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  • The War That Saved My Life

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,695

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Wonder

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

Powerful and realistic

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

The setting and time period are some of my favorites, but what is most remarkable to me is the author's perfect grasp on how a traumatized child behaves and reacts. I saw in Ada all of the children I've worked with in schools who come from unstable and sometimes abusive homes. The lack of self-awareness, ingrained ideas of unlovable-ness, the inability to control reactions or process emotions...I'm making this book sound sad, but it's not. It's moving and powerful and true. Once I finished, I immediately started listening again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Wonderful novel, wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! I love this novel and Juliet Stevenson is my favorite narrator ever.

What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

All the love and romance of a Jane Austen novel with a little of the darkness of a Bronte novel and the added bonus of a real, social conscience that is unique to Gaskell.

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

Yes--I listened to all of Jane Austen's works read by her and loved each one. She does a great job suggesting a different character by using a very nuanced tone--not over the top, not awkward--very smooth transitions between characters.

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

I also love the BBC miniseries adaption of this novel, but what the series doesn't capture and what Gaskell captures so well, are John Thornton's thoughts and more of his interior life. All of his internal monologues are gut-wrenching.

Any additional comments?

Cannot recommend highly enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jill Masters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Thomas Hardy brings us an England that once existed but no more. It is rural, traditional, pastoral - a society of mannered conduct that flows like a deep river where powerful currents eddy and swirl. In this powerful novel of love and disillusion, Hardy's heroine is torn between the three men in her life. Passionate but capricious, her romantic involvements have fascinated generations of readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • respite from the madding crowd

  • By Connie on 08-14-08

Poor quality

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Would you try another book from Thomas Hardy and/or Jill Masters?

This recording is horrid. The recording quality is so poor that it's irritating to listen to. Nothing against the narrator herself--it simply sounds like she's on a scratchy old record played inside a tin can. Do not purchase this version. Audible would not give me a refund.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Felt like an old fairy tale.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

Would you listen to Howl's Moving Castle again? Why?

I already have. Because it's understated, but still really moves.

What did you like best about this story?

Watching the characters grow without them realizing how they were changing.

Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

Howl. He was hilarious--he never said anything nice, but was one of the kindest, wisest characters.

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

The happily ever after she was never looking for.

Any additional comments?

I can't even remember why I bought this. I had never heard of it or the author before. But I love, love, love it. The characters, in a magical and unrealistic setting, are very real and accessible and likable. The plot is unexpected and exciting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,704

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars because it actually gets worse....

  • By Theodore on 01-31-14

Junk food.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

What would have made City of Bones better?

It's like another Twilight. I wanted to slap Clarey as much as I ever wanted to slap Bella. And yet.......it was impossible to stop listening. I hate myself for listening to it, but also felt compelled to continue.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cassandra Clare again?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Everyone in the book sounded bored.

What character would you cut from City of Bones?

Hmmm.....Clarey.

Any additional comments?

As much as I disliked the book, at the end, I was still very tempted to listen to the next one. I don't know how this happens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

Six Not-Quite-New Stories

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

If you could sum up Holidays on Ice in three words, what would they be?

hilarious, scandalous, worrisome

What did you like best about this story?

David is a great story-teller and is self-deprecating and proud all in one go.

Which scene was your favorite?

Being a Christmas elf.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

These stories are great, but they are not all new. They have been in other publications.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Gideon the Cutpurse

  • By: Linda Buckley-Archer
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides in dense underbrush from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the 21st century, thanks to an experiment Kate's father was running with an antigravity machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like Harry Potter, it's great lit for any age!

  • By Anne on 06-08-13

One of the best I've heard!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

This is definitely one of the very best audio books I've heard. The narrator's voice is warm and engaging. He does a great job with the characters and accents. The plot is exceptional. I've read all three of these books, now, and this is definitely the best! The author does a great job connecting a modern audience to an 18th C England.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Starcross

  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Greg Steinbruner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The extraordinary adventure of that book continues in Starcross, as Art and Myrtle receive an ominous warning from an ancient superhuman (their mum). The solar system is on the brink of invasion - from highly intelligent hats from the future!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great quality

  • By Leah on 01-13-11

Not great quality

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

The recording is a little tinny or something in this recording, I found it difficult to listen to due to acoustics. I've listened to all his other books with the same narrator with no problem. Perhaps it was the sound quality, but I also found this plot less engaging than the others. Still worth a listen, but not as magical.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged... but its Richard Armitage!

  • By Abigail on 02-19-11

Abridged version works

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

I haven't read the original, but I didn't notice any plot holes due to adbridgement. Richard Armitage does a really wonderful job with the different voices and contrary to a previous reviewer, I can detect no lisp.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful