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  • All Our Pretty Songs

  • By: Sarah McCarry
  • Narrated by: Renata Friedman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tuneless

  • By Bruce on 12-13-18

The audio file is terribly edited.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Narrator comments, coughs, etc. not edited out. I think you have to be a little younger than me to appreciate the story fully. Maybe if I'd been a wilder teenager, or young enough that Kurt Cobain's story is as historic for me as Jimi Hendrix's, but this story feels more like a sketch than a complete picture, and maybe it's supposed to. The ending felt like the story broke the rules it had established, but maybe that unfairness is intentional as well. It's hard to say, but I will certainly be thinking about this story and what it means, and what my reaction means, for a good while.

  • Works Well with Others

  • An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You
  • By: Ross McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

This is McCammon's honest, funny, and entertaining journey from impostor to authority - a story that begins with periods of debilitating workplace anxiety but leads to rich insights and practical advice from a guy who still remembers what it's like to feel entirely ill equipped for professional success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing but really limited

  • By Margaret on 11-24-15

Short, funny, and (to me) relatable

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I know nothing about McCammon, but this is the most relatable business advice I've read.

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,712

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

The perils of whispersync

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

What would have made The Paper Magician better?

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

What didn’t you like about Amy McFadden’s performance?

Over-enunciation, and more of the idea of a posh London accent than an actual English accent. I personally prefer a more steady narration in which the action in the story informs how I feel rather than the narrator injecting much emotion into non-dialogue. It feels manipulative, which immediately causes me to be suspicious and resistant rather than suspend disbelief and immersive.

Having said this, I think Amy McFadden does have a good clarity of voice, from the small portion I heard, and I think that she could be a very good narrator (at least, as I define one) with a little more restraint and experience.

What character would you cut from The Paper Magician?

Any additional comments?

So, unfortunately, when you start out by reading a kindle book, you form an idea of characters' voices. Trying to switch over to listening to the audio version was extremely jarring.

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

  • By BadAndy on 04-10-17

I'll need to re-read it.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Mispronounced words, wandering accents. One main character was kind of British for a little while, then that went away. I'll have to re-read the book rather than listen to it, as I'm having difficulty separating the narration from the story.