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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
  • Mr Mercedes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who's haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular - the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again.

    Wanda says: "Chillingy brilliant. Truly"
    "Chillingy brilliant. Truly"
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    What can I say? Between the amazing plot and the talented narrator this is a book I listened too twice. Back to back. Cause I wanted to make sure i missed nothing.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Side of Sin (Save My Soul)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By K. S. Haigwood
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Josselyn has just spent the last three months in intense Line of Defense training so she could join Malcolm's search party. Little did she know the archangels had no intention of letting her bring back into Heaven an angel who had opened a portal between Heaven and Hell, at least not before saving God's creations from the tight grasp of Lucifer first.

    Terri B. says: "An incredible conclusion to Save My Soul series."
    "For the love of a man!"
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    Story

    I listened to this book on audio and was enthralled from the start.
    Josselyn truly comes into her own in this. She is on a mission. One from the council, one powered by herself.
    Old characters come back into play giving the storyline a familiar and cozy feeling amongst this Heavenly battle. As the book progress an entire new set of characters is introduced as well. Some less likeable than other but loving to hate them is part of the fun.

    Honestly this book is the best in the series which is soooo weird. Normally authors start of with a bang and then start to falter.
    Not this author. It is as if she is peeling back an onion, giving the reader the opportunity to get to know the characters and world in book one, get to know the passion and driving force in book two and in this book the reader cannot help but get personally involved.

    Truly an amazing series and one that if you like this genre, then I am pretty sure you will love this series.

    Now I listened to this book on audio as I said so time to pay my dues to Pyper Down. The narrator has an uncanny ability to time her changes in characters so that it fits in perfectly with the normal plot pace. Truly an amazing production!

    WaAr.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (3529)
    Performance
    (3090)
    Story
    (3113)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Nope, no Frozen here!"
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    So I got this little gem for free from Audible. A Christmastime must read....

    Performed by audible best narrator of the year, the book the movie Frozen was based on....
    Seriously? So little of this book made it into frozen it is hardly worth mentioning. Still I do see so,e points overlapping in the larger scheme of things.

    So the narrator is very good at her job.
    The story is almost tragic with a nice save at the end. I cannot recall ever reading this book as a child but I have long since been convinced that fairytales may not be suitable for children. That said, the book is sweet, it is nice and I am soooo glad audible gifted their members a copy.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Beyond the sparkling Hawaiian beaches, masked by the deceptive beauty of the rainforest, evil awaits 16-year-old Michael Sundquist and his mother, Katharine, an anthropologist who has come to the Islands to study the unusual skeletal remains unearthed on the volcanic flanks of Haleakala, Maui.

    Sally says: "Not good"
    "A Saul novel"
    Overall
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    I must say usually the back drop of a story is of little interest to me. In this story however it plays a pivotal role. I liked the clean family fun thrill. I liked the characters especially the juvenile delinquent wannabe who is trying to cope with an abusive drunk parent. Little science so I could simply sit back and enjoy the ability of the narrator.

    All in alvl a good Saturday afternoon read/listen and everything one would expect from Saul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

    AudioAddict says: "My least favorite of the three prequels"
    "Stark contrast makes it cold and chilling."
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    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

    AudioAddict says: "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."
    "Cold and eerie."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (421)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "I saw the tv series, then found these for free."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zwoosh!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Marie Rose
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Fly to the stars in your very own rocket ship. Wave at the mean, green Martians. Picnic with Moon Men. Play tag with the comets. Win a blue ribbon space race. Just before your bedtime. Inspired by the palette of Vincent van Gogh, let's go on a colorful space journey as we explore the colors and planets in our solar system through the power and wonder of a child's whimsical imagination.

    Jana Gallagher says: "Zwoosh into the New Year!"
    "How sweet and very age appropriate."
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    This is an extremely short story for very small children. If a thunderstorm starts our hero gets into a space ship and Zwoosh around our galaxy waving at the fifteen fingered moon dwellers.

    The narrator and author is the same and I find that Marie has a clear voice, her calm in telling this particular story is obvious and I think awesome since I think the book will well serve parents who have children who is afraid of thunderstorms. I really loved the little story and I am sure your little one will as well.

    Also the act of listening to a narrated story in and off itself is always calming and I cannot see how this book could fail to achieve what it was written for...to calm and ignite the imagination.

    WaAr

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boots My Mother Gave Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brooklyn James
    • Narrated By Brooklyn James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved this book!!!"
    "Amazing."
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    I listened to the audio book of The Boots My Mother Gave Me. I was addicted from the start.
    Usually I would not advise an author to narrate their own audio books but as a singer and a professional in this business, Brooklyn could not have done better. This is an amazing story about a father and his daughter and the dysfunctional part of having a father that is an alcoholic and who was so tortured himself that he does not know how to relate to the people in his life.
    It is a story of trust. It is a story of betrayal and a story of love. Although it has some romance to it the story is not about romance but about how failed relationships shape expectations for future relationships.
    The audio book is a first for me in as far as it has a musical soundtrack to accompany it. These songs/tracts are sung by the author herself and it may not be for all but my one biggest complaint against the incorporation of these songs into the productions was this ---THEY WERE MOSTLY ONLY SNIPPETS -- leaving me wanting more. Craving more and it worked wonders to show the main characters naive notions on the one hand against her world weary well earned mistrust on the other. This was totally brilliant. The second and more important facet of this audio book was that the author wrote a true story in fictional context and her voice became Harley's giving the book a feeling of intimacy second to none. I stand in awe.
    Now the main character in this book is Harley LeBeau. Her direct family and the boy next door Miah. All in all these 5 people are pivotal to the story but towards the theme of the story lies this basic truth. Parents teach their children via behaviour and the fact that Harley's mother coped with the abuse, the fact that her father is hot and cold in his affection. Physically and mentally abusive. Cognitively absent from the rearing of his children and the running of his household, all of these were crystal clear and achingly truthful in its telling of the story.
    All in all, this is a story I will recommend to all. A story that you should, possibly must read...

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

    Mike Naka says: "some annoyances but i enjoyed it"
    "predictable"
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    The Becoming on audio by Jessica Meighs
    An interesting story which I think has a lot of potential to become a really good series. A bit predictable the fact that one of the series darlings get killed off very early in the story gave it a bit of a Martin air but this did not keep up and in the end it was much like reading a good old favourite.
    It felt comfortable in its predictability.
    I think if you have a love for post apocalyptic worlds, then this one will do well on your audio device.
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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