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  • Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel

  • By: Disney Press, A. W. Jantha
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Shortly after moving to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan. Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison's 17-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don't quite go as planned, it's a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches' latest vile scheme.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • These characters deserved SO much more!

  • By Edie on 08-29-18

Incredible story with a horrible narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

The novelization of the movie is smartly written, and expands on the relationships of the well known characters while cleverly setting up the plot of the sequel. The sequel is modern and relatable while interesting and exciting in ways the original doesn’t quite match. A beautiful continuation that is faithful to the origin story. The narrator of this book is a moron. Her inflections are constantly incorrect and make no sense with the text. She does an ok job of doing character voices, but the descriptions are often muddled by her horrible inflection errors and her random breaks in the text that end up somewhat changing the author’s original meaning.

  • A Whole New World

  • A Twisted Tale
  • By: Liz Braswell, Disney Press
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

When Jafar steals the genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A "street rat" becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And listeners will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!!

  • By Catherine Ensslen on 08-04-16

An overly logical retelling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I’ve now read 2 of Liz Braswell’s books, and I’ve gotta say this one let me down a bit. Once Upon a Dream maintained the groundwork of Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty while keeping the fantasy intact. A Whole New World barely does either of those things. Other than the characters and setting, barely any of the original Disney plot exists here, plus a lot of parts of the story are drawn out annoyingly. We get that there’s going to be an all out war against Jafar, sure, but having several chapters dedicated to war games and planning is boring no matter who you are. The main issue here is the ending. It’s gotta be the most anti climatic ending Liz could’ve possibly thought of. Maybe she was running out of time on her deadline so she hastily wrote the last three chapters in one tired, groggy evening.

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  • Pupcakes

  • A Christmas Novel
  • By: Annie England Noblin
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed, and nearly homeless - a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson's latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce and sudden move. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village's toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance

  • By MrsAlex on 12-18-17

Adorably repetitive

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Overall, this story is charming as all get out. It’s not at all a Christmas novel, though. Maybe the last 15 mins have to do with Christmas. Despite that, it’s a quaint story of a woman and her pug.

Amy McFadden has such a strange way of reading, it’s distracting at times. Her consonants are so hard at the ends of her words it makes hearing her Ts and Ps feel like slaps in the face after a while. She also sounds as times like she wants to be doing anything else but reading this book. Her downward inflections frequently betray the fairly upbeat sentences in Noblin’s story.

As for the writing, it’s predictable but not overly so. If I took a shot of alcohol every time Annie wrote “Bridie let out a breath she didn’t know she’d been holding” or “Bridie bit her bottom lip” I’d be dead by now. Many details are repeated or extraneous and it occasionally slows down the story.

  • Once Upon a Dream

  • The Twisted Tales Series, Book 2
  • By: Liz Braswell, Disney Press
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

It should be simple - a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over. With a desperate fairy's last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape - created from her very own dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read for anyone who loves fairy tales.

  • By Anonymous User on 06-16-17

Intelligently written, but occasionally cliche.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This was a very smart, well written retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale brought to life by Disney. Honestly the only negative I found was that Aurora-Rose (which is such a dumb amalgamation of her names) is occasionally terribly whiny and mopey during the book's second act. It starts to feel very Bella a la Twilight for a moment there. I understand her internal conflict because of her circumstances, but considering she's older than 16 in her dream...you'd think she'd have more of a grip on herself.

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  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,947

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Exemplary story, less than stellar narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

This story has a slow start, but is truly captivating, and is incredibly well written. I enjoyed every minute.

However, this poor soul who narrated this book did a sub par job at best. There was hardly any difference in his voice when narrating different characters. This made it hard to understand who was speaking sometimes. This is also a story with a lot of characters, so that didn't help matters. In addition, a lot of his dialects he uses are inaccurate or not fully realized. Especially for a story mainly set in the United Kingdom, you'd think he'd at least understand the English dialects better. There were also a lot of errors in inflection, which is inexcusable. Even the most plain passages would have sentence ending with an upward inflection instead a downward one which signals the punctuation. Sometimes, too, the story felt cheapened because he'd read everything as if it were the most exciting and interesting thing ever, when in reality it was only a description of a person standing up or leaving a room. There's no need to make it sound like you're telling a ghost story to kids around a campfire.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,512

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gorgeous, eerie, through the provoking, and gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This is perhaps the most incredible with of literature I have ever had the pleasure of being exposed to. Neil reads this masterpiece wonderfully with exquisite emotion and endless mystery. Once I've let the doorway this book has created in my mind close, I can almost guarantee I'll be back to swim in the ocean once more.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,324

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

Oh my god

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-16

This book is incredibly weird and incredibly well written and well narrated. I listened to this in the car for several weeks and I was always completely interested and enthralled in the story. God bless this talent cast, and as always All Hail the Glow Cloud!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful