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Sarah

Kanata, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    In Bradbury's unforgettable modern Gothic masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, something evil arrives in a small Midwestern town on the crest of the wind one autumn night. A "dark carnival" with frightening attractions and supernatural characters sets up stakes. It is up to two 13-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, to figure out a way to save the souls of the town.

    Sarah says: "Ageless"
    "Ageless"
    Overall

    I picked up this audiobook on a halloween special--I'd loved Farenheit 451 as a child and so decided to try this. I was honestly riveted. I couldn't put it down (my mp3 player down). I not only listened to it out running (when I usually do) but also had to snap on my player for short walks with the dogs and often just while doing household chores. Bradbury builds up the suspense effortlessly and allows this book to cross generations and decades. Whether you are 10 or 80 this story is as refreshing now as it was no doubt when it was first published. The narration is excellent and I can honestly find no fault. It is one of the few books that I will 'read' again. I recommend it highly.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9857)
    Performance
    (4790)
    Story
    (4818)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Excellent Narration of an Instant Classic"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed King books for decades. But not until Under the Dome I have felt that he has hit the pinnacle of his career. An instant classic King book, but the narration really brought it to life. Exceptional narration...many would have succumbed to the urge to take a densely populated book like Under the Dome and put on a cast of characters...or accept a simple read through. Whomever made the decision to choose this narrator...thank you. Brilliant work. Best narration I have ever heard (well except for Neil Gaiman....but this one wins for most characters). A book I will happily listen to again. Thank you King for a great story. Thank you Raul Esparza. Brilliant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atmospheric Disturbances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rivka Galchen
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.

    Sarah says: "Worth Listening to Again"
    "Worth Listening to Again"
    Overall

    I don't often say a book is worth listening to twice. But this book is beautifully written, and beautifully narrated. I often found myself going back one, two, or five minutes to listen again--not because it was hard to follow, but because I found it such compelling language I wanted to memorize it. That "re-read" only is found with the really good books. This is one of those. A rare five stars from me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1845)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (697)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Ignoring the Booker....an excellent tale"
    Overall

    I have high expectations for the Booker winners. When I read one I expect to be completely blown away by lyrical writing, great characters, gripping plot. Don't get me wrong, White Tiger is excellent. But I found myself comparing it to the Booker list and it came up short. It's a great story, a fun story, an excellent insight into India. Read it. Laugh and enjoy. But if you're looking for Booker winners specifically, you may want to turn to something else.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Gods Behaving Badly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Phillips
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Being immortal is not all it once was. Yes, the 12 Greek gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London town house: and are none too happy about it. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Delightful fantasy"
    "Fun Classical Immersion"
    Overall

    Great use of the Greek gods in a fun, fun story. Neil and Alice are well-drawn characters with a great sense of love and friendship. Narrator is excellent, voicing each of the gods with their unique personality and delivering a real sense of restraint and decorum to Alice and Neil. Loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tim Flannery
    • Narrated By Drew de Carvalho
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction", The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written.

    Pampa says: "The definitive book on climate crisis"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Great audio book and great read all around. Well worth the price of admission! I may listen to it twice....

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Disasppointed"
    Overall

    I expected more from this book after all the hype. Was disappointed in its content. Wasn't a great 'read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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