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Wendi

Oswego, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 145 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maryanne Wolf
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (62)

    Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes, developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Wolf probes the question, "How do we learn to read and write?" This ambitious and provocative new book offers an impassioned look at reading, its effect on our lives, and explains why it matters so greatly in a digital era.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "A must-read for every teacher and parent!"
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    Where does Proust and the Squid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was excellent, but all of my audiobooks have been excellent so far. It was technical, not a story really, but it was time and effort well-spent.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Kirsten Potter before, but I thought she was perfect in her reading of this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very excited by the information in this book, both about the brain and its elasticity and about the reading process itself. Enthusiasm was almost a constant emotion as I listened to the book and learned amazing information.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already started listening to it again, and I ordered the book so I am able to read it for myself (over the summer when I am not teaching and have more free time). There were numerous times I wanted to highlight passages and annotate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself....

    Wendi says: "Inspirational story, but a valley-girl narrator"
    "Inspirational story, but a valley-girl narrator"
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    This is a book I will read again, but I will not listen to it again unless it gets read by a different narrator. Each of the teenage girls characters had the annoying and distracting valley girl accent. With many lines read by teenage girls, it took away from the story. This book is one story I am going to return to Audible. Unless you love valley girls, buy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    The "two cities" are Paris in the time of the French Revolution, and London. Dr. Manette, a French physician, having been called in to treat a young peasant and his sister, realizes that they have been cruelly abused by the Marquis de St. Evremonde and his brother. To ensure Dr. Manette's silence, the Marquis has him confined for 18 years in the Bastille. The doctor has just been released, demented, when the story opens.

    Ed says: "Great book, most of the time"
    "English accent needed"
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    I love this book, but I had to stop listening to this version due to the narrator. I loved Buck Schirner read Uncle Tom's Cabin, but A Tale of Two Cities needs a person who reads the English accents as well as the French accents with authenticity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.: The Ultimate Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Luther King
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Listen "live" to one of the most iconic orators of all times in this packed-full collection of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. King's rich and passionate style of delivery will transport you back to the era of the civil-rights movement, when King advocated non-violent resistance in the pursuit of equality and dignity not only for blacks but for all mankind. Seldom has any leader since inspired and captivated an audience worldwide and motivated a nation to action.

    David H says: "A Terrible Collection Overall -- Poorly Done"
    "a blessing to hear King's words in King's voice"
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    What a tremendous experience to get to hear the sonorous voice of Dr. King! Although it would be wonderful to have the audio sound as if it was a live presentation from 2012, it is ridiculous to rate the collection of speeches based solely on the sound quality (as one reviewer did). Yes, I had to backtrack 30 seconds from time to time because the sound quality made it difficult for me to hear a word, but that was an inconsequential inconvenience compared to the priviledge of hearing Dr. King's speeches.

    It would have been great if each speech could have been labeled better, but that too is not of importance compared to the honor of being able to listen to and learn from one of the greatest minds of all time. Thank you, Audible, for making this book available!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Christmas Collection: 'A Christmas Carol' Narrated by Sam Goodyear & 10 Other Christmas Short Stories

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sam Goodyear
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    This audiobook features the classic A Christmas Carol, narrated by actor and performer Sam Goodyear, and ten more of Dickens' most famous and best-loved Christmas stories to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. Dickens was the man who almost literally created the spirit of Christmas as we know it today.

    Wendi says: "UN-abridged?? Someone needs to change that."
    "UN-abridged?? Someone needs to change that."
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    I love the Frank Muller recording but thought I would try a different narrator and get to enjoy Dickens's other Christmas stories. Big mistake! Sam Goodyear doesn't even have an English accent, and the recording is very much "abridged". It deletes sentences, paragraphs, and even changes the prose. He sometimes changes what Dickens has as description and makes it dialoge. It should not be labeled "UNabridged".

    The short stories were painful to listen to in Sam Goodyear's voice as well. I listened to two of the short stories and could not take it anymore. The set up is very poorly done. The five staves of A Christmas Carol were not the first five chapters on the recording. When I tried to find the short stories, I had to randomly press different chapters. It was very annoying. The only good aspect I can write is that Audible cares if you enjoy their books and graciously refunds your money or credit when you are dissatisfied. I love Audible! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (684)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "great psychological thriller"
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    What did you love best about Rebecca?

    What a brilliant story! A great mystery! The reading was superb also. I am often disappointed by the way a female reader does the male voices, but Anna Massey had a fabulous male voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The second Mrs. de Winter, of course. I loved the way she came to realize that her imagination and fears were her most dangerous enemies.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favorite?

    All were great, but I loved how she read Favell. His impudence comes across perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SPOILER ALERT: I have read and listened to this book repeatedly and I am both thrilled and disgusted at the moment Maxim admits to murder, and all the current Mrs. de Winter can think is that Maxim didn't love Rebecca.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually don't like movie adaptations, but both the Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dancer (actor) versions are wonderfully done and amazingly faithful to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Helen Lisanti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (221)

    Charles Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, has moved into Netherfield Park manor, which causes much excitement in the village of Longbourn, especially among the five unmarried daughters of the Bennet household. Despite many romatic complications, the overall tone of this classic novel is, as Jane Austen described it, “light and bright, and sparkling”.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's About Time I Read This"
    "Reasonable price, beautiful rendering"
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    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    I love the beauty of the language and the simplicity of the story. It is the timeless theme of dealing with life's obstacles and appreciating the everyday blessings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth, of course. She is witty, kind, compassionate, and best of all, willing to admit her mistakes and need for improvement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Elizabeth is giving Darcy her theory of why he was attracted to her in spite of himself.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to see the best movie rendition, buy the Colin Firth one. It is almost verbatim, (and it definitely has the best Mr. Collins of any of the movies I have seen.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "An Excellent Austen Education"
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    Where does A Jane Austen Education rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the author wove his story together with Austen's stories.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments, too numerous to list. As a teacher, I was moved every time he wrote about the importance of the details of our lives, the importance of each life, and the importance of each story. It affirmation to my teaching, as well my life as a wife and mother, made me glow.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like how he ended the book. I understand the allusion to Austen's writing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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