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Nancy

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32486)
    Performance
    (23815)
    Story
    (24139)

    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"
    "You'll hunger for this book"
    Overall

    For being targeted at a YA audience, this book is surprisingly brutal, but in a good way. There is violence, murder, betrayal, and everything else inherent in a gladiatorial fight to the death. That said, "The Hunger Games" was absolutely riveting. Collins does not pull any punches in saving beloved characters from horror and pain, and she also occasionally pulls the rug out from under your feet. In true series preparation the ending ends on a cliffhanger, making me drool for book number two...

    I recomend it to anyone. I could not help pondering over this story long after I had finished it. I was surprised at the thought that entered my mind how far would I go to stay alive?Or, how far would I go to keep someone I loved alive?

    Absolutely brilliant!!!

    64 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • Ask the Passengers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By A. S. King
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions...like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

    Nancy says: "Ask yourself why you must read this book, NOW!!!"
    "Ask yourself why you must read this book, NOW!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Ask the Passengers?

    A.S. King has an amazing ability of creating characters of depth and complexity that we can understand and empathize with while placing them in heart rendering situations that are soul deep. She has done her finest work with ASK THE PASSENGERS by showcasing a teenaged girl named Astrid Jones, a girl that is trying cope with the fact that her family is totally dysfunctional, that she might be gay and why she has to keep sending love to all the passengers on the planes that fly overhead.


    What other book might you compare Ask the Passengers to and why?

    EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS because it is another well written novel by the same author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Astrid finally looses it.


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

    Yes, once I started I did not want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader for this novel did a fine job of conveying all the emotions that were conveyed in the book. She also sounded like a teen and not an older person trying too hard to sound like one. It was well done and I truly enjoyed this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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