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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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  • Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (171)

    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
    "Unexpected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gathering Blue to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt was my favorite character. It was so easy to fall in love with his spontaneous behavior and his mischievous doings :)


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Borowitz – was your favorite?

    Also Matt. It was very funny to hear the way he talked.


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

    Not really. I started it because I wanted to know what happened to Jonas, from "the Giver", and I was wondering how he was going to enter this plot, with Kira and all. I liked the book all in all, and I never expected the ending the way ti happened. I had a complete different picture in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It's a short, simple and straight to the point book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive-By Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Lite horror w a touch of psychological thriller"
    "Lite horror w a touch of psychological thriller"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a mixture of horror story with a touch of psychological thriller. The author keeps you hooked until the very end. I listened to it in only two sittings!
    Mike is a top notch writer, and Mark narrates this book awesomely!

    Allan and Cynthia are this ordinary couple living their ordinary lives, until Cynthia is almost raped by a hiker, and that is when this supposedly uneventful story takes a very unexpected turn, and their lives start being psychologically tortured and tormented!
    What would happen if you committed a crime, and became slave of behaviors in order to hide this crime from society? Well, this is what happened to Allan and Cynthia's lives.
    Want to know more? I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I have. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (371)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Grace says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Really enlightening, but feels like a horror story"
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    This is a fascinating book.
    This book talks about the reality of the dangers of ingesting gluten.
    The first book about the harm gluten can bring to one's life I read is called wheat belly, and that one emphasizes the digestory system and illnesses that can be caused by gluten in general. Very informative.
    Grain Brain, however, also talks about this reality and more, because it alerts us about what gluten and carbs can do to our brain. It brings so many shocking things that I felt like I was reading a horror book. If you want to keep living long, healthily and with a lucid brain,
    I'd advise you to read this one. You will be amazed at what you will discover. And if a gluten free reality is also yours, you might as well read this one too in order to find out about the latest researches in the field.
    I highly 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
    (368)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    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
    (279)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (248)

    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 1 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
    (1500)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1391)

    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
    (52)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (45)

    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
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    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
    (1373)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (758)

    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

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