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G. Valdez

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California | Member Since 2011

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  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (361)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "Turned into something different than expected"
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    This book wasn't what I expected when I first read about it. I thought it would be about a mother and son reading books and gleaning insight from the books that they read. I was disappointed at first. But quickly I realized that this is a story about Mary Ann Schwalbe told through numerous conversations between her and her son Will. Their conversations happen during their two person "book club" which develops as a way to pass time while she is getting chemotherapy. The insights that are revealed in this story are not from the books that they read but from Mary Ann herself. She is an amazing woman with strong commonsense convictions and worldly life experience to back it up. I ended up really enjoying this book once I got over my preconceived ideas of what it was supposed to be about. I really think this is a must read for all because not only can you learn life lessons, but I discovered many books I now want to read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (555)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "My new favorite series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tiger's Curse the most enjoyable?

    The narration was wonderful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure.


    What does Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the voices!!! Thanks for bringing the characters to life!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10606)
    Performance
    (9740)
    Story
    (9790)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "A must read!"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    The narrator was hands down one of the very best!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I think we are first attracted to someone's inner strength and character, but we fall in love with them through their vulnerabilities. That is how it was for me in this story of love, friendship, joy and sadness. A story of cancer where for once cancer takes the back seat to life. I was attracted to Gus and his "middle finger" approach to life with cancer. He falls for Hazel Grace, who is in the midst of her battle with cancer. I imagine she is swollen with cancer drugs and her cannula is her ever present reminder to how futile her life has become. But Gus finds her "beautiful" and falls in love with her. And as much as Hazel wants to resist the temptation of Augustus Waters, it is through Gus's vulnerability that she finds true love. I tear jerker for sure, but to take a line from the book, "pain is like fabric, the stronger it is the more it is worth."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (386)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Great story, terrible narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Island the most enjoyable?

    The story is simple, somewhat unrealistic, but at the same time highly enjoyable!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved T.J. Perhaps it was his circumstances, but he knew what he liked from the moment he decided. He never looked back on what could have been or what might be.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heidi Baker?

    Anyone. The narrator had too much of a sing-song style. She read way too fast and did not let the emotion of the circumstances show through in her voice. Wish I would have read this story than listened to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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