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Shannon A. Cowett

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  • Introduction to Absolute Beginner French Conversation Lessons

  • By: Audible Inc.
  • Narrated by: Ryan Jones
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9

Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Absolute Beginner French, a completely new way to learn French with ease! Absolute Beginner French will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your French friends.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is nothing.

  • By Shannon A. Cowett on 11-13-17

This is nothing.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

There are no lessons. It's not even a minute of some guy telling you what you're about to listen to, and then it's over. You never get the rest. Ridiculous.

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  • FREE: Audible Sessions with Jonathan Stroud

  • Exclusive interview
  • By: Jonathan Stroud, Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Stroud, Robin Morgan
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Author Jonathan Stroud joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his career, his taste in reading and listening, and his various series of books

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great series, pretty good interview

  • By Tess on 08-03-17

Clip missing

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-17

The clip of the audio of the book at the end is missing though it was supposed to be played.

  • Christmas in the Kitchen

  • Psy-Changeling Series
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

From best-selling author Nalini Singh comes "Christmas in the Kitchen," a must-listen Psy-Changeling short story that features several members of the DarkRiver leopard pack, including two sentinels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun little freebie from the author / publisher

  • By Skipper on 05-31-15

What?

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-16

What did I just listen to? Why would anyone take the time to write something like this? This is utter nonsense.

  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,300
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,228

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

Lots of shivering and goose flesh.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-16

The author uses the same words and expressions over and over and over again. It gives an obnoxious sense of deja vu. I want to buy her a thesaurus.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,163
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,135

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Whiney

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Great book, obviously. I'm a huge Potterhead. The only problem I have is that the narrator can be very whiney at times. I noticed it in the first book but thought it was just how he voiced Hermione, but he does it with all the characters in this book. It can get really obnoxious but I love the books so I can deal. He's pretty decent with voices as well and tends to stick to them so that's a plus.

13 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Through the Looking Glass

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Alice sees the other side of the Looking Glass, and enters another world of whimsical enchantment. She encounters argumentative chessmen, Jabberwocky monsters, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and some very insolent flowers. Carroll continues the development of his Wonderland in this second, and many feel richer, adventure of Alice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Through the Looking Glass

  • By Addie A Bryda on 06-10-16

Pretty good

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Obviously this book isn't nearly as great as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and I didn't expect it to be. However, it didn't even come close. The story was disjointed and bizarre. It always bothers me how animals are referred to as "it" instead of he/she but I'm sensitive to that stuff. The narrator, B.J. Harrison, sounds like a super villain, which is a little disconcerting. Overall I liked it but I definitely didn't love it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Son of a Witch

  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: Gregory Maguire
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A veritable trainwreck of narration

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Great but no Wicked

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I'll start by saying that it is a fabulous book. However, it doesn't hold a candle to Wicked. It's unfair to expect that it would, but my selfish wish is that it could at least come close.

I loved the story but the authors voice is hard to tolerate. Maybe it's just me, but he sounded like a robot and I had a hard time separating his voice from the words and really getting into the story. Other than that, I highly recommend it.

  • Babylon's Ark

  • The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq, he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, Anthony defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, inspiring, and a little meandering

  • By Skipper on 06-22-15

Must read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

This book is incredible. It's filled with adventure, animals, hope, love, happiness, and everything an animal lover or environmentalist could want. I want to be Lawrence Anthony when I grow up.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic

  • By: Jessie Franklin Bone
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Although published in 1962, this story packs all the punch of today's headlines. A scientist accidentally creates a super-virus during an experiment. It spreads from a hospital to a college campus and then rapidly around the world. In an effort to save mankind from extinction, the countries of the world band together to try and find a cure. Their efforts are futile until, in a small laboratory in the USA, two scientists find a possible cure - but one that has serious health consequences of its own.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By Shannon A. Cowett on 04-10-15

Don't waste your time

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-15

I think the guy who read this is a robot. His voice is so monotone and emotionless I couldn't focus on what he was actually saying. I hit rewind and listen more carefully only to realize that the story is ridiculous, too. I'm not sure why it was even written. This book is utterly pointless and I'm angry that 45 minutes of my life were wasted on it.

  • The Last Rhinos

  • My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 464

When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a tribute

  • By Elizabeth on 02-26-14

Hopeful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-15

This book is phenomenal. Though it is about a sad subject, the last rhinos and Lawrence Anthony's determination to save them in the face of poachers, it is hopeful. It helps you believe in humankind's goodness, despite the evil. Lawrence Anthony is one of my heroes and I recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful