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Laura

Melbourne, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (307)

    Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

    Hazel says: "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"
    "Cute and entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

    David Tennant is an excellent narrator. The voices and the sound effects he makes are cool and allow me to build images as he reads. The book itself is entertaining and funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fishlegs is my favorite character because he is always saying what needs to be said.


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

    They are all awesome!


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5102)
    Performance
    (4704)
    Story
    (4713)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Not what I was expecting, in a good way."
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    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected entertaining beautiful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The black cat named Ocean. She was there to make the worst days better.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change voices in mid sentence. Also, he reads at a good speed, some readers read to slowly, but Neil reads just about right.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and why?

    The narrator. I can't remember if anyone ever used his name in the book, nick names and slang names. He was the 7 year old book nerd that I see often in my work with kids. They are very bright and have vivid imaginations from the reality they invent in their minds from the books they have read.


    Any additional comments?

    The Ocean at the end of the lane is an adult novel for adults who remember being kids, or are still kids. Its a fantasy of remembering the magical things that happen as a kid and some of the pain also. The birthday party no one comes to, the wonderful friends that you meet for a very short time before they disappear and the pets that make bad things better.

    I think the book is just right. If you are expecting American Gods with super deep, detailed characters that are built up over hundreds of pages, this is not for you. Its a fun book about remembering, if only for a brief time, what life was like some time ago when you were a kid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Fun to listen to"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is equal to the other books in the Dragon series. They are all awesome and really fun to listen to, The narration is wonderful with great voices so you really can believe the whole cast is there. This was the 4th book in the series I listened to and have the other 4 on my ipod now waiting for the chance to escape into my head.

    I Highly recommend this series to anyone young at heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (433)

    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Great episode!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Doctor Who?

    This book is so well written that it is easy for the listener to imagine all the characters as if it were a long episode of the TV show. David Tennant reads it perfectly. I would not change a thing.


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

    So far all of the books I have listened to narrated by David Tennant have been great.


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

    I laughed and gasped at all the right places, that being said, the book was full of surprises.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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