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Taira

CHANDLER, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Good Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Corsi Staub
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    In New York Times best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staub's electrifying new thriller, a mother races to save her daughter before her darkest nightmare comes true. Sacred Sisters Catholic girls' school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student. Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here. Instead, shy and studious Carley becomes the target of vicious bullies. But the real danger at Sacred Sisters goes much deeper.

    Judy says: "Juvenile"
    "Carrie the movie"
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    What did you like best about The Good Sister? What did you like least?

    I liked the mystery and suspense. Every now and then I was thinking how this was the movie Carrie all over again. It ends differently of course. It was still entertaining and spot on for the type of book I was in the mood for at the time. Very real life-dealing with bullying and mysterious on-line friends who are really predators.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wendy Corsi Staub? Why or why not?

    Yes I would try another book-author shows promise.


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

    I have not-I thought the narrator was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent-not a box office hit, but a good thriller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18811)
    Performance
    (17008)
    Story
    (17150)

    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."
    "Great Ride"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably a 7 on a 1-10 scale. I listen to about 4 books a month of all different genres.


    Would you recommend Divergent to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but definitely not an AMAZING read. I liked Red Rising quite a bit more. This is very similar to The Hunger Games which I liked as well. Once I was almost done with this book I strained to finish it-it held my interest the whole time till the last quarter and then it just became boring to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her relationship with 4.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not that exciting but still a good story. Not as "edge" of your seat as I had hoped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archetype

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. D. Waters
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself. Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him.

    Katheryne says: "Stunning Debut Novel"
    "Who can you trust?"
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    If you could sum up Archetype in three words, what would they be?

    Deceptive, love, courage


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Archetype?

    Finding out the truth of what her dreams were showing her.


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

    Great narrator and voice.


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

    Neither but I could not put it down. Can't wait for next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1179)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Fear the Reaper!"
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    If you could sum up Red Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Unexpected, Twists


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Rising?

    I don't want to give any part of this story away but just the transformation from the beginning of the book to the battle and emotions that ensue are incredible.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Darrow


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

    Could not put this novel down. This is ten times better than Hunger Games.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5003)
    Performance
    (2391)
    Story
    (2406)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Finally a book to compete with Kite Runner!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was perfect- I like or dislike a book sometimes based on the narrator. The mystery- twists and turns made this book not only realistic but exciting. Advice- don't get bored with the beginning- once the twins are born- the story comes together and all makes sense!


    What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

    Kite Runner


    What about Sunil Malhotra’s performance did you like?

    Perfect accent


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

    Yes- the love of the "parents"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Loved to hate it"
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    Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin again? Why?

    No-I would not listen to this again but based on the reviews I knew I had to read it. As a mother of a young son and daughter it scared me. This is very realistic and shows that in certain circumstances, and as we are all learning as parents, there sometimes is nothing you can do to prevent a disaster. Torn between a mothers love and a sons demons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother-she has the worst time trying to appease all sides and had no control no matter how much she tried. Did she contribute to his behavior-or was he born that way.


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    Very real


    If you could rename We Need to Talk About Kevin, what would you call it?

    the name is perfect-regardless if her husband would take her seriously or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I rented the movie as one other reviewer mentioned to do. It did help put closure to the book for me. The movie is probably one of the truest to book movies. I was way more emotional with the book-read it first. I agree with other reviewers that this is a book that is well written and should be read-it stays with you-i'm not sure I'll ever forget it. I can't say I loved the book-but worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Never List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Koethi Zan
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the "Never List" - a list of actions to be avoided. But one night, against their instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. 10 years later, at 31, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn't make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Excellent Shorter Suspense Novel"
    "Loved the Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes-as long as they share my taste in books. I need gripping, thrilling stories that frighten me in real life. For the most part-this was very realistic. This book reminds me of Kiss the Girls or Copy Cat, movie with Sigourney Weaver. Mind Games!


    What other book might you compare The Never List to and why?

    Not sure of a book-but definitely the movie kiss the girls. A victim needing to relive her past to find justice for her unlikely captor.


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

    Great narration-I pictured Jodie Foster the whole time-similar voices-good voices.


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

    Neither-but shocking and sad at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Never figured it out until the end-normally I do. Keeps you guessing and when you think you've figured it out-you haven't. I wish the ending was a little bit better but still showed promise in imagining what happens when it ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (510)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "Outbreak!"
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    If you could sum up The Hot Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Wash your hands!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Zone?

    Being scared to death, even in a space suit if you accidentally had a hole in your suit while dealing with a level four virus. If the virus contaminated you-your days are numbered.


    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Raw-real, frightening but true feeling.


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

    The desire that outweighs the risk to conquer the virus and explore it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3068)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1962)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Love Tana French Books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Likeness to be better than the print version?

    Yes-I loved Heather O'Neill's performance of Cassie!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Likeness?

    Cassies relationships with everyone at the house and distinguishing reality with her job-great performance!


    What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent and raw emotion in her voice.


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

    Not laugh or cry but I could not stop listening to this book! I stayed up very late-love all of Tana French's novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring Rob and Cassie back together!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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