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Jeffrey

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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
    (33912)
    Performance
    (25100)
    Story
    (25443)

    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"
    "Great listen (even if you're not a teenage girl)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very fun listen and outside my "norm," (I'm not a young adult), so ranking it would be unfair, but I can say that when I put it down, I was always looking forward to hearing more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    More than any one moment, Hunger Games is a cliffhanger at every chapter and a protagonist that is very fun to root for.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, Katniss.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio book was the perfect way for me to enjoy a great work of young adult fiction that I might not have otherwise read. It has a serial-adventure quality that is irresistible (like a young girl's Indiana Jones) even to this 40-year-old man. I also found it fun to see what my teenage students and daughter identify with in a cool, girl-hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (961)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Great book (morally, should we read it in print?)"
    Overall

    The tough fact is you are listening to a fantastic audio of a work that is warning against eliminating books. As I put the ear buds in and listened to the description of the zombie-like wife, dreaming away because of the ear-buds in her ears, I couldn't help but cringe. If you can get past the hypocrisy, you'll enjoy, I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lush Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Price
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

    Richard Delman says: "Eerily real"
    "Fantastic reading, very good book"
    Overall

    Great book, love Richard Price for the parallel tracks he keeps going. Bobby Cannavale jumps from to Hispanic woman to juvenile wallflower to hard-boiled detective with a sense of cool and completely convinces you he's the voice of each. Get it, it's good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (282)

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "Great story, compelling themes, excellent readers"
    Overall

    Very much in Hornby's style: filled with the misadventures of awkward characters and their bumbling attempts and finding meaning in life which, inexplicably, make the reader feel good, normal. Great story, lighthearted reading with some powerful and interesting ideas to dwell on after. (ie.e Does a work of art have a life of it's own? Is an artist beholden to his/her work? Do fans distort art even as they venerate it?) As each chapter shifts to a new character's point of view, there is a new narrator for that character, which makes for a dynamic and interesting listen. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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