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Emily

Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Daphne's lucky enough to get Snow White for a teacher - she loves little people - but poor Sabrina's stuck with Mr. Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders. When Mr. Grumpner is found hanging in a spider's web, it is up to the Grimms to find the Everafter who did it. If only Sabrina can get over her distrust of all fairy-tale folk. But how can she trust those who just might be responsible for the disappearance of her parents?

    Laura says: "I'm hooked now!"
    "Tied with the Riordan books as son's favorites"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Grimm the most enjoyable?

    My son can't put these books down, and eagerly waited for the next installment. Other than the Riordan series, I haven't seen him that anxious to get the next book downloaded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the allusions to fairy tales and other well-known stories.


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

    My 12 year old came close -- certainly was anxious each evening (our time to listen to books on tape) to get this playing.


    Any additional comments?

    From an adult perspective I didn't love this series as much as my son -- but I would definitely recommend it to kids in his age group.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Football 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gilbert Klein
    • Narrated By Jack Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "A great introduction to football"
    "Decent intro to football for the near-novice"
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    Overall, I thought highly of the book. I bought it for my teen and tween sons who've recently gotten interested in watching football with me. They have very little overall knowledge of the game and I think they got a lot out of it, though they said they did have trouble paying attention at times (and they are die hard audiobook listeners). I got it on the Daily Deal and at that price it is hard to go wrong.

    I did have two negatives about it. For me, a long time (but not serious) fan, it didn't do much to help me with all the questions I have when watching the game, so I'm not sure someone like me is the target audience. More importantly, I don't think this is the best medium to learn how to follow a football game. Watching a game with commentary -- or watching the pregame show for the Superbowl right now -- does more to explain what is going on, since it comes with visuals.

    In sum, I think this book works best for a near novice, who wants to listen something to understand the basics when not watching a game. For a person who doesn't want to interrupt the fans in their life with dumb questions, this might be perfect.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty for All?: A History of US, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (11)

    Early nineteenth-century America could just about be summed up by Henry David Thoreau's words when he said, "Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free." It was an exuberant time for the diverse citizens of the United States, who included a range of folk, from mountain men and railroad builders to whalers and farmers, as they pushed forward into the open frontier. And all their hopes and fears are captured in Liberty for All?

    Emily says: "Great survey of pre-Civil War US history"
    "Great survey of pre-Civil War US history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty for All? to be better than the print version?

    My 12 year old and I are certainly enjoying the audio version better than we would the printed text. We find the narrator engaging and we get more covered since we can do other things while we listen. Some people have been concerned that the format wouldn't work on audio since there are sidebars with information in the text. It seems pretty seamless to us on audio.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series. Aimed at middle and high schoolers, I certainly have learned a lot as an adult. It would work well for an adult who is new to American history, but it also helped me brush up on facets of American history that I had forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (755)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "One of Heyer's best; wonderful narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grand Sophy to be better than the print version?

    Until I listened to it, I would have thought that pretty unlikely, but now I'm a convert. The narrator is superb and it is helpful to hear the pronounciations of some of the words in an English accent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Sophy is one of Heyer's great characters. As a teen, I didn't appreciate Charles, but encountering TGS anew, he's one of my favorites as well. In the best Heyer's, the minor characters are funny and recognizable types, and this novel is no exception.


    What about Sarah Woodward’s performance did you like?

    She has a pleasing voice and characterized the different players well. It moved at a good pace, and the humor was very present.


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

    A bit long for that, and I like to savor a good Heyer. That said, I felt no desire to turn it off, other than it was past my bedtime.


    Any additional comments?

    Very much recommended. These a great books for teen girls, and I'd recommend them over a lot of the YA titles out there now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This suspenseful novella focuses on the dark secret that haunts the aristocratic Trevlyn family since the untimely death of Sir Richard Trevlyn. His widow keeps the key to the mystery inside a locket, which she never takes off. When a charming stranger with ulterior motives gains access to Lady Trevlyn and her young daughter, will he unlock the family secrets along with their hearts? Fans of Alcott’s Little Women and her heroine Jo March’s racy stories will delight in this Victorian sensation novel.

    Lynette says: "Great Novella"
    "Unusual mystery from Alcott; wonderful narration"
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    Would you listen to The Mysterious Key and What it Opened again? Why?

    Yes, it was a fun listen. The mystery kept me engaged and yet I also found it relaxing to listen to the story.


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

    Yes, she is a favorite narrator of mine. She has a pleasing voice, and also does wonderful accents and characterizations for the different people in the story. I would recommend her as a reliably excellent performer.


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

    Yes, I wasn't able to but it was a good length to listen straight through. It would make a good one to listen to on a drive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a "typical' Alcott but I'm glad that I have heard it. Definitely would recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
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    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "a disappointment for us"
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    We almost never give up on a book, but this time my 12 year old and I couldn't finish it. He so disliked the main character and the tone of the interactions between the high schoolers in the book he said he just couldn't continue, and since it isn't exactly a book that will be on the AP English exam, I didn't have the heart to force him to finish it. I liked the premise a lot, but I find real-life tweens and teens much more appealing then the ones depicted here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (712)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Wonderful audio of a children's classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a great audio for children and adults. I was especially glad my 12 year old and I listened together. I have never seen him so often pause an audio to discuss various aspects -- the clothes, the ethnic stereotypes, what various words meant, etc. Those discussions were probably as educational as anything. He's reading this book for school, but I know listening to the audio while he has the book in front of him has made it into a pleasure for him.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    Probably Francie, but Kate Burton is a wonderful all--around narrator.


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

    I think it is too intense and long, but certainly it is compelling to listen as long as you can. We're actually on our second listen, which is unusual to imagine for such a long book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ordinarily I like some music as a part of an audio, but somehow the music played between chapters here is a little jarring. My son calls it Random Music Moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victorian San Francisco Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. "Madam Sibyl's First Client" was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In "Dandy Detects", the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage", two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy.

    Emily says: "Great supplement to wonderful series"
    "Great supplement to wonderful series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Victorian San Francisco Stories the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a pleasing voice and the mysteries were enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I liked Mr. Wong from a prior book and it was great to see him again. A fine person and interesting to learn more about the Chinese experience.


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

    I certainly could have listened to it in one sitting and enjoyed it. That said, if you are looking for something to listen to over time (say before bed over several nights, as I like listening to audios), this would work well being short stories. Also, these are some of my favorite mysteries but are not particularly suspenseful to me (possibly part of why I like them so well). So they work well to listen to over time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a minor note, but I thought the narrator pronounced Fuller strangely, at least in the beginning.

    I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes Locke's other mysteries or who is wondering if they would -- it would be a fine introduction since these are free standing stories and wouldn't spoil the other ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Speak Dragonese

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third may very well grow up to be an awe-inspiring swordsman and the greatest Viking who ever lived, but as a boy, he is incredibly ordinary. In fact, the most impressive thing about the young, slightly freckle-faced Hiccup is just how unbelievably ordinary he is.

    Emily says: "Funny sequel; good narrator"
    "Funny sequel; good narrator"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny and fast moving. A good sequel if you liked How to Train Your Dragon.


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

    Doyle has really grown on me as a narrator. He has a great voice and a wonderful way with creating different voices to differentiate characters. He added a lot of humor. He kept my attention (and my son's) with his engaging style.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely an audiobook that both adults and children can enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    "A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, 'Can we do this anonymously?' Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic - and sarcastic asides - to the classics.

    Rhonda says: "It is so Great to have Jesse Bernstein back!"
    "Funny Take on Mythology"
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    Would you listen to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods again? Why?

    Yes, it was funny and educational. My son and I were just saying that we needed to review the mythology stories when this came out. And how better than via Percy Jackson and Jesse Bernstein.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just as humorous as the original Percy Jackson series. It covered both the mythological characters we all know, and some I'd never heard of.


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

    He is the best narrator for the Riordan books and one of best children's narrators we have run across. He's funny without being distracting. And he does wonderful, distinctive voices for the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The Riordan books are a blast for kids and very educational. This one is no exception. This middle aged mom loved it too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Required reading but not too bad"
    "Funny and Poignant Look at Civil Rights Era"
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    I purchased this audio for my 12 year old and me to listen to, thinking it would be an introduction to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 little girls (note I had always heard them referred to as the "four little girls" but I was interested to learn that they were 14).

    It starts out pretty far away from that, as a mostly humorous look at an African American family in Flint, MI. My son liked how the book progressed as a series of vignettes, which made it easier to pause the book and resume listening later. There were many funny moments which I wasn't expecting.

    Once we got to the end, "our" family has lived through the bombing and is dealing with the aftermath. Over the following days, my son continued to question why people would have killed children to prevent having to go to school and restaurants with people of a different race. It is a very hard situation to understand, and I thought this book did a great job of making it present for him, as opposed to an event in history that's impossible to understand or experience.

    LeVar Burton is a wonderful narrator. He has a thoroughly pleasing voice that would be suitable to any number of books -- he dealt with the comedic and tragic aspects equally well. I plan to look for other books he's recorded.

    The book ends with a brief overview of the history, which my son enjoyed almost as much as the fictional story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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