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Keli

I'm a humble Public Servant working for county government. I enjoy futuristic Sci fi, murder mysteries, Tim Dorsey, & dystopian genres.

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  • Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (335)

    Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose - and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.

    Amanda says: "Loved It! But heartbroken! Must read!!!"
    "Only download if you enjoy naive lead characters"
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    What would have made Eve better?

    "Eve", the main character, bumbles her way through a post-apocalyptic America and makes selfish choices. So unrealistic and the story simply does not get stronger. I usually enjoy Young Adult books because of the underlying message for growing adolescents; but I cringe at the life lessons taught by this character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crank

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina's personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, and her life.

    Cindy Brown says: "Good just not for kids"
    "She could be telling my best friend's story"
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    Ellen Hopkins gives realistic narrative from the perspective of a 17-year old girl spiraling quickly out of control. Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (2945)
    Story
    (2940)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Good story; not her best work"
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    Most of Jodi Piccoult's books have deep, often troubling moral issues as the base of her story. "Leaving Time was no exception. I found the twist at the end a bit confusing; although it was well foreshadowed. More development would have helped. The end should not have attempted to be neatly wrapped in a bow, which is not this author's typical style. If this is your first Jodi Piccoult novel, don't judge the rest by this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1034)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Why did I buy this?"
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    What would have made Packing for Mars better?

    The beginning was really slow. A nice "punch" to get it going would have better held my interest.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Roach’s story?

    It really didn't make a lot sense from the get go. I read a lot of Sci-fi, which is why I reached for a new author. This story never hooked me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator could have used more emotion; but I doubt it would've made a difference for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Unfortunately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not for me. I took a chance and came back with nothing. However, I will continue to look for new & different authors to try. That's why books are so great. Everyone has story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Really hard to follow."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was really hard to follow. I purchased this because I was given book 2 in the series. I wanted to listen to book 1 first. Not my kind of book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Trussoni again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was not very interactive with the voices. I found myself re-listening to parts in order to understand the plot line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Fantasy genre lovers may like the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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