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Jamie Carpenter

Bushnell, NE

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  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1107)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "Fun!"
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    I love this series. Clever British romance/adventure stories, and the narrator helps bring them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1263)

    Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.

    Leanna says: "Loved it!"
    "Pure fun!"
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    I love this series. Clever British romance/adventure stories, and the narrator helps bring them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11428)
    Performance
    (10346)
    Story
    (10434)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Definitely a cliffhanger for the next book..."
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    Very interesting. Writing-wise, it seemed to be jumping around a lot and was a bit harder to follow in the audio version than the first book, but the story is intriguing. And I still have some of the same problems with the characters that I had in the first book - they flip-flop a lot in their personalities and decisions. And the teen angst can be a bit over the top. But, that said, I can't wait to read/listen to the third book! Definitely a social commentary and I want to see which direction Roth heads with it after the big revelation cliffhanger.

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17478)
    Performance
    (15809)
    Story
    (15934)

    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."
    "Engaging Story"
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing dystopian world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world that Roth built - and the Chicago setting.


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

    She has a nice, smooth reading voice.


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem with the audio version of this book is that some parts may have "sounded" better on the page than read aloud (not due to any fault of the narrator - more that they just weren't that well-written) and I would have been able to skim over the more annoying angsty-teenager sections when they appeared. However, having lived in Chicago, I enjoyed the descriptions of the future of the city. I also found the setup of the different factions intriguing and a good social commentary (Though sometimes the characters didn't stay true to themselves - unless that was part of the author's intent? That everyone is divergent?). The main part that made me wish I could fast-forward at times was when too much teen romance kicked in, but overall, well worth a read for those who enjoy YA dystopian fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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