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Gilmara Lima Mendes

Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2012

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  • Gregor and the Code of Claw: The Underland Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

    Bruce says: "They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality."
    "A teenager no more"
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    Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great book, probably in the top 10, but not the top 5.


    What other book might you compare Gregor and the Code of Claw to and why?

    Suzanne Collins has a pattern. She makes her beloved characters suffer a lot, and she always kills someone dear to him / her in the end, which might suck for people who like happy endings. And also, her characters suffer extreme poverty and hunger, but they are loyal and true to what they believe.


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

    Yes, to all of Gregor's stories. Paul Boehmer is a great narrator, although he made some slips with some of the minor characters by changing some of their voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because I wanted to know the end of the saga.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've read some comments saying these books might seem like the Harry Potter ones, they DO NOT! There is the similarity of extreme suffering, but Suzanne Collins shows political concepts and ideals in her books which are not seen in the Harry Potter ones.
    I think they are worth reading, and if you read Gregor you will have lots of adventures, and you'll even llok at bugs differently, but do not read them if you are expecting something similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Gregor brings a different story. Pleasant and adventures. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baby Talk: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Karin Allers
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place - the pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand, and he preferred an abortion. Now, Baby Natasha knows it, and she's out to get him! Or so Neal believes...join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold.

    Sandra @ Novel Review Cafe says: "An interesting plot and story!"
    "Refreshing Horror Story!"
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    This is the story of a young couple and their 5-month-old daughter, Natasha, whose sweet little face doesn't give away what she has inside.

    This is the first horror story I got the chance to stumble across and finish, and I only did because it hooked me from the beginning and I felt it was a great, "unputdownable" story.

    Neil and Annie got married very soon, since Neil was around 20 and Annie 19. Neil wanted her to make an abortion, but she refused to do so, and the only choice left was marriage. An unwanted one, as well as the baby, for Neil, that is. Strange things have happened in this home, and the father started blaming everything bad that happened on sweet little Natasha. I was so captured that I wanted to know whether Neil was crazy, Annie was paranoid or if the baby was really evil, which you only get to find out at the very end of the story.

    As a horror story, it is also funny and intriguing. Even if you are not big on horror like me, you will enjoy this one very much. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "A Very Sad Story!"
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    This is the story of Bruno and his oblivious life during the holocaust. Bruno used to live in Berlim, and because of his father's job, he was forced to move to a new house. He suddenly found himself friendless, with a very annoying sister.

    Being the son of a commandant, he was given everything in life, and even though he lived in a house across from the fence where a concentration camp was located, he had no idea about what was going on. That is where he finds a new friend, a Jewish boy, although he didn't know what a jew was at the time.
    He became friends with that boy, but didn't really understand what went on on that side of the fence.

    This is a very say story. The ending was very disappointing, not because it was sad, but because the author left a lot of things and details left to imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (244)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "A Wonderful Story of Survival in Hard Times!"
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    This is the true story of Sara Tuvel during WWII.
    Saying these were hard times is putting it mildly according to Sara. She is a Jewish who tells us about her true story before, while and after World War II and how these were times of intense pain and suffering for Jews, and consequently for her family and herself.

    This story is told with richness of detail, and when possible, with a little wit (one knows how hard it is to be witty in times of danger, pain and suffering).

    Before I got my hands on this audiobook, I could not believe how one could be so intense and have such thirst for life. When I heard her narrative about everything she suffered during WWII I couldn't help but wonder if I would have given up on life or if I would have kept on going, hoping for the war to be over.

    I found myself crying so many times.

    Wanda McCaddon doesn't care much for doing voices of characters, but she does a wonderful job while portraing Sara's emotions and everyone else's too.

    If you would like to know more about how Jews suffered during the holocaust, this is the book to read, but prepare yourself for some very tough reading, because this is not for the soft-hearted.

    Other than that, I highly recommend this beautiful story of family, companionship, friendship and survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1373)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "A mind opener!"
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    Great character building. This book is about the journey Charlie goes as teenager, and how his character is built with every experience he has while in high school, how his friendships are made and kept, his relationship with his family... You might think this is a boring book by what I described, but it really is not. It makes us reflect upon our own experiences as teenagers and how they might have been different, thus, how we might have turned up to be whole other people. If you live around teenagers, this book might help you open your eyes to some quiet teenager who might have a hurricane going on in his mind. It is fast paced and very emotional at times.

    The narrator does an excellent job.

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Sue Sharp
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (44)

    Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

    Carey S. says: "A wonderful romantic thrill ride!"
    "This one will leave you alert!"
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    The first time I've heard of Mike Wells was on Twitter, when he gave me the first ebook volume of Lust, Money and Murder. I read the first one and couldn't stop reading it. That's when I found out there was the audiobook version for the trilogy. I bought it and couldn't stop listening. It took me two days to finish the whole thing. WOW!

    The first one is basically the story of Elane Brogan and how she started on the secret service. The second one is about how she was used and how her life was turned around by other people. She was a good person and an honest agent. How could she have fallen into this web of lies and deceit? And the third one is the story of Girgio Cattaretti and his empire, and of course, the great ending to this intertwined, fast paced, well written thriller!

    Sue Sharp, the narrator, does a top notch job on the voices of the characters, especially in the ones with the Italian accent. Magnifico!

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Women

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    Hassan says: "To All Men Out There, Women Are Dangerous"
    "This is for Gabaldon fans only."
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    I bought this audiobook just because of Diana Gabaldon, who wrote VIRGINS. This is the story of Jamie, some years before he met Claire, and his adventure with Ian.

    Even though Gabaldon is my favorite author, The plot is ok, but I expected a little more (maybe because Jamie and Claire have such attractiveness to the reader/ listener that you expect them to embark upon another adventure, but there's no such thing here. I'd thought that having only Jamie Fraser in a book would be enough... Well, it's not...

    I did not listen to the other stories yet, but eventually I will, so I'm only reviewing Gabaldon's story here.

    I do recommend it, but I wouldn't go to eager.

    And if you are expecting Davina to narrate this one too, well, you're in for some disappointment. The guy who does it, doesn't do a good a job as Davina. I can't even remember his name. I think he was so worried about doing the accent right that at times, some passages lacked emotion. Pity. It could have been a better listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Light in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Conrad Richter
    • Narrated By Joel Fabiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    "Johnny Butler was just four years old when his Lenni Lenape "father," Cuyloga, spoke the words that siphoned out his white blood and put Indian blood in its place. Now the Yengwes, the white soldiers, were taking him back to his "true" home. Inside of him hate and anger spread like poisons. The Light in the Forest, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Conrad Richter, will touch a new generation with its lasting truths.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Early America in Check"
    "Early America in Check"
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    This book brings the view of the author towards early American inhabitants, who were taken by Indians and adopted into the tribe. These children, later returned to the white people, longed to go back to their Indian families, and this conflict is well written in a very involving manner here.
    This book brings many reflections upon our moral values, and the hypocritical world in which we live today.
    I just feel as if the protagonist's story was left incomplete. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (752)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
    "Utopian Dystopia!"
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    This is the 4th time I have read this book, but now, I have had the audible experience, and Ron Rifkin made it really enjoyable for me. Great job.

    This is the story of a 12-year-boy who lives in a supposedly perfect society, who has to follow the assignment that has been given to him - the most honorable one - the receiver of memories. It is not very clear for him what this assignment entails, but he is about to discover what this assignment will do for him, for his society, and for his future, and how his life will be turned around.

    The author really engages the reader in the experience because she makes you live and experience everything along with Jonas.

    This book is a page turner. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Pepe Balderrama
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A classic novella about the fallacy of the American dream, THE PEARL is Steinbeck's flawless parable about wealth and the evil it can bring. When Kino, a poor Mexican pearl-diver, finds a magnificent pearl - 'the Pearl of the World' - he believes that all his dreams can come true.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Lots of lessons to learn from this one."
    "Lots of lessons to learn from this one."
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    This book was inspired in a Mexican parable, which means that it brings lots of teachings about moral values, and especially, about what wealth can do to us all.
    I read this book for a lit class. It is not a happy book, so if this is what you are looking for, turn around and find a happier book. However, if you want to teach someone about money, ethics and moral values, this might be a good place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4556)
    Performance
    (4266)
    Story
    (4284)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Whose side are you on?"
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    When I saw the raving reviews about this one I thought I might give it a try.
    Do I regret it? Maybe because I could have used this credit on a different book.
    This is a Sci-fi YA work. This was a good book. Enjoyable, but not great. There is some suspense, and a boy crush along the way, but it all could have been better developed. I think the author intended to add a cliffhanger at the end, but he just let space for a book 2... disappointing because I was waiting for something to make me eager to read the next one, and I kept waiting for something that could open my jaw, but nothing did. I might read a book 2 from this series, but I won't go running anxious toward it. I recommend it, but not highly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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