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  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (361)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Anita the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the characters gave a really good feel for what was going on and I was able to imagine the characters while I was listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anita?

    I liked the part when Anita had a friend for the first time.


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would like to listen to her other works now.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17268)
    Performance
    (15624)
    Story
    (15749)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Another kind of world"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the descriptions and characters are engaging. Another example of a society which somewhat reminded me of the giver. The narration is wonderful and I found myself relating to the characters and trying to figure out where I would fit.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    It reminds me of The Giver in some ways because of the different roles and ceremonies. It also reminds me of The Hunger Games because of the action and the strong female character and the emphasis on using physical confrontation for elimination.


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

    She brings a youthful voice that makes the character come to life. Her expression and emotion kept my attention.


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

    I definitely stayed up in the wee hours of the morning listening because it seemed like there were no clear stopping points.


    Any additional comments?

    This book definitely had an ending that kept you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

    Corey says: "Wow"
    "Dark Fantasy and Brilliant Saga"
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    Would you listen to The Broken Sword again? Why?

    Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to hear a lot of the different verse and names.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broken Sword?

    Skafloc trying to win his sister's love.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Skafloc was my favorite and definitely had a range of emotions and development as a character.


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

    This book put me through a range of emotions through the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Psychic meets Psychotic"
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    Where does Callis Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the middle. The end left a little to be desired, but it definitely held my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the characters developed and the descriptions.


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

    The narration gave a life to the different characters.


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

    It was mostly a book to make you cry or just feel sick at some of the things that happened. I saw how someone compared this to Carrie and it definitely had a lot of the same feel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (520)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Be Careful About Aliens with Prizes"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dimension of Miracles the most enjoyable?

    It was fun to try to figure out where he would end up next and wondering what different places would be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the prize the best because of the variations and dialogue it provided.


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

    I think the same as most books that are read out loud. I could spend my time enjoying the book instead of wondering about pronunciations.


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

    Congratulations, you won a prize...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (438)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "Fun and Easy Listen"
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    If you could sum up Monster in three words, what would they be?

    Comical, Magical, Fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judy was my favorite character because I could relate to her and her feelings about her work, her sister and her life.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    Monster


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

    This book made me laugh a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The characters were pretty interesting and I could really relate to some of the characters and how they viewed their jobs and lives.

    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
    (11131)
    Performance
    (10218)
    Story
    (10273)

    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"
    "Realistic and Thought Provoking"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, hopeful, realistic


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

    When Hazel read over what Augustus wrote about her.


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

    She expresses the book using feeling and emotion and it is easier for me to imagine the characters. Sometimes I lose some of that when I try to process the words in the books and especially pronouncing and wondering how to pronounce certain sites and names and she did it beautifully.


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

    It would be a long sitting. I think because of the emotional heaviness, it was better to handle in several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the teenage view and the views of the parents in the book as well. I think it captured the desire of still wanting to live the life you have no matter how short it might be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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