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Jillian

Waynesburg, pa, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Princess Diaries: The Princess Diaries Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom. News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo always meets her at the airport!) Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.) Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.

    Mark says: "Does not belong in the 7 and under catagory!"
    "Light and Happy"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was light and happy


    What other book might you compare The Princess Diaries to and why?

    Confessions of a shop a holic. It just was a nice easy read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mia telling off Josh for being a jerk and a publicity hog


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

    Not really. Just nice reminders of how crazy I was in 9th grade


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (573)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "A nice escape"
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    If you could sum up The Lady of the Rivers in three words, what would they be?

    A Nice Visit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lady of the Rivers?

    Jacquetta going against how people were married and married for love.


    If you could take any character from The Lady of the Rivers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would ask Margaret D'Anjou. She is a crazy character and larger then life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (322)

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

    Teddy says: "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"
    "The movie doesn't do this justice"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book might not always follow historical events but it is a great ride,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how we see a different side of the king's mistress


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

    I love this book when I read it in print but now I can "read" it at work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (423)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "I love the story...hate the voice"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Go away Gregory Maguire. You aren't a narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was so dead in the voice. I would have gotten through it quicker except for the fact that Maguire was so horrible


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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33886)
    Performance
    (25075)
    Story
    (25419)

    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"
    "So much better then the movie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    No. I think they are they are about the same.


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

    I felt the same for Prim as Katniss. I know what it feels like to protect a sibling. That feeling is brought to life.


    0 of 0 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
    (28631)
    Performance
    (21883)
    Story
    (22022)

    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"
    "Catching it on"
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    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Beetee. The way he is with the rest of the victors but when they look at the tapes of the past victors they see his abilities. Shocking!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and my students love them too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (904)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "A journey to another world"
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    What did you love best about Memoirs of a Geisha?

    The ending. I loved that the Geisha world doesn't end in marriage and other things that they don't get


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pumpkin. She was very relatable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The training of a Geisha. I had the same thoughts of the nature of their jobs as many other people. I was pleasently surpirsed how interesting it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17655)
    Performance
    (7866)
    Story
    (7901)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Last in the book and I loved it"
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    Where does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is amazing! This is a great series


    What other book might you compare The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to and why?

    The other Girl books. I think that these are a different series and amazing characters


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6458)
    Performance
    (2891)
    Story
    (2939)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Another final book that left me wanting"
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    Where does Breaking Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is ok. I just can't love final books like I do the first in the series


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

    As much as I love the characters I think you needed some death


    What does Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Walters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think anything. I don't want to say they did a bad job but just not something I couldn't get reading the book.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "If you love the movie you will LOVE LOVE this book"
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    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. The characters were so real and that Minnie is hilarious


    What other book might you compare The Help to and why?

    Janet Envonovich... She has the sense of humor and the one linears are amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pecker Pie


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't


    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
    (26092)
    Performance
    (20037)
    Story
    (20221)

    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....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Why don't I like final books?"
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    What did you like best about Mockingjay? What did you like least?

    I am having a hard time finding a final book in a series that I love. Gail got my nerves and I couldn't take him anymore.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    How did they find eachother and fall in love?? HOW DID THEY DO IT?


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She is an amazing reader


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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