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  • Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    To whom the fat rolls...I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter.

    Sara says: "Hilarious Commentary on Weight Loss!"
    "A light listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was a fun listen in the car. It wouldn't be my first pick but if you like lighter books this should fill your listening time.


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

    I liked the funny stories about dieting. If you never had to diet you shouldn't listen to this story, you won't relate.


    Did Jamie Heinlein do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a good job.


    Did Such a Pretty Fat inspire you to do anything?

    I'd love to say that I jumped on the diet band wagon after listening this. But it got me thinking about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (387)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Wonderful Story!"
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    Wow! What a book. I loved this story. It had a compelling story, interesting characters and was well narrated. I was invested in the characters and felt for them through their ups and downs. I definitely shed some tears on occasion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gavin Extence
    • Narrated By Joe Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was 10 years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged 17, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing....

    Beth Anne says: "expertly written coming of age novel."
    "Not what I expected but great nonetheless"
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    When I first began listening I wasn't sure I wasn't going to enjoy the story or the narrator. I'm not one for dry humor and this was dripping with it. Additionally at first you think the narrator is just doing a deadpan reading of the story. But you soon learn this is indeed the character. Alex is not a poetic, verbose person. By the end of the story you get that you've got insight into a different thought process and it's fascinating. Alex has quite defined ideas of right and wrong and the ways of the world. While you could listen to the story and think "why would he handle the situation that way, most people wouldn't" you realize soon enough that there was no other way for Alex.

    I really enjoyed the end of the book. It was a different perspective and I was invested in the characters.

    I think people who enjoy investing themselves in a character would enjoy the book. Also those who are interested in exploring morals of right and wrong and the choices we make.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (916)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Not sure I can finish...."
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    I don't normally write reviews midway through a book. But I've read Pride and Prejudice a hundred times so I know how it's going to end. This review is about this particular reading of it. It just isn't my favorite narration. I'm half way through and deciding whether I can listen to anymore. It's not that I'm expecting Colin Firth to read the book, but Flo does not bring me in to Jane Austen's work. She has some subtle variations between characters but it is really just a book reading. I'm finding it distracting to listen to her. If this is your first introduction to Jane Austen DO NOT listen to this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5356)
    Performance
    (3616)
    Story
    (3626)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Not into zombie books? You should still read this."
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    I'm not a big reader of zombie books. I don't particularly care for scary books because I like to be able to sleep at night without leaving a light on. I do enjoy a good "end of the world as we know it" book. And this book falls within that category. Enough zombie to make it interesting and plausible. But not enough to make me fear for my brain if I closed my eyes. I loved getting the different perspectives with each chapter. I just wish it wasn't abridged.

    The reading by different actors was spectacular and was a great way to experience the story. I've listened to the store multiple times because I enjoyed it so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3438)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3119)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Lesley says: "If I could give the narrator more than 5 stars..."
    "Glad to be a woman of our time!"
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    It's books like this that start me preaching to my daughter that we should be thankful to be a woman today and in the US. While the premise is a bit forced you can see where there are parallels to what women around the world face today. I think we always feel like life will get better in the future, this shows us another outcome.

    Overall I enjoyed the story itself. By midway I wasn't sure how many more similes I could listen to. Everything was compared to something else. I wonder if I would have reacted differently to reading it in print versus hearing it.

    Claire Danes did a great job reading the story. I would listen to her perform again on a different book. I loved when she would break into the "Aunt" voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10678)
    Performance
    (9679)
    Story
    (9752)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Great Book!"
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    This is a great series. If you like Hunger Games you'll enjoy this series. My only disappointment is having to wait for the 3rd book. I can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4710)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2713)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Great Book!"
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    What a great book! After finishing Xenocide I wasn't sure I could handle another Ender book. Instead of letting the reader find the lessons and truths within the text I felt like I was back in college listening to a lit professor. While Ender's Shadow does go off on political tangents, there's at least enough action and interesting character development to keep me entertained.

    It's a great follow-up to Ender's Game. This book would not be appropriate for younger children however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21950)
    Performance
    (13385)
    Story
    (13523)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Amazing Story"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Ender's Game again. It was a great story. I raced through it the first time that I'd like to go back and listen to it with more attention to certain plot lines.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that while these were brilliant children they were still children. I have a son around the same age as Ender at the beginning of the novel and imagining him in the battle school was scary but intriguing. It certainly brought me into the story very quickly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes when he's besting the others even though he and his squad are the underdogs.


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

    Absolutely! I listen to audiobooks in the car and would find myself lingering in the driveway until I could finish a particular scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! An interesting ending. I think this is great for adults and younger readers. There is mature content with the violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7977)
    Performance
    (4460)
    Story
    (4512)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Great Book!"
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    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, tears, thoughtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender was my favorite character. He has an amazing interaction with the other characters. He's developed as a character since Ender's Game, in a good way. His introduction in to the family was touching.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he meets the children it was touching to see how he dealt with each of them. I also enjoyed the ending.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His last time with Human.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. It's hard to comment on your favorite moments without giving away too much of the plot. It was hard to stop listening I was so wrapped up in the plot.
    Overall the narration is excellent. Although why so many narrators. Some of the narrators were jarring to the story and took me out of the reading. Two readers would have been plenty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

    Laura says: "Original & Moving"
    "Interesting Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was an interesting story. I didn't know what to expect when I started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a story line I thought was original and interesting.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    At first I wasn't sure about the narrator. Her voice comes across very whiny and young, which I get, it's a YA book. But it was kind of odd at the beginning. For a narrator that was supposed to be beyond gender it didn't feel that way, it felt like a girl. It would be interesting to hear it read again by a guy.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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