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Paris Granville

Issaquah, WA
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  • Onward

  • Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators
  • By: Elena Aguilar
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms - places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is a real dud!

  • By Paris Granville on 08-11-18

Narrator is a real dud!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

30 seconds into the narration and I'm already distracted by the narrator. Really people?! You can't find a narrator who could be taught how to pronounce a few words in Spanish? We are a bilingual country. I know 100s of people who would have done a better job narrating. It ruins this great book. Please, please redo the narration with a professional who can pronounces words correctly.

Her ignorance unfortunately undermines the credibility of the whole book - a book that holds the key to helping educators across the country overcome burnout, sky-high workloads, and everyday challenges of supporting all students.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wordy Shipmates

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Sarah Vowell

  • By Audiophile on 10-25-09

Funny Scholarly Work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-08

Sarah Vowels amusing history of the Puritans and the Native Americans around them, is engaging, scholarly, and, yes.... funny. It takes a good writer to subtly highlight the ironies of 17th Century New England. She liberally cites primary documents from the time period. Her greatest triumph is her ability to make the period come alive and relate it to today's America. The Author does a lovely job reading. Don't forget that she is a voice actress too. (The Incredibles)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Point That Thing at Me

  • A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery
  • By: Kyril Bonfiglioli
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124

A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know

  • By Jack Reynolds on 09-03-06

Interesting but not pleasurable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-07

Engaging prose makes the language enjoyable. For me, the story wasn't credible or even pleasurable

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prose that grabs you

  • By Paris Granville on 11-03-05

Prose that grabs you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-05

I've secondary school for 10 years and spent time taling with hundreds of adolescents. The author really captures the voice of real teenagers, never as simple as adults think. The protaganists are complex, authentic, and well-written. The intro to the two young people really grabbed me. The narrative was very compelling.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • The Perfect Paragon

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases, especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley, but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • British Frumpy Detective with witty asides

  • By Ian on 09-13-05

Charming Series Gets a Refreshing Update

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-05

I've read all of the Agatha series, so that I feel that I've grown into middle age with her. But this mystery introduces many new interesting characters and provides a real reason for Agatha always bumping into dead bodies. Flawless narration. I have to say that the last line of the book had me saying aloud "What?!?" And then after a moment of shock, "When can I read the next book?"

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis Fowl

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 1
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Artemis Fowl (unabridged)

  • By JHawk 77 on 08-19-05

Nice Series for youth or adults

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-04

During the longs years of Harry Potter drought, it is nice to come across a series that invokes some of the same magic. Not at all like Harry Potter in plot, it engages from the first few minutes. I admit that I had to relisten to some sections due to the complicated plot, but it was original and unpredictable. It is filled with nuanced characters. The voice performance was transparent, as it should be.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Splendid Table, 1-Month Subscription

  • By: Lynne Rossetto Kasper
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Splendid Table is a one-hour culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, The Splendid Table tours new culinary territory, from the vineyards of Provence to the city-street diners of Philadelphia. While doing so, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper uncovers hidden delights, and offers her modern take on getting food to the "splendid table" with cooking tips, recipes, and her own personal advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • stump the chef!

  • By R. Hill on 06-29-04

Good Natured Chef

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-04

In the midwestern tradition Lynn Rossetto Casper, discusses food and cooking with love. I like the road food section as well as the experts she invites. I especially like her sweet attitude.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful