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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4832)
    Performance
    (4342)
    Story
    (4373)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "4 Stars"
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    What did you love best about The Handmaid's Tale?

    Claire Danes brings the characters to life. I have read the book, but found it a bit tedious as the plot is not straightforward. I enjoyed it more and understood it better as an audible book. It is a strange and quirky plot almost misogynist, but somehow believable fiction.


    If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Atwood before, how does this one compare?

    Not applicable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the Moira scenes, especially her escape from the "Aunts"


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

    "Don't wast your money, listen to the Claire Danes version on Audible"


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this for people who like intelligent fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (715)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Not my cup of Tea"
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    I couldn't get past the narrator. I found myself tuning out and not able to care about the characters or pay attention to the plot. I have seen Author bashing reviews of this series. That is not right. Just move on people.....I cross reference books I am interested in with the site "Good Reads" for a comprehensive synopsis. Beware, people can and do utilize their free speech in their reviews on that site.
    I may buy the print version to see if I can relate that way. If not, I'm movin' on to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reboot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amy Tintera
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now 17 years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies says: "Heart-racing, action packed - I'm ready for more!"
    "Chick flick for the ears"
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    Definitely a YA novel. Light enjoyable listen. Don't think too hard about the concept of "re-booting". You will just hurt your head. Suspend your disbelief and go along for the ride. I will listen to the next one in the series. This is like "ear candy" lol. Don't expect vitamins or substance and you will be entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment: Frontlines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1257)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Starts out slow, but gets better!"
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    The beginning, boot camp chapters are really uneventful...They read like this:."I got up, brushed my teeth, ate breakfast, ran three miles, got yelled at, went to bed" Probably necessary for character and story development, but I was going to return the book because it was boring. But, once he gets out of training, it is a good story with interesting characters. Very imaginative and well written. Loved the aliens! Very clever. I will read the next one! I gave the story 3 stars because of the beginning chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vault of Dreamers: Vault of Dreamers Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Caragh M. O'Brien
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first-year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school.

    Rebecca says: "Good concept"
    "Interesting premise best suited for YA readers"
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    This is a story about a young girl, "Rosie" who attends a private boarding school for the arts. As a fun twist, the students are filmed and their time at the school is a popular 'reality' show. Apparently, there will be "winners" at the end of their tenure at school.

    The students are given sleeping pills at night to make sure that they get enough sleep to fuel their creativity. She decides not to take her pill and discovers some disturbing activities going on in the night. The rest of the book is about her journey to find out what is happening.

    I love this genre. This book has so much promise and the prose is beautifully written: BUT, it is told in first person, from Rosie's perspective. She supposedly came from an lower socioeconomic class, her parents home is a "boxcar". Her Mom and Dad are un-educated and hold dead end jobs. Her Step Dad hits her when he is frustrated. Rosie's vocabulary was way out of context with that background. She uses terms like "we worked together companionably' " Where did Boxcar Girl get that high dollar vocabulary? I don't buy it. Then when she addresses her Mom she slips into blue collar mode calling her "Ma".

    Her "art" is filmmaking at which she seems to have no talent whatsoever. Compared to the other students, I don't buy her getting into this program, especially as a scholarship student. Boxcar Girl should stand out from the other Forge students in vocab, dress, culture etc. But she seems to fit in fine. She says that this opportunity is her best chance for her future. She wants to stay with the program, but she can't stay in bed at night. If it is so creepy then leave. Or at least have the consideration to clue your friends in as they may be in danger.

    As the story progresses, she makes choices that put her in danger, eventually she does not have a lick of sense.

    The end was tied together sloppily. Are they going to kick her out or not? Why have the meeting with the Board of Trustees if the Dean wants her to stay. Is it a sham? Is it real? What about the voice in her head? What is up with that. Make us believe it, give us more details. I wanted something richer, something more.
    At last, I did get a hint of what I was looking for in the last few lines. If you are still listening at that point the "twist" at the very end was awesome. I wish the rest of the book was that gripping. Maybe I am to old for YA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10735)
    Performance
    (9857)
    Story
    (9895)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Very thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    Surpassed my expectations. First book I have read by this author . I have read a lot of fiction, a lot in this genre. You will know where the story is headed, but how he gets to the denouement is entirely unique. Characters are very unique. Surprises ahead! Not predictable or formulaic. In some ways reminds me of a Sam Spade Mystery because it is told in first person. It is not a mystery per se Yes I will read the sequel!
    I think the narrator was a little grating. He is obviously talented, just my ears...
    Thank you Mr. Sanderson!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1126)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "Chick-lit but a nice diversion from real life."
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    Entertaining. Very imaginative. Kudos to Mr. Yancy for creating a light read that had a surprising plot line. People who read a lot often know where a plot is headed...not so this time! In the Cassie Evan storyline I had to suspend a lot of disbelief. But this is fiction so that is ok. No monsters, no zombies. Thanks for that. I actually have listened to this twice and liked it better the second time around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16935)
    Performance
    (15670)
    Story
    (15672)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Possibly my favorite book"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow! Such a good book. My 12 year old and I loved this book. (In general not appropriate for 12 year olds due to language, but he is my third child and knows that if he uses those bad words There Will Be Consequences...except for "Ass-Hat", Ass-Hat is epic). I was the same age as the protagonist in the eighties, the references and memories were awesome. I found myself laughing out loud at times at the story and at myself. I loved the characters and found myself emotionally invested throughout the story. I cared about them, they were very well developed. This was a book that, given the outcome, you could read multiple times and revel in the new perspectives. I like sci fi and dystopian fiction. This was a lighter read a refreshing break from blood, zombies and vampires. If you are a gamer - young or old you will love this book. Very very well researched from Pac Man to Monty Python to the ubiquitous John Hughes films we watched. Kudos to you Mr. Cline, we are avid readers and we loved this one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    After discussion, we decided that "H" was our favorite. I wish I had a best friend like H. Loyal and quirky - the banter between the 2 was priceless. H stayed true to character throughout.


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

    Wil Wheaton is my son's favorite narrator. He brings the characters to life without annoying inflections like squeaking out the female dialog. I could listen to him all day. Smoooth like butter.


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

    So my son just made gargling sounds in his throat. That is what he would say it since it can't be properly spelled or pronounced. It would have to be a recorded tagline.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (378)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Michael Crichton = Boring. Is that possible ?"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or Frances Cassidy?

    I love Michael Crichton, have read his books and enjoyed his imagination very much! Highly recommend him. Frances Cassidy is not my taste.


    Has Airframe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Frances Cassidy’s performance?

    I find her voice grating and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Airframe?

    All of them just give me a box of rocks, (which would be more interesting than this book).


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Crichton fan. This is not even a story. I didn't even finish it because I don't care what happens in the end. No depth to the book at all. Very disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11321)
    Performance
    (10217)
    Story
    (10313)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Total Let Down"
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    What disappointed you about Allegiant?

    This book was very disappointing from the beginning. Too many ridiculous tangents that caused a lack of depth in the story-line. Very difficult to get into. There were some great ideas but they were not put together well at all. The plot skimmed the surface of so many details and side stories that it was impossible to process all of these shallow tangents. It was like an out of control train wreck that was headed towards a very disturbing conclusion. Characters were introduced but not developed. Areas were introduced but not developed. The relationship between the newly introduced characters and locations were not adequately developed. Too many loose ends. It was disjointed and confusing. It is difficult to be specific without ruining the story for those who have not read it. My 11 year old child had a better Book #3 in this Series. He called it "Convergent" and it brought the story to a conclusion. I loved Book #1 and #2 but this one did not measure up.


    Has Allegiant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No not at all, I love this genre.


    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin is amazing. Aaron Stanford was OK


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

    Emma Galvin is amazing. I did like the direction that this book was headed, it just veered off course horribly taking many plot victims with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Painted House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By David Lansbury
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    In a departure from the legal thriller genre, John Grisham's latest novel draws inspiration from his own rural childhood in Arkansas. Listen and enjoy this moving tale about a 7-year-old boy and the dose of reality that comes, one autumn during the harvest, to take away his innocence. Also available abridged.

    Janelle Carter says: "Bittersweet way of life of time past...."
    "A superlative tale delivered well."
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    Would you listen to A Painted House again? Why?

    I would listen to this multiple times. It is excellent fiction with rich characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke has to be the favorite. He is an old soul with the fresh eyes of a child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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