
    The Stand is a favorite summertime re-read for me, well except that I always get a cold when reading it. ;) I was excited to listen to the audio version because I'm in the middle of a giant project and needed something I could listen to as a means to unwind. It was just what I expected, and just what I needed.

    Grover Gardner is does a great job. Nothing against Mr. Gardner, but the only thing that could have made this performance better is if it had been Frank Muller, who will always be my favorite narrator.

    I give the story a four just because for some reason listening this time just hammered home Mr. King's inability to deal well with women in his stories. But, that is a conversation for another time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Father of Mysteries"
    Overall

    The Woman in White is an intriguing novel. Although it moves at a stately, Victorian pace, it keeps you guessing all the way. Although I've read The Woman in White as well, unless you really enjoy holding a hefty Victorian novel in your hands, listening is the way to go. If you enjoy contemporary mysteries, take some time to see where it all began.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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