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Bethanie Jensen

Atlanta, GA
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  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant read. Well worth the credit.

  • By james slater on 09-05-17

Oh god. SOOOOO good!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

It's been a long time since I read a book that was entertaining, enlightening, poignant, and a million other complementary adjectives. I am laughing and welling up in equal measure. I have to say, it is very brave of him to include so much personal info from his teenage years. You have to get this book. You will NOT regret it!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,086

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Can't get past the Mouth noises & Heavy Breathing

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Like the title says, I can't past the heavy sighing and slimy mouth noises. The story is good...I think...but the sounds the narrator makes and the way his microphone picks it up is just too much for me! I dreaded listening to it and kept hoping I would get used to the sounds but ...exaggerated sigh...I just could not.

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

Just Perfect.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I don't know what it was about this book that I loved so much! It was a simple narrative of the life of a 30-something spinster in post-war London. It was the first book in a long time where I couldn't wait to get back in my car so I could listen. A lot of reviewers compare her to Jane Austen but Barbara Pym has a writing style that is "easier" than Austen's; there are no huge twists of fate or romantic interludes. "Excellent Women" is unique and I'm glad I didn't miss it.

  • Enchantment

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and engaging.

  • By Jana on 02-03-09

Not the usual Card novel but perhaps my favorite.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Where does Enchantment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read the novel years ago and I really enjoyed the audio version. There were so many parts I had forgotten! I wish there were more stories like this one. It has just the right blend of "fish out of water" and sci-fi!

Which scene was your favorite?

That would give too much away! ;)

Any additional comments?

I personally love time travel novels where the protagonist is shocked by his/her surroundings. This one is a time travel/fish out of water novel with some great twists!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sad it's over!

  • By Claudia Murray on 04-24-14

This course got me hooked on The Great Courses

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Would you listen to The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest again? Why?

There was such a wealth of information. There were a few points I would have loved more detail on but as a survey class it was perfect.

What did you like best about this story?

She did a great job of painting a mental picture of each time period she covered. There was a nice flow through time.

  • Practical Demonkeeping

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453

In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HIS BEST BOOK!

  • By Aaron Smyth on 04-03-10

Like candy for your ears.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

What other book might you compare Practical Demonkeeping to and why?

A lot f Christopher Moore's books are comparable to this one. It's not as smart and engaging as "Lamb" but it is a fun, easy listen.

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

I liked Wyman's performance. He did a great job with the voices for the characters and giving them each a unique sound.

Any additional comments?

It's a nice tidy story with some surprises.

  • Jeeves in the Morning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Bertie Wooster, the dimwitted aristocrat with a heart of gold, had best avoid Bumpleigh Hall, but he pays a visit and soon is embroiled in a host of calamitous mishaps. Uncle Percy accuses him of burning down a bungalow; "Stilton" Cheesewright, betrothed to Bertie's ex-fiancée, barely controls his jealous rage; and Boko and Nobby blackmail Bertie into donning Stilton's stolen police uniform. Fortunately, Bertie's imperturbable valet, Jeeves, is nearby to perform a rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasure to listen...

  • By Julia on 12-06-09

I loved every minute of it!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

If you could sum up Jeeves in the Morning in three words, what would they be?

Witty, delightful, fun!

What other book might you compare Jeeves in the Morning to and why?

"Three Men and a Dog" has the fast, witty dialogue that is in this book. It is set in Victorian England rather than the twenties, but the same sort of carefree, upper class characters are present.

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

I have not.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Jeeves...don't leave home without him!

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Cecil did an amazing job reading this book! His voices were great and very distinct. I would buy an audio book JUST because he is the reader!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful