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Kelley

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1622)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "Kinda Good"
    Overall

    Well, I love the ideas in this story, but sometimes I think the author just doesn't trust young readers to come to reasonable conclusions, so he has to spell it out. And I mean really spell it out. The ideas were good enough for me to get past the narrative when it got really bad. Unfortunately for me, I like the ideas enough to probably read the second book as well. But maybe I will get it from the library instead of buying it this time around.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Well written and eye opening."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the performance was well done, and the story well written. Jenna's experience is very eye opening and scary. What adult in their right mind asks a 7-year-old to sign a billion year contract? I was aware of some of the practices of this organization, but her ordeal goes into great detail as to how the organization works, however, I did not find the detail to be presented in a tedious manner.

    I am on my second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1515)

    "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"
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Despite the good reviews, I was still skeptical because the idea of love being a disease sounded kinda stupid, but this was a superb book and the narrator, which I thought would be annoying, was excellent. She did voices that embodied the characters very well.

    I really enjoyed this book and it was not as childish as I had expected. I definitely would recommend this to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (268)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Good book, decent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is really well done. The only thing about it that I did not enjoy was some of the graphic violence, but the nice thing about the audio is that it takes seconds to skip it.

    Some folks have complained about the narration. The author is no Jim Dale (Harry Potter) narrator, but he is pretty good, and believe me I have heard way worse. It only took me a chapter to get drawn into the story and then I did not notice his narrator voice anymore. The sample listen give a good sample of the authors voice and style, so unless you are super picky and just can't stand anything but perfection from your narrator, it is a good pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1130)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "A good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isn't the Hunger Games. There isn't a lot of crazy death-defying action, but I think it is a very interesting read on a possible society (in that regard, like the Hunger Games). It isn't officially stated, but it is a commentary on communism (at least in my mind) that kinda worked well, only you see a lot of the flaws in its principals of why everyone isn't happy getting exactly the same everything and having their life controlled to nth degree. I found it very well thought out and interesting. I enjoyed the narrator, the story and the writing style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15120)
    Performance
    (13690)
    Story
    (13786)

    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."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    I have already listened to it several times. The narrator is excellent and the story is excellent. Sometimes stories are so good that I can ignore a bad narrator, but I usually don't listen again. This book had it all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For young adult, fantasy, scifi fans this book had it all. A little romance, that wasn't over powering, a great story where the female lead wasn't some whining woos, but a believable flawed/fantastic person, excellent writing/imagery, and a good narrator. If you liked Hunger Games, you will like this book.

    I cannot wait for the next installment.


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

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diary of Cozette

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda McIntyre
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    "While I am indeed of lowly rank, I am also a young woman who allowed herself to sample life's greatest pleasures in the hands of these titled men. My tales overflow in this journal, penning my journey to becoming a woman of power of the most base, yet stimulating, breed."

    Holly says: "Amazing!"
    "Well Written and Fantastic Narrator"
    Overall

    I am not one to leave reviews, but I was extremely pleased with this purchase. The narrator was wonderful, and I found the story fun, with plenty of relatively believable sex, unlike a lot of other Romance novels. The story itself was believable, which is saying something for historical Romance novels these days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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