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Toinette

I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.

Chesapeake, VA, United States

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  • Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (366)

    Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

    Kathleen says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "To the point"
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    Not the ending I was expecting, but that's good. I like being kept on my toes. Nothing is what you'd expect in the land of OZ and following the lineage of the Wicked Witch has left me wonderstruck. I know it's over, but I want more.

    1 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
    (29671)
    Performance
    (22808)
    Story
    (22976)

    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"
    "To the point"
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    It's the end and I'm glad. I wish I could keep on reading this wonderful story, but these characters deserve a rest after what they've been through. This isn't the ending I imagined in the begining, but it is the right ending. Right and wrong should be black and white, but sometimes there just is a gray area that we as humans must accept. This story gives me hope.

    0 of 1 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
    (27224)
    Performance
    (21053)
    Story
    (21259)

    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"
    "To the point"
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    Cliffhangers make me angry and excited all at ounce. In this follow up to the Hunger Games, Collins once again delivers the unexpected. This story made me happy, sad, angry, and hopeful so many different times. I appreciate so much more of my life now. Fiction is scary because it's always rooted in some level of fact or predition and Mockingjay makes me wonder.

    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
    (34927)
    Performance
    (25998)
    Story
    (26364)

    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"
    "To the point"
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    I wish people would stop comparing this story to Twilight. The Hunger Games is so much different from that. This is a story of humanity with all its beauty, wonder, rage, and hate. It's a survival story that somehow got mixed up in a love triangle, but mostly everyone is too hungry to be bothered with notions of love. There are no words to describe how wonderfully real this story is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1949)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "To the point"
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    This story is intense and scary, but it's not a horror story. This story describes a future I hope never happens. Well worth a read, but too much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (2038)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "To the point."
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    Wicked takes a child’s fantasy and turns into an adult’s fairy tale. You want everything to be simple and have a guaranteed happy ending, but reality keeps a sensible mature grown up from believing in such naivety. Wicked tells the story of the Wicked Witch in the way it probably would have really happened. Things are never as simple as they might seem. The narrator of this story brings the characters to life in a way that makes a daytime soap opera seem like a child’s favorite Saturday morning cartoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6381)
    Performance
    (5674)
    Story
    (5670)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "To the point."
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    Think Cirque du Soleil meets Harry Potter with youthful imagination and mature sophistication. Listening to this story is like hearing a secret that no one else can handle, except you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter & Max: A Fables Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Willingham
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (361)

    When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother Max encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

    Joshua says: "Not just for Fables fans only"
    "To the point."
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    So many new versions of old stories exist today, but this one is actually good. It feels like an original and creative idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22080)
    Performance
    (8793)
    Story
    (8991)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "A little too close to home."
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    I actually enjoyed my first listen. It gave me an opportunity to see what I was in for with audio books. I've never listened to an audio book before and am very excited. I rated the reading itself a three simply because the content hit a little to close to home. I've been the one receiving letters from "Joey". Thank you audible.com for this opportunity, I just hope I'm able to take full advantage of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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