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Shaun

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22054)
    Performance
    (19752)
    Story
    (19918)

    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."
    "Fantastic Book!"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Not for a while - when you know how everything plays out, it takes a lot of the suspense away.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Government and Society - Formed with good intentions but corrupt. Despite corrupt leaders, the individuals have value and an innate sense of right vs. wrong. Choosing the right, goes against society, and requires true bravery (the real dauntless.) You have plenty of time to connect with the characters' experiences, but the book is not all about a teenage girl and her emotional whining - bottom line, It keeps the BIG picture in view.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Four


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing writing, plot, and development. Can't wait to get a hold of the Sequel!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31754)
    Performance
    (24896)
    Story
    (24981)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "For "mature" audiences only."
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    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll certainly avoid R.R. Martin


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book based on the amazing reviews. I felt it was important to warn other unsuspecting readers of the experience I had. I really wanted something to compare to Lord of The Rings but with its own unique flavor. The problem I had with Martin is that he placed perverted sexual scenes evenly throughout the book. It felt like he put them in just to make sure people would read it out of curiosity… not interest or enjoyment of the novel; but wondering what crazy upside down sexual scene would be next.

    You have to be “mature” to enjoy this type of reading… if reading about a 14year old getting raped multiple times until she likes it, a 13year old going to a brothel, and incest… you’re officially mature enough for this book. (I don’t know if there’s more, as I could not finish this book) I wish I had been warned.

    I’m writing this for anyone who may be considering this series so they can make their purchase with eyes wide open.

    If you want an epic fantasy with new flavor and a solid story that does not require bizarre sexual scenes to hold your attention, I would highly recommend Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings”

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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