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elisha

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  • The Trumpet of the Swan

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Louis is a Trumpeter Swan, but he has no voice. Leaving his wild and beautiful home, he finds a young human friend, Sam Beaver, who helps him learn to read and write. When he returns to the lake, Louis discovers his education isn't enough: the beautiful swan he loves, Serena, can't read his declarations of love, and he can't trumpet them. Louis' resolution to win the swan of his desire launches him on an adventure that will take him far from home and lead where fate and love have a few surprises in store.

    Tamara Schneider says: "Perfect first audio book for kids"
    "classic and lovely"
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    EB White, as a writer, practices what he preaches, and his narrative grabs a reader from the first page.
    He is one of those few authors that SHOULD narrate their own stories, with both a lovely sense of pacing, and a voice that lulls a listener into rapt attention to the story. Both his words and his voice weave a rich tapestry that children AND parents can enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (615)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "I didn't expect a romance novel"
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    it was decent, mind candy, if the emphasis had been on ROMANTIC mystery.... but I didn't expect that genre, and I found it offputting.

    The plot was more predictable than I like in a mystery, though really, fine for a romance novel. It's a decent crossing of the two genres, and totally has it's place, it was just miscategorized for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Finer End: A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

    Virginia Briqueler says: "I'm in this for the entertainment..."
    "Decent story, out of line with the series"
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    The story is decent, and if I had known what to expect, I might have rated it more highly. However, I found the introduction of the supernatural to be offputting. (I'm not allergic to a bit of wonder in my stories generally, but it's out of line with the rest of this series, which is fully grounded in reality.)

    And still, I find that Jenny Sterlin doesn't capture the characters for me. Her voice is lovely, but not for this series. Her portrayal of male characters especially doesn't quite hit home, and everyone comes across snotty in a way that doesn't sync with the characters I love. I am sad to say I will be skipping further books in the series narrated by Sterlin, though others seem to have loved her narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming of the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

    Rollin says: "A subtle british procedural"
    "mismatched narration"
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    the story itself is a fine addition to the series, but I found the slowness of the narrator's pace to be maddening.
    Her voice and pace would be lovely for something that is meant to be poetic, or for bedtime stories, but it lent a sleepy drawl to the story that was out of place for a crime drama. I loved her voice, but NOT FOR THIS STORY, and not for this genre. Even Miss Marple would have needed more pace than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2269)
    Story
    (2255)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Anne Hathaway brings a classic to life"
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    I am ashamed to admit I had never read the original book; I found the differences between this, and the movie I know so well, both startling and refreshing.
    Anne Hathaway does a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life (and making sure the next generation doesn't get so old before they discover the original story!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ally Carter
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.

    Autumn says: "AWESOME!"
    "I wanted to love this, but it missed the mark."
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    The story was a little too focused on boys and romance for me; I wanted this to be a little more adventurous and a little deeper, but found instead that it was typical teen stuff, in a new setting.
    I also found the narrator cloying... she worked hard to make her voice sound young, and while she settled in after a while, it didn't work for me. (The times when she portrayed adult characters, I found her voice much richer.)
    all that said, I LIKED the story, I just hoped for something a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (716)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Jessica says: "Great story, distracting reader"
    "unexpectedly wonderful"
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    the story is the right blend of fun and funny, dark and silly, and the narrator is perfect for the story.
    I loved it, and the resident 13yo is eating it up....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4509)
    Performance
    (4050)
    Story
    (4047)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Good but not excellent, new take on popular theme"
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    Overall good, but not excellent. The story drew me in, and I had a hard time shutting it off, though wholly on the compelling thread of the story, rather than the strength of the writing or the narration.
    The narrator had a hard job, in that the type of narration appropriate for the first half of the book was very different from that of the latter. She was the absolute right choice for the beginning, and was a large part of what drew me in; but as she approached harder, militant characters, it was irritating to try to hear them through her voice which was so clearly and well suited to the gentler ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Echoes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dew Pellucid
    • Narrated By David Radtke
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (82)

    The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

    Julia says: "Beyond Imaginative!"
    "missing something"
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    What did you like best about The Sound and the Echoes? What did you like least?

    The story itself is engaging, and had some potential; there was a great richness of detail, and an intricate world of duality and reflections, that had the potential to be a ground for exploring some of our cultural sticking points. But the author has a tendency to repeat descriptions, and there are aspects to the world and to the characters that are created that fail to engage the listener in a believable way; the characters are a little too one-track, a little less rich and thoughtful than they need to be to feel like real people.There is also a laziness to the descriptive choices that is sometimes illogical, and sometimes downright offensive. (perpetual use of the word mongrel to describe a group of people, for example.)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending tied together illogically and a little too thinly. The action was haphazard, and seemed less like a well thought out sequence of events, and more like a group of convenient single actions, supporting what was next but not growing from what had already occurred. (Or, stepping in to say "Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that when you weren't looking....")


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has a lovely deep voice, and he has a good handle on SOME of the voices he uses. But most of his voices, and especially those for the main characters, are wheedling instead of just being young. And his narrative voice is halting, as though he is breaking. Each sentence apart. Into pieces. Hardly bigger. Than a few words.
    It was almost a normal rhythm if you listened at one-and-a-quarter or one-and-a-half speed.... but it drove me bananas, and I wonder if I would have liked the STORY more had I read it instead of listening.


    Do you think The Sound and the Echoes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story does not need a sequel. The story line itself was tied up, by the end, and the world hasn't been fleshed out in a way that would make me want to visit again. That's too bad, because it had a lot of potential, but I have to say I wouldn't read a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    This was listed as a young adult book, but there was nothing challenging about the story for a younger child (my 7yo enjoyed it a lot, and was too young to care about the narration, or the logical gaps.)

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful

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