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Cary

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 22 ratings
  • 193 titles in library
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32507)
    Performance
    (23834)
    Story
    (24159)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Another critical rant about narrators."
    Overall

    This was nearly the most riveting listen I have ever heard. I listened to the entire book straight through. I couldn't turn it off. Now to the rant. "The Hunger Games" as Narrated by EFFIE TRINKET! (You must listen to get the reference) Seriously Suzanne, did you have a choice in the matter? Sorry Carolyn, but the formal clear emphasis on the last consonant of every word, with a few british accents on certain vowels reminded me of Audrey Hepburn pretending she isn't a hick in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I didn't buy that a minimally educated coal miner's daughter sounds like Eliza Doolittle post transformation. Other than that I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

    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
    (11504)
    Performance
    (10371)
    Story
    (10435)

    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."
    "Violent, dystopian, teenage, girlpower, love saga."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Sure, lots of suspense and plenty of characters to get into.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    Finding out what faction Mom comes from.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    I really believe her as Tris.


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

    Which Would You Choose?


    Any additional comments?

    For Four!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5768)
    Performance
    (5121)
    Story
    (5113)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Something wonderful this way comes!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I have not yet read the print version, but was delighted in the telling by Jim Dale. This story is meant to be listened to. You will better understand why I think this if you listen to the final conversation in the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved being swept away by the circus's attractions. Each tent is so creative and artistic in design. The descriptions of the elements are so sensory and sensual. You can see, smell, hear, taste and feel as if you are in a dream. The artistic alchemy of paper, words, fire, ice, scent, and clockwork on a black and white striped stage is pure genius! Bravo! Rarely does the backdrop of a story become its own character so well as does The Night Circus.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    I loved the moments when Poppet's fire red hair flies about in the breeze in contrast with the starkness of the black and white. I loved the way Bailey can not resist her when it does. The romance between each couple is so sweet, so passionate, so Victorian.


    Any additional comments?

    I am certain to listen to this many more times. I can not wait to discover all the secrets of the circus that I have not yet realized. I can not wait to find all the hidden meaning and symbolism, and breadth of detail in the tents. I have become a Reveur!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1778)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Irenehope says: "Favorite Sookie Novel"
    "Team Eric"
    Overall

    I have gone over to the dark side. I am now for Team Eric. Spoiler Alert: I am going with the belief that amnesia Eric is his original human nature. Sensual Viking Chivalry works for me. I must admit I love the bad Eric too. He is such a beautiful bad boy. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen to Jason on the full moon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The White Queen: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    BROTHER TURNS ON BROTHER to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

    Catherine says: "Be fair."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I found this listen to be an enjoyable introduction to the history of the war of the roses. I couldn't resist looking up the history and family tree online after finishing the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13476)
    Performance
    (7957)
    Story
    (7812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Good, except for the whole wife beating thing."
    Overall

    Well actually I am still working out my feelings about the wife beating for her own good stuff. Now I haven't heard the other books yet so maybe I will find him so bloody charming that I decide to accept this based on his objectified features and sense of humor. Honestly I think what irritates me more is that for the entire first part I kept thinking Claire sounds like Miss Marple bedding a Scottish Forest Gump. Sorry Davina. I had a hard time picturing them as sexy young folk. Anglela Lansbury shags Garth (of Wayne's World). I finally found my way out of this by imagining that I was listening to my Grandmother talk about her "Hay Day". Much easier to picture them in the hay. But really I liked it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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