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Sara Marie Dalke

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

  • A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1
  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Peter Dennis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585

Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Piglet is the BEST!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-06

Classic, revisited

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Perhaps it's just me, but listening to this excellent reading was difficult. The snorts that Piglet gives at the end of most sentences were much louder than the words, making anything Piglet said hard to hear.

Then, there was the amount of prejudice that I didn't remember from having read this as a child. Perhaps I didn't notice it then, but I'm not sure now if I want my kids hearing this. I'll probably still share it with them, but it may be as a means to talk about the problem being expressed.

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,796

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Awesomeness

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Thank you, thank you, thank you for rerecording this book! Mr. Glover, who graciously recording this originally due to Mr. Marsters' scheduling conflict, is an excellent narrator, but, as someone who listens to series sequentially, it was too jarring to switch! Having said that:

This book is more confusing than previous books, mostly because Dresden is more confused than usual. His character shines through though, and I am ecstatic that Harry finally understands something that's bothered me since Mab first approached him with her offer. It's quite refreshing!!

  • Bound

  • Mastered, 1
  • By: Lorelei James
  • Narrated by: Rachel Vivette, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She's focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating - not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That's where she meets him. Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training - in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery's boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfy Your Craving with Bound by Lorelei James

  • By cmsande on 05-21-14

Surpisingly Interesting and Consuming

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

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

First, I'll be honest: I was unsure if I was going to like this book. I've never really read anything that tackles the sexual choices that this book does. That being said, it is definitely one of the more interesting and immersive books I've read in a long time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bound?

From the first page, I was struck by the strong personalities of both Amery and Ronin. I loved the relationship Amery had with Molly - how she was willing to go through so much to support her decision. Ronin's dominant, controlled persona was a refreshing change from the usual male romantic lead. I loved how he was so concerned about Amery's boundaries, and didn't push too hard, too fast.

Which character – as performed by Rachel Vivette and Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

This might be surprising, but my favorite character is Molly. I love how she overcame her fears, how she supported and defended Amery, even from their other friends, and how she was willing to take and implement good advice.

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  • To Sail a Darkling Sea

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Post-ZA Story

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

Wonderful Post-ZA Story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

If you could sum up To Sail a Darkling Sea in three words, what would they be?

This is extremely difficult for me as there is so much in this book that cannot fit in only three words. If forced, however, I would go for alliteration:

Fun, Fighting, Family (or even without the commas)

What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

As with the first book in this series, To Sail a Darkling Sea is my only experience with Zombie Apocalypse books. Characters remind me of other memorable characters from many of John Ringo's other series, but the books are unlike anything I've read before.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think my favorite scene in this book was when Faith is explaining to her commanding officers why she went dress shopping in the middle of an operation. Most of her superiors are male, so they have to contact the very top brass, who is female for both a more experienced and female opinion. Yves St Laurent dresses are, after all, masterpieces. Even men will appreciate the interaction between these two females in a male-dominated chain of command.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had many more laughing moments than the first of this series. The awards ceremony and the Pass in Review, however, both evoked tears.

Any additional comments?

WARNING for Military listeners: Morris spells out acronyms rather than pronouncing them. If you hate with people spell R-O-W-P-U, this is not the listen for you.

However, Morris IS an excellent voice actor and his performance, especially with the many accented characters in this book, is AMAZING!

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  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Would you listen to Under a Graveyard Sky again? Why?

I've listened to Under a Graveyard Sky 4 times since downloading it. It is an excellent story about a rather unusual family and how they first avoid, then combat the spreading plague that turns intelligent human beings into raving animals

What other book might you compare Under a Graveyard Sky to and why?

I find similarities in this book to many other John Ringo books. Faith is somewhat similar to Cally from his Legacy of the Aldenata series, while her father is similar to all the best parts of both Iron Mike from the Aldenata series and Mike Harmon from the Paladin of Shadows series, both of whom are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission.As for the story itself, I haven't read any other apocalypse books, which are the only ones I can think of to compare this to.

Which character – as performed by Tristan Morris – was your favorite?

I think my favorite of Morris' characters is Steven Smith, that Australian-born naturalized-American citizen who is the father in this series. Morris' command of accents is amazing, and I love to hear it. He can switch from Australian to British to Irish to Russian with amazing alacrity, and is a wonder to hear!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many parts evoked laughter, while many others brought on tears. Ringo's wit and writing are in top form in this book.

Any additional comments?

To the military listeners: WARNING - Morris spells out the acronyms rather than pronouncing them the way you are probably used to. Be sure you are okay with hearing M-R-A-P and S-S-G before listening. If you have a problem with this, I recommend reading the book yourself.

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