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Christina

WATERVILLE, OH, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Cross Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (302)

    Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.

    aaron says: "Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed"
    "Major Disappointment- Nothing like The Shack"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is so much like The Shack and nothing like it at the same thing. Its about a JERK of a guy who as the reader you can't stand so you don't get pulled in. The Shack worked magic because it broke your heart and you cared about the guy. Also it seems to be taking a lot of the same descriptions of things as The Shack even used some of the same words.
    I was so excited to read this but it was a huge let down!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18421)
    Performance
    (16443)
    Story
    (16498)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Good, once it gets going"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, WOW, Cluster


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get through the LONG slow beginning the book actually gets interesting. Once the 1st "twist" is revealed you can get past the annoying whiny people and see the true story and what is going on.
    I am very much looking forward to the movie of this book, for once it is a book that might translate very well into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8323)
    Performance
    (5018)
    Story
    (5009)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "WOW... AMAZING!!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    The story was great, the reader was extraordinary!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Twice, the story starts with him and ends with him, he is so brave and strong but really have no idea.


    If you could take any character from Fall of Giants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gregory, just to hear what he really thinks and feels about how his life turned from what he had planned


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing read, great historical references and really touching personal lives. Never wanted to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inmate 1577

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Jacobson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    When an elderly woman is found raped and brutally murdered in San Francisco, Vail heads west to team up with SFPD Inspector Lance Burden and her former task force colleague, Detective Roxxann Dixon. As Vail, Burden, and Dixon follow the killer’s trail in and around San Francisco, the offender continues his rampage, leaving behind clues that ultimately lead them to the most unlikely of places: a mysterious island ripped from city lore whose long-buried, decades-old secrets hold the key to their case.

    David says: "I liked it!"
    "Great read"
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    Where does Inmate 1577 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    high


    What other book might you compare Inmate 1577 to and why?

    another great book in the collection


    What about Christina Traister’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, looked the tie to the others but still holds it's own. Very action filled and unexpected twists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (887)

    The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Can't Wait for Book Three"
    "Stay away"
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    What was most disappointing about Ally Condie’s story?

    Much like the 1st book this one has a good idea but never gets there. The main character diverts so much from who she was in the 1st book that its hard to keep in mind she was the same person.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More of the guys voice


    Any additional comments?

    NOTHING LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1224)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Don't bother"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is so slow and boring. The idea was good but it never really moved anywhere. Mostly the people wonder around confused and questioning their life's


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Simses’s performances?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    NOTHING LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17955)
    Performance
    (16244)
    Story
    (16370)

    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."
    "Better at the end"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pick up the pace. The book was so slow! But the end got interesting.


    Has Divergent turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Almost


    Any additional comments?

    This book is NOT like The Hunger Games!!!

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35294)
    Performance
    (26339)
    Story
    (26716)

    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"
    "AMAZING"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    AMAZING, thrilling, unexpected


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story never stops. It was fast paced and honest to human behavior. I loved every second.


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

    Great narrator. I was able to get lost in the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (764)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "just ok"
    Overall
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Sparks again?

    Yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it was odd at times


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

    I was amused by the the book until the last 20 minutes, then it felt like forced drama. I thought the end was stupid and more fore dramatic effect than necessary to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure the movie will be better than the book, sadly most of his movies are better than their book counter part

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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