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Celia

ratings
38
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book gives more information and a fuller understanding of what happened during this point in history. The term "Donner Party" has become a short hand for stupid decisions and cannibalism. This book shows that the situation really resulted from many tiny decisions and an unusually bad and early winter. A better understanding of the people involved as well as America during this period really draws you into the story. Truth really is stranger than fiction.


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

    No, GREAT VOICE. Occasional pronunciation issues and a couple of inflections that lead you to believe he's NOT listening to the story he's reading. Neither is the director. I would listen to him again, he only made me wince 5 or 6 times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1031)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "faintly annoying"
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    What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris ’s voice?

    annoying, pedantic, annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not get attached or interested in the characters, Just wanted them to get over it. I think maybe further in they might become interesting, but couldn't take it that long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4541)
    Performance
    (2598)
    Story
    (2599)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "amazing character development."
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    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    YES! The book didn't answer every question but left enough for your imagination. This was some of the best writing that i have read (listened) in years. It was intricate but not flowery just beautifully written. WOW!


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

    Well over 20 hours but really did want to listen as often as possible but was sorry when it was over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (409)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "pretentious"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    different narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    didn't get that far, having trouble listening to it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    over played melodramatic "voices" made it not only hard to listen to but hard to differentiate the characters. Voices were were unrelated to the personality of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series in the past and loved it. The narrator made this a total waste of my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (292)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "Hhmmm"
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    What did you love best about One of Our Thursdays is Missing?

    ths story line is good


    What aspect of Emily Gray’s performance would you have changed?

    the ................pauses. I'm not sure whether they were technical or in the performance. I kept checking to see if i needed to charge my MP3 the pauses were so long between chapters and at other points.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the voice and rhythm of the performance otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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