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Brittny Hansen

Draper, UT United States
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  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,091

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a History Obscured

  • By Cynthia on 09-18-16

So Much More Than Expected!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I thought going into this book that it was going to be historical fiction based on a true story about a short time period just directly surrounding the space race. I was surprised to find that it was non-fiction and just directly outlined the story of these women as it happened, but it was so well written that I was invested in it just like I would have been if it was a novel. The whole story was intriguing and I loved reading it. It also covered a lot longer of a timespan than I expected - going from World War II all the way through the space program. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who would like another perspective on this time period and the events surrounding the space program and the civil rights movement!

  • Keys to the Demon Prison

  • Fablehaven, Book 5
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Since ancient times, the great demon prison Zzyzx has protected the world from the most dangerous servants of darkness, including Gorgrog, the Demon King. After centuries of plotting, the Sphinx is on the verge of recovering the five artifacts necessary to open the legendary prison. Facing the potential of a world-ending calamity, all friends of light must unite in a final effort to thwart the Sphinx's designs and find a safe home for the five artifacts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a few hiccups in the audio

  • By Zackary Schull on 12-06-16

recording error

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

at 3:58:20 the recording includes the suggestion to change the CD (which obviously isn't necessary) Just a heads up for whoever ought to fix this! It happens again at 6:36:37

  • The Slippery Slope

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #10
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Like handshakes or housepets, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up, and down, a range of strange and distressing mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Payton on 05-03-15

still no letter :(

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

fantastic book as usual, but once again the final "letter to the editor" was disappointingly omitted from the audio version.

  • The Carnivorous Carnival

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #9
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

The word "carnivorous", which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating", and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim curry makes it spectacular!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-15-15

No letter again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I loved the story, but once again the letter to the editor was missing much to my dismay :(

  • The Hostile Hospital

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #8
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

This audio is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful audios in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh, a cliffhanger!

  • By bigdjunta on 08-01-18

missing letter to the editor again

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

like the past few books this one was missing the letter to the editor :(

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vile Village

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #7
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Nobody in their right minds would listen to this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay at the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded on this program.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best in the series so far

  • By BR mom on 05-07-05

wonderful but missing last letter

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

This book was wonderful, just like the others in this series. But like the previous book, it is missing the final letter to the editor :(

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Honolulu

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Distracting Narrator

  • By Dr. J. on 05-22-12

Fantastic Vacation Read

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

I purchased this book in preparation for a trip to Hawaii with my husband. It was perfect to get me in the mood for our trip as well as a great beach read. It was very interesting to get a taste of the history of the island of Oahu before visiting and definitely helped me to see the island and its people in a different light. I think the book was well researched and really gave me a view into a completely different world than my own. I would highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,358

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Too much of a stretch

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

My husband and I listened to this book together but found some of the premise to be too much of a stretch for us to really enjoy it. It ended up feeling a little forced. Some of it was interesting and I'll probably end up finishing the series just because I hate to leave a series unfinished, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Anne's House of Dreams

  • Anne of Green Gables, Book 5
  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Kelly Faulkner Beck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The night winds were beginning their wild dances beyond the bar, and the fishing hamlet across the harbor was gemmed with lights as Anne and her husband, Gilbert, finally a doctor, drove up the poplar lane. The door of the little house opened, and a warm glow of firelight flickered out into the dusk. Gilbert lifted Anne from the buggy and led her into the garden, through the little gate, up the trim, red path to the sandstone step. "Welcome home," he whispered, and hand in hand they stepped over the threshold of their house of dreams...and the story begins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story hindered by reader

  • By Erinleamoore on 12-16-16

Couldn't Listen to It

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

I'm usually pretty patient but I only made it 40 seconds into this book before returning it for a refund. The sound quality was AWFUL. The narrator didn't seem terrible, but it sounded like it had been recorded in a tin can. I decided it was worth a little more money to get the version that Barbara Caruso narrates.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,542

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

A Delightful Adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

What did you love best about Good Omens?

I was worried (as a religious person myself) that the book would make too much a mockery of things I consider sacred, however I didn't find that to be the case. While it's a little lighthearted and a tad irreverent it was really just a fun little journey to take with the authors. A little zany and strange, but it does make you think while you're sitting there giggling in incredulity. A delightful listen all around!

What other book might you compare Good Omens to and why?

I think if you enjoyed both C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters and Douglas Adams' A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy then you will love this book. I know those are two completely different books, but I think if you disliked either one you will be unlikely to appreciate Good Omens.

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

Martin does a fantastic job of bringing the different characters to life and giving them their personalities. His timing, accents and everything are spot on. I'm going to be going out and looking for other titles that he has narrated in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful