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Debi Cavanagh

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  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (823)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Hilarious!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! it just is so currrent>


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tiny was such a great character.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Tiny and the Wills.


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

    When the truth about Will Grayson (WG2) finds out about his date..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7619)
    Performance
    (5835)
    Story
    (5853)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Amazing!"
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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Please read it!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    My mother grew up in Germany during this time and she was Leisal's age. it gave me such an insight to what her life was probably like growing up.


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

    He adds to the authenticity of the story.


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

    There were so many moments.... Rudy, the mayor's wife, Papa, I can't give anything away.


    0 of 3 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
    (9334)
    Performance
    (8556)
    Story
    (8606)

    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"
    "Loved, Loved Loved this book"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    The characters were so amazing, the dialogue between them was perfect, I didn't want it to end


    What did you like best about this story?

    I became interested in every book John Green has wrote.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yes he does but the book isn't about information its about dreams, and love, and finding happiness.


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

    Nothing I love his narration, he narrates all but one of John Green's books.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the subject matter keep you from reading it or that is written for a teen audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9169)
    Performance
    (6694)
    Story
    (6734)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "If you love Twilight..."
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    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Witch meets Vampire, shades of Romeo and Juliet, forbidden to be together because of the laws of the supernaturel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bits of history thrown in along the way


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She was very easy to listen to, nothing annoying.


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

    Not really, I think many people loved this book it just wasn't for me.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Building on the tradition of Little Bee, Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They've loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits.

    Patricia says: "Very Good--but not great--"
    "Brilliant story about 2 friends"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gold to be better than the print version?

    I seem to love audio more than printed anymore. I usually do whispersync but I love the audio. It is alot faster to read a book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate was my favorite because of the choices she made in her life.


    Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Probably the coach because she had to really stretch her abilities to make him be believable.


    Who was the most memorable character of Gold and why?

    Zoe because she is soooo competitive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Coming of age when the world changes quickly .."
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    Would you listen to The Age of Miracles again? Why?

    Yes I would, I would listen to it with my teenagers, or listen to it to prompt discussions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that it was told from the perspective of a 11yo girl...growing up with all the pre teen social pains and dreams into the age of miracles.


    What does Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings to life all the characters. She dramatizes the world's changes in just the right tone.


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

    The Slowing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1225)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "In case you are considering AA..."
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    Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was really good, the characters were multi-faceted and interesting. The story believable, the ending satisfying. It rated in the middle mostly because in wasn't super tragic, heartbreaking, etc. But I wanted Hilde Goode to come out on top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the relationship between Hilde and the junk man in town.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    Hilde Goode in all her self denial.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Good House and why?

    It was Her neighbor the trash man/ junk man/ high school boy of interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a good book to give to someone who might have a drinking problem, they might take it personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2429)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Love story and more..."
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were wonderful. Bridget Jones Diary because of the personality of the main character. Louisa Clark blossoms into her own during the course of this book.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    Bridget Jones Diary because of the personality of the main character. Louisa Clark blossoms into her own during the course of this book.


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

    No- she did a fantastic job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    Louisa Clark did not disappoint in her personal growth and determination and following her moral compass.


    Any additional comments?

    My local bookstore highly recommended this book and I didn't buy it at first but later I bought on Audible and glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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