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Jaclyn A Rupert

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  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (963)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "I actually fell in love with this one!"
    Overall

    Sometimes I don't want to waste my credit on a relatively short book like this one (7hrs 52m). But this was SO worth it! The story is sweet, characters are vivid and remind me of people I know in real life. They don't seem contrived in any way. I laughed out loud many times- the narrators are great! I am so happy that I invested my credit and listening time in this one!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Long, Charles Butler
    • Narrated By Matthew Del Negro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (228)

    On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. This book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

    Sarah says: "Only 1/2 way through and loving it"
    "Riveting and Inspiring"
    Overall

    I purchased this because I am a beginning runner and I wanted some inspiration before my first 5K. To listen to Matt's story and what he endured and overcame was incredibly inspiring. I was riveted the entire time, when my device died I nearly had a panic attack because I had to wait for the battery to charge before I could continue listening to Matt's story. He is an incredible person, the story is awe inspiring and entirely worth the credit. You need to know about this human being!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I wanted to like it, but...."
    Overall

    It was painfully tedious. I did enjoy the first couple hours, but then it came to a screeching halt. I stuck it out for the entire 37 hours, hoping for a big payoff, but the author didn't take me there.
    There were interesting bits to the story- but I actually think I might have enjoyed the Abridged version much better. And I am typically opposed to Abridged anything!

    1 of 2 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
    (18431)
    Performance
    (8578)
    Story
    (8620)

    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."
    "You won't be disappointed!"
    Overall

    This was a very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Larsson fans will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6025)
    Performance
    (2415)
    Story
    (2470)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Should have been edited way down"
    Overall

    The twilight series is a guilty pleasure for me. I don't really want to like it, but I can't help myself. In "New Moon" I enjoyed the development of Jacob's character, as well as his friends.

    That said, SO much of this book could have been edited out without missing any of the story.
    Meyer spent way too much energy describing (usually with the same adjectives) the angst and heartache of Bella. I found myself disliking Bella and wondering why Jacob would be attracted to such a mopey self-loathing Debbie Downer.

    Worth the 2 credits? If you are already a Twilight Junkie, then of course! If not, I would go for the paperback so you can read at your own pace and skip over the many redundant passages.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (548)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Gravely Disappointed"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Charlaine Harris, particularly the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have read all books in the Harper Connelly series as well, and found this book, the final in the series, to be a drudging disappointment. I approached it with enthusiasm, excited to see how the story lines would be wrapped up. The conclusion was surprising and satisfactory, but the journey there was dull and I struggled to stay engaged.

    I am sorry to report that I was extremely bored and not "transported" as I normally am with my Audible selections.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1202)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    Overall

    How disappointing. I was a fan of the first 5 books narrarated by Marguerite Gavin. You become attached to the narrator, and although it can be a challange to adjust to a new narrator, it was not even a possibility to enjoy the story with the new narrator. Her voice is an irritating cross between Sarah Vowell and Ellen Degeneres. The pixies voices are like nails on a chalk board, but worse than that is the mis-pronounciation of words that we became familiar with in the previous books, "ley lines" "Piscary" and "Takata" are all wrong, wrong, wrong. I wish it didn't make such a difference to my enjoyment of Kim Harrison's work, but it does. I wish I had read the reviews before hand, I would have opted for the paperback.

    69 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23682)
    Performance
    (10269)
    Story
    (10350)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A slow starter, but it pays off"
    Overall

    I am so glad that I stuck with this. I does start rather slow and takes a while to understand the characters and plot, but hang in there! It takes time to fully develop a worthwhile story! The characters are engrossing and the story is intricate...you MUST read this before "The Girl who played with Fire".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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