It is certain that Leo Tolstoy will be an author I look into in the near future after I get a bit further into my pile of books I already have set aside to listen to or to read. The narrator has an amazingly eloquent voice and I loved his ability to make distinct voices for the male characters but I felt as thought he fell short on the female characters. However this wouldn't stop me from putting him in my next pick.
The struggle that Levan has encountered throughout this book is very real and brought to the surface a struggle that I was able to make a connection. I liked Levan very much from the beginning and loved him even more so at the end of this grand story.
Eloquent, vivid and charming.
This book I don't feel is so much an inspirational book but a book for reflecting. Reflecting on ones choices in life and how best to move forward.
The title is a bit miss leading, if you know nothing of Anna Karenina and if reading this review you may be asking yourself why I haven't mentioned our dear Anna. She indeed is one of our main characters and we spend a great bit of time with her but not who the book is truly about. However her struggle in this book takes you on quite the ride and in the end I wasn't quite sure how to feel about her but I know that I felt dumb-founded and aggrevated with her decisions and her choice of how to deal with them.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home was very interesting and an easy listen but, I'm undecided on if I would listen to it again. The narrators voice seemed very electronic and flat at times which really threw me off at times. Perhaps I would read the book though.
I could not compare this story with any other that I have read personally.
Yes, when it came to the characters Amy Rubinate performed awesomely at making each character his or her own. However the generic narration would be a bit flat and monotone at times, it sounded like a operator recording.
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Selma Blair's performance made it feel like Anne was talking right to me. This audio book was transformed into a friend telling of her trials and a friend listening intently. This is story is amazing on its own but the performance set it apart.
Anne is a real teen girl and I felt like if I had been in her situation... Well I don't know. It's a tragedy that Anne had to experience these hardships and that in the end she suffered even more but I appreciate that the story is real and raw. I am thankful for Anne who spent all that time writing in her journal and sharing her story.
The part where Anne talks about making a difference long after she is gone... I cried, like a baby!
See the comment above, yes absolutely!
Anne transforms through out her time in the Secret annex and that makes her more likable as her story develops. I hate for her that she wasn't able to enjoy her youth but I am greatful that she shared her story with us and that would make her happy if she knew, all the lives she had touched through writing in her journal.
The story a lone was awesome but our famous narrator made it outstanding! Before reading this, I had only ever had the movie version. The book is so much better! It is hard to pick out a part that I loved best so many things come to mind... But if I have to pick one... Oh I just can't... Every aspect of this story is awesome. I was able to recapture something awesome from my youth and listen around my daughter without the worry of her hearing something inappropriate. Plus the characters and how Anne brought them each their own voice gave the story a new and unexpected dimension.
I feel like this story stands alone as it should. It is unique and that makes it wonderful... Anything that may compare in the future is just a copy cat.
No I have not listened to Anne before but I was very pleased with her performance and would listen again.
I may have laughed on a few occasions but I don't recall any tears.
Awesome awesome awesome!
None and yet so many at the same time. Chris Colfer really wrote a great adventure and made it his own. While this story recalls many of the fairy tale classics, Colfer keeps the integrity of each character without commercializing them. But they aren't who the story is about anyway. Alex and Connor Bailey are awesome and lovable and new characters who are a fresh breath of air.
What? I have to pick just one? That's not going to happen! I caught myself a few times wondering how in the world he gave each characters voice such a different range, I had no problem telling which character was from the other.
If I could have I would have! But I just didn't have that much free time in one sitting. But I did finish it in a week and a half.
Thank you Chirs Colfer! After listening to The Land of Stories, the wishing spell and finding out soon after that he had already had The Enchantress Returns in the works, I was so delighted! I hope he isn't done with Alex and Connor Bailey just yet, please don't be! I have more to say but can't without spoiling something awesome for those who haven't read yet.
Well... I must say I haven't read the print version to say. But I can say this the narrator made this story come to life. He performed each character excellently and gave them wonderful individual voices. The many pieces where he had to sing, although not my favorite parts... He sold me on it every time!
The emotion and almost physical battle against Gollom stands out to me the most. But there were so many moments. But the reason why that particular moment stands out to me is because I love the riddle game the two play.
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But of course! We are talking about the writings of Tolkien. There were several and it would be hard for me to select one.
I really appreciated the multiple narrators and loved that this story takes on Jacob's point of view. I particularly like the part where Jacob (without giving too much away) has his personal climax and that's all I can say without ruining a key part of this story.
Matt was perfect as Jacob... Absolutely perfect! IIyana had a great range of voices for each character and I look forward to hearing her again.
There are many moving moments, a lot happens in this book for our three main characters and honestly when the boom ended... I wasn't ready to leave them just yet. The end when Bella masters her powers and is able to surprise Edward once again is just the absolute sweetest thing!
I recommend this story to everyone whether young or old because all the characters and all that goes on in this splendid story, there is something somewhere that I believe anyone and everyone could identify themselves.
Oh what an unfair question! I love them all, except Capricorn but we aren't meant to like him and that is good and well. Eleanor brought forth a lot of humor to me and so I will have to choose her as my favorite.
My favorite scene had to been... I can't say with out giving a spoiler ... Oh maybe I can without giving up too much... I like the dungeon scene and that's all I wil say.
Many scenes, many moments... I absolutely LOVE this story.
Of course the audio version is better. The narrator did the most excellent job of bringing these characters to life. If I had been reading the book in print, the characters accents would have never been so well developed in my head and I just love how real she made this story for me.
Hugh Jr. - bless his heart! And his dear sweet mother Annabell Lendor. We don't get to spend too much time with Hugh Jr but he is a good man who loves his family and is doing the best he can. Annabell is a dear kind soul who wants what is best for everyone and takes on what others either cannot or choose not and this makes me love her.
I have not listened to Tavia before but I can tell you her voices and accents really pulled this story into a light that would've not been there on paper for me, at least. She turned the story into much more than a reading of a book aloud but a true and spectacular performance that honestly... I could listen to again.
This book isn't the shortest but I deffinitely got through it in good time and could not wait to return to it each time.
The historical events that are tied to this story's essence and the evolution of our main character really kept me connected to this story but at the same time I despised the main character and almost quit listening because of him. But I had to know what was going to happen next and that was the second best thing about this story, the writer really kept you hanging on and wanting more.
I wanted more of these characters, I almost missed them with the way it ended and I really can't say more without ruining it for those who haven't read this story.
He turned it into a true dramatization without turning it corny although he could've done a but better with the women's voices, I was we'll pleased with him.
This story should be a very good reminder of how each moment and each action if your life impact others, it impacts tomorrow and it impacts more than you can ever imagine.
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