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Sandra Sena

Bayside, NY United States

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  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (332)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Feel Good Funny and Beyond!"
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    I never understood the genius of this icon, or why he has become such a force of nature. Listening to this book has made it crystal clear! William Shatner is a character. Bill is an inspirational, no nonsense, talented, funny, honest, ambitious, hard working, authentic man. Bill explains how Shatner succeeded and continues to succeed. The book is so well paced and delivered that I'm sure it's better listened to than read. Mr. Shatner shares the wisdom & candid anecdotes of his 80 years, and his "tips" on attitude and success. While not a Trekkie, I understand the appeal of the franchise and its impact on pop culture. This is not a book for written for Trek fans only. If you want something in the smart/funny vein of Tina Fey's Bossypants, say YES to this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (351)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "Predict I will like movie better"
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    I had this book in my library before I knew it was going to be a film with Helen Mirren, so when I saw the preview I rushed to listen.
    It's a passable book with a good germ of a story. But it never delved into character. It was more of the protagonist reading his datebook/journal with no real depth of feeling.
    Listening to the narrator do the French accents, was like listening to Inspector Clouseau. I look forward to the film and Ms. Mirren breathing life into a cliché relationship.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1579)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Is it just me??????"
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    This book is formulaic, predictable, the characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is flat and even the sex is dull! I am not a romance book snob, and I like a good romp as much as anyone - and it does not need to be great literature - but I found myself "talking back" to the narration in annoyance! It did not seem like a real book, but a template or outline for a romance novel and you fill in the color. I do NOT understand how it got all these good reviews! (so I am adding in another voice)

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10569)
    Performance
    (9705)
    Story
    (9754)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Uplifting! Don't let the fear of tears stop you!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to both my teens - as well as my reader friends. These characters are so vivid, so likeable, so real that I know they will stay with me as if they were a part of my real life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pinpoint one. The two main protagonists - Hazel & Gus have an authentic connection and their conversations are beautiful. The sarcasm intermingled with fear and joy are beautifully balanced.


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

    No, but I will consider her perfomances a selling point to any download purchase.


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

    I did both. In fact, I re-listened to it the second I finished it... back to back listens to savor the characters, story & emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    With all the fantasy, post apocalyptic world, vampire stories for young adults - it was so refreshing to read a slice of life story with real people and emotions. Readers will be stirred to ask questions and examine lives. Beautiful book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16693)
    Performance
    (15108)
    Story
    (15226)

    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."
    "Hooked my resistant tween reader!"
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    There are plenty of reviews to give you the gist of the plot - but I had to put it out there that my 12 year old daughter, who resists reading at every turn, fell in love with this book as well as its sequel. She loved the characters, the way they were developed and interacted and really grew to care for them. My 15 year old son disdains some similarities to Hunger Games, but I believe the story and characters are different enough to set them apart. It was a fun read and my daughter and I both look forward to book three!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15020)
    Performance
    (12371)
    Story
    (13007)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Guilty snack food..."
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    I gave into peer pressure as I just had to see why EVERYONE around me was reading this book! This is an erotic romance. There are tons out there to choose from. The author has a LOT of "inspiration" from Twilight; it's not hard to spot parallel scenes. This is a story of obsessive attraction with an x rating (and no vampires). My guess to the fuss is that the level of story was good for this genre and I did enjoy the interplay (verbal) of the characters. The narration NEEDS to be addressed - it is very weak and there are distractions... my two biggest peeves are the reading of EACH AND EVERY heading AND signatures of the emails exchanged AND - the narrator most often mispronounces "Christian" - making it sound like "crust-shun". Awful!
    Reading this book is like eating cheese doodles - not at all nutritious, but enjoyable in the moment.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (440)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "Should have read the other reviews first..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Consistency of story and depth of charachters.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spent more time on story and less time on finding ways to gross out the reader.


    What three words best describe Tai Sammons???s voice?

    young, energetic, engaging.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Damned?

    There are too many to choose from. Ask me which I'd keep.... and my answer would be the scenes alone at school over holiday break.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration kept me going as far as I went, but I coudn't give any more hours of my life to a story and a character that was engulfed by pointless, childish, bodily fluid centered grossness. I thought this might have been targeted as a Young Adult book, but there is no way I'd point anyone I know, at any age in this direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1005)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "1760 Buddy Adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scottish Prisoner to be better than the print version?

    I am an audiophile, so answering no to this question truly indicates that I did not like the portrayal of the protagonist's voice. The voice of Jamie Fraser is more real to me read by Davina Porter! He sounded a bit like Pierce Brosnan, and was missing strength. I also felt that the Scottish accent was inconsistent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scottish Prisoner?

    Without giving spoilers, the most memorable moment in the book is when Lord John asks Jamie for forgiveness, and Jamie responds in Latin. Perfect! Their conversations are the reason to read this book.


    Did Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not so much. I had to focus to realize the character had changed.


    If you could take any character from The Scottish Prisoner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    OK - Jamie aside (as I've been in love with him from the other books) - I would choose Minnie. She has gone from a Jacobite spy to a Duchess and moves smoothly in all worlds. What interesting stories she could tell! I would love to count her among my friends.


    Any additional comments?

    It goes without saying that this is a must for all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "wanted to love it"
    Overall

    With a passion for both Shakespeare and all things Italian, I was excited at the premise of this book. While some of the twists and turns kept me reading, I found the modern day Juliet to be one dimensional, not the brightest bulb, and an inconsistant character. The smattering of the supernatural was tepid, the coincidences were too "on the nose", and the relationships underdeveloped. Read this with expectations of a light, fluffy experience. Its "PG rating" would make it a good read for a student along side their first exposure to Shakespeare.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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