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Christie

Creator of www.nippyfish.net

Member Since 2010

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  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (491)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "This Book Surprised Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Brain Rules for Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love when you stumble upon an educational book that is just as entertaining as it is informative. Before this book I never would have thought neurons and brain chemistry would be so much fun to read about. I laughed out loud several times but more importantly I learned how my baby's brain is developing, why she does the crazy things she does, and I received lots of practical parenting advice that I could put into effect same day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby?

    Author John Medina, a parent himself, understands what we want for our kids...to be smart and to be happy. He breaks down both citing extensive research studies and applying them to real-life parenting practices. He is specific, not just reminding us how to be more empathetic parents, but how we can actually shape the conversations we have with our kids for the best results.


    Any additional comments?

    The production quality is poor compared to most (maybe all) of the books I have but don't let it dissuade you from downloading. John Medina's voice and mannerisms sound an awful lot like comedian Lewis Black but not as extreme. For me, it added to the entertainment value. He is definitely not a trained narrator but I found him so likable it didn't matter. I gave the performance 3 stars only for the poor sound production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30589)
    Performance
    (23646)
    Story
    (23833)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Outstanding! The Characters are Like Family"
    Overall

    After I finished the Hunger Games I immediately started the second book. I was worried that the story would be slow, after the heart-stopping suspense of the first book, but Collins did it again. Katniss, Peeta and Gale feel like family to me now and the villain, President Snow is absolutely loathsome. I think about the book whenever I'm not reading it. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book series (not even Harry Potter) more than this. I can't wait to start book 3.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35911)
    Performance
    (26915)
    Story
    (27299)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Incredible Story... Odd Choice for Narrator"
    Overall

    This might actually be my favorite book ever. Every word Collins writes has a purpose; either to progress the story, paint a picture of the world or develop the characters. I've never cared for characters more. My own emotions ebb and flow as the plot develops. I loved every second of it. If I have any criticism it is that the narrator could never be taken for a 16 year old girl. She performs well, but sounds like a much older woman (maybe in her mid 50s?) It was so distracting that it took me more than half the book to stop noticing the disconnect. Don't let this discourage you though. The story more than makes up for it and eventually you will stop thinking about it.

    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
    (10269)
    Performance
    (7713)
    Story
    (7758)

    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?"
    "Finally, a Vampire Romance Novel for Grown-ups!"
    Overall

    This book was a wonderful surprise. I stumbled upon it had no idea of the treat I was in for. A Discovery of Witches has the heart fluttering paranormal romance that I love in a vampire novel but is written for more sophisticated reader. Harkness writes beautifully. The plot slows quite a bit in the middle, as Harkness develops the relationship between the main characters. While some may find this to drag, it does give the reader the sense that this is a real relationship. Similar Vampire books leave the reader hardly able to believe the intensity of the relationship, but not so here. I felt completely invested in all the characters, even the secondary and supporting characters. Harkness really understands the intricacies of the world she created.
    The narration was right on. I believed the narrator was Diana every second. When she did the voice of 500+ year old French vampire, I believed it. A vary tallented narrator. If you like vampire/witch novels as much as I do, you'll be thrilled to discover A Discovery of Witches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightfall: A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    “You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

    Uber Femme says: "Kept my attention"
    "Consistantly Creepy - Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    Part detective novel, part paranormal thriller, Nightfall took the best from both genres and kept me interested from beginning to end. The book is paced well and pulled me into the plot immediately. The subject matter is dark but not overly gruesome. There were a few points when I felt Jack's dialog with secondary characters became a little too repetitive. While the story is unique, many of Jack's "creepy" experiences are things I've seen in horror movies many times over. Regardless, the book was a lot of fun and I'd recommend it. Definitely don't judge the book by the name. "Nightfall" had virtually nothing to do with the story at all. I can think of a dozen better titles.

    The narration is excellent and easy to listen to. Within minutes you understand exactly what Jack is all about. Even the female voices are well done and never seem strange or out of place coming from this narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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