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La La in the Library

New York, New York
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  • The King of Average

  • By: Gary Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Gary Schwartz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Named one of Kirkus Reviews best books of 2016, Gary Schwartz's heartfelt, hilarious, pun-filled middle grade novel tells of an 11-year old's quest for love and self-acceptance in a land where psychological states are actual places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reminds me of labrynth

  • By Mary Karowski on 05-11-17

If this had not been a review book I would hsve DNFed.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This book was so ridiculous at first I thought it was an Adult Fiction parody mash-up of Baum, Lewis, and Jeff Kinney; but it is not. The writing is poor and the content will be of very little interest to Middle Grade aged readers, if at all.

  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Arthur Grey
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook. While they were appearing in that magazine I was constantly surprised at the number of requests which came to me from all parts of the country, asking that the articles be permanently preserved in book form. I am most grateful to the Outlook for permission to gratify these requests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Tuezday Morning on 06-17-17

A book everyone should read.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Where does Up from Slavery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high, of course the book is a classic, and the narrator was pleasing to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The history of injustice in this country, and being able to do comparisons with civil rights in contemporary times.

Which character – as performed by Arthur Grey – was your favorite?

Booker T. Washington.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it just made me introspective.

  • Heliotrope

  • By: JC Miller
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Buckle up your Birkenstocks and travel back to 1975. Discover (or relive) the pre-digital age in Arcata, a remote Bohemian college town in California. Meet Kit, a hard-working, bookish senior, on track for graduation - that is, until she falls for Jonathan, one-time bestselling author, now her stand-in professor. Jonathan, a master in the art of deception, isn't who he appears to be. As their bond grows, Kit's desire blinds her to the truth - a shocking discovery shatters her faith and ultimately tests her integrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported me back to the 70's

  • By Kathy on 12-08-16

Boring.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What disappointed you about Heliotrope?

The weak writing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably a classic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Simmons?

No.

What character would you cut from Heliotrope?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

It takes skill to write about mundane things and have them be interesting to the reader and this author was not up to it.

  • Olga

  • By: Ted Kelsey
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When a mysterious figure is seen floating and dancing in the field near their house, Jack and Sally decide to investigate. This decision will lead them to an exciting place far beyond their imagination, the home of Olga. Nothing in the clouds is as it appears, and in order to get home safely, Jack and Sally must first learn whom to trust, and find a way to believe in themselves. A story of spirit and imagination that the Online Book Club has described as "interwoven with comedy and deeper emotions of freedom and loneliness", Olga will delight all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A children's "land of giants" imaginative story

  • By James T Keller on 04-18-17

A delightful retelling of Jack and the Bean Stalk.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Olga?

The descriptions of the giants at the feast table.

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

Sandra has a pleasant voice and her character voices are distinctive, It was a smooth narration, and lovely to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I was provided a review copy, via Audiobook Boom, in return for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Dragons

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness. This is a collection of nine of her fairy tales with a common theme - Dragons! For children from five to 95, these stories are not to be taken seriously. Let your imagination run wild!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great childhood memory

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Classic fairytale style.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrator is spot on with her voice characterizations; I highly recommend!

What did you like best about this story?

The stories are classic fairytale style wrapped up in Wonderland hijinx, and Gulliver like adventure. Each one features a unique dragon.

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

Karen's voice characterizations are stellar. It's like listening to a full cast production.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As usual with well written fairytales, I smiled a lot.

  • The Peter Rabbit Collection

  • By: Beatrix Potter
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree. "Now, my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning. "You may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delight for all Ages

  • By Tiasdolls on 02-01-17

Breath intake sounds make the audio unlistenable.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-17

Two books in a row with overly annoying breath intake sounds. There are ways of fixing that both during recording with microphone screens and buffers, and in post-production with editing programs. This rating has nothing to do with the B. Potter stories themselves, which are delightful.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Awkward

  • By: R.K. Ryals
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story. Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she's drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The breath intake sounds were highly annoying.

  • By La La in the Library on 02-16-17

The breath intake sounds were highly annoying.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-17

I could not finish listening to this book. The breath intake sounds from the narrator made the story unlistenable. There are editing programs that can drastically reduce these sounds. I don't know why they didn't edit or use a microphone with a screen or buffer on it. I feel bad for the author becase I was enjoying the content. I am happy I have the ebook so I can finish reading the story. This audiobook copy was furnished through Audiobook Boom for review purposes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarlet Letter

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Hester Prynne settles in a little town in Puritan-era Massachusetts while awaiting her husband's arrival from England. Hester becomes pregnant, exposing her sin in the eyes of the townsfolk. Her penalty: wearing an embroidered A on her bosom for the remainder of her life. When Hester's husband arrives in the town anticipating a joyous reunion with his young wife, he instead begins a cankering quest to uncover the father of Hester's child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • By Vickie on 12-21-16

The narrator is stellar!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

This was a "re-read" for me. I have found that I am much more motivated to revisit classics if I listen to an audiobook. I think I loved the story even more this time. It has a Feminist slant to it that, after reading many of the Goodreads reviews, I don't think a majority of people pick up on.

The narrator is stellar. Her pacing is spot on, and her character voices are distinct, but natural sounding. Her words are easily understood, and there were no annoying sounds (lip smacks, or loud breath intakes) present. I will be looking for other books she has narrated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Two by Vonnegut: The Big Trip Up Yonder and 2BR02B

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

These two short works, "The Big Trip Up Yonder" and "2BR02B", are science fiction tales originally published in the magazines Galaxy Science Fiction and If: Worlds of Science Fiction in 1959 and 1962.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Sci-fi

  • By Big Cheese on 03-28-17

I have always loved Vonnegut and this narrator is very good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Vonnegut is an all time favorite of mine, and as of late I have been preferring to do my re-reads using audiobooks. This narrator is very good. She has a pleasant tone, is easy to understand, and there were no annoying speech sounds (such as lip smacks and audible breath intakes). I will be looking for other classics she has narrated for my future re-reads.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Yellow Wallpaper

  • By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Her supportive, though misunderstanding, physician husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a "rest cure" after the birth of their child. The family spends the summer at a colonial mansion that has, in the narrator's words, "something queer about it" and her depression/anxiety, (commonly diagnosed today as postpartum depression), spirals out of control as she fixates on the yellow wallpaper in their bedroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Big Cheese on 12-08-16

A very early Feminist short story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-16

I can't say too much aboit the storyline because as a short story almost any description is going to be a spolier. The author skillfully fills the reader with the feelings of despair the main character is feeling. The narrator was quite good.