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Karen

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    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By M.T. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting?

    Tom says: "Loved it, plain and simple"
    "Do you like the internet?"
    Overall

    This book was hard to get into at first, but it's overlying theme of internet overload and protecting the earth was difficult to avoid. The author stated his case and the book leaves you with many questions.

    The author, who also wrote "Game of Sunken Places," is a master story teller. The story takes a bit to get into; the swearing and "valley speak" were heard to get past. You are quickly immersed in an America of the future in which everyone is hardwired to the internet and are constantly bombarded with consumerism and dull entertainment. A not-so-unique spin on an old sci-fi theme, but it has its eyebrow raising moments.

    This book is great for a scifi fan over 15 yo. The language is very rough and, due to the lack of ability to communicate effectivly, much of the characters' emotions are inferred.

    KC

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Mackler
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This irreverent, but touching tale is a 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler. 15 year old Virginia Shreves is overweight and doesn't have many friends, but wants to be like her family: picture perfect. What she knows about her family, however, slowly begins to change after one tragic phone call.

    Karen says: "All about taking charge!"
    "All about taking charge!"
    Overall

    As a bigger person in a skinny world, I was interested by the title and wanted to see if my view was the same as "Ginny's".

    The story progresses through some troubles, some decisions, and some changes that make this a wonderful story. It allows the reader to see the world from a different point of view from, possibly, his/her own.

    This is a great story for 14 yo and up. There are some sexual situations and an adult situation regarding the main character's brother. However, overall the story is very much worth the time and the theme comes through loud and clear. I loved it!

    KC

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Valentina De Angelis
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Brave bird-kid Max and her flock fly south on a perilous quest to find their parents, after having rescued Angel and recovered secret documents about their origins. But just when they think they've finally escaped the hungry claws of evil Erasers, they're discovered by an FBI agent.

    Bear says: "Wind in my Wings"
    "The flock flies again"
    Overall

    This is the sequel to "Maximum Ride: The Angle Experiment". The original introduced the flock and the main character Maximum Ride. This book continues their adventures.

    They get to finally experience some level of normalcy as the FBI takes them into protective custody. However, as you would expect, the "white coats" arrive to spoil everything.

    The plot takes some interesting twists as parents are found, erasers come and go, and an evil twin rears her head. A great sequel even if it is abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eagle Strike: An Alex Rider Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world's most famous pop star. But still it's not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it's the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he's on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction, before time runs out?

    Karen says: "Alex Rider does it again."
    "Alex Rider does it again."
    Overall

    Alex Rider returns to save the world. This time, he meets up with old friends, old enemies, and a pop star with a need to save the world. Mind you, this pop star needs to kill thousands of innocents to do it....

    This book has some exciting moments, and ends with a an unexpected twist that leads you directly into the next book.

    I must read for Horowitz fans.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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