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Marie

I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...

FORT SMITH, AR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Let Love Find You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    Lady Amanda Locke has struck out miserably in her two Seasons on the marriage mart. Beautiful, titled, and charming - even if she does talk a bit too much - Amanda doesn’t understand why love eludes her. Even her father, the Duke of Norford, is so perplexed he is prepared to take drastic measures to ensure his daughter’s happiness. Now, as Amanda begins her third Season, she gets a little help from Cupid, whose knowledge of basic animal attraction has guided him in arranging more than a few successful matches.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Good book to pass the time"
    "Not the best Lindsey but a good read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Let Love Find You to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devin Baldwin


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Well, I liked her accent but it was hard to understand her and it took a while to get used to her style.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tender hearted prude meets hot blooded horseman.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit slow to get going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (830)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "Is it over?"
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    If you could sum up Requiem in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, enlightening, and exciting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Requiem?

    When Hana and Lena reunite. The tension and differences between the two characters were electric.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Alex and Lena. It was such painful misery to see those two. A love triangle in the Dystopian age.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never give up on love!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series and I am sad to see them completed. I am happy to know that she wrote short stories about Anabelle and Hana they are available on e book only. I still have something to read. I read this series with hesitation, but I think that Oliver is an amazing author that transports you into the hearts of the characters. She leaves you with something to chew on with every chapter. This book has many connections to the things that are going on today and it is frightening to think about in this context. Oliver, I can't wait to see your next novel. Thanks for creating such believable and memorable characters. The performance by Sara Drew was amazing as well. She really gets into each character and it is so believable. You could tell that she enjoys what she does it really shows in tis performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By M.T. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting?

    Tom says: "Loved it, plain and simple"
    "Not your average Teen Dystopia!"
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    If you could sum up Feed in three words, what would they be?

    THINK! THINK! THINK!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Violet because she is a tragic hero.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    The end, when Titus sees the light, but them goes back to the Feed.

    also... "Chip in my head better of dead..."


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a eerie feel to it like it was writing our future if we don't stop our obsession with technology. I read this with my high school students and it made them ponder how they were living their lives. I hope it had an impact on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (918)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Taking the mystery out of columbine. Well done."
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    Where does Columbine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What other book might you compare Columbine to and why?

    Hate list because it deals with teen violence. Also the movie/ book bowling for Columbine.


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

    Good listen.


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

    It made me cry. It opened my eyes to what really happened and all the things that happened after. It is extremely relevant for any parent, teacher, and American.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this book is non fiction it reads like a well crafted story. If you like non fiction or fiction you will be happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1711)

    "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"
    "A very well written Dystopia that stands above!"
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    Where does Delirium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 in audio performance Sara Drew captures the spirit of Lena.


    What other book might you compare Delirium to and why?

    1984, Hunger Games Series, Feed


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

    Her voice is the voice of teen angst.


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

    Laugh and cry?


    Any additional comments?

    This book will keep you on the edge and leave you wanting more immediately!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Raised as a pirate's daughter, Amanda Carre has not been tutored in the finer social graces. Alone in the world, she has never depended on anyone, until fate intervenes when Cliff de Warenne rescues her from a mob at her father's hanging. Now she must set sail for England to find the mother she never knew, and her chaperone is an infamous ladies' man.

    A says: "A nice light romance"
    "A true pirate romance!"
    Overall
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    Where does A Lady at Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Cliff. He was so manly and believable. He was intense without being a stereotypical male romance type.


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

    No, but I loved his voice. It was nice to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Adventure, romance, and love with a pirate twist.


    Any additional comments?

    Joyce got me again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (972)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Wow- The audio book transports me back..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very well produced. Good quality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily and August. Lily because she tranforms her life in one summer and becomes a strong woman. August because she is like a Queen bee who takes care of every one.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Great! She embodies Lily. Her accent and tone are spot on with what I heard in my head when I read the book the first time. I played it for my 11th grade class and they said the same thing.


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

    Cry... I won't tell why.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read for a tranformation story set in the time of extreme racism. The book will make you want to eat honey so have some on hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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