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Spencer

Midland, MI, USA

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  • Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Join Ann Brashares' beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart.

    Sally says: "Great Book."
    "A Fine Conclusion"
    Overall

    For those who enjoyed the previous Traveling Pants books, this is an excellent conclusion for the series. The girls who have been introduced previously are now in their college years. Issues that were appropriately of the high school calliber have grown with the main characters. This causes a dilemna for libraries/parents, as the original content is acceptable for older middle school, while this final volume really is more high school appropriate. That being said, Brashares does a terrific job of character developement and keeping all characters separate and distinct. This is a very good "Teen Issues" book and will leave readers of the series with a sense of completion and hope for the young women that they have come to know.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Scott says: "Excellent, but very sad it's abridged"
    "Better than 300"
    Overall

    This book shares many similarities to the recent movie "300"; however, it is better. Covering the same battle at the hot gates of Thermopylae, this version is told by the sole surviving Spartan, Xeo. When Xerxes presses him to tell the story of how 300 Spartans and their allies could hold off his troop numbering over 100,000, Xeo starts at his beginning. He was not originally a Spartan, yet he came to love it and join its army, ultimately getting to fight in this final stand of his comrads. This version explains a great deal of how Sparta was so strong as a nation, as well as why the suicide force was sent to buy time at the gates of Thermopylae. Great battle scenes, terrific suspense, and wonderful storytelling bring this legendary battle to life! Great Job Steven Pressfield!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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