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Amanda

FORT WORTH, TX, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Goddess Test

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Aimée Carter
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (215)

    It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family, and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

    Samantha says: "Twilight with Greeks instead of vampires"
    "Modern Mythological Romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's an easy read involving something other than teenage vampires or werewolves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a simple read with an interesting twist on classic Greek mythology.


    Which character – as performed by Brittany Pressley – was your favorite?

    Kate


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Calliope reveals herself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1720)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "I go o seek a great perhaps"
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    This book is inline with the other John Green books I have read so far. Tackling difficult issues while reminding me what it was like to be a teenager.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2555)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1687)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Beautiful and emotional"
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    The narrators did a fabulous job with this story. I would love to listen to it again.

    The story if beautifully written and makes you feel for all of the characters involved, both small and large roles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4833)
    Performance
    (4261)
    Story
    (4273)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Cute, funny and girly read."
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    This was a fun and easy read that hit on topics that every girl has/should think about at some point in their life. I would recommend it to any young woman who needs a little bit of a pick me up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4884)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3365)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Great blend of a scientific and personal story."
    Overall
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    Oh man, I didn't expect the ending at all. Geeesh! I'm very happy to hear that the Lacks grandchildren are now taking it into their own hands to learn more about gene/cell studies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5576)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2044)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "What's the big deal?"
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    Where does The Golden Compass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fun and adventurous book. I don't get into wild journey stories like this very ofter, so it was quite refreshing in comparison.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's just a whole other world that isn't too different from ours, making it easy to grip, but just strange enough to bring on the imagination.


    Which character – as performed by Philip Pullman and full cast – was your favorite?

    Iorek Byrnison


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fight between Iorek and the King of the Bears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great adventure book, with talking bears, witches and magic compasses, what more could you ask for? What's that? You want to question authority and religion too? Well okay, you get some of that too! I just really enjoyed this book, it was fun and emotional and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everneath

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brodi Ashton
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (262)

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she’s banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.

    Kale says: "A Hauntingly Beautiful Debut"
    "Tuggin' at my Mythological Heart-Strings"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Everneath to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so its hard to say for sure. I can imagine, though, that I might have read the dialect a little differently than how the narrator did in some circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, girl is hurt by boy.... girl goes to the underworld?? Sounds cool to me!


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

    She sometimes had a very melodramatic tone to her voice which helped develop a very specific picture in my mind for the main character, Niki. On the other hand, I feel as though she read the male characters a little different than what I think I would have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The development of what happened before Niki went to the underworld was probably were I couldn't stop listening. I was just so damn curious!! That and of course the end, which I kinda saw coming.


    Any additional comments?

    Good, easy listen. Romantic, dark, and supernatural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1148)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    ","
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sacre Bleu to be better than the print version?

    I had a hard time reading the print version this time. I just couldn't pick up on Moore's flow this time. The audiobook made it possible to finish.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Well, I am going to school for art and art history at the moment. This book made learning the names of artists and adding wild stories about their encounters with a deadly muse a little more entertaining.


    Did Euan Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Although I am both a fan of fine art, history and Christopher Moore this book was a little difficult to get through. But once I got past a point, it was an interesting read and unique twist on all the artists I learned about in my art history class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2404)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "I need to get out of the YA section."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    I would have read it in Middle School.


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    He really sounded like a dorky 16 year old.


    Did The Perks of Being a Wallflower inspire you to do anything?

    Move on to more appropriate books for my age.


    Any additional comments?

    I remember friends of mine telling me that I needed to read this book back in High School, that it was amazing. Now that I have read it, I can understand how a High School or Middle School kid might love this book. It has all those feelings and sensitive issues that young adults are battling at that time.
    Now being that I am in my mid 20s, this book wasn't as enjoyable for me as I had hoped. My patience for the character's break downs was pretty thin by the end of the story, but when I thought back to when I was that age I could relate to it.
    I guess I've finally grown up and need to move on to books more appropriate for my age.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7015)
    Performance
    (3753)
    Story
    (3774)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "The Perfect Creepy Campfire Story"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fun book, especially being read from Gaiman himself. I felt like a was a kid being told a creepy story next to a campfire. Light hearted yet ghostly!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The guardians were the best. They are such unlikely characters, but the most caring to Bod.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought it was cute when Bod asked they slayer for girl advise.


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

    I easily could havens I many hours to spare.


    Any additional comments?

    I can imagine giving this book to one of my kids/nieces/nephews to read at some point, but not till they're a little bit older. 11-15 year olds maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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