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Curse of the Arctic Star audiobook cover art

stuffy nose was so distracting

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

The narrator had a horribly plugged nose and, although the story itself was pretty good we really struggled to get past the stuffy nose. It made it hard to listen to. Cringeworthy!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society audiobook cover art

What a fabulous performance

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

If I could give the performance 6stars I would. The characters are depicted so well. Lovely story. Heartfelt, very well written characters came alive even more with the readers' added nuances.

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Fantastic performance of a great book

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

I've gone back to this 3 times now. Not only is the story engaging but the reading and accent and expressions are really top notch.

Tinsel Tales audiobook cover art
  • Tinsel Tales
  • Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR
  • By: NPR
  • Narrated by: Lynn Neary

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

I was looking for more of a series of stories. There were a few of those. But there were also what seemed like human interest stories. The collection was a very broad assortment of tales and memories and essays. And one very strange "play" in 3 parts

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So good as a set

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

I've already read this story but had to read it again after reading the prequel "the Winter Sea". The second read was so much better with the context of the first story.
The narrator was okay. Having read it the first time and listened to it the second I had a harder time adjusting to a few of her quirks. In fact, because of those quirks I recognized her as the narrator of another series I've listened to: her royal spyness.
Overall it was a great piece of historical fiction. The love story was mostly clean. The characters believable as long as you can 'suspend reality' while you listen.

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My daughter's favorite book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

My daughter is 5 and doesn't usually have the attention to listen to a chapter book (other than this and the Wizard of Oz) but she asks for this one repeatedly. Something in the story has grabbed her imagination. She says, "it's fun and scary and funny at the same time." The scary parts aren't too scary and she likes that Nim helps the adults and the bad guys don't win. This is a great book. Not too simplistic because it grabbed my imagination, too.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Frustratingly inconsistent narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

I have been listening/reading this book with whisper sync and found than, although Raudman has a wonderful and charming natural reading voice, as soon as she tries to read a character 's voice I winced! Her attempt at various English accents were sadly unsuccessful and came off sounding a strange twist of Boston and Cockney. I found it much more satisfying to read the story which, on its own, was very sweet and innocent yet full of kid friendly action, surprises and language. This is definitely a book I plan to introduce to my own children when they are a bit older but I will either read it to them or find a better narration. It's really too bad because Raudman has such a pleasant "regular" voice with natural inflection and lilt. But all the adults sounded flat and mopey and the children's "accents" were just too distracting to really enjoy the story. That said, I would be interested in listening to her narrate an American work of fiction

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wonderful story! better read than listen, though

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

Reviewed: 09-23-14

I LOVED this story and when I finished it last night I kept thinking of it long after I had turned out the lights. The characters are wonderfully lovable and flawed. I saw the plot twist coming half-way through but it didn't ruin the story at all. It was a light, clean romance.

I had purchased both the Kindle book and the accompanying audible book but I just couldn't listen to the reading. I couldn't stand the way she read the male characters. blech! It didn't sound like normal speech, but rather something affected and awkward.

So I would recommend the book for sure, just not the audible version.

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had audiobook cover art
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
  • My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
  • By: Tony Danza
  • Narrated by: Tony Danza

A Fantastic Listen for anyone who believes in the

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

This book was well written, emotional and real. As a teacher, married to a teacher and from a family of teachers, I have a firm belief in the importance of this job and am saddened by the red tape and hoop-jumping of bureaucracy as well as the difficulty of reaching students on the fringe. This book captures both the feelings of the despair of failure and the hope of success that keeps us coming back everyday. Tony Danza's voice is the perfect delivery for this memoir, too. There is something about the thick Brooklyn accent and the gravely tone of his voice telling his own story that makes it so much more real and emotional. I have recommended this book to many of my teacher friends but I hope that non-teachers read it, too. The whole reason he started this was to bring change and hope to education in our country and the more people who read it and understand what goes into teaching, the more hope there is for change.
A fabulous listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not as bad as I was expecting based on reviews

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

If you are really into the Lauren Willig series concerning the Pink Carnation, you might be able to get past the fact that this is a different reader. You might even be able to get past the few mispronunciations (eventually she stops pronouncing Eloise as "El-was" but I am disappointed that the producer didn't catch it right away. Other little things drove me crazy like pronouncing lowering as "lawring" more than once) Mispronunciations aside, she was an effective reader; able to effect different voices for different characters and effusing each character with emotion and depth. The story itself was a typical Willig plot. The characters were lovable and the ending was satisfying.