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A. Hanshaw

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4785)
    Performance
    (4297)
    Story
    (4330)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "My So-Called Life?"
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    Unfortunately, Claire Daines will always be that weird girl from My So Called Life back in the 90s. For this reason, I found her narration to be very distracting. I have never seen her in the new show she's in, so maybe if I had her voice wouldn't be so familiar to me from her whiny character on that show, but it is. She did however do a great job at performing a choppy, hard-to-follow book.

    Onto the book: Ummm... What? What did I just listen to? I get it... The author is terrified that a radical Christian/Semi-old testament political movement will take place and somehow there will be women who have to act like surrogates to old men, and they will go through sick, mind-numbing radical training (that doesn't work) to reprogram them to agree with the government in thinking that women are the source of all problems. The problem wasn't this thinking, it was the lack of direction of the story. You start off in present times, you go back, forward, back, sideways, who's this guy? him? oh no, him.. who's this? oh yeah, the friend. I found myself having to remind myself au nauseum who everyone was until about halfway through the book and then according to that would have to figure out what time period this was taking place in. I am definitely not a "simple" person, so I wish I had gotten what the hype was about, but in the end, I was happy it was the end. And on the end... Just don't... It's so long and boring... Just assume the ending you want and skip the whole validity lecture.

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  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11148)
    Performance
    (10070)
    Story
    (10166)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Disappointment!"
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    I really loved the characters in Books 1 and 2. I bought this book on pre-order because I just HAD to know what happened. After reading this one, I wish I would have just let myself generate my own ending. Since I did not have any reviews to work off of, I had to just get through it on my own, but I have to say, I kind of regret it. I understand the moral message in the story, and maybe in a society like ours, youth should understand that messaging, but if that's the case, the story should not have been written as it was in the first 2 books. It seemed very inconsistent with the writer's style.

    (The performances, on the other hand, were great as usual.)

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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2615)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Witty characters and an entertaining story!"
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    I definitely enjoyed this book and have already started on the second. Initially the book was a little "jumpy" in my opinion. The reader does not have a huge background on what is going on, so when the characters develop as they do, it does seem a little surprising, but pleasantly so, I suppose. I thought the plot was predictable, but again, I really enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the characters, and I loved Alexia Tarabotti's spunk. Can't wait to see how the series progresses.

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3917)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3404)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening!"
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    I started listening to this book after listening to The Forgotten Garden and absolutely loving the style of Kate Morton, as performed by Caroline Lee.

    This book is quite different from what I had expected, although to be fair, how can one's expectations to be set by a two paragraph synopsis? Although I found the book to be starting slow, before I knew it, I was completely wrapped up in the lives of the characters. At a certain point, I did become a little depressed over all of the scheming of the protagonist, Dolly, and how she was tearing lives apart with her "games." Ultimately, I still could not pull myself away from the book, so I saw it through to the end, and I am so happy I did.

    The book is definitely worth a read/listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21856)
    Performance
    (19579)
    Story
    (19746)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Totally Captivated"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    I would listen again... and again... and again...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course my favorite characters are Four and Tris. They have great chemistry and the development of their relationship is very suspenseful.


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

    I like how Emma Gavin reads the book in different voices and with dynamic tones. She does a great job at depicting the moments and moods in each scene.


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

    No extreme reaction - I just couldn't stop listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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