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Firearms instructor with a passion for great listens.

WASHOUGAL, WA, United States | Listener Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "The Perfect Sequal"
    Would you listen to Pandemonium again? Why?

    I like to wait a few years between listens, but I am sure I will be listening to this book again eventually. Great performance by Sarah Drew (as always) paired with an action packed story line and beautiful writing method by Lauren Oliver make

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandemonium?

    The ending was probably the most memorable moment. Just as she did with Delerium, Lauren Oliver finished strong and poetic.

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

    There was a line in the book, when Lauren Oliver referred to Raven as being pieces scattered everywhere, and one of those pieces being a skeleton ship. This was one of the most beautiful moments in the book.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually a little disappointed in sequals. However, this one did not let me down. I found Pandemonium to be even more engaging and entertaining then Delerium. This is saying alot considering Delerium is one of my all time favorite books.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "My favorite listen this year"

    The ending of the book literally gave me chills. This is one that has stuck with me and I consider to be one of my favorite listens this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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."

    This story is one of my favorites. I could not stop listening.Veronica Roth has created a captivating adventure laced with convincingly realistic characters. Beatrice, the character who's viewpoint this story is written from, is what I would consider the perfect portrayal of all the conflicting angles clashing and welding inside a young woman. The mental and physical frustrations Beatrice faces are nothing short of real.
    The only downfall I could find to this story is that many of the gun references were actually inaccurate. As a firearms instructor and competitor who puts about 4,000 rounds down range per year, it was a mild irritation. However, I did not let it get in the way of my enjoyment of "Divergent". Emma Galvin narrates this book beautifully.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"

    Although the concept of this story is intriguing; it lacks the depth necessary to convince the audience that Hannah Baker was emotionally distraught enough to commit suicide. There were a lot of circumstances described that one would believe could play a role in leading up her travesty, but nothing very concrete. No emotional collapsing point. It all felt very hum drum and left me waiting for more.

    Hannah Baker's attitude towards taking her own life was not very realistic. The entire story revolves around her blaming others for her choice, and rubbing in their face that they drove her to this end. I found the entire thing irritating.

    The narration was great, however.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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