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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • By: Jeff Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need the cartoons!

  • By Catherine on 04-17-08

Childish and empty

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

I doubled the speed so at least the voice sounded funny. The story is shallow, predictable and clichéd - a kids' story told from the perspective of an adult who must have thought kids see the world this way. No insights about what children really are. The protagonist has no merit at all - cowardly, lacking integrity, with neither brains nor brawn.
I know some schools have this on their reading list for students. And there are kids I know who devour books in this series. I wonder if librarians / teachers know this series is about.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

Difficult to follow at times, but a good story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

The story itself is woven along a tight mystery plot, suspenseful and exciting. This is set in a tumultuous time in church and European history, which makes for a rich context. However the pace tends to be slowed down by history commentaries, numerous theology discourses, sermons, and even a long-windy dream. I would still recommend it given it's richness. But just be aware that it's not easy to follow at times.

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)

  • By: Jesse Andrews
  • Narrated by: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time - when not playing video games and avoiding Earl's terrifying brothers - making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don't make them for other people. Until Rachel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disclaimer: This Indie Book not for Everyone

  • By FanB14 on 08-11-15

Awkward Teenager's Story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

This is a unique story told from the perspective of an awkward teen with rather low self esteem. I find the storyline realistic and the accounts unpretentious. It's a good story, with many funny lines and warm moments (Greg Gaines would rail against me for saying that!).

However I have to say that I find myself preferring the movie's ending ...

  • An Instance of the Fingerpost

  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Roger May, Christopher Oxford, and others
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Set in Oxford in the 1660s – a time and place of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment – this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion;

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Buildup, but worthwhile

  • By Tee on 08-17-17

Slow Buildup, but worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

The four threads of the story are intertwined and build towards the climatic end. Some parts proceed slowly, and patience may be required. I am stumbled by the names of various who's who during that period, and especially lost momentum during the second narrative. But the buildup for me really started in the third narrative, culminating in the final "a-ha!" In the fourth narrative.

This is well worth the read. The readers are all of top quality.

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,126

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right Book, Right Reader.... Enjoy!

  • By Stuart on 08-08-05

Harrowing theme yet somehow uplifting

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

How can a story about electrocution, with all the harrowing and gruesome details, be uplifting? Yet it is so. I was saddened and moved by turns, and yet there are moments of human courage, cheer and warmth. And also moments of hilarity interwoven into the story. Stephen King no doubt is a master story teller.

Frank Muller is an amazing reader.

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book ever written?

  • By Erika on 03-12-13

Hilarious and thought-provoking by turns

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

I finally got down to listening to this audiobook. The 40-hour length was intimidating at first. But as it turned out, this translation is lively, it's conversations pithy and full of vitality. There are archaic vocabulary, a smattering of Latin and Spanish, various historical notes and more than a few convoluted proverbs. I would recommend a companion e-book to follow along, so as to better understand the book. All the various footnotes, absent in the audiobook, would greatly help in enjoying the book.

George Guidal is an amazing reader. His voice for Don Quixote comes across as wise and measured, or crazed and passionate, or sad and resigned... as the situation calls for. Most of all I love his expressive voicing of Sancho Panza - his indignance, exuberance, joy and dismay all done right with the perfect accent! Awesome.



  • Pippi Longstocking

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

If you’ve ever dreamed about a life of absolute freedom, you’ll love this book. First published in 1950, Pippi Longstocking has given generations of kids a vision of days free from chores, bedtime hours, and homework. Now Christina Moore’s delightful unabridged narration gives new life to Pippi’s unconventional, free-spirited adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids Love It

  • By Mary on 06-13-15

Insufferable character

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I wanted to like Pippi but find her brash and obnoxious. Maybe many find her charming as a little girl, but I don't.

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,940

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella

  • By Darwin8u on 11-21-12

Mesmerizing reading

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

The reading by Kenneth Branagh is mesmerizing! The melancholy and memories of Marlow are brought to life.

The story is itself not always easy to follow on audiobook because of the many long rumination of Marlow. But it's not a long book and I could finish it in one day with some concentration.

  • The Plague Dogs

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both a very sad and very happy experience

  • By Stephen on 05-08-14

Animal research from the animals' perspective

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I fell in love with Snitter within 30 minutes into the audiobook; his innocent ramblings and wandering mind stole my heart. Rowf, gruff yet loyal, reminds me what a gift dogs are to human. I ached with their suffering and rejoiced when they triumphed.

My favorite part of the book - the link to Wordsworth's poem Fidelity (I won't give away more). The author has captured Lake District as a beautiful and magical land.

The Lake District dialects and vocabulary are difficult to follow. I had to go over them several times and even then it was hard to make sense at times. Eventually, in order to better keep up with what the tod was saying, I purchased the e-book. Seeing the words helped.

  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute

  • By Rose on 01-16-11

There are travel tales and there are travel tales

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I find the stories quite enjoyable at the start, with the discovery of Lilliput. It got more predictable with the second tale, then increasingly got quite bizarre and less thought-through.

By the last tale, it got quite insufferable. Gulliver was so taken with the noble Houyhnhnms, which was fine... but his allegations about the baseness of human were just too exaggerated and way off. I don't mean that human beings are noble - far from it - but to generalize all as worthless and stinky (even his own family) seems too damning.

I enjoyed David Hyde Pierce's reading. His pronunciation of "Houyhnhnm" is simply hilarious, as are his take on the other sounds of the horses.