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Greenslopes, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (247)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Funny and insightful"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Beauty Queens again? Why?

    American culture at its finest. A story of nature vs nurture. Once the racism, elitism and beauty are taken out of the equation, the girls transformation is wonderful to watch.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one character stood out, all had great little quirks and personalities.


    What about Libba Bray’s performance did you like?

    Excellent.


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

    Yes, but not realistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10466)
    Performance
    (9505)
    Story
    (9522)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Weird and wonderful."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Maybe in a year or two. Too many other books to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Learning the houses secret. Wild shift in plot.


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

    Excitement.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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