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Hyrina

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  • Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

    Cybele Bell says: "she's really quite a perfect reader"
    "Entertaining."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wanted to recommend this to a friend of mine because she's totally into fairy tales and the like. I don't think she'd read it (and I know she wouldn't listen to it) though because she's stubborn. Haha. :P


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Parry – was your favorite?

    Beauty, of course. She was the protagonist so she had the most personality. Plus, she's a lot like me. Practical, sort of nose in the book type of person.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not this time. Not that it didn't invoke emotions. Just not like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest it. It was very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Sight: Will Castleton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Bain
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Hospitalized after drowning during a rescue attempt, newly graduated U.S. Marshal Will Castleton is besieged by visions of a hulking executioner torturing a bound man. A perilous race against time leaves Will broken, unsure if he even wants to join the marshals. Escaping to his Michigan hometown, Will finds his father dying, a young woman's ghost desperate to communicate with him, and a biker kingpin out to make a statement by taking out local law enforcement's golden boy.

    Hyrina says: "Great Novel"
    "Great Novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Sight to be better than the print version?

    Well, that's all a matter of opinion. Some people like reading more than listening and vice versa. Having read and then listened to it though, I will say it was nice to be able to listen to the story while I was doing other things with my eyes and hands.


    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    He has a pleasant voice that fits the main character. I also liked his pacing. Sometimes in audiobooks, the narrator reads slower than I'd like.


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

    Unfortunately I couldn't listen to it all in one sitting because I lack the focus most of the time. However, I listened to the first half in small spurts and finished the second half in one sitting. So I'd say it's riveting enough to make me want to.


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest reading the four short stories about Will Castleton if you enjoyed this. If you look the author up on Amazon, you should be able to find them fairly easily. Also, Weed by David Bain and Daryl Burns takes place in Green River, the town that Will is from that he visits in this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert O’Brien
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (98)

    This delightfully imaginative tale is always a popular favorite among children. Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse who lives in a garden, must move her family before the farmer begins plowing. Will the rats of NIMH - a group of highly intelligent laboratory rats - help her find a solution to her dilemma?

    Charlotte Dickinson says: "A great classic brought to life on audio"
    "Was fun."
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    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH the most enjoyable?

    Well as a fan of The Secret of NIMH growing up, my favorite part of actually listening to the book was all the extra details I never knew of that they didn't put in the movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH?

    The story of NIMH was the most memorable moment for me. Very interesting and entertaining.


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

    I wasn't able to listen to this all in one sitting. I don't think I could have sat still this long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6965)
    Performance
    (6473)
    Story
    (6474)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "I loved this."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    What did I like best? What was there not to like is more of an accurate question. To be honest, I don't know that I had a favorite part once it started getting into the meat of the story, but if I was forced to pick, I'd say when... how to say this without spoilers... They had a plan to fix things and they went to go do it. That was probably the most fun.


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

    I love the narration. He's got a fabulous voice for narration and he reads in an entertaining way. I can't tell you how many audio books I've listened to have been ruined by the wrong narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This book touched me in a way not a lot of books do. I don't know how or why, but for me it was an experience I'll remember fondly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Off Dead: Lily Harper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Betsy Hogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it. Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be. First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.)

    Beatrice says: "Better Off Dead"
    "Love her books."
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    Would you listen to Better Off Dead again? Why?

    I'd probably listen to this again because I always revisit books I like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill. He's hilarious. I love that he's an angel but has human problems. He has the most personality out of the characters that you're introduced to in the books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending scene, I think. After they were safe and the mission was done, that last bit of character interaction was the most fun for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No I didn't have an extreme reaction. I did laugh at a lot of Bill's antics, but not like extremely hard or anything. It was a fun listen but it wasn't emotionally moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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