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Sara Zimmerman

NEWARK, DE, US | Member Since 2007

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  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kim Newman
    • Narrated By Tom Hodgkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

    Amazon Customer says: "Newman at His Best"
    "Hilarious Spoof/Spin On Sherlock Holmes"
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    What did you love best about Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles?

    Hearing stories from the bad-guys also spotting characters from other books in the stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles?

    When Moran met all three Moriarty brothers, all named James or also the interactions with Irene Adler. I think my favorite story in this book is The Adventure of the Six Maledictions.


    Which character ??? as performed by Tom Hodgkins ??? was your favorite?

    It's a toss-up between Moran or Moriarty. Irene Adler was well done though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't call this one a "moving" type book, funny yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun and quick listen. I can't decide how I feel about the ending and if I want a sequel written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1133)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Fun and Amusing Mystery"
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    Where does The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This one is definitely one of my favorites- Flavia is a wonderfully entertaining character and Jayne Entwistle was a perfect narrator for the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?

    I loved how Flavia would bring Chemistry into situations that doesn't usually make a person think of chemical reactions or analysis. The situations or behavior that reminded the listener that Flavia was in fact an 11 year old girl were also endearing.


    What about Jayne Entwistle???s performance did you like?

    She was able to maintain a convincing tone of an 11year old girl- like the right amount of annoyance in her voice at being treated as a little girl etc.


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

    I did want to keep listening to this book constantly and usually was able to find excuses to listen to it a lot but sadly not in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Dan Oreskes
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland....

    Lynn says: "Up from Obscurity"
    "Great listen on the history of John Brown"
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    If you could sum up Midnight Rising in three words, what would they be?

    History, craziness, fascinating


    What other book might you compare Midnight Rising to and why?

    I would probably compare them to Tony Horwitz's other books as I find all of them to be interesting reads on history.


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

    You could listen to the things John Brown said, instead of reading it- I think it helped to understand/picture the events.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was shocked by the sheer stubborn craziness of John Brown and he willingness to lead his sons to take place in violent raids. I hadn't ever realized how bloody and violent John Brown was, I was definitely surprised by the constant use of violence and his virtual abandonment of his family.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know much about John Brown, so learning about his childhood, role in Bleeding Kansas, his planning and eventual follow through of the raid on Harper's Ferry was fascinating and I would encourage anyone who doesn't know much beyond the basic facts to listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "Entertaining take on Nativity story."
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    What did you like best about Unholy Night? What did you like least?

    I liked the new take on the Nativity story although it did get very gory at times, which is not really my thing, so I would've been happy to skip most of the fight scenes with all the blood spurting details.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked how everything was interconnected and wrapped itself up without leaving loose ends.


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

    I enjoyed his narration, he did a great job on Herod's voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I might; but as it would most likely be an action movie with bloody battle scenes I would probably wait for the DVD to be available.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer more, but this was still a decent listen, I'll keep an eye out for any more books he writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "Amusing but too juvenile"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The writing got very repetitive, someone was always about to rip someone's face off or tear their guts out along with various other phrases that were used over and over again.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Thompson???s story?

    I think I was hoping for a bit more historical fact and less exaggeration, most of these stories would've been plenty impressive without the over top descriptions.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I doubt I would've finished reading the book- the narrator was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading it I found out he had a blog where he does Badasses of the week- I think one short post a week would be easier to handle as the repetitive phrasing wouldn't be so obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (614)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Hilarious & Sweet Story"
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    Would you listen to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day again? Why?

    Yes I would- it was fun to see her discover herself and start to enjoy life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    I think when Miss Pettigrew first met Miss Lafosse and was exposed to her world. I also enjoyed that Miss Pettigrew was able to fix so many of the women's problems


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Miss Pettigrew was given a make-over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending- I was so happy for Miss Pettigrew


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a great listen, the reader was wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2105)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "Great Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Anne Hathaway's narration- she did a great job with all the different voices.


    What about Anne Hathaway???s performance did you like?

    Her varied voices- I was impressed at how well she did them!


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book a while ago and it was enjoyable to listen to it and hear the story again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8495)
    Performance
    (7643)
    Story
    (7659)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Great Second Book"
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    Where does Hexed rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely one of my favorites- the story is good and the characters make you laugh!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oberon was my favorite character and the narrator did a great job with his voice, he spoke and acted just how I would expect a dog to (if they could communicate in our heads of course...)


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the first book and was worried that I'd be disappointed with the second but I wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (934)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Interesting subject I knew nothing about"
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    I liked the title of the book, so I had to read the summary. Once I did I knew it would be a good one. I never had had any thought or really curiosity about how the field of toxicology came about so this book was a great introduction to it as a plus I learned things about prohibition as well!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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