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Amy

Murfreesboro, TN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1653)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "My first perfect purchase"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Orphan Train to be better than the print version?

    In this case, I believe the audio brings the characters to life rather than overpowering them like it does with some books. Each character's personality comes through with the accent the narrator gives him or her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The somewhat parallel character arcs. The ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bar scene and the piano player.


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

    If Fate is the conductor of the Ophan Train, will the next stop be home?


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 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
    (826)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (744)

    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.

    KrissyT says: "Book One Was Better"
    "A little less talk and a lot more action, please?"
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    What would have made Crossed better?

    The plot was dragging. The long separation of the two main characters- the plodding mushy sentimentality -it was a little too much for a little too long. I'll admit that I fast forwarded- partly due to long internal dialogues- (in the male's narrator's nasal voice that was quite irritating and whiny!) and partly due to the lack of action. I don't think that this book was even necessary. It seems like this was filler. I haven't read or listened to the last book, but I believe everything probably could have been condensed into one large novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something else. The same male narrator is used on the last book. If I do complete the series, I will read the book and not purchase the audio version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The girl character is okay. She sounds a little young, but does a decent job. The male narrator is absurd. He has an annoying voice- nasal and weak. When an audio version is used to represent the entire character- it is important that the voice be able to represent that character well. His representation of the female characters is grating as well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did cry. There were some truly emotional moments. Unfortunately it is hard to get invested in either character when the perspective is constantly shifting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1008)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "So it goes..."
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    What did you like best about Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade? What did you like least?

    imagery- "Billy" is not a character per se- more of a plot marker or chess piece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the idea of time overlapping. this book is an interesting way to describe a situation that may not otherwise be able to be put into words


    What didn’t you like about Ethan Hawke’s performance?

    He sounds utterly bored. Perhaps in an attempt to sound ultra hip or cool- he overshot and came off as half asleep or completely apathetic. It was my biggest complaint.


    Was Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade worth the listening time?

    It was different. I don't think it is amazing- it is just unusual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16038)
    Performance
    (14197)
    Story
    (14144)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Sadie Shmadie- obdurate obdurate"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like Nicholas Sparks


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't made it to it yet- cant stomach the romantic dragging of this novel


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He REALLY does not need to perform a Southern woman's voice. Sadie comes off as a half drunk or asleep "slow" man woman rather than genteel. She was so whiney though, there wasn't a lot he could have done.

    Also, overuse of the word "obdurate". It's like King had a Word of the Day calendar and was trying to get his use out of it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 11-22-63?

    Everything with Sadie. Ugh. She is a horrible character. I actually didn't care what happened to her and FFWD every time he went home. It was so boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the premise of this book. The first part in Derry and the parts in Dallas are interesting. The revisits to other novels are unexpected. But the Jodie/Sadie chapters drag and are unnecessary and unwanted romantic filler. I actually haven't finished the book but I have to say that the majority of this book is romantic mush.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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