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N. Walden

Page Turner, Avid Listener, Life-long Student.

Utah | Member Since 2013

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  • Fortunately, the Milk

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Neil Gaiman.

    Dave says: "Where There Is Milk, There Is Hope"
    "Gaiman is Brilliant!"
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    If you could sum up Fortunately, the Milk in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, Imaginative, Entertaining


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Gaiman has a cadence and tone in his voice that carries the magic of storytelling; You cannot help but fall into the story and be content to stay there.


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

    It is short so I was able to listen to it in one sitting and then listen again with my children on the same day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1080)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "All Hail Emporer Mollusk"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Emporer Mullusk is fantastic. Scott Aiello did a brilliant job of narrating and I felt that his voicing of the characters truly added to my enjoyment of the story. Hilarious, intriguing, and just plain fun, I would recommend this title to anyone who is up for a little science fiction silliness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frog Prince: A Romantic Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elle Lothlorien
    • Narrated By Leah Frederick
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics. But when Leigh finds out that the handsome "someone" at her great aunt's wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts - not that she was intending to sleep with the guy.

    Jeana says: "Humerous Love Story"
    "Just "Meh""
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I usually love re-tellings and re-imaginings of fairy tales but this one was really just "meh" for me. The author seemed to be trying too hard in the first couple chapters to make her character funny and interesting. Her internal dialogue became a bit obnoxious. This in conjunction with a reader that seemed to have a natural whine to her voice, made the character quite annoying to me. The overall story was pretty predictable and could have been fashioned after any number of similar "prince-in-disguise" stories. It mellowed at the end almost as though the author had matured a few years in the process of writing the book and it was enough that I was able to make it to the end. Still just "meh."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (710)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Fantastically written but sort of a let down"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The author does a wonderful job of creating very real and believable characters; they are well formed and interesting. The story itself is quite interesting and makes you not want to stop until you reach the end. But just when your curiosity seems to reach a fevered pitch, you are let down within two minutes and the story is suddenly ended. Well done, I guess, because it made me wish for just a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (603)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "A Heartfelt Education"
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    What did you love best about The Reason I Jump?

    This was an amazing look into the mind of an autistic child. While he does not speak for all autistic children, I think that his observations are very educational for the rest of us and open a window into a world that it is nearly impossible to understand otherwise. It is obvious that he put great effort and thought into this book and it is wonderfully insightful in a simplistic way. I very much enjoyed this peak into his mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Fadiman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Anyone who has ever loved a book will relish this playful, yet deeply literate collection of essays celebrating the joy of reading. From building castles with books as a child, to the trauma of joining her library with her husband's, the author reveals, with much warmth and humor, the intimate details of her lifelong affair with books. For Anne Fadiman, books are not built for function, and certainly not for decoration. They are close personal friends who never fail to delight and amaze.

    Diana says: "Reading IS fun!"
    "Wishing for more..... or less"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a collection of essays by an obviously intelligent, well-read writer. For the most part, I found her observations amusing, touching, and completely relatable. However, there were a couple of the essays that had a certain tone of "I'm-so-much-smarter-than-you-are" which took away from the utter enjoyment of the whole book. However, overall, I loved the passion for books and reading that she so powerfully shared and I think all avid-readers will feel somewhat of a kinship in her stories because they too love books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (534)

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"
    "You had me until the end...."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I would recommend this to friends because it was very interesting and I liked the way it was put together. It would be good for teens to listen to / read because it does reflect to them that the rumors and gossip that they spread and the way that they treat others can have a hugely detrimental effect.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Asher? Why or why not?

    Yes, though his style is certainly YA, I enjoyed it. I was disappointed with the end, the last "reason." Up until then I felt that I could understand why the character was so distraught. After the last tape, I was disappointed in her and I felt that she had already given in and given up, nothing was going to stop her. Maybe that was the purpose of that ending but I was so angry with her at that point.


    What does Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think that, because there are two main voices in the book, there may have been points that were confusing because their thoughts are one on top of the other. The readers gave strength and emotion to the story and I think I enjoyed it more through their reading than I would have otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4785)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1680)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Beautiful prose, haunting story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have several friends who I think would find this book as clever and interesting as I have. It is beautifully written, narrated with eloquence, and the story is intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I very much liked the ending of the story. After the dark and ugly journey we had been taken on through the story, I felt, not that all was happily ended, but that there was closure. There was little to nag at my brain, "but what about that...." I loved the style and the characters very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "Good but not what I was hoping for."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was so excited about the basic premise of this book - Libriomancers, people with the power to manifest magic from books. What a great idea! But I felt that at one moment the action was rushing by too quickly and at other moments the reflections of the main character were slowing things down. I think the author has great ability but it just didn't hit the mark for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There was a certain amount of the end that was very foreseeable, not surprising. But it was fairly excitingly written, enough that I wanted to finish. I was disappointed by the two main characters and their back and forth feelings that didn't entirely resolve at the end. Not everyone has to walk off into the sunset happily but sometimes, its best to let things be messy than to tie up loose ends disappointingly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    While the reader was good at carrying emotion in his voice, his tone for the female voices was poor and, for me, it took away from the implied sexiness of those characters.


    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
    (4773)
    Performance
    (4410)
    Story
    (4421)

    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"
    "Typically Wonderful Gaiman"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely, the simple magic of the story is enchanting and the cadence with which Gaiman reads lulls and excites at the same time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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