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slinkycat

Florida | Member Since 2006

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  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • We'll Always Have Parrots

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Meg Langslow knew the fan convention for her actor-boyfriend's hit television series was going to be the ultimate in weird. But she came along because she figured Michael could use an occasional dose of sanity, and because it was an inspired place to sell her hand-crafted weapons. And so far, she was dealing pretty well with the costumed fans camped outside, the batch of escaped parrots and monkeys frolicking throughout the hotel, and the minefield of egos lurking behind the show's success.

    Twilight Realm says: "When you need a distraction and a laugh..."
    "When you need a distraction and a laugh..."
    Overall

    Donna Andrews mysteries are perfect for getting away from it all. They seem somewhat silly on the surface, the opposite of Agatha Christie books which I love too, but they have serious crimes going on. They make you think about yourself, your relationships and the strangers around you. You'll laugh especially when you realize you've had the same thoughts as her characters. And Meg, the heroine, is a strong, capable young woman, led by her heart and her mind but not fashion. You'll enjoy how she thinks for herself and supports others to do the same. These are fun books, quick to read/listen and perfect for taking some time off.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (438)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "If you are having trouble with this narrator..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Blood of Olympus again? Why?

    I haven't gotten far in the book yet but I agree with the narration comments completely. I found if I change the narration speed to 1.25x it makes it a lot more tolerable so I can pay more attention to the story. I do wonder with audio books in general, why they don't pay a little more attention to the consistency of narration in a series; it can really be distracting when suddenly the narrator doesn't do as well as others.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

    Jennifer says: "Very amusing!"
    "Funny and uplifting"
    Overall

    I always enjoy Donna Andrews' books because they make me laugh and keep me thinking what I would do. I don't see how she ever gets any work done. The story moves quickly and is especially welcome when you don't have a lot of time or are distracted, because they are easy to pay attention to. They make you want to get back to listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    A fabulous way to experience twenty of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays, this retelling of the stories in prose was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare's own words whenever possible, but making the plots and language easily understandable, this very readable collection has entertained and informed generations of adults as well. It is the ideal primer for anyone interested in becoming familiar with the works of the great bard.

    Twilight Realm says: "Especially good for kids"
    "Especially good for kids"
    Overall

    Just so you can understand, this book re-tells Shakespeare's plays with a few direct quotes in a story format. We read this book for homeschool and I downloaded the audio so we can listen to the stories again. It's a great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare because they can follow the complicated plots more easily and really get a handle on what's going on. They're not too long so they don't get bored though sometimes I have to stop and review who's who and what's going on. My nine year old adhd son likes to act out these stories and remembers them too. He also understands references adults sometimes make to Shakespeare. (They will help adults to understand Shakespeare better too.)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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