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Sarah

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  • 146 titles in library
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  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "Great story, history and family all in one."
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    If you could sum up A Land Remembered in three words, what would they be?

    Family, Frontier, Florida


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Land Remembered?

    The passage of time, beginning in frontier Florida, takes you through three generations of a pioneering family is the wilds of Florida. It's a wonderful tale and especially poignant if you are from Florida as I am. I never had an image of what life would have been like in Florida as one of the first settlers to the area. This was a great novel!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Very lovely narration, easy to understand each of the characters different speaking styles.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you won't regret it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10365)
    Performance
    (5629)
    Story
    (5661)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is the first book in a very, very long time that moved me to tears. And I can't even remember the last time I cared so much for a character!


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    No other book compares, it's in a genre of its' own.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi Patel


    If you could take any character from Life of Pi out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pi Patel of course


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2605)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Amazing book, I loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaimen narrates this book and is amazing. I love all the different characters and voices he is able to perform. This is what good book "listening" is all about!
    The story is so innovative and charming as well.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    That would be actually two characters, the Mr.'s Croup and Vandemar. Evil but so entertaining.


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

    There's more than one reality, you just have to look hard enough to see it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1862)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Beautifully written and beautifully performed!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chaperone to be better than the print version?

    I think Elizabeth McGovern's voice adds that certain touch that really makes me feel like I am in the setting. She is a delight to listen to and I will seek out any further books she narrates.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I probably would say Cora, since it is her story we are most concerned with.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth McGovern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I am going to look for more.


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

    I don't want to give anything away but when Cora gets her turn to be loved is my favorite part.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this one folks, it's a gem!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3888)
    Performance
    (2865)
    Story
    (2867)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Great book, you'll enjoy it!"
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    Would you listen to Alas, Babylon again? Why?

    Yes I would, it is just how a well written book should be.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Very consistent narration, emphasis in all the right places!


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

    Yes absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, good narration, what more could you want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5584)
    Performance
    (5006)
    Story
    (4999)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "No, no, no! Bad book all around. First book better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No way, I found this book to be boring beyond belief. The first book was pretty good and I liked a lot of things about it. This book was just not well put together, the story was so fragmented and just poorly written. I hate to say this but it's the truth. I wonder if the author didn't just rush it to get something out, it could have been good, but it became very trite and predictable and boring. Extremely boring!
    The narrator is just plain god awful! I have never been quite as annoyed by a narrator in any other audio book, and I've listened to a lot of audio books.
    Some of the characters are fine but when she does the voice for Diana, the main character it's awful. It's hard to describe, it's just plain annoying.
    I needless to say will not be purchasing any further novels by this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator possibly, but I think it comes down to a poorly written book.


    Was Shadow of Night worth the listening time?

    No, but I listened because I paid for it, so I felt I should at least give it a full listen, but I haven't wanted to turn off an audio book as often as this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homer & Langley

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

    A User says: "Good On So Many Levels"
    "Sad but endearing tale of two brothers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Homer & Langley the most enjoyable?

    I like the way the you see the entire novel from the viewpoint of the brother who is blind. But in his words you see everything happening through his observations.


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

    At times I felt like it was just passing the reader through generation to generation, in a trite way, hippies, etc. I could have done without that.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I've ever heard him before this, but he is very good in this.


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

    The end of course was the most moving to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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