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A. Christiano

I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

Seneca Falls, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (532)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "A Grrreat Highlands Romance told with a brrrogue!"
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    What did you love best about Charming the Shrew?

    I loved that both Kat and Tayg were forced to be people they didn't want to be by circumstance and family, but when they came together they were able to drop the titles of "shrew" and "hero" and just be themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting was fantastic. I really got a sense of the Highlands in that famous era, and the terrible weather!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Tayg the Bard makes up an accidentally humiliating song about a homely woman at Kat's insistence.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending :)


    Any additional comments?

    The narration really made this fun. I can't do the accents half so well in my head, you ken?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1709)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Love Lobotomy"
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    Yes, and I've read other Lauren Oliver books that I liked much better. I just think the concept of this was not well thought out or entirely convincing.


    Would you recommend Delirium to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I mean, trying to cut love out of your brain as the concept sounds cool until you think too much about it, and then you're like, "uhhh, what?"


    Did Delirium inspire you to do anything?

    No :(


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad story, just didn't hold my attention. I feel like there was a ton of backstory and history that writer maybe wanted to inlcude, but didn't end up having the space for it. And knowing more of how and why this world came to be would have been really helpful at creating more tension. As readers we all know that love can't be chopped out of your brain, but this world of people believed it was possible...and I just couldn't connect with that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donna Cooner
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside 15-year-old Ever Davies's head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over 300 pounds, knows she'll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it. But there is another voice: Ever's singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

    Amazon Customer says: "I hear those same voices"
    "Nice story, but super slow narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think it's a unique a valuable perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinny?

    The moment when Ever decides she wants to be both less (thinner) and more (happy, involved, full of life) than she is...the dreaded chair moment.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was SO slow. I had to speed it up, otherwise I got really frustrated. Ever is so smart and snarky, a bit angry, and the narration just did not match.


    Do you think Skinny needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I like how it ended. It's like Ever got through the hardest part and was now free to live her life as she chose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (627)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Adorbs!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Honor's Splendour the most enjoyable?

    Anne Flosnik always does a fantastic job! The dialog in this novel was especially entertaining.


    Would you recommend Honor's Splendour to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure - if they're desperate for a bit of fluff.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really brings Madelyn in all her clumsy, hot-headed, contradictory glory to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1018)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Creepy Concept!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lev was my favorite character. He changes the most from beginning to end. From Tithe to Terrible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Unwinding scene was my favorite - really well done, and well read. We've been hearing about Unwinding for hours, but at this point you get a first person account of what it's like to actually be "unwound."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You'll Rest in Pieces.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Speechless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Hannah Harrington
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret.... Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast - and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence - to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse. But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way - people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done.

    A. Christiano says: "A Great YA "Issues" Novel"
    "A Great YA "Issues" Novel"
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    What did you love best about Speechless?

    It's a great concept - the biggest gossip in school taking a vow of silence. Full of Chelsea's snarky internal dialog, which comes across perfectly in the audio-book version.


    What other book might you compare Speechless to and why?

    A little bit like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. But much more lighthearted.


    What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again - the snarky inner dialog of the main character, Chelsea, was almost written to be read into your ears. Emily Bauer did a great job bringing the sarcasm, compassion, and insecurities of Chelsea to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "French ghost zombies? Yes please!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vincent - he's so romantic ;)


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a great job with the accents! Brought the characters to life for me, and even made me laugh out loud.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not really that kind of book...despite being about death and war, it's pretty fluffy and lighthearted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rachel Hawkins
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    On her 12th birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.

    Tabitha says: "Great Start!"
    "Great fun!"
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    Would you listen to Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Maybe - it's not a super complicated book, but it was a lot of fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting - a boarding school for naughty supernaturals.


    What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I ever read the book, I would still hear Dukehart's voice in my head as Sophie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I may have snickered silently to myself a few times - a bit too fluffy for anything more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Exile: Book One of the Valisar Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fiona McIntosh
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    From out of the East they came, riding like a merciless plague - destroying kingdom after kingdom and the sovereigns who had previously mocked the warlord Loethar and his barbarian horde. Now only one land remains unconquered... the largest, richest, and most powerful realm of the Denova Set: Penraven. > The Valisar royals of Penraven face certain death, for the savage tyrant Loethar covets what they alone possess: the fabled Valisar Enchantment....

    A. Christiano says: "Poorly Written Female Characters"
    "Poorly Written Female Characters"
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    What disappointed you about Royal Exile?

    All of the female characters were either conniving or weak, completely unlikable or completely pointless.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the talking raven story line, and the book had a nice build in terms of the plot.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "A Beautiful Story!"
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    A great, feel-good story about a young woman with a mental handicap, and her struggles in and out of a "school" for the disabled. A bit of history about the 70's and 80's institutions for the disabled, a bit of a coming of age story, and a lot about love in all it's forms.

    I teared up. A lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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