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  • My Awesome-Awful Popularity Plan

  • By: Seth Rudetsky
  • Narrated by: Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul Castree, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Justin has two goals for sophomore year: to date Chuck, the hottest boy in school, and to become the king of Cool U, the table in the cafeteria where the "in" crowd sits. Unfortunately, he has the wrong look (short, plump, Brillo-pad curls), he has the wrong interests (Broadway, chorus violin), and he has the wrong friends (Spencer, into Eastern religions, and Mary Ann, who doesn't shave her armpits). And Chuck? Well, he's not gay; he's dating Becky, a girl in chorus with whom Justin is friendly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By matt on 04-28-12

Hilarious and Touching

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Self-absorbed Justin jumps to conclusions about everything while he keeps laser-focused on getting his first kiss from the most popular kid in high school. The multi-voiced narration is delightfully cast, and seamlessly executed. Seth’s voicing of Justin is hilarious as he guides us through Justin’s thought process. Highly recommend!

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. But this lonely girl's life is transformed when she finds the key to the secret garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Update to Beloved Classic!

  • By LilMissMolly on 07-13-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Come back to this classic with the lovely and expressive voice of Pearl Hewitt. Touching and charming telling of a timeless story. Highly recommended!

  • Another Nice Mess

  • The Laurel & Hardy Story
  • By: Raymond Valinoti
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Arguably the greatest comedy duo in show business history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy delighted filmgoers and theatregoers for over 30 years. The public not only found Laurel's serene simpleton and Hardy's pompous buffoon hilarious, but they also thought of them as friends. Laurel and Hardy may have been nitwits, but they were loveable nitwits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Hours + of Biography

  • By Jim on 05-13-15

Terrific Listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

What did you love best about Another Nice Mess?

This is a wonderful overview of the careers of Laurel and Hardy.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical setting and details add to the enjoyment of the behind-the-scenes workings of Hollywood in the period.

What about Jack de Golia’s performance did you like?

What a wonderful voice Jack de Golia has! He would be perfect for a Ken Burns documentary made from this book. His easy delivery and resonant tone is delightful. I'll listen to anything read by him.

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

Anyone who knows Laurel and Hardy would think the title would serve: ANOTHER FINE MESS.

  • Infinite Home

  • By: Kathleen Alcott
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways - in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart - the renters struggle to navigate daily existence and soon come to realize that Edith's deteriorating mind and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, are the greatest challenges they must confront together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary feast

  • By Rosemary Benson on 08-21-15

A literary feast

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

What made the experience of listening to Infinite Home the most enjoyable?

Christa Lewis' narration is superb.

What did you like best about this story?

The luscious figurative language and fascinating characters; all of the residents of the building are intricately drawn.

What does Christa Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Christa Lewis' narration was a perfect fit for the book. Her smooth delivery takes you through descriptions and inner lives of the characters with a fluidity that allows the listener to savor the story.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I will be listening to other books by both the author and the narrator.

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