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BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

All the delightful and bizarre inhabitants of Wonderland are here: the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, the hooka-smoking Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Ugly Duchess... and, of course, Alice herself - growing alternately taller and smaller, attending demented tea parties and eccentric croquet games, and observing everything with clarity and rational amazement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite reading of my favorite children's book

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-17-17

Classic stories, Excellent Narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

What is there to say about the story? Of course, it's a classic of fanciful adventures that remains unchanged. The narrator here was excellent, bringing the voices and characters to life with ease. Very enjoyable performance.

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

Not her best; too much time on Harrison Ford

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Not the best Carrie Fisher memoir, but mildly entertaining. IMO she spent an exorbitant amount of time telling us how boring and one-sided her affair with Harrison Ford was. Pretty sure we got it about three minutes in; didn't need the extra hour spent on beating that dead horse.

I did enjoy her actual diaries. Some very deep, thoughtful and well done poems in them.

She also spends a lot of time seeming to make fun of fans, though she says she loves the fans and is not making fun of them. Hmmmm ... Well, perhaps less sarcasm in that regard might've been warranted.

Anyway, apart from the actual diary entries, it wasn't one I'd listen to more than once. Not as witty as her other works.

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  • Cat's Cradle

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KV at his best.

  • By Robert on 06-22-12

Life is too short to finish this book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

They say that life is too short to spend time finishing bad books and this one qualifies. Apparently Vonnegut's satire is just not for me. Kept hoping something outstanding would happen to make up for the utter boredom of it, but it never did. Gave up about halfway through.

The narration was okay, neither the best or worst I've heard, but the story is just not doing anything for me.

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Waiting for the humor,eye rolls: yes, laughter: no

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Honestly, this is just silly and not funny in the least. I have to give up on a book when I start rolling my eyes every few seconds. The main character is a sixty year old who has been to college but doesn't know where Poland or Wisconsin are, gives out incredibly personal information over the phone to a total stranger who has not even identified themselves, and doesn't know you can refuse a registered letter? Honestly, these are the kind of people I go out of my way to avoid IRL -- grow a brain.

I found nothing humorous about this book at all. Not one laugh or even smile. The characters were flat and simply unrealistic. I got about halfway through waiting for the humor before I had to stop. My eyeballs were threatening to roll out of my head with the idiocy of the whole thing.

The author was just as good a narrator as she is an author. Flat. Not entertaining. Cliched. And, though her southern accents are good, she couldn't do a polish accent if she were being paid to ... which, presumably, she was.

Sorry. Not for me.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183,078

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Slow start, worth the wait. Imaginative adventure.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I'm not a gamer. The only games I've ever played were in the late 70s -- PacMan, Space Invaders, Pong, Tetris. I haven't touched a video game since about 1983. I've never played D&D or anything like it. I'm also not a fan of anime. Never watched a single one. I was born in 1962 so a lot of the references to shows and movies in here are a bit after 'my time', but not all.

In short, I didn't recognize MOST of the references in here. I still very much enjoyed the story and appreciated the imaginative writing.

To me, the story started off VERY SLOWLY with too much narration and not enough action. The fact that I didn't 'get' a lot of the references in there might have contributed to how slow and boring it felt. I was on the verge of giving up and returning the book when stuff started happening, and, for the most part, from then on, stuff kept happening and it was great.

Action, adventure, love, friendships, mystery -- it was all there set within a geeky world of games and movies.

Wil Wheaton did a decent job of narration, not the best, not the worst I've heard. Could use some work on female voices, but overall, a good job.

So, final thought? Yeah, worth the listen! I think people slightly younger than me or those who were into more games would enjoy it even more, but even if you don't know every single reference, it's enjoyable and can be followed easily.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,609

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Why have I never listed to this before? Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

An absolutely charming book, twisted little plot, crazy use of over-the-top adverbs, stellar narration, awesome turns of phrases and likable characters.

I honestly don't know why I have never picked this up before. It's a gem!

  • They're Playing Our Song

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Narrated by: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Amazing Work" from a new fan

  • By Rose Hunter on 11-04-16

Interesting Story, Narration could've been better

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The story of Carole Bayer Sager was interesting and surprising in places. While I vaguely remember her from my youth, I remember all the people she knew much more. How songs are written and conceived was quite interesting, and it was amazing learning how many songs this talented writer was part of and the amazing stars that she wrote songs for.

Some of the recounted conversations were too stiff to be believable. Obviously added to try and make the story more interesting, many of them were simply too formal to be the least bit realistic. Clearly, she had a vague idea of what was said, but the recreation of the conversations were something from a proper English Lit class, not real life.

The narration, done by the writer, could've been better. Her attempts to mimic the speaking style or accents of other people ran the gambit from annoying to downright cringe-worthy. It would've been better if she'd just done them in her own natural voice. Even when she tried mimicking her own voice in recalled conversations got annoying.

Overall, it was an interesting story, but not one I'd listen to more than once.

  • Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies

  • A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words
  • By: Michael Ausiello
  • Narrated by: Michael Ausiello
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello's insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor in chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty heartbreaking story of love and grief.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-17

Heartfelt story, could've been better narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

despite being the one writing and living this heartfelt, tearful, and often witty story, the author's delivery was too often flat and lacked the emotion being conveyed. The story was wonderful, touching my heart, making me laugh and cry, could have been better with a more emotional delivery.

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,979

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • James should have read the WHOLE thing

  • By J.A. on 07-30-18

James Marsters is amazing, other narrators less so

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

First, all the stories themselves were wonderful. Some I loved more than others - Zoo Day was, to me, the best in the group! Unfortunately, not all the narrators were as good as the stories. James Masters IS The Dresden Files, and I wish they would've just let him do them all in the appropriate voice, which he has already created. It would've made this book a masterpiece to have James narrate all the stories.

The first story, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, was very poorly done. Her female voice was fine, but her male voices were stiff and lacked any emotion -- she didn't seem to know how to speak in an American accent either. Very annoying. Thankfully, she only did the one.

The Molly POV stories, narrated by Julia Whelan, were also not stellar. She didn't even TRY to give Ramirez his proper accent or infuse his speech with his normal bravado. Did she even LISTEN to James' version of these characters?

The Marcone story, narrated by Jim Butcher himself, was not terrible, but still lacked the polish and emotion that James brings to his performances.

The Butters POV story, narrated by Oliver Wyman was the only one that seemed to capture the proper voice for his character. He did an excellent job on Butters. It's almost like he LISTENED to the voice that James did in the main books and emulated it. Wow. What a concept.

Overall, the stories were very good, some were wonderful but it's not something I would revisit again and again like I do the James Marsters narrated stories. I wish I could rate the 'performances' individually. James gets FIVE HUGE STARS. Cassandra gets zero ... the rest fall somewhere in between.

Still worth the listen because info is in here that I have not heard in the regular books, and, honestly, the whole price of the book is work it for ZOO DAY!! More of this, please!

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58,313

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Classic! not just for young adults!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Old adults love this too! Well written, very imaginative, excellent narration, fun and touching story. Very relatable, even to a muggle!