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  • Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R. A. Dickey, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Ben Hunter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    >The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport - and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.

    Anthony says: "Marred (for me) by unfortunate performance issues"
    "Okay, half baseball struggle, half family struggle"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Half of the book deals with Dickey's struggle as a professional baseball player, including becoming a knuckleball pitcher. That half was very interesting, even for a non-baseball fanatic. The other half deals with his personal struggles and family issues, which are not directly related to the baseball story. I feel like he combined two separate stories into one, when it would have been better to just write the two stories as separate books.


    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
    (15178)
    Performance
    (13741)
    Story
    (13837)

    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."
    "Great book, but personally a little too "Young""
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    What would have made Divergent better?

    I am an adult reading this YA genre novel, but my rating is based on my personal opinion. I think if I were in high school, I would have enjoyed the book more. My tastes have just grown too much as an adult and kept wanting more depth in the story.


    What could Veronica Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Again, as a YA book it was good, but had it been an adult novel instead, I would have enjoyed it more.


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

    I have not listened to her other performances, but this one was very good. No complaints.


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

    I did not enjoy the Hunger Games series either, however, I did enjoy this novel more. The story was more in-depth, the world more carefully crafted and described, and the dystopic themes a little more easily to relate to. I would recommend this book to any young reader and all readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games.


    Any additional comments?

    From a plotline, this book seems to be a ripoff of The Hunger Games, but it is not. Totally different story, different themes, different writing style. Nothing reminiscent of The Hunger Games as I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8885)
    Performance
    (8141)
    Story
    (8191)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Typical Young Adult romance novel"
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    What did you like best about The Fault in Our Stars? What did you like least?

    This was a really good, quick Young Adult romance novel. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is for you. The plot is pretty straight-forward, but engaging. Some plot points I didn't agree with, but after discussing this novel with some friends in an informal book club setting, they changed my mind; overall I enjoyed it. Some parts of it are beautifully written. I definitely see John Green exploring his writing style and starting to move away from the YA genre. I previously read his book Looking For Alaska, and really enjoyed that, as it was reminiscent of the classic novel A Separate Peace.


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

    I love Kate Rudd's normal voice. Her male voices lean towards the sub-par level, but her normal voice more than makes up for it. I haven't listened to her other audiobooks yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (586)

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    "Not Paolo's best work"
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    Would you try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Joshua Swanson?

    I previously read The Windup Girl, and really enjoyed it. He really created a vivid world, realistic characters, and an engaging plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was slightly sub-par. But I was able to listen to the entire audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    The Young Adult fiction genre has changed over the past 15 years or so. Modern YA is currently being enjoyed by many adults. But this novel, is truly written at a much younger level: it's audience is a younger reader, and it written as such. I felt stupid reading it. Like I was reading a Dr Seuss book. It was so much different than Paolo's other novel, The Windup Girl, which was written at the adult level.
    Now, sometimes I enjoy reading a simple book, but I guess my expectations were so high after reading Windup Girl. If you enjoyed Windup Girl, be aware, this book is written with much simpler plots and themes. Nothing as complex as Windup Girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10815)
    Performance
    (6841)
    Story
    (6873)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Perfection. Sets the bar for a story and audiobook"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print edition, only listened to the audiobook. This was a great story to listen to. The narrator did a superb job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was impeccable. If I were the editor for this novel, I wouldn't make any recommendations to the author. So the fact that this is a non-fiction novel makes it even that much better.
    Most people are familiar with WWII in Europe, with so many shows, movies, and books about it around. But most people only know about Pearl Harbor and the H-Bomb in the Pacific theater. This story is about everything in-between those two events in the Pacific.
    A powerful story about a man's unbreakable will to live.


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

    There are a few phases of the story, and it can be listened to in a few sittings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1189)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "Okay, worth listening"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    Rebecca did a fantastic job narrating the main female character, but did a very poor job of narrating the main male character. He felt so flat and drab, even though he was the main love interest. Her narration of the other minor characters varied as well, some were very good, and others not so good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (456)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Overall good"
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    What did you like best about I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had? What did you like least?

    Overall it was a good listen. I had no idea Tony Danza became a teacher, and the mention of him working at a TFA school intrigued me to get this book. His stories are heartfelt throughout. It is autobiographical, but it could have used a little more help from the editor in dramatizing some scenes.
    I would recommend this book to anyone in the teaching profession, someone who thought about changing their profession, or anyone who enjoyed Who's The Boss.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2475)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Interesting and entertaining, wish it was longer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to most people. Rob's narration was very entertaining. His life stories are very interesting too, but the book seemed too short. Sometimes he leaves out details of an anecdote, as if his editor told him he was limited to a certain number of pages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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