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Mari

Pembroke Pines, FL, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Mari says: "r"
    "r"
    Overall

    We bought this audiobook because we both enjoyed the actual book. Friday is a wonderful story, some of Heinlein's best work, unfortunately, this production is almost unlistenable. The audio quality is awful, with a constant background hiss, even at the higher levels. The narrator sounds as if he needs a nap, with constant yawns and pauses within the reading. His breathing sounds were louder than his voice in parts. And just who thought that it was a good idea to have a male read a story that is mostly female first person POV? It would be much improved if they dropped Edward Lewis and got a good female Narrator.

    Read the book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Great language, but some holes"
    Overall

    The concept is very interesting and well developed, but I agree with a previous reviewer that there are a number of plot holes. Also, she tended to 'dumb down' the adult charaters at times, which I found annoying.

    The writing and use of language is outstanding though, and Lynn Redgrave's narration completely drew me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (230)

    Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.

    Diana says: "Not quite Harry Potter ... better"
    "Before Harry Potter"
    Overall

    Before Harry Potter there was Nita and Kit. This story is wonderfully diverse and does an outstanding job of explaining just how magic and wizards might exist in our own reality. Well worth the listen, for both children and adults.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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