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J. Michaud

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  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,991

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Wonderful new fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

A most fantastic story. Kelly Barnhill weaves a fabulous story that kept me tied to it as long as I could stand it. I didn't want to stop reading. When I finished I was torn between being completely satisfied with such a story and completely unhappy because there was no more to read.
The characters were engaging, with a witch, a dragon, a monster, and many people whose stories weave in and out of each other until the end. The inventive descriptions and uses of magic and inclusions of more modern science like cells, atoms, and black holes made for a fairy tale that appeals to a modern minds.

Simply fantastic. I must seek out more from Kelly Barnhill.

  • The Little House

  • By: Virginia Lee Burton
  • Narrated by: Frances Kelley
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

A sturdy, well tended little house standing on a hill in the countryside watches the days, nights, and seasons come and go as the town around her grows and develops before her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My 4 year old LOVES this audiobook!

  • By Heather on 05-16-16

A classic to share with your kids. With pictures.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

I remember the animated story from my childhood. I had no idea it was actually a book first. A fun little story where the only problem is I fall asleep while laying in bed with my 5-year old son listening to it.
A huge plus that it comes with the pictures.

  • The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide

  • Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World (Step-By-Step Guides)
  • By: Ted Zeff
  • Narrated by: Paul Aulridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

If you're a highly sensitive person (HSP), you're in good company. HSPs make up some 20 percent of the population, individuals like you who both enjoy and wrestle with a finely tuned nervous system. You often sense things that others ignore such as strong smells, bright lights, and the crush of crowds. Even the presence of strangers in your immediate vicinity can cause you considerable distraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great help!

  • By Daryoush Zand on 12-13-16

It has some helpful ideas

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

To start off I'll say that the book is helpful. It has a lot of suggestions for ways the HSP can make changes in their life. Each HSP has different sensitivities so not all of the tips will be helpful for everyone, but you should find at least a few that will help you (if you are an HSP reading it).
My quibbles with the book begin with some of the chapters and content. Dr. Zeff is a proponent of Ayurveda and many other practices that are dubious in their effectiveness and legitimacy as any sort of healing art. The chapters of nutrition and health, and spiritual wellness I gained nothing from whatsoever and could have gone without listening to them at all.
On a more personal level I found his constant alliterations and cheesy jokes annoying at best.
The narrator did a fine job with the content he performed.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles
    Nameless Dwarf, Books 1-5
    
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        D.P. Prior
    
    


    
    
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        Bob Neufeld
    
    


    
    Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
    186 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles

  • Nameless Dwarf, Books 1-5
  • By: D.P. Prior
  • Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

The dwarves have gone! Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe. The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful imagination! Glitches apparently fixed.

  • By BP on 11-12-14
  • The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles
  • Nameless Dwarf, Books 1-5
  • By: D.P. Prior
  • Narrated by: Bob Neufeld

It's a shogging story

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

The Nameless Dwarf was a decent book, but the overall experience wasn't the best.

The story was good, quite an epic adventure through a rich world. Prior has developed quite a universe for his stories with its own cosmology, deities, and races.

Story was good, but the writing left me a bit unsatisfied. The shogging shoggers use shog too shogging much in their shogging conversations. Seriously, it's like that sometimes. I'm glad he made up a word instead of using 'fuck' 600 times in the book, but for shog's sake, it's the only shogging word the shoggers use.

Performance was poor. The narrator did not have distinct voices for many characters and I got confused many times in a conversation because two or more people talking were given the same voice or given the wrong voice. I don't expect 20 different voices from one narrator, but the conversations could get bothersome to listen to.

Lastly the story began to get long. More of a personal quibble and probably a result of my other issues with the audiobook, but I was ready for the story to be over for a while. I wanted to finish, especially because I had already spent so much time getting into the story, but it felt like a long time to wade through.

I'm not sorry I listened to it, but this audiobook is not something I'll be returning to in the future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,157

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

Most important book I've read

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

If you are mortal, know someone who is mortal, or are interested in the lives and endings of metals, you should read this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Arrival of the Fittest

  • Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
  • By: Andreas Wagner
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

In Arrival of the Fittest, renowned evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner draws on over 15 years of research to present the missing piece in Darwin's theory. Using experimental and computational technologies that were heretofore unimagined, he has found that adaptations are not just driven by chance, but by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new molecules and mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robustness makes for an interesting life and book

  • By Gary on 11-29-14

Dense, but good information

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

A lot of information to get into and digest. You can't be distracted while listening or you'll miss something.
The library analogy gets a little tedious with all of the explanations when it begins, but the author clearly wants the listener to grasp the idea and leaves no doubt about the details.
Overall extremely informative and sheds light into the intricacies underlying the process of evolution.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Amanda Root, David Harewood, Roy Hudd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespeare is rolling in his grave.

  • By Gil of the Amazon on 02-14-15

Background noises

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I quite enjoyed the performance but the background noises were smothering and loud at times.