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  • The Wide Window

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #3
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Lemony Snicket
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

I am sorry to say that the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better with Tim Curry

  • By Lux on 01-08-16

Missing Tim Curry

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

I miss Tim Curry's narration so much! Lemony Snicket isn't bad, but he's certainly not got Curry's style and flair for dramatic performance. Otherwise, it's a great installment of the series, though I much preferred Uncle Monty to Aunt Josephine.

  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Octavia is awesome!!

  • By Kirsten on 01-30-08

Simply written, but full of wisdom

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Kindred's writing style doesn't use a lot of flowery speech and metaphors, but it's enjoyable and straight to the point. It's impressive the range of topics which it covers. I actually wish that I could have been assigned this book in high school, because I'd love to get an academic take on it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,404

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Hope the Film is This Good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I was interested in seeing the movie version, but like all avid readers I had to read/listen to the book first! It's your typical tragic romance, and I would recommend it for anyone who is a Nicholas Sparks fan.

  • Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe, Cassandra Campbell, Cynthia Holloway, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutly perfect! I loved it!

  • By krol on 09-08-11

Great Short Story Collection

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales to be better than the print version?

I would. While print is great, I think that having different narrators for each story gives them a new life. I had read one of the short stories, Elder Brother, in print and I think that when you've got the audio it's almost like being inside that character's mind. You hear it through their voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kylaia, from Student of Ostriches. I really liked this story of a young woman who was so observant of nature, and who learned from watching animals. She learned from the world around her, and showed wisdom, understanding, compassion, and strength of will.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the narrator of the Huntress.

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

Not that I can think of particularly.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Tamora Pierce fan, this short story collection is great. My only complaint is that some of the stories are in Tortall, some in Emelan, and others in contemporary America and I would've liked some sort of introduction that included the world setting...it's jarring if you think that it's set in Tortall and then they start to talk about NYC. You can figure it out, and maybe this is more clear in the print version, but just a head's up on that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Magic

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Set two years before the events of The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, this adventure reunites plant mage Briar; his mentor, Rosethorn; and his young apprentice, Evvy, who has a talent for making stones...do things. The three journey eastward to the forbidding land of Yanjing, where they discover a danger that threatens the home temple of the Living Circle religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight to listen to

  • By g.robbins on 01-08-15

Not my favorite Tamora Pierce Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I am a huge Tamora Pierce fan, but I have to say that this one is not my favorite. The story would've been quite exciting, but I think that the book should have been published prior to Will of the Empress and Melting Stones. Since this book explores a period of time occurring before the events of those books, you basically know that none of your major characters is going to die. For me, this takes away a lot of the suspense, since there's no reason to really worry over your favorite characters. That said, I did really like the new characters that were introduced and the story itself is fascinating. The narration was good, too. My recommendation? Read this before Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, and you'll be on the edge of your seat!

  • One Wild Bird at a Time

  • Portraits of Individual Lives
  • By: Bernd Heinrich
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. Heinrich's observations lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin delivers the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Adventure In Nature

  • By Sara on 12-21-16

For Birders and Nature Lovers

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I bought this when it was a Daily Deal and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if it has mass appeal, though. If you like birds and nature, I think you'll enjoy all the anecdotes, but if you're not then I think you'd find it boring. That being said, I will be looking into Bernd Heinrich's other books :)

  • The Reptile Room

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woah

  • By Alex on 04-28-16

Catchiest Song!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I think I'll be humming the Reptile Room song from the beginning and end of the story for the next week! It's very catchy. As always, Tim Curry does a marvelous job with the narration, creating different voices for each character and playing into the narrator (Lemony Snicket's) part with wryness and humor. The sequel is possibly better than the first book, because you truly see how diabolical Count Olaf is, and the lengths he will stoop to in order to obtain the Baudelaire fortune. I wish I'd read it as a kid, but anybody who is a kid at heart will enjoy it. My only complaints are that, as an adult, the continuous vocab lessons get a bit old by book 2 and that I may have enjoyed it more if the animals were real species.

  • The Lightkeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Geni
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 697

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and Strange

  • By Sara on 10-20-16

Great Symbolism, Need Better Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gobbled it up over 3 days. Oddly enough, some reviewers had mentioned that the naturalistic aspects were what deterred them, and that's exactly why I knew I would like it! I am an environmental scientist and I'm drawn to rich descriptions of wildlife, plants, and nature. It enriches my experience of the story. For me, the Farallon Islands, their wildlife, and impetuous nature gave depth and foreshadowing of the plot. It set the scene for a story about grief, depression, and being stuck in that place where we're just living in our loss and not moving forward with life. If you're looking for a mystery novel, this isn't for you. The story is more about living with loss, and it's also a bit spooky at times (though I wouldn't say it's supernatural themed). You'll also learn a little bit of biology and history. Sidenote: I'm forgiving its depiction of biologists as cold and calculating, since it's first person narrative and Miranda may have mistaken social awkwardness for coldness, but biologists are extremely warm and caring in real life! Also, there's no way that a real biologist would leave a sick or injured animal alone especially if it's an endangered or threatened species! They would care for it and take it to a rehab center! But I digress.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Amusing

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes, but I can say I quite enjoyed Warlock Holmes. This may be an even better book if you've read the originals, because I may have been missing some of the humor and parody since I've only seen TV adaptations. Although not a phenomenal story, I will say that it was a great light-hearted romp. I read a lot of dystopian novels and dark fantasy, so it was nice for once to switch it up with something funny and delightful.

  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • A True Story
  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Bill Mumy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger and Discovery in the Jungle

  • By Jim N on 01-08-17

Awesome True Story!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I loved this book. Douglas Preston did a wonderful job with his research! I learned a great deal about history, archaeology, anthropology, and disease. As a scientist myself, I was impressed by the author's explanations. I think that he did a really good job of putting things into layman's terms without getting the science wrong or being boring. You will learn a great deal with this book, and the expedition is cutting edge and very exciting in and of itself. The narrator also does a great job performing this piece. If you enjoy true stories and archaeology, you will be delighted!