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N. Dandridge

books & coffee

Member Since 2008

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  • 4 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 296 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "So this is the little lady that made the big war." The authenticity of Lincoln's words have been questioned, but there is no question that the work fueled the passion and prejudices of countless numbers. It is a work of overwhelming power and persuasions which has outlived even the most severe critics. Notwithstanding its contribution to the abolitionist movement, the book offers a balanced treatment; there is admiration for the best of Southern gentility and the villain is a Vermonter.

    Willis says: "must read"
    "NancyD"
    Overall

    The story is very interesting and I'm very glad that I "read" this book. It made such a huge impact on slavery shortly after it was published that it is really a must read. It's important to read a little bit about the author, however, so you understand where she was coming from at the time of the writing. The narrator for the audiobook, however, was not good. The voice was stilted and unimaginable. It was all I could do to take my head phones off and pick up my paper copy.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (779)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Dickens never disappoints; narrator was awesome!"
    Overall

    While this isn't my favorite Dickens' book I've read, I definitely enjoyed it. For me, the audio book narrator has a big impact on my enjoyment of the book. Simon Vance was excellent and I have already sought out additional books he has narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Clay
    • Narrated By Colin Moody
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Skunk Cunningham is an 11-year-old girl in a coma. She has a loving dad, an absent mother and a brother who plays more X-Box than is good for him. She also has the neighbors from hell: the five Oswald girls and their thuggish father Bob, vicious bullies all of them, whose reign of terror extends unchallenged over their otherwise quiet suburban street.

    Kari says: "Good book"
    "Not your mother's To Kill a Mockingbird"
    Overall

    I loved "To Kill a Mockingbird" and expected a similar story. But it is really nothing like Mockingbird. I really enjoyed it though and have been trying to figure out if I would have enjoyed it as much had I read it rather than listened to it. I very much enjoyed the narrator. He was perfect for the book. The story is at times rather intense but it's worth the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (241)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

    K. Hicks says: "A Rediscovery of an Old Friend"
    "There's a Reason Dickens is so Famous"
    Overall

    I hadn't read Dickens since high school but now, 30 years later, decided to give him a try. The man really is an amazing author with wonderful characters, great plot and pacing, and a sense of humor. I will definitely read more of his books. The narrator of the audiobook made it even more enjoyable. This is the first time I have sought out a narrator's name so that I can find more of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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