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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11882)
    Performance
    (10892)
    Story
    (10953)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Brilliantly Written, Flawlessly Performed"
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    It's tough to know what to say that hasn't already been said. Everyone who reads/listens to this book loves it and once you have you'll know why. It is smart, funny, heartbreaking and beautiful. Kate Rudd is an absolutely amazing narrator. Her acting was superb and her comic timing was spot on. I will definitely be looking for more of her work in the future.

    Thank you John Green for writing this wonderful book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fragments: Partials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (320)

    Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence - it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Time for Hard Choices and Growing Up"
    "Keeps Gettin' Better!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fragments to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, so I really couldn't say. I absolutely loved and the audio edition though!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fragments?

    Sigh... I have been trying to think of what to write without including a spoiler and I can't. So I'll just say this...Fragments is awesome and if you enjoyed Partials (book 1) you'll love this one even more. Superior Series!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the character Afa and really enjoyed the scenes he was in.


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

    I laughed and cried many times while listening to this book. I enjoyed the first book in the series and this book is even better! I cared so much and was invested in several of the characters in this book (and series). I was very moved by their story and the choices they made.


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting with baited breath for Book 3! March 2014 can't come soon enough...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (476)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "You Don't Wanna Miss This One!!"
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    If you could sum up Partials in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Entertaining, A-Must-Listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Keira was great! She is strong, smart, kind and brave. I loved going on this journey with her...


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    She is an excellent narrator and really does a great job with both male and female charaters. Her storytelling is seemless. I really couldn't pick just one.


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

    A lot of the book is about the main character Keira and her friends searching (at all costs) for a cure for RM, a deadly disease that is killing every baby born for the past 11 years. The writing was amazing and I was quickly invested in the characters and their story. I listen to audiobooks a lot because I love to read and I am too busy to sit down and read an actual book as often as I would like. There were several times while I was listening to this and was so taken with the story that I literally had to stop what I was doing and just sit down and listen. Very well written and performed. It was a truly enjoyable start to finish...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook so much I couldn't wait to listen to the next one in the series...and I didn't. Downloaded Fragments right away!! :)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (577)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Just Ok...Not Great"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was excited to listen to this audiobook because it was compared to one of my favorite books, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Overall, I was dissappointed in the book and honestly wished I would have chosen something else.


    What was most disappointing about A. S. A. Harrison’s story?

    *Spoiler Alert*

    The story just wasn't that interesting or engaging in my opinion. A husband cheats on his wife with a younger woman. He leaves his wife for her and wants to keep all of his money and assets. Then his betrayed wife wants to kill him. Wow...Never heard that before...
    There were also some holes in the story that bothered me... For example, one of Jodi's good friends tells her that she will help arrange to have her husband killed, but just ends up stealing money from her and never speaks to Jodi again?? There has to be more to the story there right?? Not in this book apparently.


    Which character – as performed by Karen White and Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    Even though I didn't love the book, I thought the narrators performances were solid. I loved the vulnerablity Karen White showed in her charater. It was great. Donald Corren was also very good. I hated this character in the book, but Donald Corren helped me enjoy depising him.


    Was The Silent Wife worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't mind having those 8 hours back for a more interesting story...


    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • In the After

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Demitria Lunetta
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. Then, after years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream, with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she'll lose Baby - and much more.

    Amanda says: "Not Bad! Strange and Unique....refreshing!"
    "Look out! They are everywhere..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for a fun, easy read (listen) and enjoy post apocalyptic type stories then "In the After" is a great choice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As a stand alone book, I found the ending disappointing. I wanted more. I'm hoping that this book planned to be or turns into a series. I would love to know what is in store for Amy next. It didn't feel complete to me...


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    I actually purchased this audiobook because Julia Whelan was the narrator. I have listened to other audiobooks that she has performed and she is an amazing storyteller. I wanted to listen to more of her work and that is how I found this book. If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to Julia Whelan you should. She is awesome!!


    Did In the After inspire you to do anything?

    Stock up on candy bars, canned ravioli and instant coffee! You never know;)


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Its a fun, easy read (listen) and an interesting story. I think it is an excellent debut novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18475)
    Performance
    (16492)
    Story
    (16546)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Delectably Dark"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Great Story, Performances, and Suspense


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were many twists and turns throughout the story. Loved it!


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I loved Amy. She was a very intriguing character


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

    Hmmm. I am not sure what I can share without giving anything away... The book kept me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoyed how dark and twisted the story got as it moved along...


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this audiobook. The narration and story are great!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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