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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,713
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,638

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

Worth every word

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

I wish I had read earlier. I am buying the next book now. so far my favorite of the series.

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,040

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy-pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fanciful fun for five-year-olds

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-31-14

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

The story is great but what made mw give it 5 starts is the narration. Absolutely incredible how well the narrator brings the store to life. His voices and enthusiasm made me smile the entire time.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,654

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

I wanted to love it

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Any additional comments?

My husband and most of my friends and family are all introverts while I am one of the most extroverted people I have ever met, made more obvious by those I surround myself with. I wanted to read this book in order to get more perspective.

Unfortunately, along with the perspective came a lot of hurtful words: Studies that suggest extroverts are better at leading, need more data. Disney authors draw all of their positive characters to reflect introverts and negative characters to reflect extroverts. Extroverts are unempathetic. Extroverts are not good at listening. Extroverts have a hard time understanding others. Extroverts are not considerate. Extroverts are not as good at reading as introverts! By the end I felt horrible about myself and I was horrified that I may be in a constant state of offending my loved ones.

I appreciate the goal of empowering introverts and I will strive to do so in ways that this book helped me to understand. I just wish this book had the ability to lift up introverts with out stepping on extroverts.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,557

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

I both love and hate this life changing book

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

At one point this woman tells the reader that they will love folding. I have a clean laundry basket and a dirty laundry basket, and i always have, because i hate folding. When i first listened to the narrator tell me this I audibly laughed. Absurd! Well 2 weeks later, I am finished with the clothes, books, and papers section of her guide and I just realized I didnt dread folding my clothes this weekend... I refuse to say that I love folding but saying that I dont dread/hate it is a huge step. I am so annoyed that she is right, and so happy to have amazing drawers.

I would describe my entire experience of the book like this. I am so annoyed with whatever she is saying and yet I want to do everything she is saying and in the end every step of hers that I have followed has been revolutionary for my life.

How annoyingly wonderful.

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  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than print!

  • By J. D. May on 07-31-12

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

What made the experience of listening to The Selfish Gene the most enjoyable?

The Narrators did a great job of not making this sound boring by avoiding monotone voices and by switching the voice from time to time between male and female. Additionally, it is written in a way that includes humor from time to time which also makes it enjoyable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really loved the part discussing ants farming the aphids for food. Fascinating.

  • The Adjustment Bureau

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ripoff - incomplete story - chapter 1 of 3

  • By John Hall on 11-16-13

Any one but a Woman

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

No. Unfortunately, all of the women's voices were so unbeleiveable that it took me out of the story and left me wishing i could fastforward so I didnt have to hear the shrillness.

Any additional comments?

The story was interesting. I would not listen to this version. The shrillness of the women's voices made listening unbearable.

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 57 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awful narrator!

  • By Janneke on 02-22-13

Amazing story made difficult listening

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend but not this audiobook. It was difficult to listen to the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The end

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

Any other Narrator.

Any additional comments?

Please read or listen to this book. It is well worth your time. Just please dont listen to this version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful