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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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  • 37 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (805)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Delightfully impressed! So real it inspires..."
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    How Rich guides you into his journey is both intimate and plain realistic. His amazing true on every stage, his own old food beliefs demolished; is really great and non apologetic at all. He does not preach for veganism, just tells you his story, is up to you then.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9495)
    Performance
    (9030)
    Story
    (9046)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great time! nice storytelling"
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    Although you kinda predict the end when you are half way thru it... It builds up really well the tension, desperation and you learn a lot about space. I know it's fiction but I REALLY liked it, great entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Dream: An InterWorld Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters are now on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds. When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld's base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she's from - or how she knows so much about InterWorld.

    Mercedes says: "good sequel!"
    "good sequel!"
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    a little less surprising than book one but still a good entertainment!!!! great characters.. If you like space, time and parallel worlds, this is your book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9920)
    Performance
    (9078)
    Story
    (9090)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "too long at the beginning but worth it!"
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    I gets too long the first 10 hours... But the story really captivates you and the final part has the best twists and writing of all the book. Quite a nice novel. Almost a whole life of the main character capture in full color on the pages.

    0 of 1 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
    (862)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (784)

    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
    (4443)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1811)

    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!"
    Overall
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23000)
    Performance
    (14347)
    Story
    (14496)

    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
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1722)

    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
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    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 Davis 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
    (973)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (835)

    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
    (12445)
    Performance
    (11406)
    Story
    (11472)

    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

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