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FanB14

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  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5426)
    Performance
    (4407)
    Story
    (4433)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Gone Girl First?"
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    Devoured Gone Girl and went in search of more. This, her first novel tells the tale of a flawed, off center woman who cuts the words of her anguish over every part of her body. She covers her mutilation with non-revealing clothing (even in the summer) also mirroring how she hides her true self; not letting anyone too close. She returns to her hometown to report on two murders. Her dystunctional family and the town serve as the backdrop for the mystery. Well written, and definitely worth your credit and a read. A little hurried and predictable near the end, but overall am happy to have listened to it. Flynn evolves her talent with each book.

    70 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (436)

    This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

    Tom & Tracy says: "A continuing story you have to read."
    "Well Written, Not as Engrossing as #1"
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    The first book was fascinating, learning about all the oddities and abilities of the children stuck in a perpetual time loop.

    In Hollow City, the kids embark on a mission to locate another to turn Mrs. Peregrine's back to human form. Along the way, they meet new peculiars, whites, hollows, and have difficulty navigating the different time periods and obstacles associated with each. While this book is extremely well written, I wasn't engrossed and would have skipped it. I'm a non-sci-fi fan, but will dabble if I like the characters and/or storyline. This one was too much sci with no further character discovery and development. Better skipped or skim the book. Kirby Heyborne is not my favorite male narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (2836)
    Story
    (2830)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Excellent Alternative Love Story"
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    Don Tilman is a brilliant genetecist with minimal social skills embarking on multiple quests. Took me about an hour and a half to get into the groove with this one, but delighted I stuck with it.

    As a man with undiagnosed Asperger's, Don begins to stray from his rituals and routines upon meeting Rosie, embarking on a project to locate her biological father. This task however is secondary to his initial venture of creating a logical data base through carefully constructed criteria to locate the ideal wife.

    This book is deadpan funny, interesting, unpredictable, and never cruel or exploitative of Don's personality trait. Well done and wonderful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (588)

    A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Ida Wilder says: "Fell flat for me"
    "I Cannot Tell a Lie...Hated it"
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    We were young, beautiful, and more than affluent. Blonde haired heiress to fortune falls for boy outside her WASP class and summers with Mummy and cousins on private island near Martha's Vineyard. After a traumatic event, Cadence struggles to remember what tragedy had befallen her the summer before last.

    Boring is the best word for this. The writing was plain, repetitive, and if I heard one more time how pretty and rich they were, I was going to reach through my iPhone and strangle her myself. Waste of my time. Would have returned it, but purchased on sale.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sublime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Cal Wembly
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn't sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she's here for him. Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life - and her death - neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is.

    Katheryne says: "Not all that sublime really"
    "Excellent Idea, No Connection"
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    Lucy is dead, walking among the living and doesn't know how or why she's there. Drawn to the much alive and well Colin, their relationship begins.

    He researches what tragic event lead to her death and she learns to navigate, yet is frustrated they can't physically be together. Through dangerous stunts, Colin finds a way for them to bond, yet will he have to join her on the other side for their relationship to become real.

    Fascinating idea, but no depth to characters and relationship. Predictable and lacking connection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Historical YA Fiction Well Done"
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    After suffering the loss of her younger brother, Andi has difficulty moving on. She hangs with the wrong crowd and ignores her school work. In an effort to put her back on track, her estranged, yet award winning father with a new family, takes Andi to Paris. She is to research her favorite composer, completing her senior thesis.

    After discovering the diary of a young girl from the French revolution, she becomes immersed in the past. Real-time Andi and past Alexdrine intertwine into an intriguing mystery.

    Good YA read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (571)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Damaged Girl Makes New Start"
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    Kacey suffered a devastating loss when her family perished in a car accident. One bad choice after another leads her to pick up with little sister in tow to move to Florida for a fresh start. Struggling to make ends meet, she takes a risky job to pay the rent and keep her bright sister on track to attend an ivy league college.

    An attractive stranger seems drawn to rescuing her from all sorts of mini catastrophes and thus begins the mystery.

    The narrator is strong and the book is an entertaining read, but not great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3292)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2918)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Book Club Favorite"
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    Bernadette was a ground-breaking, award winning architect, now married with a daughter. The book follows the events of how she dropped out of the public eye including work, friends, and the majority of people; possibly agoraphobic. Told mostly through emails and phone conversations, the conflict-avoidant heroine struggles to keep her sanity. Good choice for a book club circle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls from Corona del Mar: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rufi Thorpe
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at 15, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further - and there is nothing Mia can do to help.

    FanB14 says: "Friendship and Perception"
    "Friendship and Perception"
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    I expected a story of the perfect girl and the jealous one living in her shadow; like "Beaches". What I read was a raw and honest look at how friendship begins and changes from adolescence through early adulthood. Mia views Lori Ann as the good one, but over time experiencing many tragedies the two struggle to adapt to their current situations and maintain that strong childhood friendship bond. Most intriguing is the idea of how perception doesn't always match reality. Rebecca Lowman is an amazing narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25648)
    Performance
    (21318)
    Story
    (21299)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Don't Compare, Just Enjoy"
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    Whenever I read, "this is the next best thing" I set the threshold for quality high. Whenever I see, "the next Gone Girl" I set my expectations even higher. This is not fair to us as readers nor both of the authors. If Paula Hawkins' book doesn't blow you away, then her reputation is sullied and if the next book by Gillian Flynn doesn't surpass "Gone Girl" then she's weak. Weighty expectations are unfair and produce resentment all around. Enough of my rant about marketing.

    This book is good on it's own merit and the only parallel to "Gone Girl" is the missing girl scenario. What makes this tale different and fun is the unreliable narrator, Rachel; neither blonde, sleek, beautiful nor sophisticated. She's a hot mess, literally stumbling in a drunken stupor from one cringe-worthy situation to the next. The recently sacked redhead squeezes her pudgy bum into the train seat each day riding her old rail line to spy on her old home now shared by her ex and his new pretty wife & baby. Along the way she invents names and stories for different houses and people, crossing the line between make-believe and reality only to lead us on a haphazard goose chase to find out where in the world is Meghan.

    Read this quirky, odd, humorous, sad, awkwardly embarrassing, and utterly redeemable new novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1905)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Entertaining"
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    I'm writing this after listening to all three. Can't quite put my finger on why I purchased and "read" them all so quickly. This is not great lit, but at least the first one kept me happily occupied.

    Yes, the story is predictable, but it was fun. "The Selection" leaves the reader in the middle of the story, so if you enjoyed it, listen to book 2. I wouldn't recommend the third as the story was stretched too to round out the ol' trilogy format. I found myself speeding up the narration to finish (not always a good sign).

    Good fun in a world where "Hunger Games" meets "The Bachelor".

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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