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Jesse

CHICAGO, IL, United States

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  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Great YA Novel"
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    This was an amazing Young Adult novel... strong characters, gripping story, great narrator. Ann Aguirre really knows how to keep a reader going. Very gripping.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (260)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Haunting, Engaging and Memorable"
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    This is an American masterpiece, a classic that has been grossly overlooked in classes across the nation. Shirley Jackson created fiercely real character who will engage, entice and disgust you. Written in the 1960s is is scary how little things have changed. So many classrooms could benefit from this wonderful short novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Moira Young
    • Narrated By Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

    Gena says: "A unique voice that sticks with you"
    "Brilliant"
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    This is one of the brightest debuts of any author I've read in a very long time. A dystopian novel that can not be compared to any other. With a hint of Cormac McCarthy and a tinge of Suzanne Collins this is undoubtly going to be a hit. Destined for the big screen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (178)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "So-So"
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    This book was good by the end but it took far too long to get into it. On the positive side, the narration was absolutely amazing, world class si that it was actually very hard not to listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1665)
    Story
    (1697)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Just okay..."
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    I can't say that i was ever entirely engrossed in this series, I find it to be a bit silly and cliched at times but this installment felt especially lackluster. I especially hate that the female narrator has changed so many times, their prononciations and the energy has changed each time. On the bright side Ed Westwick the male narrarator was amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15120)
    Performance
    (13690)
    Story
    (13786)

    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."
    "Fabulous!"
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    It was smart, inventive, thoughtful, beautiful and at times horrific. I haven't read something I loved so instantaneously since the Hunger Games.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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