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Brenda

PORT HUENEME, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi, and Thea have caught everyone's attention - but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group. Gemma seems to have it all - she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever....

    Patricia says: "don't bother"
    "The Narrator is the death of this book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator is simply awful...she sounds like a birth control/feminine hygiene commercial narrator with her perpetual "questioning" tone. It's just annoying, and they had her do the second book as well. Big disappointment. She also makes all the guys sound like Mr Ed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Amanda Hocking again?

    Amanda Hocking is amazing. I loved all her other series. This one almost makes me think it was written by someone else. I just don't feel her in it at all. Maybe it was just the horrible narration that threw me off, but it just felt like it came from a different writer. The story is not that bad, even though other reviews say it is. I think the weak characters and narration is what killed it for a lot of people. But they are just blaming the storyline because they just can't quiet put there finger on it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better narrator, someone that can make the characters sound more their age and "cooler" like in My Blood Approves


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

    Maybe....with a good screen writer


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18869)
    Performance
    (17059)
    Story
    (17204)

    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."
    "Just awesome!"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 5! Just buy the books, listen and then cry. ...since the 3rd book isn't out yet.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Never Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne Flagler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (567)

    Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

    Katheryne says: "Beware of the Triology"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.....because I like my friends


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall story line and the building of the charaters. I liked them and cared about them.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne Flagler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.She was ok, but I felt a younger narrator would have been better suited for this book. I never related her voice to any of the charaters.


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

    It was hard to stop, I always wanted to know what was going to happen next....it never got boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Blood Approves: My Blood Approves, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Hannah Friedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood....

    Oli says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Loved it"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Blood Approves the most enjoyable?

    The story kept a great pace


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the reality of it, I know vampires are not real, but I liked that Hocking protrayed them as "not so perfect" as well as the human characters. If there are vampires in the world I think they would be pretty close to what the characters are in these books


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

    I think she did a great job with the accents and brought the characters personalities to life quite well


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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