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The Whole is Worth the Sum of its Parts!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

Like a series of short stories linked by place, time, and some characters (principally Olive, herself), Olive Kitteridge is a great read/listen. The stories are engaging, often powerful, full of wonderful language, awkward moments, relationships, and dialogue, and full of raw, real and at times unsettling human drama. The setting, itself, was a character pulling you in to time and place. Burr's reading was true to all of these elements, I thought. #Audible1

Jarvis Brings the Fullly to Life!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

It was great to finally experience this book...and even better to experience it through the voice of Martin Jarvis. So good was his handling of Stevenson's chilling classic that I downloaded others by him just to hear his narration, again ("Good Omens" - also excellent!). If you have not read "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, listen to this version and you'll understand why it has endured for well over a century. #Audible1

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Rudd Makes a Great Book Greater!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

This is one of Green's best...and he's written a lot of great ones...far better, in my view, than "Looking for Alaska" (which is over-rated). Great characters, a touching and engaging story, a budding, believable, but ultimately tragic love story...some wonderful dialogue and a great trip to the Netherlands make this great from start to finish. Better than reading it is listening to Rudd tell it...and either one is better than simply watching the movie! #Audible1

So Much Potential!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Gantos is great ("Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" is outstanding!). So, given that this won the Newbery and has such a fun title and premise, I admit I was disappointed by this one. It didn't grab me and while I like Gantos' voice, it didn't breath any more life into this story than was already there. Perhaps I should give it another go and see why others - critics and readers alike - enjoy this one as much as they do. #Audible1

Sedgwick Scores Again!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

While at times this seemed to move slowly, in truth it is a taut thriller, made all the more "chilling" by its location in the Arctic wilderness. Despite the vastness of the exterior setting, the interior of the cabin and the story that unfolds there takes on an almost claustrophobic feel to it. Will he use the "Revolver"? Have a listen...doing so by the fire on a cold winter's evening will enhance the experience, I would wager! #Audible1

Macauley Brings this Great Tale to Life!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Despite it being an award-winning book, I don't feel like many know, let alone have read this great book from Melina Marchetta. And this is a shame! It's a great story about and for teens - with great characters that they will find easy to relate to, an engaging, twisting plot that is part drama, part mystery...and all of it taking place in Australia, making Macauley's voice perfect as narrator. This is well-worth the read/listen. All with whom I have shared it feel the same. #Audible1

Great Premise from Great Roots...but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Irene Hunt is (was) a trusted and accomplished author of children's books. This is why I had higher hopes for this novel, especially given the subject matter of the American Civil War. While the title is a good one and it is great that the stories are based on Hunt's grandfather's true-to-life stories, I found I was not invested in the story as it unfolded...perhaps it was the narration? #Audible1

Not What I'd Hoped For...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

The Revolutionary War is a favourite topic of mine...and I find much to gain from YA and Children's Literature...but this story, while promising, didn't pull me in let alone hold me as I hoped it would. Estes, "Johnny Tremain" is a better, more engaging story of the same period of history, in my view. #Audible1

Loved this Listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

These poems for two voices are so good and performed so well. I listened to it twice just to hear the language - its diction and metre - all over again! And it was just as good the second time. Whether you enjoy poetry or not, this is a fun and engaging read/listen! #Audible1

Touching, Funny, Interesting, and Important!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

This is at times funny, at times heart-wrenching, at times uplifting, and always interesting. The protagonist's voice is immediately engaging...you fall in love with his character from the beginning and stick by/root for him through every journey and episode; and Woodman's voice simply enhances these feelings. If you ever have a chance to see the play, SEE IT! #Audible1

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