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Carin Kamnitzer

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  • Zen and the Art of Faking It

  • By: Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn't try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. When he accidentally answers too many questions in World History on Zen (only because he just had Ancient Religions two schools ago) all heads turn and San has his answer: he's a Zen Master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Jordan on 07-04-10

Great story and great message

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

What did you love best about Zen and the Art of Faking It?

The story was good for young and old. This was a project for my 12 year old but, being the parent, I also enjoyed the book.

What other book might you compare Zen and the Art of Faking It to and why?

I don't know what book I would compare it to but it gave the message of being yourself and when you lie you will always get caught.

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

I have not listened to other performances by Mike Chamberlain but his narration was clear, easy to follow and understand and I would listen again.

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

When everyone knows you're lying the only one you're fooling is you.

Any additional comments?

Great story for the whole family.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: David Ian Davies
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Kidnapped from his safe California home. Thrown into a life-death struggle in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Half St. Bernard, half Shepard, Buck learns many hard lessons as a sled dog: the lesson of the lash, of the cold, of near-starvation and cruelty. And the greatest lesson he learns from his last owner, John Thorton: the power of love and loyalty. Yet always, even at the side of the human he loves, Buck feels the pull in his bones, an urge to answer his wolf ancestors as they howl to him. Can Buck resist the lure of the wolves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Quirks But Still Amazing!

  • By Brett on 02-04-12

Boring

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narrator being consistent with the accent. Having a livelier voice. I couldn't listen for more than 5 minutes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I listened to Zen and the Art of Faking It and it was a much more entertaining narrator and story.

What didn’t you like about David Ian Davies’s performance?

The accent was very hard to follow. It sounded like he was going in and out of different accents. The speaking was very dull. If I had listened for more than a few minutes I would have fallen asleep, which would not have been good I was driving while listening.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

The narrator was dull and the story was dull. I stopped listening after 5 minutes. This was a waste of money.

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