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Shelley M. Blackler

Ithaca, NY USA
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  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

Discover Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie's classic fantasy novel. Set in an exotic eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and great story teller

  • By marce on 05-22-18

Haroun, Hooray!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a book designed for children more than I did this one.
Salmon Rushdie performs with charm and delight. I have recommended this book to many friends and, now, to you.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,941

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Heartbreaking and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

I found this book riveting. I had to get through it because it was never out of mind while I was listening.
Lisa Genova can certainly write but she reads like it is a manual, with no emotion or connection. I was often distracted by this, but I am still glad to have listened.

  • My Life in France

  • By: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasure!

  • By Sara on 07-03-08

Content 5; Narration 3

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-09

This book is a wonderful connection to a fascinating woman and her very exciting, rich life. I learned to cook with Volume 1 and now I feel like I am learning about a friend.
I heartily encourage others to 'read' it.

I agree with those who criticize the narration: while it would be difficult to capture Julia's iconic voice, it absolutely does matter how words are pronounced. I am constantly jarred out of the story by words in French (and even English!) that are mispronounced.
I believe someone who is paid to read aloud should spend some time researching how words are pronounced before beginning the task.

Snobbish? I don't think so. Just asking for competence.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful