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  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,780
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,773

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults

  • By Annie M. on 11-18-12

Unique.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Recommended for all middle school kids and their parents. Especially if you feel like you might be a little different. A great read on life lessons.

  • Dreaming Spies

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324

For years now, readers of the Russell Memoirs have wondered about the tantalizing mentions of Japan. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes had spent three weeks there, between India ( The Game) and San Francisco ( Locked Rooms). The time has finally come to tell that story. It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find...a stone. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haiku and Holmes - A Fine Brew

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-22-15

Why did it have to be Sherlock Holmes?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

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

If they were looking for a light Christy type read and weren't a Holms purist.





What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with more originality.

What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

She was quite a good reader and made the characters (except Holms) fairly believable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not likely.

Any additional comments?

Let's let Connan Doyle be the last word on Holms. That character by any other name would have been more believable.

  • Garden Spells

  • By: Sarah Addison Allen
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Charming

  • By ~Beloved~ on 09-09-12

sweet magic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Garden Spells the most enjoyable?

The reader was excellent and made the story flow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Garden Spells?

I enjoyed the properties of the various flowers and herbs and the emotions they could provoke.

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

She brought an empathy for the story and the characters.

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

Even when you see the future, you cannot know the future.

Any additional comments?

This was a sweet enjoyable fantasy, just right!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A good story ruined by the narrator

  • By i. Ski on 04-17-14

A classic story deserves a more adept reader

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

How did the narrator detract from the book?

With material that is so well known the reader should check the material. There were so many mispronounced words that I could hardly follow the story in places. Ms. Agliotta needs to get a dictionary and learn how to use it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By jenny on 03-27-14

Disapointing second in the trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have liked to return to the original reader. Alan smith was fine but the change was unsettling. I found this book just repetitive of the first without really moving the story along much. Very predictable. A disappointment.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,759

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Donna Tartt gets the details right, enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

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

This is a great performance. The characters are believable and real all the way through. A pleasure to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story and the unlikely characters. It is modern, relevant and thought provoking.

  • Emily and Einstein

  • A Novel of Second Chances
  • By: Linda Francis Lee
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, kept my attention

  • By Allison on 03-20-11

Smart and entertaining- so fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

What did you like best about this story?

A great insight into dysfunctional relationships in a fun way.

What does Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Two voices, two points of view of the same experiences that sometimes have no relationship to each other.

Any additional comments?

This was just a fun book to listen to. The narration was excellent, good solid story with an interesting twist. You may question your relationship with your own pet.