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Susan Miles

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VA | Member Since 2010

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  • 82 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Jasper Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Craig Silvey
    • Narrated By Matt Cowlrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    Charlie Bucktin, a bookish 13 year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night. Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion.

    Debra says: "Be ready for the "F"-bomb!"
    "Good teen fiction"
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    If you could sum up Jasper Jones in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt teen murder-mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jasper Jones?

    The main character's mention of To Kill a Mockingbird draws an obvious parallel to this novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memento Nora

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Angie Smibert
    • Narrated By Gail Stairs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In Nora's world you don't have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC - a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take the pill that will erase it. But at TFC, a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora's life. She doesn't take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember.

    Crystal says: "Surprising and Enjoyable"
    "Beautifully read"
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    Where does Memento Nora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a middle school teacher, I am constantly looking for new great YA books. This is one. The characters are real and compelling, and it does not have a Disney ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memento Nora?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the teens. The fact that well into the plot and their "friendship" they were still wary of one another and distrustful. It felt like real teens.


    What does Gail Stairs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading of this book was beautiful. Ms. Stairs sold the trendy "glossy" as well as the dark anger in the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I searched for the next book, The Forgetting Curve, and was ready to buy it. It is not here yet. Hopefully soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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