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Noelle M.

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  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.

  • By Troy on 04-05-16

Disjointed, but still worth the listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I love Bradbury, and most of the stories in this collection. My only qualm is that they do not fit well together as a narrative. It makes sense considering they were all written separately and then later collected, but it's presented as a narrative and thus ends up feeling disjointed.

  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Tough Read Perfectly Delivered

  • By Chris on 06-11-12

Excellent example of Woolf/the modernist writers.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Mrs. Dalloway is a good novel, and a fine example of Virginia Woolf's work. But I can't honestly rate it higher, because I've never fully enjoyed the modern/Joycean writers due to their stream of consciousness writing style.

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

A Fisher memoir for Star Wars fans.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Carrie Fisher is a great writer, and so funny, but this isn't her best. Too many diary entries, not enough Fisher-isms. But that being said, for a Star Wars fan it's ideal. It gives a very unique perspective into behind-the-scenes of making the film that I had not encountered previously (not to mention some accounts of the oh-so-sexy Harrison Ford of the 1970s).

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,931
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,767

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Fantastic book for science lovers (probably).

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Really, really good. Narration makes or breaks a story and his performance was spot on. The voices, accents, and personalities really came through. This was by far the books greatest strength.

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

It already exists: "Bring Him Home"

Any additional comments?

This is a great science fiction book because it is what good science fiction should be: believable. While it is outside the realm of what is currently happening in science and space exploration (which is why it's fiction), it is inside the realm of possibility. That is what makes it so good and also what probably deters people.

A lot of the book is just a guy trying to use science to survive. Details of the actual science, what's possible, what's not, what would really happen if... that's what this book is made of.
If you like science, you'll find that to be fantastic and refreshing. If not, you might get bored or feel it's tedious.

I also felt like it was paced well and being able to get off the red planet and see what is going on at home was a good way to break things up and experience different emotions and perspectives. Watney is a great character.

  • The Madness Underneath

  • The Shades of London, Book 2
  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: She’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades - the city’s secret ghost-fighting police - are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was excepting

  • By Melissa on 07-11-13

A new

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to teens who like paranormal, fantasy, or horror. It's really entertaining from a paranormal mystery stand point, but Maureen is also just funny, dead on in capturing the teen experience, and also it's in London so British accents and culture galore!

What did you like best about this story?

At first it was hard to get into. All the things that made the first story great were no longer present (no ripper mystery, no seemingly normal story about boarding school life with a surprise paranormal twist, etc). But by the end, Johnson won me over with a new cast to care about and entirely new direction for the story that was interesting and exciting.

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

Nicola is very good at the accents and voices. There are a lot of different accents and she did really well making them sound genuine and unique to the point where you know whose talking just based on the voice. Narration is extremely important to audiobooks. They make or break it. I'm at the point with this series that if they switch the narrator (Nicola) I'd have a very difficult time continuing. Her voices are the characters now, ya know? I don't know if I just got used to Nicola or if she's really just coming into her own on this second installment but I found it much better that the first. Critical even.

Do you think The Madness Underneath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

UM YES. Anyone reading or listening to the story knows that the ending leaves you saying "WTF JUST HAPPENED?" and needing to jump right into the next installment.

  • The Name of the Star

  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city - gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boarding school fiction with a paranormal twist.

  • By Noelle M. on 07-30-15

Boarding school fiction with a paranormal twist.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Star to be better than the print version?

Not sure, since I haven't read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Star?

I really liked the fact that for the first half it read like a realistic fiction book about boarding school life in England.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicola Barber?

On the fence. Her accents were good but her actual normal narration was really distracting. She over enunciated which was annoying.

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

"Jack is back."

Any additional comments?

Fun, quick YA listen. Nothing overwhelmingly good, but decent writing and performance and intriguing storyline.

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