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S. Becker

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  • The Virgin Suicides

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook

  • By Lexi Lou on 11-06-13

Listen to it at 1.15x speed

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

A cutting account of the decline of suburban America in the 1970s, told in a dark and disturbing fashion, through the lense of local adolescents. At times funny, sad, shocking and perverse, this is an unusual book well worth listening to. Just make sure to speed up the drawling narration.

  • Robot Riot

  • Schooling Around, Book 4
  • By: Andy Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The Robot Riot! Test: (1.) Henry McThrottle suspects that the new girl, Roberta Flywheel, is A: a spy. B: a boy. C: a robot. (2.) Roberta writes in her diary that she is on a mission to A: kiss Henry. B: clean up the school. C: exterminate all humans. (3.) Henry and his friends get Grant Gadget to build A: a treehouse. B: a sand castle. C: a robot-fighting robot. (4.) Grant Gadget's robot-fighting robot malfunctions and A: picks flowers. B: starts telling jokes. C: goes completely out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We all need a Mr Brainfright

  • By Catriona on 10-29-12

Our Review

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

We liked it. The best bit was the end, when the school was rebuilt as a ship. The narrator was pretty good.

  • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

  • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the dazzling continuation of the Tales of the Otori, an unforgettable epic with a vast emotional landscape, a classic work that crosses genres, genders and generations.‘Their realm is held in balance by their union ... Break that union and the Three Countries will fall apart.’Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading of a poor sequel

  • By S. Becker on 11-01-17

Great reading of a poor sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This book is narrated in 3rd person, rather than the first person narration of the earlier books. This may have affected my engagement with the characters, for I found this book somewhat flat compared with the first three. The ending was shambolic and inconsistent which really bothered me. The audible narration was however top quality.

  • Mermaids & Fairy Dust

  • Beautiful Imaginative Meditations for Wonderful Little Girls of All Ages
  • By: Christiane Kerr
  • Narrated by: Christiane Kerr
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

This audio is designed to help children relax and will enhance feelings of happiness and contentment. It can be used at home with your children or as a teaching resource.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful for children

  • By Pamela Ottesen on 07-07-13

My daughter loves it

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

My 8 y.o daughter asks to listen to this every night. Really quite lovely to listen to both for children and adults.

  • The Moon in the Palace

  • The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
  • By: Weina Dai Randel
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power. A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the emperor a gift he can never forget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most annoying narrations

  • By Foodiewife on 01-28-17

Couldn't stand the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Although based on fact, the story was rather melodramatic and at times quite unlikely e.g a concubine managing to have a secret affair with the Emperor's son, roaming around the walled palace day and night without escort and frankly offending the Emperor on numerous occasions but being forgiven every time. Nevertheless, this was an entertaining book that consistently held my attention. What ruined the audio version was the ridiculous narrator, who's tone veered from breathless pleading to juvenile excitement and painful ecstasy. She tried too hard to comvey emotion, and simply ended up sounded stupid.

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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,268

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Falls a bit flat

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

At the start, The Night Circus promises to be a dark mystery set in a complicated and magic filled world. The "duelling magician" precept definitely pulls you in. Unfortunately, as the book progresses, it fails to deliver anything more than a pretty setpiece. It is a pistache of intricately described rooms, clothes and food, with ultimately poor character development and differentiation. The plot is thin, the character's motives fail to engage, and the love story feels more like an intellectual exercise rather than a passionate affair. The descriptions of the circus are enchanting, but the author goes overboard on the "show, don't tell" premise, and forgets to actually write a story. This is a word picture of a fantastical circus, but not a good novel.

  • The Fisherman and His Wife

  • By: The Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A young fisherman is granted wishes by a magical flounder, but his wife's extraordinary ambitions prove to be their downfall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor recording

  • By S. Becker on 09-01-16

Poor recording

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The recording sounded as though it was done in someone's living room, and the flounder and husband's voice had all the enthusiasm of someone reading a physics textbook.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,030

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

A simple masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Jeremy Irons does a beautiful job narrating this simple fable of a shepherd in search of his treasure. The story is heartwarming, thought provoking and adventurous all at once. It forces us to re-evaluate our own lives, encouraging us to take the risk of follow our spirit. This book will stay with you like a little jewel itself for a very long time.