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Celia

MCALLEN, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1488)

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Just go on and buy it already!"
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    I love Cassandra Clare anyway, so this was an easy option to check, especially if you want to recap before the release of Clockwork Princess and are short on time to sit and read. Victorian awesomeness, a great Shadowhunter mystery with a well thought out love story featuring the ever popular love triangle but with a hopeless twist that will delight those that thrive on fictional tragedy. If you liked Clockwork Angel, this definitely does not disappoint. I think I may even like it more than the first in the series.
    With regard to the narration, Ed Westwick would win out anyway by virtue of the deep voice and the accent, even if at the start he tends to read it a bit melodramatically. This quickly resolves and I find myself waiting for his chapters- the reason largely being that although Heather Lind does a really great job reading many of the characters, she misses the mark with several key ones. Charlotte Bramwell, for example, in her twenties, is read like an ancient and stuffy English woman; both Lightwood boys are read like aristocratic caricatures. So while you find yourself enjoying the performance, it's occasionally interrupted by something akin to Disney acting- not bad, just really out of place.
    I still really recommend this title. I can't wait for the last one to come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Lily Rains
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

    A. ricci says: "Kept my attention but slightly let me down...."
    "Still scared to turn out the lights..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

    Just when you think you completely understand what's going on, a kink gets thrown into the plot and you start to doubt everything you know so far. It's an addicting mystery and it kept me lying on the cough listening to what was supposed to be entertainment for my commute.


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

    I haven't heard her other performances, but she does a great job. Nothing ruins a book more than a bad narrator- Lily Rains gave all the characters their own voice, and the overall narrative a great delivery.


    Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

    Lisa, hands down. I still can't decide if there was a supernatural element to the book or not , but I do want to reach into that book and take that girl somewhere safe. Both Lisa and Evie- it's one of those stories where you start out witnessing the train wreck and spend the rest of it wanting to let everyone know what's waiting for them if they keep on.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the ending were different, the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, but the rest of the book was great, and my thoughts on the ending aren't negative enough to stop me from recommending it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17258)
    Performance
    (15617)
    Story
    (15742)

    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."
    "Waiting for Book 2"
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    I liked that it was a dystopian book where the main focus wasn't who you are/aren't allowed to love specifically in a romantic sense; it was more class divisions and loyalties. You need a balance of adventure and romance and Divergent does a good job of that.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Maybe something like Hunger Games in style and theme (though I liked Hunger Games much better, which is not to disparage Divergent, just a preference thing)


    2 of 4 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
    (9715)
    Performance
    (7209)
    Story
    (7247)

    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"
    "Disappointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel like the author is trying way too hard to cram in a bunch of information that doesn't add to the story but instead seems intended to showcase just how much she knows about everything (you don't need to go into detail about the flow of poses in a yoga class, or what era every single piece of furniture in the main character's home is from, or have it described a million different ways how remarkably unamerican the main character is after living in England for so long... I get it! Yoga! Old Furniture! Expat! Let's move on with the actual story!)


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Trim a lot of the fat. I know it sounds awful, but I feel like with some tighter editing it would have been an entertaining listen/read. Part of telling a great story is knowing how much is right and how much is rambling. When I realized the book was 24 hrs long, my heart fell. I commute about 10 hrs per wk, and I welcome long, entertaining books, but... I'm only human...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She makes everything entirely too dramatic. I never thought someone would try to romantically linger on words for something as prosaic as driving up a hill.


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    Buy a different audiobook to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to sound mean. I was just really disappointed in this book, especially after seeing it highly recommended in so many places. I'm not some literature snob who thinks anything after Dickens or Hardy should just wither up and die (Far from the Madding Crowd is awesome, though). I mean, I love lots of different books, even Twilight! Take what you will from that last statement, I'll defend it to the end of time, or the end of A Discovery of Witches, whichever comes first. Maybe the book is better but I can't recommend the audiobook. Really glad it was on sale.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Stay in three words, what would they be?

    Fun chick lit


    What aspect of Julia Whelan’s performance would you have changed?

    My only problem with the entire performance is that all the sort of love interest aged men in the book have odd, disinterested voices that come across as kind of above it all and schmucky. I don't think that's how they were written, just how they were performed. So there are definitely parts that were supposed to be light banter or plain conversation where I thought,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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