Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Blurb: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

3 stars

Listened via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: This was one of the classics that I knew little to nothing about. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. The whole language from that time was hard to understand at times, but I found it entertaining.

I think that the idea of love and romance is interesting in the book. It was hard to comprehend at times. However, I liked the romance between the characters (no spoilers. Lol).

Listened to October 22, 2014 — November 24, 2014

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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Blurb: The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

 

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I only had a vague idea of how this book would go. I had some trouble listening to the audio some times, and I would get confused. I was into the book a first but most of the time I was bored for the most part. However, the ending really caught my interest! I am glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed it overall.

Listened to April 20, 2014 — May 6, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 DaysBlurb: Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne’s hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

3 stars

Listened to Via: Audibook (library)

My Thoughts: This novel turned out some what different than I expected. I love to travel and see new things, so I was hoping this book would allow me to see some of the amazing things around the world. That did not happen. Phileas is super composed and was rush right through his travels. There was little sightseeing. However, the adventure was interesting. I really took a liking to Passepartout. The ending a nice little shock at the end, which I kind of liked.

Something that is making me mad is that a lot of the covers for this book have a hot air balloon on it. The gang never got in one! It was mentioned once, but it was quickly disregarded. That’s why I choose the cover above.

Jim Dale did an excellent job in this recording too. He had unique voices and quite good accents for the characters.

Listened To: April 15, 2014 — April 20, 2014

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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Blurb:  A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

3 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts:  This is book perfect for a young boy that lives in a very rural and wooden area that likes to hunt. I grew up in such a place and can relate to a certain degree. I personally did not like the hunting aspect, since I am not one to hunt (I don’t like to see things die). However, the strong bond between Billy and his dogs is very heart warming. Oh, and I could not remember most of the movie. I might do a comparison one day.

If you are thinking of your child reading this book, I will advise you to read the book first because there is quite a bit of animal violence. This may not bother you, but it might horrify others.

Listened to April 8, 2014 — April 15, 2014

The Hunchback of Notre-Dome by Victor Hugo

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Blurb: In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo’s sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

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My Thoughts: I don’t know if it was just trying to listen to it via audiobook, but I just could not latch onto this story. The beginning was a history lesson and a big long description of the place. I could not keep up or understand why the history was being covered. Also, there were French words and phrases used that were not explained/translate. Honestly, I don’t even like the Disney rendition. I may try to pick this book up in future, but I am just unable to finish it at this time.

1984 by George Orwell

{930F9C3D-1C76-4C2A-B5A2-00F4D8336596}Img100Blurb: Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. A legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time. (goodreads)

3 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I was very interested in this book in the beginning. I was trying to understand the crazy world of 1984. I really liked Winston. I felt sorry for him, which stayed true through the whole book. I was horrified at some points. It got knocked down a star for the ending.

Simon Prebble did a very good job voicing the characters. It was easy to keep track of who was talking. However, some people had strong accents, which I had trouble understanding what they were saying.

Listened to February 9, 2014– February 20, 2014

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

61X8Fm+B1JLBlurb: Few children’s classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, “the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.” When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children’s literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more. (goodreads)

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts:  Unlike the last classic novel I listened to, A Christmas Carol, I had no idea what this story was about. At first, I disliked Mary and the accents. However, all the characters grew on me and I began to love the Yorkshire accent (not too sure how accurate it really is) that Finola Hughes produces. I actually have trouble getting it out of my head. Though some of story can be seen as silly, especially near the end, I think it sends a good message for children. There are many moments within the story that I cheered and laughed.

Listened to January 27, 2014 — January 31, 2014

Truce by R.L. Mathewson

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Blurb This is the story before everything..

Elizabeth knows what’s expected of her, perfection. She’s the daughter of an Earl and expected to marry well, say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she’s dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday. Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis that she hasn’t seen in over fourteen years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart.

He hated her.

At least, he tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone that he couldn’t live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never though possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into…..

A Bradford.

Ck's Thoughts I really enjoyed this book. I loved going back in time to see how the story all started with the Bradfords. At first I didn’t think I was going to enjoy too much because I can never get into historical novels and with this taking place in 1809 London I figured I was going to hate it. But I had to try to see what it was all about. I’m glad that I stuck with this series and actually read this. The story was funny, sad, and full of love. With me being a new mom there was a part that was really sad to me and it made me want to stop reading the book all together but I decided to continue reading to see if it got any better after that point. I am so happy that I did, that part ended up turning into something great even though it didn’t seem like it at the time. I really don’t want to spoil any parts so I’m hoping that I didn’t give away too much information. There are three books ahead of this book in the series and I will get reviews out on them as soon as I can. I’m going to re-read them so I can make sure that I write the right review for each one and that I remember everything before I write it.

4stars

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Blurb: “Bah Humbug!” That’s how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas–until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge’s life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.

4 stars

Read Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts: Over the course of my life, I have got the main points of this story but never actually read the book (or watched the movies). Charles Dickens can describe things beautifully. However, I think he got carried away on some scenes that were of little importance. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of read. Each character (including the narrator) had their own distinguishable voice.

Read January 22, 2014 — January 26, 2014

The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa

The Color of HeavenBlurb: As Ehwa grew from a girl to a young woman in The Color of Earth and The Color of Water, she began to understand and experience love and relationships, with her mother as a model and confidante.  Now, in the heartwarming conclusion to this lyrically written and delicately drawn trilogy, Ehwa’s true love comes at last, and as her mother looks on, she takes the final steps towards becoming an adult.

In the tradition of My Antonia and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, from the pen of the renowned Korean manhwa creator Kim Dong Hwa, comes a girl’s coming of age story, set in the vibrant pastoral landscape of Korea.

4 out of 5 stars

What I Thought: This is the final book in the Color trilogy. It has a wonderful ending. Ehwa finally knows what love is about. She had several challenges along the way. She is older and learning many new and exiting things. She sees some old friends. So, I hope you like this book as much as I do.

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