My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Review #17: Miss Moppet, Sleep Donation and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty   

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quicky Review #17: Miss Moppet, Sleep Donation and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


Welcome back to another Quicky Review.  
A lot of the time I like to read short stories, prequels and free audiobooks that are short and sweet.  But why do a full review on a story that is say...80 pages long.  So I do Quicky Reviews for the shorties and children books as well.  Basically, the short stories get short reviews.
Here are just a few sentences on an audiobook (about 2 hours or less) I got free from Audible.com.
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come. I like short stories because most of them are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time.
Previous Quicky Review
Quicky Review #14: Army of One
Quicky Review #15: The Lowcounty Spirit
Quicky Review #16: Bluish and The Transfer 
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 The Story of Miss Moppet
Author:  Beatrix Potter
Genre: Children's Fiction
Age Range: Young Reader
Publisher: Alpha DVD
Release Date: May 25, 2010
 Audiobook: 1 minute
Narrator:  Gale Van Cott
 
 Source: Free from Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGBE1NY

 Book Description

The Story of Miss Moppet is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The story tells of a cat who captures a mouse, and toys with him until he escapes. This version is published in the Audible Enhanced audiobook format.

My Thoughts

Cute audiobook.  The pictures on the screen change as the story goes along.  Cute!
Sleep Donation
Author: Karen Russell
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atavist Books
Release Date: March 25, 2014
 Audiobook: 3 hours and 40 minutes
Narrator:  Greta Gerwig
 
 Source: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review
http://amzn.to/Szp4xL

Book Description

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.
A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”
Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where “Night Worlds” offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

My Thoughts

This story premise is really good and interesting.  I think I was not 100% in love with it because it was so short.  I think the author has a great beginning and just needs to create a novel from this short story.  The audiobook mixed with the e-book from Atavist is really interesting and I think I will try another one.
Author: James Thurber
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: December 3, 2013
 Audiobook: 15 minutes
Narrator:  Ben Stiller
 
 Source: Free from Audible.com
http://amzn.to/Szp4xL

Book Description

The multi-talented director and actor, Ben Stiller narrates the classic James Thurber short story that inspired the new major motion picture, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

My Thoughts

I didn't see the movie and after listening to this incredibly short story I am not inclined to see it now.   Ben Stiller did a great job reading the story but this short story was not interesting.

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