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  • The Plastic Magician

  • A Paper Magician Novel
  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking - the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery. Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries - in as short a time frame - as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By lowell on 08-21-18

A stumble

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

CNH is such an enjoyable author. The first three books in this series were so good that the Plastic Magician comes across as thin and pale in comparison. I found Alvie to be a thoroughly enjoyable character. But the plot was so absurdly obvious that the story feel flat.

  • The Invention of Lefse

  • A Christmas Story
  • By: Larry Woiwode
  • Narrated by: Larry Woiwode
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Larry Woiwode brings us into the simple and anxious rhythms of life for a Norwegian farm girl in the first decade of the 20th century. Christmas Eve falls in the midst of deprivation as Mette's family prepares to journey to her grandparent's farm. When her father fails to bag a big deer on the journey, they arrive, like everyone else, almost empty-handed. Yet despite frustration and disappointment, this extended family combines their meager resources to create an unexpected marvel that transforms the family's Christmas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Peter Santucci on 04-26-15

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

He may be the author, be he's not much of a reader. And the story is a yawner. Not great. Not bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Save a Kingdom

  • The Journals of Myrth, Book 2
  • By: Bill Allen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Save a kingdom? Seriously? Twelve-year-old Greg Hart can barely save himself from the overgrown class bully, much less save a kingdom. And then only by running and hiding. But six months ago, Greg played a role in an unlikely prophecy foretold on the magical world of Myrth. Against all odds, he managed to survive. Now a second prophecy has been revealed, one featuring the "Hero Who Slayed Ruuan," and Greg is once again pulled into Myrth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unedited reading

  • By Peter Santucci on 04-08-15

Unedited reading

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

This is an unedited reading. There are over 100 reading mistakes where the narrator starts a sentence over again. It'd be so much better with an edited version.

  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

  • By: Flannery O’Connor
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pride goeth before the fall

  • By Ryan on 08-14-13

wow

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

Would you listen to Everything That Rises Must Converge again? Why?

Absolutely. This is some of the most brilliantly cutting fiction that's ever been written.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked about Flannery's stories is exactly what I don't like about them. They're painful. She exposes the arrogance of progressive/liberal thinking and the shallowness of conservative niceness. Wherever you find yourself landing, she's got a scathing revelation awaiting you. But that's exactly why I keep coming back to her stories. She exposes both my arrogance and my shallowness.

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

These very well chosen narrators bring local color and life to the characters that I simply wouldn't have provided if I were reading the stories silently in my head. The biting tone of some and the simpering of others. So well done.

If you could take any character from Everything That Rises Must Converge out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Absolutely none of them. They are all dreadful!

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,163

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't get all the humor.

  • By Jason P Gossen on 02-18-17

Intelligently hilarious

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

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

Tina Fey's autobiography ranks as the funniest of the audiobooks that I've listened to so far. But what's so great about it is that she loses none of her humor with her self-reflection while not losing any of her self-reflection with her humor. It's al there.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved her analysis of Alec Baldwin and of her own father and how these strong men shape the world they live in simply by their presence in it.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

She is so easy and enjoyable to listen to. I'd sit in the car and continue listening after I'd arrived at my destination.

Any additional comments?

I loved her lists of the things that she'd learned from this or that person or situation. Her analysis of how SNL works is actually solid leadership material.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reached

  • Matched, Book 3
  • By: Ally Condie
  • Narrated by: Jack Riccobono
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good 3rd book

  • By Artemis on 12-02-12

The typical middle-book struggle

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As the middle book of the trilogy, it's a journey book. The goal is to go from one place to another while getting to the two separated lovers together. But it wanders too much. A more articulated journey would have helped.

If you’ve listened to books by Ally Condie before, how does this one compare?

It improves on Matched in its character development but doesn't have the breadth of story that unfolds in Crossed.

  • Crossed

  • By: Ally Condie
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,628

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for Book Three

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-11

Satisfying conclusion

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

Would you listen to Crossed again? Why?

Finally, the series becomes more than just a teen romance, as complexities of character and the ambiguities of politics are explored. As the Rising finally rises, we discover that its solution isn't working out so well and that the Society isn't so anti-Rising after all. Of the three books, this is the one to spend more time with.

Which scene was your favorite?

The rediscovery of art in its various forms, especially the transient forms like song, in the Gallery was a highpoint of the book, even if it wasn't a central theme.

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

What happens when the solution becomes the scourge?

  • The Wisdom of Each Other

  • A Conversation Between Spiritual Friends
  • By: Eugene H. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Wisdom of Each Other demonstrates the life-changing value of friendships. With originality and warmth, Eugene Peterson opens our eyes to one of God's greatest and most overlooked provisions for counsel, encouragement, and renewal - honest, Christ-centered relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow was this refreshing!

  • By Daniel Moore on 03-13-18

Eugene Peterson at his most practical

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

Would you listen to The Wisdom of Each Other again? Why?

This is an easy book to listen to in bits and pieces in between other audio books, since it is a collection of letters written from Peterson to a fictitious old friend, Gunnar. Each letter has enough to mull on in its own right, so they make for great listens on short trips around town. And the wisdom of these letters is something to come back to again and again. I've read the book at least four times before I listened to the audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wisdom of Each Other?

I loved his suggestion that 70-year-old Gunnar have the youth group over to prepare, cook, and eat a meal together, mentoring through casual conversation over kitchen work instead of hyped up games and motivational talks.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

He has an earthy voice which lends warmth to the letters.