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Stephanie O'Neil

Grantham, PA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 211 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Scorpio Races

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (395)

    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
    "Best Audio Ever"
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    Would you listen to The Scorpio Races again? Why?

    I usually wait years before rereading a book, but after finishing this audio, I immediately started over from the beginning and am enjoying it even more the second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. This story is amazing. The characters are all so real and everything fit together perfectly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Puck and Sean ride Cor together. Everything about it was just intense and wonderful. (Please don't hold it against me if I've spelled Cor wrong... I haven't yet read the paper copy I have.)


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

    All of them. I can't remember the last time I was so invested in a book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is hands down the best audiobook I have ever listened to. The narraters were both amazing and fit the story perfectly. They added a special magic to an already extraordinary book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction: Writing the Outcast (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 2031

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Joshua Braff, Tony DuShane, Rob Roberge, and others
    • Narrated By Tod Goldberg
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Stephanie O'Neil says: "An Entertaining Conversation Between Writers"
    "An Entertaining Conversation Between Writers"
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    What did you love best about Fiction: Writing the Outcast (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books?

    Lots of adult humor mixed in with insightful comments on life, being human, and writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Norris
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Two days before the start of her junior year, 17-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed - as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows - with every fiber of her being - that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

    G. House Sr. says: "Unexpected -- Reels you in -- can't stop listening"
    "Non-stop twists and turns"
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    What did you love best about Unraveling?

    This book is fast-paced. It goes places I didn't expect and doesn't flinch away from major life changing moments for the main character. I also enjoyed the romance and science elements.


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

    Katie Schorr really captures the main character--she is emotional in this extremely controlled way. I could feel the rising panic in the narrator's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was very hard to turn off and I spent a lot of time in parking lots waiting for a good place to turn off the car. (There were never any good places.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Ben Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 
Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too.

    G says: "A wonderful start to a new spy thriller series"
    "A Rough Start, But A Strong Ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to friends who enjoy thrillers, especially those who get through books very quickly.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ben Sullivan?

    Yes. Ben Sullivan has a deep voice that is perfect for this type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out so quickly that I had a hard time getting my bearings and connecting to the characters. Once I understood what was going on, I began to enjoy the story. While there were a few story lines that left me puzzled at the end, the book concluded in a way that left me satisfied overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2337)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "I Know Coben Can Do Better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending didn't feel right. The mystery is explained very quickly and it just felt off. I also couldn't' connect with the characters at the end.

    The narrator reads very slowly and is over-dramatic. I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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