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Anna

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  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (708)

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "Couldn't wait for the end"
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    What would have made Reached better?

    It was the same story told over again. It needed a more exciting plot line.


    What could Ally Condie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed to be cut in half and have a little more action. It became predictable and the amount of poetry used to support the story line became exhausting. There had to be a way to still make the reader realize that poetry was an important part in their lives now that they have the freedom to create it without having verse, after verse of seemingly pointless poetry. It just didn't move the story forward.


    What about Jack Riccobono’s performance did you like?

    I think his performance was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were some great moments, especially with the families. Xander was probably my favorite character and probably the most complex in this trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (457)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Narrator distracted me from the story"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator had a tendency to do a weird self deprecating laugh when describing something about the main character. There were several times that it was very out of place. They were the middle of an attack and the character said something that sounded like it should have been strong but it had that laugh. All of the characters sounded really young. I get that they were in the late teens or early twenties but she made them sound younger. I don't know if it was just the writing or the narrator but I have not enjoyed this one at all.


    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
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1708)

    "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."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Vivid and heartbreakingly beautiful"
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    Would you listen to Delirium again? Why?

    Yes, I would. This book tells a story of love in a refreshing way. It's details were blindingly vivid. I found myself tearing up a few times while listening to the intensity in which these characters loved. It's beautifully written and I cannot believe this is a YA book. The topics and outlook on our society and the blind obedience is beyond what many teenagers understand but at the same time are exactly the same situation they find themselves facing. What future do I choose? I cannot wait to read/listen to the rest of the series.


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

    There were several moments that I was moved to tears. The first was when they were in the Wild and Alex was telling her that he loved her through poetry. Every person I know longs to live just a single moment like that. The other major scene was when she found the neighbors dog dying and she realized what type of life she really has been a part of and how she despised everything.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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