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H. Walker

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  • The Women in the Castle

  • By: Jessica Shattuck
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,780

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined - an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times notable book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skating On The Thin Ice Of Life

  • By Sara on 04-29-17

the many facets of the past

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

This is a beautiful story of women from several different representations of German life. the heart ache, the misconceptions, the mistakes and how to move forward and live as Germans in a land scarred by the hitlerites. As a jew, with holocaust ties, this book was beautiful and powerful and so well written. I dont want to spoil the story. Listen to it! Without whitewashing, it reveals the humanness and restores person hood. I loved this book.

  • The Reader

  • By: Traci Chee
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book - an item unheard of in her illiterate society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the childlike narration

  • By H. Walker on 02-03-17

the childlike narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

the male characters sound ridiculous when read with the "youthful tone" of the narrator. worse when canibalism is the topic. I want to take it seriously but can't.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wild and Free

  • A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She Is Both Too Much and Never Enough
  • By: Hayley Morgan, Jess Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley, Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Wild and Free is in equal parts an anthem and an invitation to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every women needs to read!!

  • By Brenda on 04-04-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

a great concept for a book. if you do not mind mispronounced hebrew, calvinist theology, and millenial ideology, then you may REALLY enjoy this.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of Minds

  • Mortality Doctrine, Book One
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 789

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it's addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Maze Runner + Ready Player One + TRON

  • By Aaron on 10-15-13

matrix, inception and maze runner

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

it was a decent story, with enough layers and twists to keep you guessing. I would read a sequel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • J.R.R. Tolkien

  • A Life Inspired
  • By: Wyatt North
  • Narrated by: David Glass
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford. His research on Beowulf is still considered a standard in the field. Tolkien, however, unlike most Oxford dons, stepped out of his role as professor to create popular literature. Tolkien’s best-known writings were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in which he created a fully realized world known as Middle-earth, vaguely identifiable as Northern Europe in a pre-history that never was.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great story marred by an awful narration

  • By john on 08-21-15

it says Tolkien so I bought it. Not much to it.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

it was ok. not new, nothing deep.
but why are the last few chapters on Pope Francis?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life Interrupted

  • Navigating the Unexpected
  • By: Priscilla Shirer
  • Narrated by: Robin Ray Eller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Interruptions: They're aggravating - sometimes infuriating. They make us want to tell people what we think of them. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. The prophet Jonah's existence was interrupted by a call of God that would require a complete change of life. And it scared him enough to make him run in the opposite direction. Yet, what seemed to him to be an unnecessary and useless interruption was really an opportunity for Jonah to be involved in something the likes of which the Old Testament world had never seen before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs Priscilla's Narration

  • By Lisa Baarns on 10-11-15

I wish Priscilla read the book herself.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

a good book with a distracting narration. oh, the breathy lilts are necessary.
the content is really well written. I wish I could enjoy it more.

  • Arabic (Modern Standard) Phase 1, Unit 01

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Modern Standard Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Modern Standard Arabic Phase 1, Unit 01 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • watch the dialect!

  • By H. Walker on 04-02-16

watch the dialect!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-16

While pimsleur does a great job as always. This is Syrian Arabic.
It gave me some basics but a horrible accent for the country I was in.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,110

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

details that matter

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

previous books by Neal had me feeling lost in the tedium. This however, had back story that was more like watching Nova. it was there, running in the back ground while I worked. Just enough to actually hold my interest.
At the end, I found my self wanting one more chapter.
good story, great potential for a series.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

breathy narrator kills story

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

She doesnt "speak for the chraracters" in the same overly dramatic breathy narration....so if you can deal with it, you may be able to listen to enough of story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

if she just read the lines it would be fine. she speaks just fine for the characters, but everything around their statements is a breathy "seductive-fail" in reading.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whatnot

  • By: Stefan Bachmann
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Pikey Thomas doesn't know how or why he can see the changeling girl. But there she is. Not in the cold, muddy London neighborhood where Pikey lives. Instead, she's walking through the trees and snow of the enchanted Old Country or, later, racing through an opulent hall. She's pale and small, and she has branches growing out of her head. Her name is Henrietta Kettle. Pikey's vision, it turns out, is worth something. Worth something to Hettie's brother - a brave adventurer named Bartholomew Kettle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faery story that boys will love

  • By H. Walker on 10-16-13

Faery story that boys will love

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

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

Another brilliant book from Stefan Bachmann.
This kid is a fabulous writer with an educated imagination and a great sense of humor.

What did you like best about this story?


The references to Dickens and the witty jokes, had us laughing, while the dark sinster plots had the kids on the edge of their seats.

Which character – as performed by Peter Altschuler – was your favorite?

Hettie

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not Like any fairy story you would expect, It is BETTER.

Any additional comments?

Hoping the author has composed music for this volume as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful