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J Hasan

Santa Clara, CA
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  • The Price of Privilege

  • How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
  • By: Madeline Levine PhD
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders - rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By J Hasan on 11-07-16

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

The content is good but the narration is very slow with awkward intonation and phrasing. Listen at 1.5 speed to make it bearable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,287

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

it's complicated

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

The Blade Itself is complex and rich, if somewhat slow moving. Incredible range of characters and plot threads.

  • Two Ravens and One Crow

  • An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,107

Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the price? Maybe not on audible..

  • By breckoz on 10-28-12

pricing

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

It's awfully expensive for a two hour novella. I'm not sure the plot points are necessary to understand the next book.

  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

  • By: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Narrated by: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

This audio collection includes the first eight stories from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon. Join Jack and Annie in adventures in time and space!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters have been fixed on audiobooks now

  • By J Hasan on 06-18-15

Chapters have been fixed on audiobooks now

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Any additional comments?

I was nervous buying this on audible due to all the other reviews complaining about poor audio formatting and no chapters. I was glad to see that problem has been fixed and all the content is neatly arranged into chapters now. This volume covers the first 8 books and therefore has 80 audible chapters, 10 for each book, exactly following the printed versions of the book. There is a bonus chapter 81 which is a recorded interview with the author, and was fun to listen.

My daughter loves these books and the audio version has made long car drives so much easier. I find the Magic Tree House series to be easily one of the most well thought-out, educational and imaginative series for children this age. It exposes them to a wide variety of subject matters about history, science, geography in a fun way ... it's pure genius.

Some other reviewer has complained that the books are "formulaic" as if that's a bad thing. This reviewer is completely missing the point of these books. For early readers you want the plot flows to be manageable and just a little predictable so kids can wrap their heads around all the content and new information ... while also learning how to read.

53 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,953

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

The narrator...

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

...does different characters' voices so convincingly that it sometimes seems there are two narrators. Well done with Oberon, especially!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful