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sara

I am very much into post-apocolyptia, as my Dad calls it, but I also just love a good story; from Earth Abides to Art of Racing in The Rain

Sonoma, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33878)
    Performance
    (25068)
    Story
    (25412)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "It Caught Me and Never Let Go"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My niece was reading this book, and was obsessed. This made me think it was for the pre-teen, so I ignored it. It was not until I started seeing the previews for the movie that I thought I should read it because the movie was one that I wanted to see. I am so glad I did! It caught me and never let go. I am a big fan of post-apocolyptic stories, so when I started listening I could not stop. The story is very well written, and performed. The characters are so well developed, which helped when I did finally see the movie. I have read all three in the series, and I can say that I will forever be haunted and enchanted by this story. "Happy Hunger Games...and may the odds be ever in your favor!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (841)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "Amazing!!!"
    Overall

    This book is amazing! It paints a clear visualization of the earth, the Bay Area in particular, and how it weathers after a disease has wiped out much of mankind. My Geography professor assigned this book as part of our reading, and I thanked him afterward. This is a must read, thoroughly enjoyable!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26604)
    Performance
    (13250)
    Story
    (13292)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Joyful and Heartbreaking"
    Overall

    This book is such an amazing experience. I am actually really glad I listened to this book instead of read it. The characters in this book are so well read, the voices really brought it to life. On top of that it is strong and moving. This book managed to leave me with both joy and heartbreak. A must read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (430)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Love this book!"
    Overall

    I saw the movie awhile back and enjoyed it, but after reading the book there is so much left out. This book takes you on a journey through so many lives, and leaves you feeling so close to all the characters. I both laughed and cried while listening to this book. Very much a recommended read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph D'Lacey
    • Narrated By Sorcha Cusack
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

    Parusski says: "What's wrong with eating meat????"
    "Could not stop listening"
    Overall

    I usually just listen to books while I am driving, cleaning, or doing something that does not require much attention. This book came inside the house with me, and I actually sat down and just listened. It captured my attention from the very beginning and I could not stop. So many hidden meanings exist in this book and so many metaphors can be drawn. This is a book you can walk away from feeling like you may have learned something; a book that will stick with you for awhile.

    1 of 3 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
    (4240)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1626)

    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"
    "Could not keep going"
    Overall

    I could not finish this book, I just could not get into it. Kind of strange considering I did enjoy the movie, it is usually the other way around. The book came across very scrambled. I gave it a couple chapters then just moved on to my next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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