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Evelyn

Katoomba, Australia | Member Since 2010

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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
    (35042)
    Performance
    (26101)
    Story
    (26471)

    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"
    "Handmaid's Tale meets The Running Man for YA"
    Overall

    I am a bit baffled by the reviewers who say they found the story simplistic and not exciting enough. These reviewers are clearly adults and I'm not sure what they were expecting from a young adult title? Given the lack of thought provoking content or challenging material usually offered to this audience, I (as a children's bookseller) found this to be one of the more confronting and interesting books for this audience and can see the cross-over appeal. I personally found it to be gripping and am looking forward to the next one!

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  • Boonie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard Masson
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    JD's father has been burnt alive by the Silver Men. His mother has run away. Lost in the desert without water, JD meets a strange old man whose mouth has been sewn shut. That man's secret will save his life. The search for his mother leads JD to the City, where he must face the true horrors of life under the Silver Men. Trapped inside the Pits of enslaved children scraping for water, he must risk everything and everyone he has ever loved in order to survive.

    Evelyn says: "Plausible dystopia"
    "Plausible dystopia"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Boonie?

    JD lives in a world that is dry and barren. He has only ever known the company of his parents and the fearsome 'Silvermen'. He has been told stories that once water fell from the sky and there were oceans and rivers. He doesn't really believe it though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boonie?

    After his father is killed he seeks his mother who has returned to the city. He meets a strange old man who has had his lips sewn together and know the secret of how to find water.


    What three words best describe Joe Jameson’s performance?

    Joe Jameson's voice and accent suit the telling of this story well. His southern drawl when voicing the 'boonies' helps create a convincing atmosphere.


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

    Water is life.


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