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Christina

DENVER, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (753)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
    "No, No, and No."
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    What disappointed you about The Giver?

    Ok so...This book was listed on a forum that said if you liked Hunger games and Divergent you will like this.....nope! This is written and performed in a very cheesy way, the actor speaks like it is 1910 again. They say things like "Father, may I take Gabriel into my room for his slumber tonight so you and mother may get your necessary and vital resting time?" "oh, Lilly-Billy" "He listened politely though not very attentively while his father took his turn, describing a feeling of worry that he had at that day at work" If that wasn't enough, you can hear the performer swallowing and smacking his lips throughout the performance. THEN you have random times of music playing in the back. I am trying to listen to what is happening and then random orchestra music plays at very weird times during the scene. It's abrupt and distracting. Don't listen to this book unless you like stories written in the old English and if you like endings that abruptly cut off with no explanation.


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

    No and this will be my last. I am not going to continue with the series. Apparently the second book has entirely new characters and a new setting. I want to know what happened to Jonas. The ending was abrupt and in the middle of intense situation. It was a terrible ending.


    What didn’t you like about Ron Rifkin’s performance?

    You can hear his lips smacking, him swallowing and him breathing during the performance. I've never heard that in any other books I've listened too. He sounded like he needed a drink of water the whole time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Giver?

    The plot of the story was actually a good plot. It was the way it was written and performed that just ruined it. I regret using my credit on this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheesy. Old English. Bad performance. Bad and unnecessary music. Lip smacking. Breathing into the microphone. I have listened to and loved Hunger games series, Divergent series, partials, legend, and inside out series to give you a better understanding of what I like and I hated this performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "No divergent/hunger games but its a fun mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Touch of Frost the most enjoyable?

    I like the mystery of the first book, you go along with the main character as she herself discovers this new world. The main character and you will both be wondering what comes next and both trying to figure out what things mean at Mythos.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character as there are not many likeable characters besides her grandma in the first book.


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

    No, like I said in my headline this is no divergent or hunger games. This is more of a juvenile book and I can't imagine male readers enjoying it at all. I read YA because I don't like to read, listen or watch anything gory. I don't like to see any violence against children, women or sexual assault and I don't like swearing. Sometimes, I sacrifice maturity of the plot and writing because of that. The first book is pretty good where it is somewhat of a mystery but very juvenile in context. The second book is the same thing but I am still enjoying the mystery more than I am rolling my eyes at the juvenile writing. I plan on listening to third book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I do recommend this book as long as the "texting, clothes, popularity, rich snobs" context doesn't make you roll your eyes. The mystery and action scenes are worth the overlooking the other stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Transfer: A Divergent Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by The Transfer , the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.

    tammy says: "PLEASE! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!"
    "Nice little treat while we wait!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well if they are strong divergent fans then of course this is a fun little short story. There are no real surprises, if I was asked to write Four's story this is probably what I would of thought to write. From reading the books this is what I gathered had happend but it was still fun to listen to.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen S. Ilardi
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In the past decade, depression rates have skyrocketed, and one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Where have we gone wrong? Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi sheds light on our current predicament and reminds us that our bodies were never designed for the sleep-deprived, poorly nourished, frenzied pace of 21st-century life.

    Carol says: "Thank God for an answer that doesn't involve Rx!!!"
    "Eye opener!"
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    Would you listen to The Depression Cure again? Why?

    Yes, I plan too. Because of all the good information. You will learn more about depression than you ever thought possible. I found myself saying "oh my God I do that!" over and over again. I found out more about myself and why I think or do what I do! I began seeing a difference in my depression within 1 day of listening to this book. I began simply with Omega-3 vitamins and once I felt better I worked my way up to sunny day walks. I am now socializing again and feeling the happiness I once felt. I plan on slowly getting off my depression pills within the next week because I no longer feel I need them. Sometimes all it takes is the right vitamin and the right words. This guy "gets" me more than I got myself.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Virals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

    Beverly says: "Kathy Reichs Does it Again!"
    "Mystery, action, and funny"
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    Where does Virals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My two fav's are divergent series and hunger games series. I am not sure where virals is but I am excited to listen to book 2 of this series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Virals?

    The wolf dogs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (317)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Good story, not so good narration."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book wasn't for me but its not a bad story. I love "mutants" but this had werewolves, witches, fairies, shape shifters and the main character can just see ghosts. Not new or exciting. The story is more of a love triangle mystery than thriller or action. Even amongst witches and fairies there were very normal things like divorces, cheating, and hook-ups. The narration was meant to have a "Texan" accent but she comes off more like a southern bell from 1880. The parts that are male sound more like a grandma. All the girls have the same voice except the vampire. Her mom and camp counselor sound the exact same. Also, the writer has some weird obsession with boobs. I don't want to bash the story too much because it was a great mystery. If you like lust, werewolves, vampires, and mysteries then you'll probably love this book. It's not about love its about lust. The main girl is more confused than brave. Overall, I'm not going to continue the series but if you like very juvenile books or are a child then this is a good one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (427)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    KK says: "Loved it right up until the end"
    "Wow! An ending you can't miss!"
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    Where does Prodigy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably in my top 5.


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

    The voices and performance match the characters perfectly.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    June and Day find themselves in situations that you think they are just simply not getting out of this one..... and then they do, sort of. The ending to the second book is shocking and you will either hate or love it. I can't wait for book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (400)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unwind the most enjoyable?

    The way the story left you hanging on the edge of your seat!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwind?

    The sudden change in one of the main characters.


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

    At first I thought the idea was ludacris, that parent's would essentially murder their children. But as I compared different religious practices and heard more about the background of how unwinding came to be, I could believe it. After I could believe it, then my emotions ran strong with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The only bad thing is that the series isn't on audible. Just this book. But I am going to read the other books because this one was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (410)

    Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost. There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss - maybe just because his family is broken. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

    D says: "Pure Surprise"
    "Dark suspense radiation thriller"
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    Where does Pure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pure is probably one of the best, once the story gets going and you begin to understand the setting it gets really exciting. It's confusing at first trying to picture her environment and what she is trying to explain but once you get the scene in your mind it's a great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure.


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

    It was a great performance I loved the different character voices.


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

    It was one of the darkest books I have listened to. I am usually not a fan of the dark stories but this one was good enough to tough through the gory scenes though I would of preferred a little bit less gory book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (584)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "Romantic X-men Poetry"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shatter Me the most enjoyable?

    I liked the voices and performance of the reader. I liked the story line. It starts off very slow and it's very poetic so if you are not into that like I am not, then listen to it on 2X speed and it should be fine. I almost didn't finish listening to this book because it was so slow to get anywhere in the beginning and I hate poetry but I am glad I stuck it out because it turned into an X-men thriller with a wonderful romance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The super natural powers of the main character and how she discovers herself along the way.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

    She does a great job with all of them!


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

    No, the poetry tends to drag the book on more than it should. I listened to the whole thing on speed 2X.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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