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Erica Smith

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  • The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By William Strunk
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.

    CaseyLClark says: "A must have for writers."
    "Clear Instruction and Good Narrator"
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    If you could sum up The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator is very professional and clear. He keeps the lecture at a good pace but it is somewhat difficult to listen to without a book. I suggest listening to this audio to brush up on your grammar only if you are already familiar with and are a fan of the original Strunk and White.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio is worth the price. I'm glad I bought it although it takes a lot of concentration if you are behind on your grammar skills. This is not for the novice. I would not suggest it to my students.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Jo Wyatt
    Overall
    (12)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one.

    Erica Smith says: "The Narrator Brings This Novel To Life"
    "The Narrator Brings This Novel To Life"
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    Although fantasy, this novel is an excellent introduction for girls to understand the strictures of female life and expectations in Victorian society.

    It's a real shame that Jo Wyatt didn't narrate all three of the unabridged versions. She brings such distinction and vitality to all of the characters. I love her energetic voice and wish she would narrate more audiobooks. I recommend her rendition of Alice in Wonderland as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pam Grout
    • Narrated By Pam Grout
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    This audiobook could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments that prove reality is malleable, consciousness trumps matter, and you shape your life with your mind. Yes, you read that right. It says prove. The nine experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton's laws of motion.

    Tony says: "Food for thought"
    "Good Overall Contribution to New Thought"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be a solid contribution to the New Thought Movement however, Grout should have left out the divisive political analogies and stayed more positive. These were very off putting. New Thought practitoners shouldn't need to convey derision or negativity towards others to reach people. There is too much of that in the world as it is.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, Martin Clunes
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

    C. Telfair says: "Funny and Classic"
    "Abridged!!!"
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    Would you recommend The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this audiobook to someone who is interested in Oscar Wilde but incapable of grasping Victorian vernacular. Not only is this version abridged, words are rewritten to make it easier to understand for a twenty-first century American audience. Insulting. Part of the fun of reading, listening, seeing a play by Oscar Wilde is his wit with words. Changing them because someone might not understand undermines his work.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some of the lines are emphasized incorrectly according to the script. Some of the actors are too old for their parts. Algy and Jack are performed superbly, as is Miss Prism and Cecily.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Hope: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

    Jordy says: "This book was an example of pure perfection!"
    "Sensitive Subject Matter, Relatable Story"
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    Where does Losing Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops. Hoover creates full, rich, well developed characters that keeps one listening just to learn more about them. The subject matter of childhood sexual abuse is handled delicately without losing honesty. This novel should be on the reading list for support groups.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Jessica Sorensen
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck - and his life - might finally end...until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

    Jordy says: "Callie & Kayden have stolen a piece if my heart!"
    "Needs both male and female narrators"
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    Where does The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a powerful and well-written story about domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have recommended it to friends who have endured similar experiences.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Bellair performs Callie flawlessly. Kayden needs his own male narrator. I could barely tell the two apart. Other characters are performed well. Overall the story is well read and Bellair conveys an emotional story without being slow and overly dramatic. For the next title though, dual narrators - please.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing the Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible....

    Brooke says: "The Tough Stuff."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    If you could sum up Pushing the Limits in three words, what would they be?

    Teen trauma, first love, emotional breakthrough


    What other book might you compare Pushing the Limits to and why?

    Easy by Tammara Webber. Both of these books are based on young lovers who need one another to conquer their demons and heal. I couldn't put either down.


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

    Absolutely. Love the narrators, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Rep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. Meredith Walters
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool, and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit. She thought she'd be miserable. But then Maysie didn't count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum-playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual. It had the makings of the perfect romantic setup. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not....

    Jordy says: "This book had angst, sweet romance, and hot sex! "
    "Strong, Addictive Characters"
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    What did you love best about Bad Rep?

    All of the characters are relatable - full of weaknesses and strengths. They are all very real.


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

    Good speed, full range of voices, nice performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Maysie is obsessed with being popular. She buys friends through the ridiculous college Greek system which is always demeaning and, in reality, should be antiquated by now. She makes me angry with her choices but this adds to realness to the story. She finds herself in the end but it is a long, interesting journey for the listener.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (545)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Kept Me Guessing"
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    What did you love best about Hopeless?

    This is a suspenseful teen romance with many twists and turns. I never knew what was coming next.


    What three words best describe Angela Goethals’s performance?

    Good, creative, too slow


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Find You in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. Meredith Walters
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades...normal life. Until him. Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her. Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting.

    Jordy says: "Beautiful, CRAZY love story of Clay & Maggie"
    "mental illness and obsession"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator is horrible! Skip this audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both Maggie and Clay. They represent a full range of teen emotions in the midst of mental illness and the first love experience.


    What didn’t you like about Madeleine Lambert’s performance?

    The narrator is just a bad actress. I suggest reading the book on its own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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