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Liz

MANCHESTER, NH, United States

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  • Ungifted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross, Richard Poe, Erin Moon, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Teens and pre-teens flock to any new offering from New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman. Told through multiple viewpoints, Ungifted follows Donovan Curtis through his year at a magnet school for gifted and talented kids. Thanks to an administrative foul-up, the decidedly mediocre student Donovan finds himself enrolled in the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Out of place and out of luck, Donovan joins the robotics team. And while he learns a few lessons from his gifted classmates, he also teaches a few of his own.

    Liz says: "Very funny"
    "Very funny"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ungifted to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I only listened to the audio!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ungifted?

    The opening was hilarious, total Korman.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes - my only critiques are: I wish more narrators of young characters actually sounded young. And also: The narrator who was cast as Kate seemed totally wrong. She sounded really posh, whereas Kate came across much more brassy to me.


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

    I probably could have, if I had time just to sit and listen to audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Very cute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    A Frayed Knot says: "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    "Strong fantasy with rockin' ladies!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Throne of Glass the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable lead character and likable supporting characters too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of Glass?

    I can't say cuz SPOILERS


    Did Elizabeth Evans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I liked her in general, she had a pleasant voice and good inflection. But other narrators have done the "differentiating characters" thing much better. She did the job, though!


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

    No, but it kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    The female characters in this book drive the plot so much that the dudes sometimes seem sorta useless - which was refreshing! I hated the love triangle, but at least everyone involved was likable. And don't be fooled by the "hunger games" pitching of the competition - at first, it made me groan, but it didn't feel the same at all in the long run. Which I liked.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Read the book, skip the audio"
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    What did you like best about Before I Fall? What did you like least?

    My favorite part of this book is the timeliness of its issues - bullying, and cliques. My least favorite part about it was that I didn't find the main character's resolution totally satisfying.


    What other book might you compare Before I Fall to and why?

    It's sort of like a "Gossip Girl" version of 11 Birthdays. Or Groundhog Day.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was fine when she was reading the main character. However, her performance of the secondary characters was incredibly grating and absolutely no one else in the book came across as likeable. I understand that the people that Sam associates with are not GOOD kids. But it's hard to get through a book when you can't stand 90% of the people in it. This may have been a directorial choice, but it was a bad one.


    Could you see Before I Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, this would be a good teen movie starring all the Pretty Little Liars girls.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1889)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Just plain excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Perks of Being a Wallflower to and why?

    I guess I'd pick John Green's works, as both contain a nice balance of humor and drama. Chbosky's work is quieter, though.


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    I love Galvin's audio performances! It's so nice to hear an actual teenager read teen narrators, and he is also very versatile with the other characters despite having a very distinct natural voice.


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

    Both! Not sobbing, but i was definitely emotionally affected both happily and sadly.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how the drama of each characters lives unfolds slowly and subtly... it makes for a huge payoff, particularly with Charlie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jordan Sonnenblick
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    There’s nothing All Star pitcher Peter Friedman loves more than baseball. It’s his life. He breathes baseball, dreams about it, and works his tail off to be great. Most kids are nervous about starting high school, but Pete’s amazing arm is going to make his life pretty easy. When you’re the star, girls, popularity, and all-around stud status are sure to follow. But Pete’s freshman year doesn’t turn out as planned. A pitching accident over the summer ruins his arm. If he can’t play baseball, what is he supposed to do? If he isn’t the star pitcher, then who is he?

    Liz says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
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    Where does Curveball rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Curveball?

    I loved the descriptions of the photography in the book. I think it would be hard, as a writer, to bring a strong image of a photograph to life in a book, but I could see each and every one very vividly. Same with the sports descriptions, and I'm not much of a sports fan.


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

    I think this is the first one I've heard, and he was great. The performance of Peter's grandfather was very moving.


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

    The whole thing was very well-structured. Peter's struggles with losing baseball, and his struggle with his grandfather's secret were very heart-tugging.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17303)
    Performance
    (15657)
    Story
    (15781)

    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."
    "I don't get the adoration."
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    I like this narrator, I've listened to her before and she's got a great voice for teen novels. I did not love this book though, it did not grab me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Everyone espoused this as comparable to The Hunger Games, and other than it's corrupt dystopic setting, I do not see that at all. The heroine is not engaging, and the violence (in the beginning) seems to be celebrated and the way it was presented was too much for me.


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

    I listened to her performance of STRINGS ATTACHED which I liked. I think she was more suited to that one than this book.


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

    This book IS about to be a movie, but I'd rather not see it. I probably will, because I'm a teen librarian and I need to be "in" on what they love. But I already know I'll be turning my eyes away a lot.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (345)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Well written, but hard to read"
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    Where does The Drowned Cities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance and story are both stellar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tool is the most interesting character, of course, because he is both foreign and relatable, being human AND animal.


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    I particularly like actors who attribute clear vocal distinctions to different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I confess, I haven't finished this yet, because it is VERY violent, and I go through phases where I have a hard time swallowing a lot of violence. but it's very well-written and performed so I'm saving it to pick up again. Worth the squeamishness, ha!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By E. L. Konigsburg
    • Narrated By Jill Clayburgh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along.

    Bonny says: "How to be different on the inside, where it counts"
    "Very cute"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to be better than the print version?

    Unsure


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strong relationship between its sibling main characters, and the narrative letters adding intrigue.


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

    No, but I think I know her as an actor.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction, it's not that kind of story. But it is fun and sweet.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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