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Carolyn

Williamsburg, VA, USA
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  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,045

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lightning Theif

  • By Sara on 08-17-05

Good listen. Excellent for pre & early teens.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

I'm a Mom listening to my kids books...I think if I read this book, it wouldn't have kept my attention. The narrator, however, added color to the story, and I can see why it's a hit with the Youngsters :) It's no Harry Potter, but it's a great introduction to Classical Mythology. Just don't tell the adolescents that. They'll boycott the notion.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Serpent's Shadow

  • Elemental Masters
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By CatBookMom on 04-27-10

Fans of Mercedes Lackey will enjoy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the story even better. It doesn't have the passion of the Valdemar stories, but it's a good yarn, and a fun read. My only criticism is it took too long to get to the meat of the story. If this narrator reads any of the other "Elemental Masters" books, I'll be sure to buy it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Face: A Short Story from Too Much Happiness
    
    
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        Alice Munro
    
    


    
    
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        Kimberly Farr,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Arthur Morey
    
    


    
    Length: 59 mins
    237 ratings
    Overall 2.7
  • Face: A Short Story from Too Much Happiness

  • By: Alice Munro
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 71

In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay!

  • By Glynis on 02-25-10

Is this a chapter or a short story?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

I enjoyed the story until the end. Is there more to this? I think the author had a fever, and wrote the end. The story may be free, but my time is too valuable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Master of Rampling Gate

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Gigi Marceau
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Anne Rice lures us once again into the seductive world of vampires with her short story, The Master of Rampling Gate. In 1888, siblings Richard and Julie are drawn to the beautiful but foreboding 400-year-old family mansion. What was the "unspeakable horror" their father saw in the luxurious home they are so drawn to? Available in audio exclusively from Audible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, too short

  • By Derek on 10-03-04

Anne, you're more creative than this...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

I think this story was better told with the original Bram Stoker's Dracula. Without much preamble, the vampire naturally falls in love with dinner, and does what all of her vampires do when they fall in love with a human. It had none of the originality of her vampire chronicles. A colorful short story, but lacking in substance. You're better off to re-read, or re-listen to one of her older books.

  • Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 1

  • The Virginian
  • By: Dumas Malone
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

This is the first volume of distinguished historian Dumas Malone's Pulitzer Prize-winning six-volume work on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. Based on a myriad of sources, it covers Jefferson's ancestry, youth, education, and legal career; his marriage and the building of Monticello; the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Notes on Virginia; his rich, fruitful legislative career; his highly controversial governorship; and his early services to the development of the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly satisfying

  • By Robert on 01-22-08

Wonderful detail.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

At last, someone finally took the time to assemble significant primary documents to tell the early life story of TJ with more fact than opinion. Perhaps this book is better read than heard, so the footnotes & references are at hand. My only complaint is the narrator mispronounces several prominent names,which made me cringe over and over again. At least she got Taliaferro correct, although Fauquier & Burwell are butchered. This is still a great listen and the narrator does have a pleasant & interesting voice. I'm looking forward to the last two volumes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful