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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,801

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Great story, good narrator but beware Jimmy Fallon

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Would you listen to Fahrenheit 451 again? Why?

This was the type of book that makes one think and should be read and reread by everyone. It is a world one could easily see us heading towards and really makes you think.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clearly Montag since he asked

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

In general it was good- but OMG! When he does Montag's wife, he sounds exactly like the Jimmy Fallon character of the girl who goes ewwww. SO distracting.

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

All of it....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Flying Circus

  • By: Susan Crandall
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Set in the rapidly changing world of 1920s America, this is a story of three people from very different backgrounds: Henry "Schuler" Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles "Gil" Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Set adrift by life-altering circumstances, they find themselves bound together by need and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Susan Crandall.

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-11-15

Let's go fly!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have added more details about aviation, that was pretty light. I felt like it was written from a tour at a museum and some old movies, did not really give me a strong sense of the planes and era (I should add I'm an early aviation historian so I might come in with more knowledge than others and what was provided might be enough for lay people). That lack of depth also turned Gil into a bit of a cliche

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was quite enjoyable, that doesn't need fixing. Maybe more romance.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

He was a good reader whose performance did not get in the way of the story- you know how sometimes you listen to a book going "ooo, good voice, like what he's doing with that part of the story," This one blended into the background. Except at the change of chapters. Each time he started a new chapter, his voice was stronger and sounded like a different reader. I actually looked to see if it was a two narrator book.

Do you think The Flying Circus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, all loose ends were tied up

Any additional comments?

The problem with the book was Henry set himself up as an unreliable narrator and while it comes out why, you still doubt everything he says and the book feels untrustworthy so when you get to the end, it feels a bit shallow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Season of Storms

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

In the early 1900s, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage, Celia disappeared. Now, decades later, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress - who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood - has agreed to star. She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play - and to her compelling, compassionate employer. And even though she knows she should let the past go, in her dreams it comes back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative Prose

  • By Scott on 07-10-15

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

What did you like best about Season of Storms? What did you like least?

The pacing of this one was odd. Moved sooo slow and I kept sitting there thinking "what is the point of this book?" But I appreciated she didn't do the time travel thing. Still would have been nice for more in the book- for the first 90% it was "my spring in Italy in this amazing house" and then the last 10% was cloak and dagger and mystery.

I did like how the world of the house was created, but a little less house, more story

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Moved the story faster. Or put more of in into the rest of the book.

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

First one

Could you see Season of Storms being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Could be a good movie because location would be awesome. But it could also get farcey.

Any additional comments?

Liked it but not as much as her other books. This is for a Kearsley fan, not someone testing to see if she likes her.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,351

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Not what was expected

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would edit it. Dang it was long and took forever to get anywhere.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sarah Waters? Why or why not?

Maybe?

Was The Paying Guests worth the listening time?

Not really. It was a good story and did not go where I thought it was going to go, but took too long to get anywhere.

  • The Splendour Falls

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • adventure, mystery an a touch of the supernatural

  • By Donna A on 05-13-14

Wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a really interesting book although the end unraveled a bit too quickly like "ooops, need to wrap now!" I really like Suzanne Kearsley books but they become too formulaic if you read them all at once so it was really nice not to have the time travel aspect for once. Although I do love the time travel in the other books, it just gets too repetitive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Splendour Falls?

I really liked how you were placed in the city of Chinon

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was all wrong, much too old

Did The Splendour Falls inspire you to do anything?

Return to Chinon

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story

  • By Kristin on 09-07-14

Too much french

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

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

This was a good book, however there's a lot of french in it. I can read french, but it was quite annoying to miss major plot points because they were read in french, Would have been useful, if not true to the book, to translate.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clearly our main character- I like how she took her destiny in her own hands and went for what she wanted.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

Noone- she's always great

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,491

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

Where does A Discovery of Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm still new to the audio book world, but this narrator just grated at me. I thought the story was perfect for an audio book as it was enjoyable to listen to but not deep enough you needed to really think about.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a fun creative story. However, it was annoying that it was written for a trilogy so there was no real end, and the next book isn't out yet. By the time the third one is out, I'm sure I will have forgotten about it as enjoyable as the story was, I'm not counting the days for the next one. If I remember, I'll get it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Ikeda?

Anyone! Multiple times I almost gave up listening because of the narrator. Some of her voices, especially the ones with accents, grated. When the next book comes out, if she's the narrator I'll be reading it instead.