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Christine

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seraphina to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but now that I have heard the audio edition, I would probably just listen to it again instead of reading the book.


    What other book might you compare Seraphina to and why?

    Seraphina make me think of Kristin Cashore's books, Graceling and Fire, as they are also about a young woman with special abilities living at a palace and taking part in secretive, covert affairs.


    Which character – as performed by Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    I liked all the characters. Mandy Williams has a nice and interesting voice that is great for performing books.


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

    I try to pace myself with audiobooks to make them last, but there were definitely times that I listened for an extra long time because I couldn't stop and had to find out what happened next.


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  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Kathy says: "Engrossing and well-done angsty teen novel!"
    "A Serious but Lovely Listen"
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    If you could sum up The Sea of Tranquility in three words, what would they be?

    Devastating, beautiful, realistic. There is no doubt that this book is about heavy and difficult topics. Josh and Nastya have both lost a lot of the wonderful parts of their life, and are forever changed by it. Yet they come together in an almost magical way, that at the same time still feels completely normal. The characters are all wonderfully developed, and true to the emotions you know they must be feeling.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    I don't think I had a favorite character but both the narrators did a fantastic job. Candace's performance of Nastya's inner monologues could be sad, bitter, or a total hoot, and Kirby brought great emotion to Josh as he transformed from standoffish and detached at the beginning to passionate and engaged by the end.


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

    Definitely, especially as the book got going and the relationship between Nastya and Josh started to develop. The author did a great job of injecting some mystery into this book as you don't know exactly what happened to Nastya til most of the way through. I immediately started listening again, and it was just as good the second time through, and subtle comments and hints about Nastya's past all came together.


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  • Bitterblue: Graceling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (270)

    Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle - disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman.

    MaChar says: "Not my favorite"
    "A Great Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. Kristin Cashore writes wonderful stories that are much more thoughtful and insightful than a lot of the young adult fiction out there. The issues being dealt with in this book are serious, but that is one of the things that I like about Cashore and other writers such as Melina Marchetta. These authors take events and issues from the real world, and write about them in a fantasy setting that makes the stories feel timely and even more worthwhile. There is a great deal of mystery in this book, which makes for an involved and lengthy story, but I thought the complexity was great, and kept me wanting to listen to a little more, and then a little more....


    What about Xanthe Elbrick’s performance did you like?

    Xanthe Elbrick is hands down one of the best narrators I have ever heard. She gives so much personality and life to each character, and differentiates them all to a remarkable degree. I loved Saf, but also loved Teddy and Katsa, and many others.


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