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karol

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  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1317)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Excellent Narration! Good Read!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Hmmm I reserve my five stars for books that make me sit in the parking lot for lengthy periods of time instead of entering the office/house/store because I just have to find out what happens next. Although I never had a 'just can't put it down' moment with this book, I still found it pleasant and entertaining. I like the dystopian genre and this one has wonderful descriptions of how America may be during that time - I actually wish the author had gone further with some of the descriptions. I also like YA novels because they aren't filled with graphic love scenes etc. Thankfully this book didn't push that envelope with the kids either. Overall, I would recommend it for a beach read/listen or since it isn't too long you could probably fit it into a lazy rainy day.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3116)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Five star YA novel"
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    If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful lite read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cinder?

    The confrontation at the ball.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her entrance to the ball.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a five star YA novel. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very easy to to listen to - I was surprised when it was over, it went by so fast. It was sweet and clean and not too complex. My younger self would have wanted to give it six stars I'm sure. However, at my current stage in life, this was pretty light reading and more of a four star for my older self .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16162)
    Performance
    (13487)
    Story
    (13613)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "I liked most of this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am torn between three and four stars for this book. Definitely at least 3.5 stars. I liked most of this book - I just wasn't completely sold on it because it took quite a while to get into the flow of the story. There were a few places within the story that seemed to ramble a bit, but the good parts were really good. The narration was excellent - no criticism there. I listen to more scifi than fantasy typically, and I am sure this preference influences my review. Overall this was a good book and I will probably eventually listen to the second book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3101)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2729)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Paula says: "Very young adult"
    "One too many Books in the Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    The Maze Runner was an enjoyable book, good characters, suspense - it definitely kept my attention. The Scorched Trials was even better. Mark Deakins is an excellent narrator. However, I am finding that my need for closing the loop on this series left me with an "I can't believe I wasted my time" feeling. There just wasn't enough good story left for another whole book. In the end, the characters fell apart, the story fell apart, and the whole thing left me feeling very disappointed. If you aren't OCD about finishing a trilogy then I recommend skipping this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Daughter’s Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    In the compelling conclusion to the New York Times best-seller Her Mother’s Hope, Christy Award-winning author Francine Rivers explores the sorrow that can tear families apart and the grace that can heal the deepest wounds. Just as Carolyn had formed a stronger bond with her Oma Marta than with her mother, so Carolyn’s daughter is drawn to her grandma more than to a mom who’s caught up in the 1960s counterculture....

    Alaina says: "Great book"
    "More like 3.8 stars, but I rounded up."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would be less likely to recommend this book than many of the other books I have read by Francine Rivers (who is absolutely one of my favorite authors)


    What other book might you compare Her Daughter’s Dream to and why?

    Well obviously 'Her Mother's Hope', which I liked very much. This book is a continuation of that book.


    Any additional comments?

    Her Mother's Hope was written with a paint brush...no a paint roller, covering many lives and situations with very broad strokes - it worked well and I was looking forward to continuing the story with Her Daughter's Dream. Much of the second book was written in the same way; however, when the book began to focus on May Flower Dawn, Ms Rivers got out her artist brushes. The details became a little overwhelming, down to the bologna, lettuce, onion, and whole wheat bread sandwich she made for her husband. I did appreciate the strong message of faith that this book portrayed. However, being an open book myself, I had such a hard time relating to the mother and daughter who would not open up to each other. One of my pet peeves is when people guess how others are feeling and act according to those feelings instead of talking things out - and this book....well lets just say it frustrated me haha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Mother’s Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (360)

    Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

    Meaghan says: "Another Awesome Read From Francine"
    "Very Engaging"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love Francine Rivers as a writer (The Mark of the Lion is to date the best series I have ever read!) I had planned to listen to a different book; however, I somehow started Her Mother's Hope instead. I was hooked after the first paragraph! Stina Nielsen does an excellent job of narrating. I could always tell which character was speaking. I purchased this book during one of the Audible sales and I definitely got my money's worth and more. However, I was quite upset at the abruptness of the ending until I learned that there was a sequel. Very happy now that I have downloaded it and will start listening to ....the rest of the story... this evening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1927)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Starlet says: "Delicious Narration"
    "Great Listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good characters. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I would definitely recommend it if you like this genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    Sara says: "Great ideas but written for MEN"
    "Exercise, Don't Eat Crap, Make Friends, Live Long"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Recommended by my doctor. Some of the science explanations were interesting as were some of the stories about living a good life above age 50. I especially related to the last part about the importance of having a devoted, and being devoted to, a spouse. Working up to an hour or more of demanding physical activity six days a week will take some effort and mental commitment, but the discussion about how our bodies decay is motivating. I have to say though that I found some of the doctors evolutionary views to be hooey - imo. Overall, I would recommend it if you are over 50 (or approaching 50) and you need some motivation to do what you know you already should be doing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waterfall: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa T. Bergren
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy.

    Drew says: "A Great Escape!"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I might recommend it to a young teen girl as it is very adolescent. The descent back it time was not done well. The whole goo goo gaga boy crazy girly thing was way overdone.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think there should have been more relationship development between the girls and their mother. I never felt the main character cared much whether she got back or not. The fact that a 17 yo was more interested in the cute boy than whether or not her mother was worried just seemed so unbelievable. It took too long to finally start seeing the strength of her character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was more distracting than the writing and probably the main reason I did not like this book much. Her voice is just too old and matronly to be believable as a young girl. I had the hardest time picturing the main character in my mind as a young girl - I couldn't get lost in the book because all I could hear was someones mother reading to me.


    Was Waterfall worth the listening time?

    I stuck with it because I spent coin on it and wanted to find something redeeming. I did find it enjoyable at the very end - about the last two hours, but I wouldn't read it again and I don't plan to read the sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are an adult and like reading YA fiction because it is less graphic, then this review is for you. I do believe however that a younger reader may like this book. The other thing though that disappointed me about this book is that I had seen it listed as Christian fiction and was looking forward to reading this type of book. However, while there is some mention of praying and seeking God, it is not written in a way that I would consider the book to be Christian fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (343)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "HATED THE ENDING!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Despite the fact that the narrator was annoyingly unskilled and monotonous, I enjoyed the story very much. That is I enjoyed it until the last chapter. I would have given the story a five star, but because of the ending - I feel I am being very generous with four stars. In the end though the overall rating was a three star because of the narration. I did get use to the narration by the end of the book and she does have a pleasant accent; however, I kept wishing I could tell the characters apart most of the time. I would recommend it though because the first part of the book is so well written and deftly drew me into Anna's world, her sorrows, triumphs, tragedy, loves, fears etc. I liked Anna Frith, as well as Michael and Elinor Mompellion very much and found it hard to put the book down at times. I guess the problem is that I was so invested in the characters that I found the ending completely unbelievable and ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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