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Wanda

Wandah Panda

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Apart from Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By David Kudler, Heather Jane Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Secrets, passion, betrayal… Written with passionate conviction, this story is being recorded by two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven years old student, and Anita, a plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, his aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "A Literary Masterpiece!"
    "Add to or amplify, audio adds."
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    Here is the review I did on the book after I read it.
    Literary fiction at it's best.
    This is not an easy read, nor a fast one. The reader is immersed in the life and love of a complicated family. The plot is complicated. The theme is one of perspective and in this lies part of the beauty of this novel. The readers perception is formed from multiple point of views. As soon as one perception is formed another take on the reality that is displayed is introduced.

    The above is nice extra topping on literally poetry in motion. The authors ability to economically use words in a fluid descriptive manner is akin to see a master painter start a work of genius on a blank canvas. By the end of the process the observer is left stunned and awed.

    I know this for this is the effect this book had on me. With almost every known emotion exploited and turned topsy- turvy, I stand in awe.

    Now on to the narrators, David Kudler as Ben and Bens' dad did a masterful job in bringing to the fore, for me, what a pathetic man Ben really is. At 27 he never had a job. He blames his folks for everything. He drifts around like a hobo and assumes it is his right that his father keeps looking after him for he is his son.

    Anita came to life with Heather Jane Hogan. She may not be well educated or even brought up well but she has smarts. The real type, the deep type that gives her insight into the human state of being that is actually kind of chilling. The two narrators added so much to the story, amplified it. Made it sharper, made the contrasts that more deep. I absolutely adored this book after I was a bit hesitant to start on it since I could still recall the book pretty well after reading it not that long ago. Absolutely amazing. A must listen.

    WaAr.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Charlie Hoehn
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers.

    Megan Hewins says: "Hit and Miss"
    "Now I never figured I would give 5* to this read"
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    Amazingly simplistic but not simple I can see why this book is so popular.
    The author did an amazing job in summing up his pov and to make his points clear.

    I seriously think this is a book EVERYBODY should read.
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (834)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "This guy sure can write!"
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    The Junkie Quatrain. By Peter Clines narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer.

    This is a short audible book narrated by Christian Rummel and Theresa Plummer depending on whether the main protagonist is male or female. The only thing negative I can say about Christian is that his range for female voices are all nasal and that confuses the listener. On the other hand he really shines when he does male voices ranging in tone, speed and accent for the various characters. Theresa does a brilliant job in making her characters pop.
    4* for the narrators.

    Now the book. It is not 14. The book that got me hooked on the author. It is far more like his ex-hero series which is not bad but it is not 14.
    However, the twists, the irony and the basic probability of the happenings in these 4 loosely connected zombie stories sure is worth the read /listen.

    I would recommend this book to all lovers of the genre

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3061)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2760)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Not for me."
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    I am sorry. Listened to this on audio. I am now convinced I will not be watching the movie. The story is .....boring and the existential element is over done. Daydreaming? Maybe.

    But do not take my word for it. Get your own copy.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bruners Come to America

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Laura Jackman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The events and people mentioned in this book span 13 generations, covering nearly three centuries of family history. The story begins in 1495 when the Bruner family lived in Switzerland. It continues with the 1729 immigration of the Bruner family from Germany to America. Many generations of the Bruner family have been proud to call America their home. This branch of the Bruner family settled in Maryland and later relocated to Ohio. The village of Brunersburg in Defiance County, Ohio was first settled by this family.

    Wanda says: "A living history!"
    "A living history!"
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    I prefer this authors stories about her puppies and pocket pets. This book I think will have greater appeal to people interested in this particular families genealogy.

    The one facet I really loved was the fact that the author gave the origins and meanings of some of the more popular family names. I found this really interesting.

    A fast read and if this is within your area of interest then I am sure you will enjoy the way the narrator interprets the story.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (617)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "An entertaining short story."
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    A perfectly good entertaining little horror story. At times the author went a bit too far for me in his description - a bit crude. Though let me add that in this story it fit and did not really bother me as much as it would have in another story or in another genre.
    The narrator did a smashing job of making this story come to life.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (543)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "Do not think twice!"
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    I listened to this book on audio.

    Let me tell you I am now in two if I should rush out to buy more audio books narrated by Kafer or more books from the author. Since I have two credits I am thinking one of each.

    As a haunted house thriller I expected to walk away going ahm....ok.
    I was wrong the book popped. I found myself gripped by the story. Wondering at work what would happen next!
    I kid you not.

    I can tell you about plot, flow, secondary character formation, the brilliance of the narrator etc but I wont.
    I am saying if your a haunted house fan. Love audio. Do not think twice.

    Buy today.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guinea Pig Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Laura Jackman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This short audiobook is a memoir of a guinea pig and his family, set in the 1960's through the 1990's. Mr. Bridgette was a real guinea pig adopted in 1995 by an animal loving family in a small northwest Ohio town. The family owned a variety of pets over the years. Among the most memorable pets were the guinea pigs. Mr. Bridgette was given the honor of writing his story. He remembers the details of his life as if it just happened yesterday.

    Wanda says: "Three blind mice!"
    "Three blind mice!"
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    Awh this is such a fast sweet read. I am convinced that most of this information is not only new for me but will help other pocket pet owners. Also for children I think this story is a must especially in audio format like I listened to. The narrator has a calm soothing voice and this should also assist to calm children down while educating them.

    Really sweet.
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now. When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse - until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue - on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit - she discovers a new and horrifying truth. The Change isn't over.

    reena says: "This is not a book, its a poor play"
    "Katy Kellgren deserves an award for this series!"
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    I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley and was totally stoked! I chanced upon the series on audible and could simply not wait to read what is going to happen next...
    So I started reading but all was not well. Alex did not sound so strong in my mind. Tom sounded like a girl. And and and I had a lightbulb moment. The story is even better than the proceeding two. The pace was fast and action packed BUT what was missing was their voices. Alex sounds deep, strong and wise beyond her years. Tom sounds tough, sexy and mysterious. In my mind they all sounded like me!

    So I waited and bought this audible copy and voila! Lightbulb. I was missing the narrator! Katy is totally brilliant. Alex when calm and collected sounds strong and self assured. In crises she breathes harder and her voice rise an octave or 8 but she is still undoubtedly Alex!

    The story, the final in this series is truly brilliant and even better than the first two books in the series.
    By now you know how I feel about the narrator.

    Overall this series has made it to my top 5 series of all times.
    I am generally not a fan of female narrators but I must confess that I will need to reasses my take on the male vs female narrator brilliance.

    Can I give it more than 5*? I really want to give it a perfect 10!

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (511)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Watch this author!"
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    I bought my copy of this via audible!

    I knew nothing of the story going in.
    This is what I found.

    Story/plot!
    Extreme -- you have mad scientists. Terrorists. Hero's. One with real super powers, and yes! ALIENS!
    That is alotta stuff in one book. If I read the blurb and it mentioned all this then I would have bought another in its stead.
    I mean seriously...I would have made a big mistake. The author pulled it off brilliantly!

    Theme
    Hard to pin point within all these plot lines but I think it is the plight of autistic chldren and how they are being marginalized within "mainstream" life in general. Well, that is what I took from it.

    Writing style
    Amazing. Really and at this price, try it, you might not like it, you might love it as much as me.

    Editing and formatting
    Not applicable since I listened to it on audible

    Narrator
    I absolutely adored this narrator. His pacing, calm and soothing voice added so much to te characters that I know I am rating this book higher due to the narrator than I would have if I read it. The narrator is absolutely a master at his craft

    Over all
    Get the book....it even has a bit of romance......
    Trust me. It is worth the read.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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