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  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "Book is aimed at middle school kids."
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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    A scene early on in which there is a "roommate" conflict. Without spoilers, it was distressing and unfair social bullying...a great way to generate drama and setup a "Harry vs Malfoy" rivalry...but to me, it was an annoying drama, and the sort of things that would not actually be tolerated.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally a fan of reading "young adult" books (Harry Potter, Ranger's Apprentice, etc).. But the ones I like are easy to read, and easy to engage in, but not necessarily targeted at kids. This book was targeted at middle school kids. I can see why it's popular, but I didn't personally like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (29)

    Jane Eyre, a young orphan, leads a lonely life at a boarding school until she's old enough to take a job as a governess for the wealthy and mysterious Mr. Rochester. Over time, she falls in love with her stern employer, but happiness still eludes her - even on her wedding day. What is the mad secret Rochester is hiding?

    Connie says: "Jane Eyre"
    "Legendary performance"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story of Jane Eyre is one of the greatest works of British literature. It's fun, intense, strange and gothic. Even my young children loved it.The joy of this version, though is Flo Gibson's performance. Just listen to the sample, and you can immediately tell that you are listening to something special. She nails all the characters and narration, of course, but she manages to go well beyond that.I've listened to this version twice on CD, and just purchased it to be able to hear it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1083)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Excellent story, well read"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was an excellent story. As a Jane Austen novice, I cared about the characters, and was happy to see how the story progressed.

    It was "tamer" than I expected, even for a Jane Austen novel, in that no circumstances were too dire, and no characters were too awful--but that was perfect for what I was looking for.

    Stevenson's performance was excellent, handling male and female characters of all ages convincingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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