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Wanda

Wandah Panda

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The New Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. L. Grey
    • Narrated By Ingeborg Riedmaier, Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Don't mess with the creepy new girl. Ryan Devlin, a predator with a past, has been forced to take a job as a handyman at an exclusive private school, Crossley College. He's losing his battle to suppress his growing fascination with a new girl who seems to have a strange effect on the children around her. Tara Marais fills her empty days by volunteering at Crossley's library. Tara is desperate, but unable, to have a baby of her own, so she makes Reborns - eerily lifelike newborn dolls. She's delighted when she receives a commission from the mysterious 'Vader Batiss', but horrified when she sees the photograph of the baby she's been asked to create....

    Wanda says: "Ahm ok!"
    "Ahm ok!"
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    The male narrator sounds like a South African which is fine if your target market is South Africans' unfortunately I think the voice will grate on international listeners.

    I first saw this book in a book store. It looked awesome. So when I found it on audible I was delighted.I immediately bought it. Then I kept it as a special treat.

    I should not have bothered. With professional editing, the removal of the first person voice in 99% of the story and the fractured sentences which this author adores, I think the book would do well. The plot is unique if a bit ...no not a bit very gruesome and depraved.

    The editing is my major complaint. Using too much SA vernacular will put this book outside the grasp of international buyers and that is always the aim. Every author wants as many people as possible to read and enjoy their work. Somehow I doubt if this book in this form will get a wide readership.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2109)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Love this man's writing"
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    Lightning by Dean Koontz

    I read this book when I was a teenager and it made a massive impression on my mind.
    So when I got this on audio was in turn excited and nervous to revisit my old friend.
    As a teenager this story had me glued to the page and as it turned out as an adult it again kept me glued.
    The narrator in this book was amazing. The man is a pure genius. From the voice of an 8 year old girl to a Nazi spy to an 8 year old boy this narrator had an amazing range.

    Now as an adult I loved this book for the authors singular talent to pace out a story with a bit of supernatural events and tons of normal human up and downs so that this time around I loved the human aspect. The true horror only humans can bring upon one another. The author created a cast of characters so nice, so lovable so evil....i loved the good guys. Abhorred the bad guys and this time around I got what Churchill was up to in the bunker. Ok so I am slow. I know that.

    So if you love to read a brilliantly well written time thriller. This is for you.
    If you love a well narrated audiobook about the human nature, then this book is for you. Whether your 14 or 41, this book is for you!

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vet Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Follow the Cast-Off Cocker Spaniels as they deal with surgeries, grooming mishaps, seizures, and emergency room visits.

    Wanda says: "Awh"
    "Awh"
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    My favorite book by this author thus far.
    I listened to this book on audio and I much prefer this narrator to the female narrator of previous books.
    The story is a retelling of the hi- and low - lights of the authors experience in veterinarian offices due to her pets.

    Some is funny some is sad. All is entertaining.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 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
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    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
    (902)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (841)

    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
    (3067)
    Performance
    (2732)
    Story
    (2766)

    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)
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    (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
    (679)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (627)

    "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
    (599)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (545)

    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
  • 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
  • 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

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