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Mercedes

Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

Quilmes, Argentina | Member Since 2011

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  • Best Lesbian Romance 2011

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Radclyffe (editor)
    • Narrated By Kaylee West
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Best Lesbian Romance 2011 captures the lyricism of love from the first blush of recognition to the forever embrace of shared hearts. Radclyffe has gathered a collection as varied as our unique and irreproducible experiences of falling in love. A practiced cynic learned the power of "Hearts and Flowers" in Theda Hudson's tale of a first anniversary. Sexy Shakespeareans discover that the real romance takes place offstage in Catherine Lundoff's "Twelfth Night".

    Katie says: "Cute but no Depth"
    "Some are really good... others not really"
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    Diversity of styles and storytelling, loved some of them... but not really impressed with some others. The performances have the same problem. One of the stories was not easy to listen to, the accents too deep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (585)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Scalzi continues to amaze me!"
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    Not only this book works as separate chapters but he continues to develop this huge universe and exploring human culture and condition through adversity and exploring new entities. If you loved Ghost Brigades this book won't disappoint you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4242)
    Performance
    (1605)
    Story
    (1628)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "When you think it ends... it's a whole new story!"
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    Really well written, keeps you hanging in there every bit... An unusual book for demanding readers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21277)
    Performance
    (12770)
    Story
    (12897)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great classic!!! Unbeatable"
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    If you didn't have anyone spoiling it for you beforehand... the ending is an amazing twist. You feel as exhausted as he is on the very end. The movie is not even a third part of the book but it's ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1413)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Everything clicks with Scalzi"
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    Lots of twists on the story... you get to understand more deeply the Scalzi universe, great book specially if you are reading the whole serie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping You a Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Anne Peters
    • Narrated By Rebekah Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    First time I saw her was in the mirror on my locker door. I'd kicked my swim gear onto the bottom shelf and was reaching to the top for my calc book when she opened her locker across the hall. She had a streaked blonde ponytail dangling out the back of her baseball cap.... We slammed our lockers in unison and turned. Her eyes met mine. "Hi," she said, smiling. My stomach fluttered. "Hi," I answered automatically. She was new. Had to be. I would've noticed her. She sauntered away, but not before I caught a glimpse of her T-shirt. It said: IMRU? Am I what?

    Ornella says: "Enjoyed this coming out story ALOT"
    "meeeh... could use an ending"
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    Would you try another book from Julie Anne Peters and/or Rebekah Levin?

    not really...


    What was most disappointing about Julie Anne Peters’s story?

    too outdated and lost so much time on the beginning...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    kinda


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

    the narrator did a decent job


    Any additional comments?

    has no ending whatsoever... too naif for me

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is: Advice for the Young

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (762)

    Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

    Joseph Warren says: "Witty Humor and Priceless Insight"
    "not that revealing..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe it would be more helpful for teenagers


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kurt Vonnegut? Why or why not?

    not so much


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the first speaker had a dead voice, made me sleep more than listen


    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
    (8835)
    Performance
    (8093)
    Story
    (8142)

    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"
    "love story that will make you laugh and cry"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    YES! great performance


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    when the go to Amsterdam and hope crashes with reality


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    everything! I will be looking up more books read by her... she capture this teenage voice, suffering and joy


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

    made me cry, you get involved on the plot right away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rodger Streitmatter
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other "for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health" for periods of 30 or 40 - sometimes as many as 50 - years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

    Mercedes says: "very well documented and interesting"
    "very well documented and interesting"
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    If you could sum up Outlaw Marriages in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, mind-opening and lovely


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

    Not really but it made me realize how a person cannot change the world but he/she can make his/her world a whole new place and that every little action counts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • InterWorld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

    Gurmukh says: "A good listen"
    "great entertainment!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of InterWorld to be better than the print version?

    because of the things that are complicated to explain on paper like sounds and bleeps


    What was one of the most memorable moments of InterWorld?

    HUE! loved Hue!


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    great job, good performance


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

    I ate it up in 3 days


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4364)
    Performance
    (4025)
    Story
    (4038)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "So well written and captivating!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recomend it to everyone who loves novels that won't let you go!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the girl and her Ocean... amazing don't want to spoiler anything


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

    his amazing narrative, so visual, so intense, the characters are always unique...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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