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Claudia H

Philadelphia, PA | Member Since 2014

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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37549)
    Performance
    (30298)
    Story
    (30554)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sumit G. says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "I feel love and hate for this book."
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    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    It was awesome, this book has everything; love, hate, action, war, you name it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was always rooting for Gale, but this book made me love him even more. He loved Katniss so much that he was willing to make any sacrifice for her; what girl wouldn't fall for that?


    Any additional comments?

    I loved all the action of this book, it was truly amazing, but I didn't love how Katniss fell apart, and I didn't love the end. The way it is written makes complete sense, and is probably how a person would handle it, if it were real life, but I just didn't like it, I wish she was strong and unbreakable to the last moment. This doesn't say anything about the author or the writing, just my preference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7774)
    Performance
    (7158)
    Story
    (7121)

    When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

    Davina15 says: "Wow, wow & Just WOW!"
    "Ignore the reviews that claim it's confusing..."
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    I don't want to write about the content, because I don't want to give anything away, but I think the book was great. I think what some people found confusing was the names, but I think that's intentional, and I think if we were reading the book, rather than listening, that would have cleared things up easily. You have to really pay attention to each characters and their names. I think it's great, and the twists are awesome. Like the summary says, assume nothing.

    87 of 92 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Acquisitions: Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1544)

    With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred's undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately it also seems that he's no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren't well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.

    Mario says: "God I Love This Series"
    "Fearless Fred strikes again"
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    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    Kirby Heyborne has the perfect voice to be Fred, it's completely how I would imagine it in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a lighthearted easy listen. You get to enjoy a new perspective on being a vampire that is less scandalized then the usual way they are portrayed. The only problem that I really had with this story, was that each story started by reiterating the same information (i.e. how he's now a vampire, and an accountant). This allows each story to stand alone, but is slightly less appealing when listening to them all consecutively.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5244)
    Performance
    (4350)
    Story
    (4356)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    sunstan says: "Please pay for a professional Reader"
    "An author, NOT a narrator"
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    The story was pretty good, but she is simply not a narrator. This would have been exponentially better if it had been read by an actual professional narrator or actor. The content was good, and I found myself distracted by the poor narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carrots: Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1599)

    Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

    Dr. Geoff says: "Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!"
    "Light and entertaining"
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    What did you like best about Carrots? What did you like least?

    It was light, easy to follow, uncomplicated. It didn't require too much from the listener/reader. This is the perfect book to listen to when you need a break from more intense reading material.


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

    No, I think if this were a movie, they'd have to make more oriented towards young adults, like a spin off of "Veronica Mars".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All These Worlds: Bobiverse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29452)
    Performance
    (27567)
    Story
    (27492)

    Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

    Virgil says: "Clean ending to a fantastic series"
    "Not sure if I loved this one as much as the rest"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved that there are so many Bob's in this story, but there were a couple points where I think I missed the transition and I didn't realize which Bob we were with, so while it's great to have them all, there were a few moments of confusion for me.


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

    I am not so secretly in love with Ray Porter, so he can do anything, and I would love it. I think that he did an excellent job, per usual.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the production value of this book wasn't as good as last time. There were some clear points were the narration was poorly cut, and Ray sounds like he's sitting farther from the mic for a minute or two and then it goes back to normal. This happens a lot, but while it doesn't take away from the book, it's noticeable enough to be a little distracting.

    I still loved the book, I think it was a little anti-climactic compared to the previous one, but I would still recommend the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sisters One, Two, Three

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nancy Star
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (934)

    After a tragic accident on Martha's Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles' carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.

    Nessa says: "Hard to follow."
    "Dark and Engaging"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It takes you on a lot of twists and turns and I felt engaged in the story the whole time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisters One, Two, Three?

    Nancy Star made many memorable moments. There were many times where I didn't want to stop listening because I just felt like I needed to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt so strongly for the main character, most of the books that I've listened to lately haven't given me that feeling, but this one really did a great job of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ubik

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3030)
    Performance
    (2805)
    Story
    (2804)

    Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

    Steve says: "A great performance of an SF classic"
    "I love the narrator, but that was about it"
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    What was most disappointing about Philip K. Dick’s story?

    The story didn't make a lot of sense. It felt as though everything was going around in circles, and there was never any actual progress.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was pretty good. There were a few characters who sounded very similar, but I typically enjoy anything narrated by Luke Daniels.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I mostly felt disappointment, but the end was better than expected.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything You Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lucy Dawson
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball
    Overall
    (2441)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2286)

    You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....

    Lizzystick says: "Over the top but still held my attention"
    "Remarkable"
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    What did you love best about Everything You Told Me?

    I bought this book as a daily deal, and it was well worth the money. I was impressed with the whole thing but didn't it lost a start for me with how it wrapped up. It seemed very abrupt and like it wasn't quite planned out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (684)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    GH says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Mostly Mindless"
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    What did you like best about Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck? What did you like least?

    The narration was the best part of this book. I don't think that most of the advice in the book is any good. It took me several attempts at listening to this book before I finally made it through to the end.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was perfect for this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10029)
    Performance
    (9422)
    Story
    (9391)

    Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

    Ron P says: "Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?"
    "Looking forward to Book 2"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I love Scalzi, and I love Wil Wheaton, and though I can't say if this was my favorite Scalzi book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    I think Wil Wheaton has gotten better at narrating with every book he does, and this book was yet another improved performance by Wheaton.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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