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dayna

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  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (941)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Good enough story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a good, easy listen and has some entertaining parts. I didn't love it, but I don't feel like I wasted my time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author illustrated the mental and emotional struggle of R.


    Did Kevin Kenerly do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a decent job differentiating the characters, but he kind of whistles his 'S's and sometimes it gets pretty annoying. I'm not sure what makes someone who does that decide to narrate an audio book or who in their right mind hired him, but it was a little distracting and I had to stop listening a couple of times.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4416)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1789)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "I fell in love"
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    If you could sum up The Time Traveler's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Destiny. Sacrifice. Love.


    What other book might you compare The Time Traveler's Wife to and why?

    I have never experienced another book that could even come close to comparing to The Time Traveler's Wife. The plot is so original and the story is told so well that it makes you believe that there might actually be someone out there who time travels.


    Any additional comments?

    This book left me stunned on several occasions and I actually cried two different times at the end. I fell in love with Henry and Claire's love. This book really makes you cherish the moments you have with those you love and it offers a new perspective on what it truly means to love another person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1332)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "short, but very sweet"
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    Would you listen to Listening Is an Act of Love again? Why?

    I would listen again when I need that reminder of how good the simple moments in life can be.


    What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

    It wasn't as much the actual narrator as it was the people being interviewed. I loved hearing the stories from the people who actually lived them.


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

    I did listen to it all in one sitting. With it being abridged, it was only about an hour long and I listened to it over my lunch break one day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27699)
    Performance
    (21493)
    Story
    (21704)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "LOVE this series!"
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    Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was my least favorite of the series, but I still loved it! I could never have anticipated the twists!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30093)
    Performance
    (23200)
    Story
    (23373)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "The intensity continues!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    There are so many twists that come out of nowhere and just when you think you might have it figured out, it twists again! Downloading Mockingjay as I type!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35358)
    Performance
    (26401)
    Story
    (26778)

    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"
    "Didn't want to stop listening!!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first novel I have listened to and I loved it!! I read in a lot of the other reviews that the narrator was "too old" to voice Katniss, but I didn't get that at all. Of course she wasn't a 16 year old girl, but I think we can all be thankful for that. I could have listened to this all at once if I had the time!


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

    I don't want to spoil anything for someone who doesn't know the plot of the book, but let's just say I got a little choked up at the Reaping ceremony.


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

    I thought she portrayed Haymitch very well and I could always tell when someone different was "speaking"


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

    YES!! And I will probably listen to it again just to bide my time until I get my next credit to spend on the next in the series!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I couldn't get enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (747)

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "boring. uninformative. unoriginal."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be enjoyable for people who have never understood basic concepts such as getting up in the morning and exercising before work. The reader/author spoke so slowly that I couldn't even stand it for my entire drive to work this morning. I would be able to stick it out if I was gaining any new information whatsoever, but I wasn't. In the evening after work is a hectic time when you're tired and don't feel like doing anything?? No way!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably re-listen to Tina Fey's "Bossypants" because she taught me more about success than this book could even dream of. And she was joking most of the time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader had any inflection or excitement in her voice. I kept thinking it might get better and maybe there was some valuable information coming up, but I doubt if there was nothing worth hearing in the first 20 minutes, the rest of it would have disappointed as well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The joke about looking forward to a mason jar full of wine at the end of a long day gave me a chuckle.


    Any additional comments?

    Save a few dollars and look for a podcast on this topic or read a blog. Nothing worth paying for here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18440)
    Performance
    (14249)
    Story
    (14191)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I mean, it's Tina Fey. Of course it's good!"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina is telling her own story and conveys it perfectly! It's like having a friend in your car telling you a really interesting story.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    This was my first audio book, so I don't really have a comparison just yet. It's good, tho, trust me.


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

    She is reading it herself, so you get her voice, her inflection and you can't misunderstand anything that was intended to be sarcasm because you can hear it in her voice.


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

    If I could have listened to this all at once, I would have. As it is, I will definitely listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just as awesome as she is, so if you like her, you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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