LISTENER

Ann

  • 16
  • reviews
  • 19
  • helpful votes
  • 114
  • ratings
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Ben Stiller
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,477

Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Only Live Once. Or Do We?

  • By Dave on 12-04-13

A new take on a classic Thurber story.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

What made the experience of listening to Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the most enjoyable?

I loved listening to this book after seeing the old black and white version of the movie for a second time.

What other book might you compare Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to and why?

Any other short stories by other authors like H. G. Wells and Washington Irving.

Any additional comments?

I loved the new reading from Ben Stiller and look forward to seeing the new movie, once it comes out on DVD.

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,457

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peculiar and Suspenseful

  • By JACK on 02-19-14

Another great read from Ransom Riggs

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

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

He has Great voices and accents for all the characters.

Any additional comments?

An amazing second novel for the miss P's series, and I can not wait for the next one!

  • Fake Mustache

  • Or, How Jodie O' Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius
  • By: Tom Angleberger
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Tom Angleberger scored two critical and popular hits with his Star Wars–inspired The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. In the hilarious Fake Mustache, young Lenny Flem Jr.’s friend Casper disguises himself with a shockingly convincing handlebar mustache and begins robbing banks, quickly amassing a fortune. Setting his sights on the presidency, Casper is working on plans for world domination—and only Lenny stands in his way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously Twisted

  • By Mark on 05-02-13

very fun book for a 13 year old. I loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

What did you like best about this story?

It was one of strangest books I have read

What does Jonathan Todd Ross and Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the people came to life with the great readers.

Any additional comments?

very funny book I have read almost all of tom's books and i think this is one of hes best books

  • Gregor the Overlander

  • Underland Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series.

  • By J. Christiansen on 02-16-09

Suzanne Collins Is Great

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best

What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

It is not like any other books i have read

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

it was good for the book, he was great for the people (and things) in the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes I listened to this book in a day or two and the others in the series shortly after

Any additional comments?

though it was the same author it was very different from the hunger games (great book too)

  • You Have to Stop This

  • The Secret Series, Book 5
  • By: Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Joshua Swanson, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

"In this fifth and final (I swear!) audiobook in my saga of secrets, a class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly - and I don't mean in the bored-to-death way - when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this "crime" of vandalization, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when the mummy disappears."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great End To A Great Series

  • By Ann on 08-04-13

Great End To A Great Series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Any additional comments?

I loved this series, and would like to see other books by the P B. This book series reminds me a lot of lemony snicket's books. hope you like it as much as I do. Eddie age 13

  • First Light

  • By: Rebecca Stead
  • Narrated by: David Ackroyd, Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Peter is thrilled to leave New York City to accompany his parents on an expedition to Greenland to study global warming. There he has visions of things that should be too far away for him to see. Generations ago, the people of Theas community were hunted for possessing unusual abilities, so they fled beneath the ice. Thea needs help that only Peter can give. Their meeting reveals secrets of both their pasts, and changes the future for them both forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • grate book for 13 year old

  • By Ann on 03-12-13

grate book for 13 year old

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

What did you like best about this story?

there are tow stories that go together in the end

Which character – as performed by David Ackroyd and Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

peter

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

a grate story of earth and it's people

  • Enclave

  • By: Ann Aguirre
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 759

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mysterious and Suspenseful

  • By The Reading Date on 02-08-14

great YA novel, I loved it...by Eddie, age 12

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

Any additional comments?

It was a great book. After reading the Gregor series, where they live in underground colonies, I was a little sick of that concept. Still, I enjoyed Enclave (though they live in enclaves, also underground). All the characters had their own interesting back stories, which was really fun to listen to. The narrator had a very squeaky voice that got annoying.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Lacuna

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait for a new Kingsolver novel

  • By Tim on 11-17-09

Beautiful Story of Love and Loss

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Any additional comments?

I was really quiet surprised to read some of the reviews of this beautiful and mesmerizing book. First of all, let me say that I love it when writer’s read their own books and Barbara Kingsolver is no exception. She has a fabulous voice and I loved her characterizations and intonations. They are what the writer intended them to be.This is the story of a life. It flows from childhood to adulthood with twists and turns and interesting historical events. This is not a straight-forward story, this story requires the listener to let go and allow themselves to be guided through the journey without needing to know the end. I found it funny and sweet; sad and still wonderfully hopeful. There are wonderful characters, but I don’t want to spoil a thing. Kingsolver’s writing is lush and beautiful, full of metaphors and wonderful turns of phrases. She is a dealer in words, and she treats them as the valuable commodity that they are.

  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,739

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

What a surprise

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

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

So some of this book is a bit boring and some of the science stuff lost me, but she also has a wonderful way of making certain things interesting. How do they go to the bathroom in space and what do they talk about to control. I especially enjoyed telling my 12 year old son and his friends about vomiting in space and other gross details that they loved. I found it fascinating and surprising.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,602

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

Worth the wait!!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

What made the experience of listening to Elegance of the Hedgehog the most enjoyable?

This is an interesting book. Like some of the other readers here, it took me a while to get into the story. There is a lot of thoughtful descriptions of class differences and some pondering on life and philosophy. These are kind of interesting, though I often drifted...the ending did make up for it, though. I really liked the young girl and her thoughts and observations. In the end, I was very glad that I finished the book. It has stayed with me. Another book of strong, independent women with interesting opinions who think for themselves.