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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30601)
    Performance
    (23655)
    Story
    (23842)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Fave book of the series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful! I love Carolyn McCormick! Her reading is so clear and her voice and inflection is so deliberate and appropriate.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    Mockingjay! Because its the 3rd in the series.....and Carolyn McCormick also narrates that one :) . From another author, I would have to say Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, they are great audiobooks.


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

    I appreciate the mood change you can feel of the story through her narrating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course this book makes me cry! But I also laugh of loud because Haymitch and Katniss' interactions are priceless!


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The False Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eilis O'Neal
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia has led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when she learns, just after her 16th birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city, her best friend, Kiernan, and the only life she's ever known.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "What a Surprise!"
    "A chance worth taking!"
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    Would you listen to The False Princess again? Why?

    Absolutely! It was nothing like I expected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The False Princess?

    I loved that she was brave and eager to do teh right thing, even when the King 7 Queen turned their backs on her!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jenny Han
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    This bittersweet novel by Jenny Han recounts the summer of Belly's 16th birthday. When she and her family arrive at the beach house that June, her longtimesummer pal Jeremiah appears standoffish and awkward in her presence. And his older brother Conrad - her secret crush - seems distant and cold. But her blossoming beauty isn't the only reason for their change in behavior.

    Jennifer says: "Come on Conrad you know you want Belly"
    "TEARS AND BEAUTY!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Summer I Turned Pretty the most enjoyable?

    The story is so fresh and beautiful! It makes you feel as if you are getting to spend the summer at the beach house in Cousins!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summer I Turned Pretty?

    The whole book is memorable, but its just the beginning for Belly....


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy – was your favorite?

    Belly for sure


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

    yes!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18809)
    Performance
    (17006)
    Story
    (17148)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Intense and riveting!"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Absolutely! It was so great! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I loved it and gifted it to a friend because she HAD to hear it too!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Tris had this internal conflict going on at the same item that the world around her was in conflict she just had no idea. It was so much bigger than her and she didn't realize it, but she wasn't selfish about it, she adapted so she could help everyone. She wasn't even limited to just helping her family, she was brave and she saw the bigger picture.


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

    I love being read to! Her character voices where awesome and clear and I loved how she portrayed Tris!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gosh, I don't even know where I would start! But this book should ABSOLUTELY be a movie!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1821)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1648)

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
    "I don't want this series to end!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

    No, I think they're equal, but I always listen to the audiobook after I read the print version and I love picking up things I missed in my first read through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

    I love when Clary calls Sebastian out on his crap! The final scenes with her and him are pretty entertaining!


    Which character – as performed by Molly C. Quinn – was your favorite?

    Simon for sure, although I love how defiant Clary is and Magnus and Simon's interactions in this book are entertaining too!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2447)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1986)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "Other-worldly travel? Yes please!"
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    Where does City of Fallen Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top ten. I adore Cassie Clare & I can't get enough of her books. I can't believe it's almost over :(


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really understand Simon enough in this book to adore him like I do now, but probably Sebastian because he was new and he piqued my interest and curiosity. Now I hate him, but he was definitely intriguing at first.


    What about Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ’s performance did you like?

    They were great and I loved the alternating narration!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1997)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "So glad there are 3 more books in this series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Glass to be better than the print version?

    Hmmm...no. I like them both equally, but audio versions are great & easier to revisit prior to the next installment being released so you can refresh your memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Clary in this book because she is so brave and determined.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2983)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2245)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Mishel says: "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    "Great Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Ashes the most enjoyable?

    This is a great series & I read the books first so listening was like revisiting a favorite place


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Ashes?

    Finding out who Jace & Clary are to each other!


    What about Natalie Moore’s performance did you like?

    She was very easy to understand, however I prefer when they continue using the same narrator for the duration of a series. Cassie Clare's books have all been narrated by different people.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1982)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    What did you love best about Clockwork Angel?

    The setting is magic on it's own, the time period is divine, just add shadowhunters and this book is perfection.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting and time period are so awesome & Cassandra Clare's WRITING is GORGEOUS and her research is impeccable.


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

    The story really comes alive & I feel like I can never get enough. I'll be so sad when this series is over. He accents and character voices are wonderful and very distinguishable.


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

    Definitely!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4212)
    Performance
    (3045)
    Story
    (3083)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Love this series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I always read Cassandra Clare's books first when they are released and then I listen to the audiobook immediately after. It helps me pick out things that I may have missed since I read them at a much quicker pace than they are narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Simon. I loved Clary at first, but my favoritism of her has subsided as Simon has really come into his own. He is great: caring and loyal, and his sarcasm is great. He and Jace play off each other well and I love the scenes with both of them.


    Which character – as performed by Ari Graynor – was your favorite?

    This early in the series, probably Clary and maybe Izzy.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28344)
    Performance
    (22074)
    Story
    (22296)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Love, love, LOVE!"
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    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    This story is epic, even though I do feel that SuCo rushed the ending. It felt all smashed together at the last minute :(


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise of the series may not be completely original (The Giver, etc.) but the shock value, emotion, and delivery is perfection.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to each THG book and McCormick is an amazing narrator! She is one of my favorites.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If you don't cry during this book, you have no soul.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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