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Ruth

Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "Absolutely wonderful narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator was just the best that could be for this story. His accents were great, all of them. The story has a solid pace, somewhat like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, you either like it or you don't.The humour is as dry as an autumn leaf, and thinly served up, so as not to overwhelm. A very good listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11354)
    Performance
    (10421)
    Story
    (10477)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "So very good, it's painful"
    Overall
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    I agree with other reviewers, don't pass this one by due to its Young Adult status. It is so very good, it will make you cry, it will perhaps make you realize that life is unfair. Things happen to people, because, they just happen. As my dear GP says, " sometimes life just hands you a land mine'" you didn't deserve it, it just happens. No good or bad, just is. That does not aleviate the suffering however, the desire for a meaningful life, the desire we have for meaning. Read it, experience it,
    Kate Rudd does a marvelous job of narrating. Thank you John Green for allowing me this glimpse into this world, I am the richer for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Novice Unabridged: A Story of True Love

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage. Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling.

    Kyle Krueger says: "The Novice..listened to on the way from WI to IL"
    "A pleasant story in the Buddist tradition"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a very gifted teacher of the subtle points of self inquiry. So, this story could be viewed as a guided meditation. It allows you to look at the theory that the river of thought, and emotion that is your life is just that, it passes, as a river would pass a certain point on a shoreline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woefield Poultry Collective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Juby
    • Narrated By Carter Hayden, Kate Griffin, Jennifer Walls, and others
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run” - in the loosest possible sense of the word - by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to- the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience.

    Ruth says: "Beautifully cast, excellent narration"
    "Beautifully cast, excellent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue, like Miriam Towes, Susan Juby is really good at the rolling story.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters come alive.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Millions Like Us: Women's Lives in the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Virginia Nicholson
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Virginia Nicholson's Millions Like Us: Women's Lives in the Second World War. A special multi-voice recording featuring five actresses that bring to life the hundreds of personal testimonies, diary entries and books that make up this superb study. Read by Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, Julie Maisey and Georgina Sutton.

    Ruth says: "So much interesting information"
    "So much interesting information"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.
    If you have an interest in historical minutae, what the sentiments of the day were for this era, Virginia Nicholson presents a unique viewpoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of women interviewed, their various economic situations, and how the Second World war affected them differently. For some, it was a leg up in the world, for some, a glaring opening into reality.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    Her accents were very well done, and her male officer voices brought to mind the classic slightly portly British officer.


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

    No. As a matter of fact, some should probably be digested slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    There were so many things in this book that opened my eyes to what women in Britain did during the war. I had no idea there was conscription for women, among other things. Not all parts of the book were what you could say enjoyable, the degree of constant unrelenting stress from all parts of living through the times was brought home very well. Some of the jobs they did were stimulating, others so abhorant they would never be forgotten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just William: William's Treasure Trove

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richmal Crompton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's the beginning of the summer holidays and William and the Outlaws see an endless expanse of gloriously carefree days stretching ahead - but how to fill them? The six classic adventures contained in this unabridged reading are: 'William and the Holiday Centre', 'William's Treasure Trove', 'William and the Cottage', 'William Tackles the Job', 'William and Detective Journalism', and 'William and the Parsons' Guy'.

    Chelle says: "Laugh out loud listening!"
    "All new stories"
    Overall

    We are ardent "Just William" fans, always on the lookout for new stories. Martin Jarvis is the perfect narrator for this work. All the stories are ones we have never heard before. These are great for car trips with children. Richmal Crompton is not a formulaic writer, there are so many facets to her characters, they become like family, some you would prefer to see only once a year, some have their very own place in your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.

    Ruth says: "Boldly written and read"
    "Boldly written and read"
    Overall

    A story for humans. We aren't perfect, we do have faults, well, at least most of us.Chick lit isn't my usual read, but this one was a great choice. The author's reading was great, her voice is not that of a professional reader, but that just makes it more real.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    With over two million copies of his works in print, Patrick McManus is an accomplished humor author. In The Bear in the Attic, he once again invites listeners to peek into his unique perspectives on life and his favorite topic, the great outdoors. Here listeners are treated to amazingly absurd tales of young male hijinks, camping mishaps and neighbor-eating bears! Norman Dietz adds another dimension to McManus' humor with his brilliant comic narration.

    Ruth says: "Simply the best"
    "Simply the best"
    Overall

    Patrick McManus is just the best Humour writer alive. He has built on the work of some of the greats. Mark Twain, Jerome K. Jerome, just to name a couple. He is funny without swearing, which makes him suitable for long car trips with your family. We found audio cassettes of his a long time ago and have been avid listeners ever since. His characters become your friends. Thanks for finding these and offering them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Through Black Spruce

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.

    Ruth says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A pleasure to listen to"
    Overall

    The author acknowledges native life, and its shortcomings, but it doesn't own his characters, or the book.
    Very realistic wilderness scenarios, not tidy, nor idyllic.
    Exceptionally well read, wonderful parallels between predators in the many worlds inhabited by the characters.
    Would love to listen to Boyden's first book " Three Day Road"

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Flying Troutmans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Miriam Toews
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Winner of the Governor's General Award for fiction, Miriam Toews writes endearing novels that are amusing and full of surprising turns. The Troutman family is facing serious change. With their mother remitted to the mental hospital again, precocious 11-year-old Thebes and rebellious 15-year-old Logan place a call to their aunt Hattie in Paris, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend.

    Jamie says: "The Flying Troutmand"
    "Great story, wonderful narrator"
    Overall

    A tender story,about human frailty and a look at our own imperfections.Erin Moon was the perfect voice for the characters. Miriam Toews is a great writer of real dialogue Glad to see her represented here. More please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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