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Reademandweep

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  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

    eileen says: "A Hidden Dickens Gem"
    "Grammy Worthy Narration"
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    Where does Dombey and Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have enjoyed. This was a Dickens book I've meant to read for years but not had the time. Thanks to audible, I was able to enjoy this during a recent bout of the flue. Great characters, interesting story and funny. Many times I laughed out loud. David Timson gets most of the credit for this as his narration was big part of the enjoyment of this book. It's not fair perhaps but I expect Charles Dickens to be extra ordinary. Finding a reader equal to him is a surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dombey and Son?

    Mr. Toots is was, for me perhaps the loveliest character and best developed narration. Absolutely brilliant, funny, touching.


    What about David Timson’s performance did you like?

    David Timson makes Charles Dickens come alive. His acting skills rank at the top of the A-list.


    Any additional comments?

    For classics, good narration isn't enough. David Timson is to reading what Charles Dickens is for writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (909)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Save your $ recycled info, nothing original, gramm"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A few original ideas maybe. Not sure this book can be saved for anyone familiar with even basic philosophy or who hasn't been under a rock the past 5 years. It might be a good introduction for someone who does not read and is unfamiliar with the basic concept of cause and effect.


    What could Jen Sincero have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spend less effort spent trying to be "hip" and 'cute". It doesn't work. It comes off, not someone who IS hip but someone desperately trying to sound hip.


    What three words best describe Jen Sincero’s voice?

    articulate, intelligible, average


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from You are a Badass?

    The FIRST thing I'd do is explain to Ms Sincero the concept of a double negative "could care less"?! HOW does this get past an editor?


    Any additional comments?

    Ironically, the fact that Ms. Sincero was able to get her book noticed and sold is proof of what she says, that anyone can do anything if they apply themselves to their dream. Good advice and as I said, it's ironic that getting a book which simply rehashes the best of what's already been said, is proof that what she says works. Ha!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (520)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "Buy this and change your life"
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    What did you love best about Dying to Be Me?

    Anita's story is compelling for two reasons.
    1) Unlike most near death stories which generally seem to be sudden (i.e. a car accident etc) and flooded with white light and images of loved ones - Anita was ravaged with cancer. Her death had been long time coming. Her organs had shut down so there is no confusion as to the miracle of her recovery, whatever the source.
    2) Unlike most accounts of near death experiences, which seem to be "it felt wonderful" or "everyone I loved who had passed away was there" - Anita was able to describe and articulate what she LEARNED as well as what she experienced - and how she put it into practice resulting in life changes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dying to Be Me?

    Anita's message that once we go back to the spiritual world - we know everything - hence, we don't need to spend or time on earthy trying to gain spiritual knowledge. We will know everything the moment we leave our physical bodies. We are supposed to just "be" here and now - THIS is the "show" - not the afterlife where there is no judgement. The spiritual world takes care of itself. Worry about being in our physical bodies.


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

    yes and did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tara Brach
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. There is another way.

    Reademandweep says: "Tara, PLEASE Narrate your own books!"
    "Tara, PLEASE Narrate your own books!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh. It's a bit redundant if you've listened to Radical Acceptance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tara Brach's advice is helpful and practical, (which is why her choice of reader does not support that).


    What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    Oh! so condescending. It felt like she thought she was talking to idiots or tiny little children (I'd give children more respect, personally). Her sing songish way of saying things so slowly in a small (phony) voice as if she was fearful of breaking bad news to a meanie who might slap her - made the book hard to get through. I finally just bought the printed version.


    Do you think True Refuge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Redundant


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I do not like how "guided meditations" are sprinkled throughout the book, right in the middle of telling the story. Put them at the end or beginning or on a separate tape. I had to fast forward many times to appreciate the message fully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magna Charta

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Daugherty
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (51)
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    (52)

    In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart: June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world. Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.

    Walter says: "Historically entertaining."
    "Narration makes a dull book duller"
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    What would have made The Magna Charta better?

    The facts were stated in a clearly biased manner


    What could James Daugherty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell the facts as they were without bias toward the church and a lecture in morality.


    What didn’t you like about Geoffrey Howard’s performance?

    Absolutely painful to listen to. Singsong, emotionless delivery. He sounds like Leslie Howard in Gone with the wind, passionless and condescending to the reader.


    What character would you cut from The Magna Charta?

    There was no characterization but he could have given more credit to William Marshal's story and less to the manipulative Bishop


    Any additional comments?

    Horrible. I wish I had my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow on the Crown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patricia Bracewell
    • Narrated By Katie Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.

    Molly B. L. says: "This one is a keeper"
    "So Good but torture to have to wait for part 2"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadow on the Crown the most enjoyable?

    Narration is always a big factor for me and Katie Firth does not disappoint. I like how she quotes from accepted historical documents and then fills in the blanks using her research to paint a picture of life as it was then. I learn more about history than dates and times. I get a sense of the people, how they lived and what they lived through during those times. It helps understand and remember who's who during the complicated Viking/Saxon period of history


    What other book might you compare Shadow on the Crown to and why?

    Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory only because both women seem to be cut from the same cloth. Practical yet sentimental, survivors ahead of their time in more ways than one. Women who went against convention, listened to their intuition,


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

    Katie Firth is terrific. I'm fairly new to her narration but will certainly look for her books in the future.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow on the Crown and why?

    The most memorable character was Queen Emma's eldest step-son. The only name I can remember is Queen Emma's. The others are too complicated to remember without the book in front of me. I need flash cards.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE HURRY with Books 2 and 3 ! I didn't realize it was a trilogy when I started and was so disappointed to be left hanging. My history books tell me how it turns out but your story is so compelling, I'm having withdrawal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dean N. Jensen
    • Narrated By Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers.

    Reademandweep says: "Narration is terrible. What a shame."
    "Narration is terrible. What a shame."
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    What did you like best about Queen of the Air? What did you like least?

    Sad and depressing but lovely story about a unique life.


    Would you recommend Queen of the Air to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story is ruined by the narrator who reads so slowly I had to put the app on 1.5 just get a slow/normal pace and this distorted her voice (and as bad as that was, it was an improvement). Terrible experience.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Bering?

    Anyone able to speak normally would be better. It was as if she was speaking to a very dumb non English speaking (or half deaf) person. It's so bad, I wondered if there was something wrong with the soundtrack.


    Do you think Queen of the Air needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't care about the book or the characters because the reader made me feel nothing but irritation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5373)
    Performance
    (4548)
    Story
    (4559)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Thank you Ken Follett"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ken Follett has taken historical fiction to a new level. If history was presented to school children with as much excitement and empathy, this world would literally be a better place.
    You will find no Fictional story with more excitement, intrigue, heroism and depth than


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Not if I can help it. The lovely sound of his voice is overshadowed (for me) by his William Shatner style delivery. I expounded on this in my first review of this trilogy so I won't repeat myself.


    If you could take any character from Winter of the World out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Grigori or Volodya Peshkov - Grigori would probably be my first choice but both me, for the same reason. I feel they are cut from the same cloth (no only by genetics) but born into different times, will obviously have different fates. Both are men of honor, without many options. Unlike the British and German families, their path was not as clear. Oppressed people, even in Nazi German often have the choice to submit or fight and die. Terrible choices but clear cut. Grigori's government, country and family was so disorganized, unreliable and inconsistent that his choices weren't as clear. Volodya's not as much but similar. Both also seem less resolute and sure that his experience is the only experience worth fighting for. Both seem smart, open minded and honorable. An evening with either one would probably be stimulating and enlightening for us both.


    Any additional comments?

    The wait for Book 3 is tough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23197)
    Performance
    (14530)
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    (14681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "If only I had known"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    Orson Scott Card NO. Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison YES


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    NO! Unfortunately, I did not realize what a sexist bigot Orson Scott card is when I bought the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No. Excellent job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    For good or bad, in our country, money is power so I try not to help make stupid people rich, famous and powerful. There are enough other great authors I can give my money to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (246)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "It doesn't get much better than this."
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    If you could sum up Our Mutual Friend in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Touching, Intriguing


    What other book might you compare Our Mutual Friend to and why?

    How do you compare Charles Dickens? I'll say, if you liked


    What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David Timson brings life to the book. The way he creates characters, down to the smallest idiosyncrasy - a stutter, the speech pattern is remarkable, painting a picture in your mind of the complete character. If you narrowed the world of readers down to the best of the best, David Timson would be one of them, along with Ron Dale and Juliet Stevenson.


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

    YES! but I specifically looked for a book too long to listen in one or two sittings. Even so, Our Mutual Friend is one of those books I wish I could forget so I could listen all over again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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