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Nikki

Ogden, UT, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1284)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend they read the actual book and skip the audio version. The story is okay, but the quality of the audiobook is not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosemary. She was very brave and noble and I like the mystery behind her past.


    What didn’t you like about Ron Rifkin’s performance?

    Many of the sentences trailed off rather than ending strong and clear. He also made noises with his mouth. I assume this happens often with actors, but that stuff is usually edited out.


    Could you see The Giver being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I guess I could see it. I am not invested enough to guess the cast though.


    Any additional comments?

    The background music was HORRIBLE! They blasted you out with tacky synth music for EVERY SINGLE significant moment! It took me out of the moment because I was rolling my eyes.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (260)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Grotesque"
    Overall

    This book was grotesque in the most beautiful way. True to Chuck's style, he brilliantly shows humanity by conveying the true ugliness within us all. I loved it. If you don't want a book that promotes thought and critical thinking, this book is not for you.

    Brilliant.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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