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Jennifer

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Sacramento, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (9795)
    Performance
    (7283)
    Story
    (7322)

    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?"
    "I Almost Stopped Listening..."
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    This book was interesting at first. The novel's plot is decent; I just wish the characters could live up to it. After the heroine meets the hero, it's all downhill from there. The dialogue is trite, "his mouth said no but his eyes said yes." Seriously?! Much of the dialogue reminds me of what must be written in those terrible grocery store romance novels. Overall, I was disappointed.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Liesl & Po

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (242)

    Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po....

    RaisinNut says: "Magical."
    "A Little Out There..."
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    If you could sum up Liesl & Po in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastical, Life, Death


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Almost 100% sure the narrator is the voice of the newest AngelSoft toilet paper commercial, haha. Don't think it's a fake accent. I think he's just trying to be a bit too heartfelt/grandpa-ish, if that makes sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if this is a children's book... Could be I suppose. It's a little dark though and I would imagine most kids would have A LOT of questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (363)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Don't Understand the Hype"
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    This is the third book by Patchett that I have purchased on audible. "State of Wonder" was by far the best. The others, Bel Canto and this book, have been disappointing. I thought this story was too slow, rather uneventful, and depressing. Yes, Ann Patchett can write beautifully but that is not enough to hold my attention. In both Bel Canto and the Magician's Assistant, the climax of the story takes place in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is a collection of menial interactions between semi-interesting characters and recollections of the events that took place during the climatic first few chapters. This is not a book I would recommend to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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