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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • Written by: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 317

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Priscilla Carmini on 2018-06-26

Just lovely

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

Reviewed: 2017-10-28

Rosamund Pike does an absolutely beautiful job on this novel. Her characters are distinct and very enjoyable. This has always been one of my favourite books and I thoroughly enjoyed it in this medium!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • True Grit

  • Written by: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Great story and narrator.

  • By Flying Turtle on 2019-08-21

"The wicked flee when none pursueth"

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

Reviewed: 2017-09-29

I don't have a bad thing to say about this audiobook. I enjoyed every minute of it. The narrator is wonderful. You will fall in love with Mattie Ross!

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  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb (but fun) beach read

  • By Karen Hickey on 2017-09-29

Dumb (but fun) beach read

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

Reviewed: 2017-09-29

This book was ok. If you're a fan of James Patterson books, you'll probably enjoy it. The story is good, but the characters are a bit flat. Both narrators were just ok. A few of their character's voices were annoying sounding, but I think that was intended. The book starts well and ends well, but there is a pretty long, drawn out middle where the main character makes bad decision after bad decision. All in all, not a bad book, just not a great one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • Written by: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland, The Dark Knight Rises) lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give Anne Hathaway an award!

  • By Karen Hickey on 2017-09-29

Give Anne Hathaway an award!

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

Reviewed: 2017-09-29

I had never read this book, even as a child. Of course, like everyone, I'm very family with the film. I liked the book much better than the movies! The characters are much more developed and endearing. Anne Hathaway was incredible! She had a fun, distinctive voice for every character- and there were A LOT of characters! It was like being read to by a loved one. She even put great enthusiasm into reading the narrative. I am looking forward to listening to this again with my daughter when she gets a bit older.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 311

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic!

  • By AlexisG on 2018-02-14

I finally know what all the fuss is about!

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

Reviewed: 2017-09-29

I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. I vaguely remember flipping through this book at the age of nine. I had already seen the movies and the stage musical more than once. I have always enjoyed the story, but I never really grasped why it was considered such a classic. You see, Anne is kind of shoved down our throats here on PEI. There is Avonlea Village, a water park called Shining Waters, Anne food, Anne drink, Anne merchandise. People travel here from all over the world to experience it.
I bought this audiobook on a whim and I am so glad I did. I was completely charmed by it. The story is written so simply, yet so gloriously! Lucy Maud Montgomery had me laughing and crying. I feel foolish saying it, but several times my heart swelled. Rachel McAdams did a beautiful job. Her long dialogues as Anne were at times dizzying! She read with real passion and love.
I am so glad I got to experience Anne again. Now I can take in this tourist season and know what all the fuss is about.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful