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  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "New Fan"

    I am almost finished with book one in the trilogy and I'm downloading book 2. Its an engaging exploriation of human relationships that goes beyond the "zombie" background. The relationship between siblings, parents, friends, the political BS, kept me listening for hours and hours. Will miss the characters lost in book 1. That is the best part of the book, I felt attached to the characters enough to miss them. If you didn't like this book, then you need to reopen your mind, every book you read (or listen to) won't change the world, but they can entertain you, question you and enlighten you. The questions I left this book with and the questionS I hope you find when you read this book is : WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR? WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO RISE UP FOR?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    Would you listen to Flowers for Algernon again? Why?

    Even when the ending was clear and inevitable I still wanted Charlie's fate to be different. He was a character you cheered for and wept for and wanted the absolute best for. He was an unexpected hero. His rise and fall were heart wrenching, especially when the people around him continued to fail him. Their insecurities became his obstacles, they could only accept him when they considered him to be less.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Charlie's awakening and realization that people he thought he could trust had betrayed him by treating him as a source of entertainment instead of as a friend.

    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful what you wish for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "More interesting then the TV version."
    What did you love best about The Returned?

    The story from start to finish was about more than just the people coming back, it was about a family and a community dealing with the loss of a child, a loss that is not erased even if the child returns.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The new relationship between Harold and Jacob, and the sacrifices made.

    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Harold was my favorite character. His honest and raw reaction to his son's return really made me sympathetic to him.

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

    I've watched the French show The Returned and I'm currently watching the US version of the book - Resurrection. Mr. Mott's vision of the story really drew me in and made me finish the audio sooner than I had planned (binge listening). He drew a picture of the characters, the community, the "prison camp" and town that was easily visualized. Not sure if I like the twist the television series is taking away from Mr. Mott's original story line, but time will tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer

    Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer - without putting herself in deadly danger.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Another Meander with Aurora"
    "Team Teagarden All the Way!!!"
    Where does Bone to Pick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bone to Pick ranks pretty high among the audiobooks I have consumed. It kept my attention start to finish.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was engaging, funny, and an enjoyable read (listen).

    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    All of them. Some books really don't transfer well to audio, mainly because the characters are not distinctive enough for you to recognize them based on their actions/attitudes/tone. But Ms. Harris defined distinct characters who stand out alone.

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

    Yes it was, and yes I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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