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Maarya

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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  • 28 reviews
  • 145 ratings
  • 480 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Born Confused

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tanuja Desai Hidier
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. She's spent her whole life resisting her parents' traditions. But now she's turning 17 and things are more complicated than ever. She's still recovering from a year-old break-up, and her best friend isn't around the way she used to be. Then, to make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy". Of course, it doesn't go well, until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web of words and music.

    Christopher says: "A Delightful Insight"
    "super-duper"
    Overall

    I fell in love with this book in five minuets! It was very well done and very, very intelligent. Gwyn and Dimple are amazing characters who deal with real life circustances. Big ups to Zarah!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    The "Hollywood" where Sammy Santos and Juliana Rios live is not the West Coast one, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. Sammy and his friends, members of the 1969 high school graduating class, face a world of racism, dress codes, war in Vietnam, and barrio violence.

    Maarya says: "Powerful"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    This book is amazingly heartbreaking and powerful. I'm not one who usually gets teary eyed over anything, but the performance Robert Ramirez gave is truly something beautiful as is the writing and composition. 5*****

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1589)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "Just a bunch of stolen concepts."
    Overall

    Be warned: this book is nothing original. Basically, it's a very very depressing version of Harry Potter, Narnia, MirrorMask, City of Bones, and a whole host of other books rolled into one. It was very disappointing and hard to listen to.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

    Thomas says: "Classic Fun"
    "Much better than I'd expected"
    Overall

    I wasn't too sure about this book at first... I'd seen bits and pieces of the movie and thought if it was anything like that I probably wouldn't like it. But I took a chance and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book hooks you from the very first sentence and wraps you in a blanket of mystery. It was very hard to put this one down and I recommend it to any and everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Morsels

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Margo Lanagan
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik, Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this soft world, protected from the violence, predation, and village prejudice that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever - magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

    Ronni says: "Rich, inventive tale--but not for children"
    "Dark and Gloomy"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure I would like this book much from what I heard in the little sample given, but I bought it on a whim and was very pleased. The story is dark and gloomy and at times a bit rough to get through (some of the narration is a little muddled) but all in all it was a good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (810)

    It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed, and it's the worst day of her life....Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit. She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again.

    RaisinNut says: "It gave me a creepy Twilight Zone feeling..."
    "Not For Me"
    Overall

    I "liked" this book enough to give it a second listen (in hopes that it would spark up some interest for me) but not enough to buy the second book. The writing was okay, not a whole lot to get excited about, but I thought the characters could do with a bit more meat added to them. The main character just seemed like too much of a whiner to deal with and she never had a sensible solution to any of her situations. The best friend was tolerable, but I couldn't get a good sense of any of the others or what they were like. All in all it's not the greatest book ever written.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1842)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Absolute Winner"
    Overall

    I'm not one to after the classics very much but with this one I was gladly proven wrong. The story is excellent and daring (and remarkably modern) as is the reader, John Lee, who paints a stark portrait for the listener with his on spot narration. It's a definite must for all ages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (472)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy Fun"
    "Coraline"
    Overall

    Oh, the book is much better than the movie. Not to trash the film, but there's more of the Neil Gaiman touch to it than there is portrayed in the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6286)
    Performance
    (2727)
    Story
    (2768)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Passss!"
    Overall

    I admit I did enjoy the first book to some degree,
    but after the second and third and on to the forth,I was lost. I think it was because the romance blanket was laid on a bit too thickly for my tastes and the writer didn't focus as much on the initial storyline. Plus, all the angst and petty nonsense of all involved kind of wore and tore at my patience. It's definitely not one I'll be re-downloading any time soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wish House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celia Rees
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's the start of summer vacation, and 15-year-old Richard has discovered that a family has taken up residence in the usually deserted Wish House. Richard is intrigued by both the house and the bohemian family now living there. The father, Jethro Dalton, is an internationally renowned painter; his seemingly licentious wife is fascinated by herbs and cures. But it's their beautiful and vibrant daughter, Clio, the muse for Jethro's paintings, who draws Richard utterly into the Daltons' world.

    Maarya says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I usually don't like to contradict, but I found this one to be highly interesting. The way the author weaves in little snippets of the present with the past and the very visual way she describes the artwork that's peppered in makes this book a unique read (listen). I do agree that parts of it are kinda slow but they all tie up in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (822)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Sweet!"
    Overall

    Lovely and absolutely charming. One of my most favorite books ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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