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Sandra

sansmile

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  • 12 reviews
  • 61 ratings
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  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.

    keahi says: "Dickens paints wonderful imagery with his words."
    "The best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is great, and the reader is fabulous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations?

    The turn of the characters story as Pip grows up.


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

    Depth of feeling, accents, voices


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7508)
    Performance
    (6580)
    Story
    (6578)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kept me guessing! Fun and serious. Entertaining characters. Interesting to learn a little bit about Australia. Part murder mystery and part female fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (10384)
    Performance
    (8310)
    Story
    (8350)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Fascinating point of view"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The narration was key to enjoyment of this story, especially as there were words in German I would not have known how to pronounce. The story was compelling and the voices so distinct that you could tell "who was talking".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    Realizing who the narrator in the story is. (there is an actual narrator in the story as well as the external narrator who was reading the story)


    Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

    Liesel or perhaps Papa.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Thief and why?

    Don't want to give it away


    Any additional comments?

    The movie did a great job of showing the village and the general atmosphere, but missed so many details. The characterizations in the movie matched those in the book well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1604)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Totally fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Angela's Ashes again? Why?

    I am eager to begin again to catch details that I missed the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes?

    Listening to the poem "The Highwayman" in McCourt's Irish accent was my favorite part.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    The singing/ poetry and reality as he told his own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOTHING


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (179)

    On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is.

    Catherine says: "kindred spirit"
    "A classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed this book within the context of its dated content.


    Would you recommend Anne of Green Gables to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you want a classic


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was OK.


    Was Anne of Green Gables worth the listening time?

    Yes, a good story, although old fashioned.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7946)
    Performance
    (3647)
    Story
    (3657)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Richard Matthews?

    I love every other book that I've read and heard by Bill Bryson.
    I hated this book. It was so boring. The funny bits were far apart and would have been funnier in Bill's own voice.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    Not read by Bill Bryson. Extremely boring.


    What three words best describe Richard Matthews’s voice?

    English. Rich. But not as good as Bill's own.


    Did A Short History of Nearly Everything inspire you to do anything?

    I forced myself to finish it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (153)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Scent of the Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I was fascinated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My fave character was Puzzle.


    Which character – as performed by Susannah Charleson – was your favorite?

    She presented herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Volunteer work...who knew? I never knew SAR dogs and their handlers were volunteers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The adventures of a charismatic band of animal characters in the English countryside. One of the best loved stories of all time.

    Holly says: "A well loved classic"
    "disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was disappointed by this classic. While imaginative, and lots of good imagery, the overall message is mixed up.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not had Toad get away with his crimes.


    What about Curtis Sisco’s performance did you like?

    Easy to understand,


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (599)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "details"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Morpurgo and/or John Keating?

    This story was interesting to a point, but so much was missing from the description that I couldn't tell the real setting. I'm sure the movie made it thrilling, but I found the story boring and predictable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (927)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Bryson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Bryson is good on travel, easy to listen to, but not his best. This one needed a map.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Bryson? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Down to earth, pulls no punches.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My fave is A Walk in the Woods

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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