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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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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1636)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "Adventurous to the core!"
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    Where does The Mark of Athena rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the most exciting audiobooks to which I've listened. Rick Riordan's stories just gets better and better. It is the third book of the Heroes of Olympus Series, and it is filled with suspense, adventure and wit. I love the humor in it. All the characters are unique and original. When you think nothing new can come along, R. Riordan keeps surprising us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that even though these kids (demigods) are from 13 to 16 they have maturity to face all those dilemmas and adventures. I see many adult characteristics in them. They have different personality traits, but combined, they can do some serious damage to monsters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where they appear with the Argo2 to save Annabeth.


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

    Yes. I couldn't stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Now, My hands are sweaty, my breath is shaky, and my heart is beating anxiously waiting for the next book - The House of Hades. I don't know what I am going to do to be able to wait another year for this.A thing I love about R. Riordan's books is that he doesn't miss detail, and even though there is a lot of mystery and suspense, you can't get tired of all the action. Actually, you can't get enough of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (411)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "Very Good but had the potential to be better"
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    Would you listen to The Blood of Olympus again? Why?

    Yes, because I love all the characters.
    My favorite book from the saga was 'The Son of Neptune'.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Olympus?

    When Percy and Jason met KIM, and also when Jason took Piper to the rooftop and kissed her under the stars. I missed something memorable like that for Percy and Annabeth too, after all, they have become very dear to our hearts, and their end was so...blah...


    What three words best describe Nick Chamian’s performance?

    I personally prefered Joshua Swanson. Why wasn't he the narrator for this book?
    I don't know why, but Nick got worse on this book. He sounded better on 'The House of Hades'.


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

    Yes, because I wanted to know how they were going to defeat gaea. However, Riordan made it very predicatable - maybe he felt guilty about all the past cliffhanders on other books or sth. Even if being in the middle of the book, you already knew what was going to happen in the end. Leo. Calypso. However, Festus? I didn't see it coming!


    Any additional comments?

    Gaea's ending could have been something more memorable. I thought it was a little dull. Good, but dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (349)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "A Crazy Classic."
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    I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
    It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas C. Foster
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Simply Fantastic!!!"
    "Simply Fantastic!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Read Literature Like a Professor to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! I had an immensely enjoyable experience, and I am sure I wouldn't have had it if I had just read the print version.


    What other book might you compare How to Read Literature Like a Professor to and why?

    None. I came looking for some theory in order to understand a little of literature, and I found archetypes, symbols and even some creative writing. This book teaches these elements of literature very well, so well I want to listen to it again. I just wish there could have been some more literary theory.


    Have you listened to any of David de Vries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first, but I will definitely look for more of his work. The narrator's performance got the so hooked I couldn't seem to be able to stop myself from listening, but I HAD to, because I had to digest every piece of new information.


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

    Professor Lit and his stories


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for some literary theory, this might not be the book for you, but I learned a great deal from this book nevertheless. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (391)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Great heard at 1.25x or even 1.5x"
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    This is a fantastic book, and I am sure it will stay close to my heart.
    This is the story of a girl, Sorcha, whose sacrifice freed her brothers from a dark spell, but until you get to that part, you will feel as if suffering every minute.
    She and her six brothers live in a place called Sevenwaters, and each brother has a role on this tale. Her mother died 6 hours after giving birth to her, but their resemblance to one another is uncanny. Maybe that's the reason why her father hardly ever speaks or pays attention to her.
    One day Lord Collum, the father, decides to get married, and that's where the story changes. It is not just the beautiful stepmother getting in the way, for she is a witch, and she wishes to bear a child so this child can inherit Sevenwaters, and she will stop at nothing to accomplish this task. So, she casts a spell on the 6 brothers and turns them into swans, but Sorcha gets to run away, and so a life of agony, suffering and pain begins.
    There are parts where you just have to speed the ap to 1.5x, such is the agony! Don't get me wrong, for the narrator is good, but it feels like the story is dragging along, and if you can do something about it, speed up the ap.
    There is also a love story building up, very slowly, and it later gets to be the hook of the book :)

    If you like tales and fantastic stories, you will like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

    Jean M. says: "Hire a professional narrator."
    "It keeps getting better!"
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    When I read Land of stories 1, I was still unsure of what I was getting myself into, but then I moved onto Land of Stories 2, and it got better, but now, with A Grimm warning, Chris Colfer left a cliffhanger that makes me itch! Very nice and unexpected ending! When is the next one out?
    The author gives those beloved characters we know so well, a personality, interesting points of view, and most importantly, something to fight for.
    It is very nice to see characters like Red, who is a spoiled brat, turning into a woman who wants to fight for something bigger than herself, and not having temper tantrums.
    The author also presents new characters with very intriguing storylines for us to follow. Like I said, it keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the fourth one.
    5 stars to Chris Colfer's performance, which also keeps on improving each time!
    If you are unsure about getting this book or not, take it. It is awesome, and like I said, better than the first two. You will not regret it.
    Now, if you haven't read the first two, I suggest you do, otherwise you might not understand what is in store for you here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

    Laura says: "Original & Moving"
    "Love the inside and outside."
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    Despite the fact that this book can make the reader (listener) a little confused, it brings a very interesting and unique perspective about love. Nowadays people don't really worry about loving someone for what they are, but for what they have. It is very easy to fall in love with the way one looks, but very hard to fall for what they truly are inside, and this book kind of forces us to reflect on that aspect of love, and also love without gender. Just love.
    Another interesting thing to consider about the story is: would we be able to give up our own happiness so that others could be happy?
    I truly liked this book, but if you are into happy endings or normal and convenient stuff, you might not appreciate this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3618)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3136)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Peaceful Sci-fi"
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    If you are looking for some Sci-fi without all the fighting and bad - ET drama, this book is for you.
    In this book, Josh, an ET and all his race are trying to befriend the people on earth, but because of their appearance and smell, which are completely different and even a little repellent (the smell), they have to find someone to mediate this encounter, more precisely, an agent, Tom.
    Tom is one of the youngest and most successful agents in LA, and he has to deal with all the pressure of being an agent in Hollywood and having all these famous clients, especially one particular new movie star called Michelle Beck (who is very important to the story), and on top of that, being the agent of an entire race, which can't be easy.
    I loved the book. It had very interesting twists. In the beginning you think you can predict where the plot is going, but then you just can't. It is a nice surprise.
    Will Wheaton is a great narrator. I loved listening to him and I wish he could narrate more books. KUDOs! 5 stars well earned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies....the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents!

    Judy Lokits says: "Eye-opener"
    "Still up-to-date!"
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    This book is about not only loving your teenager, but also about learning how to demonstrate your love in a way they feel they are loved. Sometimes at home with all the rules and responsibilities, it is hard to appreciate your rebel teen, let alone show them they are appreciated.
    When I started this book, I had already listened to 5 Love languages of children, and 5 love language for couples, thus I thought it would repeat itself, but it didn't.
    This one has a great approach for teens, and if you are one of those renitent parents who is struggling with his/her teen at home, you need to get this book and absorb every ounce of knowledge this book has to offer.
    With the advance of modern life, it gets harder and harder to understand your teen, but this book presents simple things and strategies you can do with your teen in order for you to have a more harmonious domestic environment.
    This book is especially aimed at helping parents not only to learn to show their kids' love language, but also to understand their teen's. If you are not a parent, but want to understand the teens around you, and how to show your love for them in a way they get it, this is a great source of knowledge. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (831)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Happy ending after all!"
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    Well, because I thought I didn't know what was coming, I got tense while reading the book. I even had to stop listening for a while until I felt safe and sure I wanted to continue. I was rooting for our America.

    There were some events I saw coming, and some other twists that could have been nicer and more intrieguing, but the author didn't do anything about it, so those details were just revealed and nothing happened. That part was disappointing. I think the author could have done really nice things with those new twists.

    Through the ending some other things were a little predictable, but what I liked most about this book was the fact that we saw America not only as the brave girl who fights and stands up to the man, but a girl who has teenage conflicts and emotions and she is very confused until the last hour and a half of listen.

    Another thing I have to point out is that everything fitted into place. There was no final major conflict for America to resolve. The author could have done something about it too. It would have been spicier.

    I loved this book, nonetheless, and I do recommend it. It is truly a YA with lots of teen drama, but it is a very nice read / listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (992)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Interesting Development of this Love Triangle"
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    1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
    2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
    Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
    I listened to this in 3 sittings!
    I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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