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Claudia

Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 224 titles in library
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35882)
    Performance
    (26886)
    Story
    (27270)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I hunger for more!"
    Overall

    What a great story: Adventure, action, survival,suspense,romance, and life lessons! A strong female character with intelligence and life skills serves as a wonderful role model. A story well-told!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (418)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Amber is Awful!"
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    Amber Benson shouldn't be allowed to read a telephone book much less a novel aloud. I selected her version versus the male narrator only because the audio sample seemed that quality of her voice would lend itself to more variety. Boy, was I wrong! Her tempo & pacing plodded; The voices of characters other than, "Chris", were simply atrocious. I grimaced through 2 hours of this novel only to decide that life is too short to listen to bad audio. I quit. I couldn't care less about the outcome of this story. She ruined it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3223)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Entertaining & Thought-Provoking"
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    What a great story! Totally relatable. The narrators were outstanding - truly bringing the characters to life. Don't hesitate - this is an awesome listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You're Reading This

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Trent Reedy
    • Narrated By Trent Reedy, Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister, Mary, feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family", Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life. Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father - the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn't come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son.

    Claudia says: "Great message, Good Story"
    "Great message, Good Story"
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    I'm a Teacher Librarian who read this selection with my high school student book club. This story is an excellent vehicle to bring wonderful messages to young and old alike on how to live a good life. There is a lot of football action in the story which at first was off-putting but as I continued, I found that I learned a great deal about playing football from the players viewpoint. There were times I yelled at Mike, the main character because of his choices & being oblivious to the solution to his problems But as the story progressed, I could see things from his point of view. It's a truly unique approach - dealing with loss, the war in Afghanistan, the way people deal with grief - or don't deal with grief. Totally worth reading. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (959)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Clever, Funny, Heartwarming"
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    What made the experience of listening to Will Grayson, Will Grayson the most enjoyable?

    The writing was exceptional. The story while thought-provoking, was character driven. And the characters & dialogue were true. Contemporary topics are easy to relate to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2499)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Action Figure has a soft spot!"
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    Where does Ballistic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent series. Greaney far surpasses Grisham, Baldalchi. This action-packed installment takes an unusual turn. Cort experiences a range of experiences and emotions when he attempts to shield a family from a warring Mexican drug lord. Twists & turns & action abounds! I like that it's not falling into formula fiction.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely - page turner deluxe.


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

    I've listened to him read the prior 2 books in the series. He's excellent!


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1215)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Delightful Steampunk!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story is incredibly clever. The humor delights & the characters entertain. This is my first ever encounter with Steampunk - a mashup of the Victorian era with advanced technology. I would highly recommend it to those with a good sense of humor.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was outstanding. Her performance added so much to the entertainment!


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

    I can't sit that long! That's why I like audio - I took it with me everywhere I could!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8907)
    Performance
    (8141)
    Story
    (8228)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
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    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved that Trice and Tobias were performed by 2 different readers. These two brought the story to life. Emma, of course, performed in Divergent & Insurgent. Aaron's performance was my first listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Great finale for the trilogy. Well written and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1330)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "A Must Read - YA & Above"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Looking for Alaska the most enjoyable?

    It's so realistic. Easy to identify with the characters - we've all been teenagers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters! Each of them shared a part of themselves... the humor throughout the story was delightful.


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

    He differentiated each of the characters - made it easy to picture them.


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

    The Zen feel of the moments of realization were delicious.


    Any additional comments?

    i highly recommend this book to all those 16 years of age & beyond.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1198)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Narrator ruins the story"
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    What disappointed you about The Fallen Angel?

    George Guidall is possibly my least favorite narrator. His staccato cadence & poor breath control ruin this story. I am a huge fan of Silva's Gabriel Allon series - noting that some are better than others. I gave this novel 5 hours and finally could no longer tolerate this narrator's rendition of this story. Why on earth anyone would select Guidall to read anything other than the phonebook is a mystery to me. Phil Gigante is absolutely the best narrator of the Allon series.That said, the story itself was not terribly engaging... Silva might be falling into the 'formula fiction' rut.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet - if there weren’t a dead redhead floating in Masters’ bathtub and if Masters hadn’t just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino’s owners give him an impossible mission....

    Shuz Girl says: "Good Thief and good book"
    "Funny, Engaging & a Delight to the Ear"
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    What did you love best about The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas?

    I loved the wit & dry humor of the author, delivered impeccably by the narrator. The main character's descriptions were thoroughly entertaining.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He captured the essence of Charlie & delivered it. Since I knew that he was also the narrator of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, I was impressed with his amazing performance in this novel. He made the story & the characters come to life.


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

    I laughed a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great light read - it's not fluff, but it's fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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