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Johanna

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (186)

    Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village.

    A User says: "we'll remember this one forever!"
    "Lois Lowry is a master storyteller!"
    Overall

    This is the second book I've listened to of Lois Lowry's. It's actually a continuation of her book, The Giver, which I've listened to again and again with great pleasure. Lowry's character development is wonderful and her vivid language effortlessly transports me into the world she has created while I work on my artwork. Also, the narrators for both books sound just right, and I'm very particular about narrators!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1407)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Narrator is extremely distracting."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audio book because the narrator is quite distracting. The story itself might be okay, but I'd have to read the print book without the voice in order to know.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's regular voice is pleasant, but several of her other character voices are so grating (e.g., high nasal, low creepy) that they greatly detracted from the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bread and Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Jacqueline King, Richard Heffer
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A TV chef who specialises in outrageous cakes tempts a monk who bakes bread for his brothers; a woman explains her unique view of straying husbands; a surprise visitor invites mayhem into the perfect minimalist flat. These are just some of the delicacies in this sumptuous box of delights from one of Britain's favorite writers.

    Johanna says: "Pure Entertainment!"
    "Pure Entertainment!"
    Overall

    One of my favorite audiobooks. I've listened to it many times.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "One of my favorite audiobooks!"
    Overall

    This audiobook was a delight to listen to. The story pulled me right in and made me want to find out what happens next while at the same time, not wanting the story to end. Both narrators are fabulous. I've already listened to this story more than once and am still not tired of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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