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becky1304530

Bath, Me USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2104)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Scarier than the movie by far"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Maybe all the foul language. I'm not sure it is really necessary to the characters development.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    tone down the language. I don't mind an occasional "f-bomb" but it did get a little abrasive after awhile.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene when all is done and you see the characters putting things back together followed by the scene in the concrete tunnel (totally creepy)


    Could you see The Shining being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was, more than once, and they did a good job with who they picked


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (27208)
    Performance
    (21037)
    Story
    (21243)

    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....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great ending!"
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    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    Probably not since I don't have a lot of time to re-listen to things and there are a lot of other books I want to listen to but maybe because it was good. I think I could get more out of it if I did reread it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact the author didn't make it a happily ever after ending. When characters have gone through as much as these had it would be insulting to the reader to make it all go away.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It's a little slow but not too much so


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

    When Buttercup comes home in the end. I cried.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (862)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Easy and fun to read"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think that the story does drag on a little with America taking forever to get over Aspen and make a decision, but it was still a good book.


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

    The most interesting aspect was the ending when America finally makes a choice and we see Maxon finally become more than a door mat. It was good to see him as something other than "Prince Charming" with no worries other than nervousness about having to pick a bride.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy Rubinate?

    Yes I would. She was easy to listen to.


    Was The Elite worth the listening time?

    If you are interested in a easy light hearted read then yes it was well worth the listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1213)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Easy and fun to read"
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    Would you try another book from Kiera Cass and/or Amy Rubinate?

    I would try another book by Kiera Cass. I found her writing fun and easy to read.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kiera Cass before, how does this one compare?

    I hadn't listened to anything by Kiera Cass before but I enjoyed it just the same.


    What three words best describe Amy Rubinate’s voice?

    Mild, appropriate, relaxed


    Did The Selection inspire you to do anything?

    to read the next book in the series


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29661)
    Performance
    (22798)
    Story
    (22966)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Better than the first book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catching Fire the most enjoyable?

    In the second novel the story really begins in ernest. The first book just gives some background info for the second book where the action really gets started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After reading the first novel I had been reluctant to read the next books in the series, however I was pleasantly surprised when the second novel started to move away from the light young adult fare and really delve into a more mature dystopia novel about polite, war, and the effects of PTSD. While the first novel sort of stood alone, the second novel is where the story really picks up the pace and gets started.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Carolyn McCormick does a good job narrating but I think it was a case of her not being the right narrator for this set of books. I would like to hear her do other novels though.


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

    I did not have any strong reactions to the book but I did enjoy it. It made me look forward to the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34918)
    Performance
    (25989)
    Story
    (26356)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not Harry Potter but still a good read"
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    So I'm not a huge fan of YA novels but all my students said I HAD to read this one. The book had been hyped so much I expected another Harry Potter. It's not quite in the same league but I still enjoyed it. While "The Hunger Games" got all the hype, it was really just a jumping off point for the other two books. And, while the fist book is definitely young adult, the other two novels are more mature. Definitely worth a read, or rather a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1349)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Good story, incredible narration"
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    If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

    Rich, exciting, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    Listening to the Page's first foray back into London, mouth sealed shut, mask distorting her features, forced to fight the people whom she regraded as family, was thrilling so was the scene where she kills Warden's cousin with pollen! Such ugly detail made it so alive.


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

    No I haven't but I'm now looking for other books she has narrated. I was amazed at how she made the book come alive! At one point I lost what was happening in the story because I was so enthralled by the tone and timbre or Alana Kerr's voice.


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

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many dystopia novels, most all young adult, and found this one the best of the lot. This is written for adults not for tweens and it shows in the rich details and lack of teen heart throb. The relationships are multi-layered and complex, just like the story itself. I must read for anyone who plowed through the Hunger Games or Divergent. Like savoring luxurious deep dark chocolate ganache after eating cheap milk chocolate candy coating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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