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Kristyne

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  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (559)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "great!"
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    Would you listen to Out of the Silent Planet again? Why?

    I loved this book. The story was compelling, exciting, even spiritual, and very thought promoting. The only complaint I had is that it mentions private body parts - somewhat scientifically, but with my little kids listening in, it made me just slightly uncomfortable a couple times. I didn't think it was necessary to the story either, so why include it? But, I can't argue with CS Lewis. He wrote a great story and I can't wait to start on the sequel!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Silent Planet?

    Being on the other planet, and feeling the calmness of the creatures, and the simplicity and purity of their motives. Also, when Ransom meets the hross creature for the first time, the way they look at each other and communicate is wonderful and completely believable.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, accent, feeling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "Very good book, inspiring."
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    What did you love best about Art & Fear?

    It inspired me to do more with my creative self.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's analysis really, not story. I like all the different scenarios, the different ways we can be successful.


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

    Yes and no. Yes, because it is very interesting, but no, because it makes me think, and I have to take a little time to digest the ideas, think how I could put them into practice, and then try listening to a little more. Like eating a good steak, it's great but you don't want to just wolf it down all at once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Embraced by the Light

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Betty J. Eadie
    • Narrated By Betty J. Eadie
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    At the age of 31, Betty Eadie died after routine surgery. The events that followed can only be described as the most profound and extensive near-death experience ever recorded. During the time she was clinically dead, Betty was given knowledge of the afterlife that would make even the greatest skeptic think twice. As she traveled through the spiritual realm, she learned more about the laws and history of the universe than perhaps anyone before her.

    Cindy says: "Amazing!"
    "loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Embraced by the Light to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betty plays herself.


    Have you listened to any of Betty J. Eadie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. This was the first one.


    If you could give Embraced by the Light a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Amazing Adventures of Life, and Possibly the Beauty of What Lies Ahead.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1444)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "fantastic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scarlet the most enjoyable?

    The narrators are great, very believable, and the story is great. It made me not want to stop listening till it was over!


    What other book might you compare Scarlet to and why?

    Cinder of course, because it's by the same author. Yet it's entirely different than the first book. Exciting story!


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

    Wow- they all were good. But I think I like Cinder the best.


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

    Not really. It's just a fun story. I'm glad it's not real life!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (994)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "narrator terrible!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This narrator had such an annoying voice I couldn't finish listening to it! If it had a more calm female voice, perhaps younger sounding, it might have been better. What a shame for a wonderful story!


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the woman narrating hadn't sounded like an annoying, loud, high-pitched mother but more like a calm, young, in-control daughter, it might have been a better performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2197)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "great book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. It's fresh and new, but still a familiar story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cinder?

    Cinder sees herself on the hologram and sees her own capabilities. It makes me think of each of us as part of the human race, finding out new things we can do that are already right inside of us.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Soler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but she did this one so well I'd listen to any of her other stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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