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Jessica Shoop

LEBANON, IN, US | Member Since 2009


  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "Hmm. Didn't care for it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the first two, but this one was like a train wreck. I couldn't stop listening, because I kept thinking something would happen that would pull me in. Nope!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Love the Narration being from Death!"
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, Thoughtful, Meaningful

    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Death tells the story, but also that it teaches a lesson and the heartache involved with the time and place the story is told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Started out slow - left me wanting more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I would not know. Only listened to it.

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

    It sure made me want to keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Yay! Really Liked!"
    What made the experience of listening to Legend the most enjoyable?

    This book reminded me of "Hunger Games" sort of.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the concept of the underdog rising.

    What does Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The audio book was great and I liked having multiple people reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Decent enough, but not a can't put down."
    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I would

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book had a few twists, but it was a bit obvious.

    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He's great.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did....I hated the movie and it upset me that Kami and Margaret would allow that to happen. The movie was so off from the book. Ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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