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  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Fun listening experience for the whole family."
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    A refreshing story. Finally there is a book about a girl who wants to be a pirate, not a princess or just to be pretty. Characters are all very interesting. This is a book full of excitement, fun, and humor. The narrator does a fantastic job. She is very enjoyable to listen to and she can do a wide range of different voices. This would be a perfect audiobook for a family road trip!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (940)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Fun and Entertaining!"
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    I love time travel stories. However, they are tricky to plot. I thought Rysa Walker did a pretty good job in this regard. The characters can use more depth and I am hoping that would happen as the story goes on. Definitely looking forward to the second book.

    Kate Rudd did a fine job narrating over all except the male voices. It's fortunate that there are limited male characters in this book so it's not too confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (284)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Fun read for the whole family!"
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    Narrator did a great job to bring this book to life!

    No matter you like the classic fairy-tale or not, this book is entertaining. It breaks some stereo types we have about princes and princesses. I feel the story can be trimmed a bit shorter but overall I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4041)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3676)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Could have skipped first 2/3 of the book..."
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    I was almost giving up on the book when I was about half way through the book. A lot of rambling. Too much back story and not enough about this future world she created. Not much is happening until the last 1/3 of the book. The last 1/3 of the book is good but only if you can get through the first 2/3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (747)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Fantastic narrator for a great classic!"
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    John Steinbeck's stories are heavy and don't necessary have happy endings. But they bring out a sense of reflection and provide us with inspiration. The narrator is fantastic. Couldn't have asked for a better one for this classic!

    0 of 0 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
    (35900)
    Performance
    (26904)
    Story
    (27288)

    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"
    "Wish someone else read the book..."
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    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    It takes a while to get used to her voice. It's like she is talking with a mouth full of saliva. Her pronunciation definitely isn't the clearest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10332)
    Performance
    (9831)
    Story
    (9850)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A fun read!"
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    I love the premise of the book: one person left alone on Mars. It sounds really interesting.

    It is an interesting and enjoyable read. Even though it's a story about surviving, the author's humor makes the book less heavy and more entertaining. The technical part of the book does get a bit lengthy at times. It has lots of technical terms and a lot of time is spent on describing how things work. Some readers may like this actually.

    Now to the narrator. I personally don't think Bray is the right person for this book. He sounds like a middle age man. His voice is animated so that's good. However, he only manages to do a couple of different voices. It is okay when only Watney talking but I couldn't tell who is who when there are various characters talking at the same time. Women sounds just like men. Everyone sounds aggravated and angry all the time. He also only manages to do the Indian accent well. All other accents sound pretty much the same.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1985)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A sad yet beautiful song..."
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    Beautifully crafted, well written, perfectly narrated! It's not just a novel, it's a poem, a song, a work of art. Though I wish the ending is different, I love the book nevertheless. Life is unfair. War is unforgiving. We should all learn from the history: we can end a war but no one ever wins a war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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