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Shauna

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1848)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Can't stop listening...Can't wait for more!"
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    Would you listen to Daughter of Smoke and Bone again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it three times already. Taylor tells an incredible story that listeners will fall in love with. You can't help but listen to hear what happens to the characters. Plus, it's full of twists and turns.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and setting are exceptional.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Khristine Hvam?

    Sure. She was a great narrator.


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

    An impossible love, made possible by truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for the 2nd book!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1050)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Hunger Games Divergent Cross"
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    If you could sum up Legend in three words, what would they be?

    Know Thy Enemy


    What other book might you compare Legend to and why?

    I think it's a cross between Hunger Games and Divergent. It follows the same post apocalyptic theme as those novels do with a love story added in for readers. It might mirror Hunger Games more because the government is out for the underdog character Day. However, I do see the parallels to Divergent. Young teenagers, fighting for what they believe in, to survive in a world that pits each other against one another.


    What three words best describe Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan ’s performance?

    Both give good performances for their individual characters.


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

    Yes- the death of the family members in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book. I've recommended it to several students in my classroom who've enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1009)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Super Sequel"
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    Would you listen to Days of Blood & Starlight again? Why?

    YES!!! I spent every spare minute I had listening to it and I am jonesing to listen to it again to catch details I missed in the first listen. I loved the story and fantasy of the story. It was really one of those books that took me to a different world. I felt like I was right there with Karou through the whole book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Days of Blood & Starlight?

    It's hard to choose just one. I think that some of the best were the parallel desires of Karou and Akiva, even though they were rarely together. I don't want to give anything away for people whom haven't got to listen/read yet.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She does a wonderful job with each individual character. She has such a presence through the whole story. Wonderful work!!


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

    Yes I did. I went through many emotions throughout the whole book and I attribute that not only to the great writing of Taylor but also the narration of Hvam. I was able to feel each characters own feelings throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great read/listen and I recommended it to several of my students. They also loved it. It was a great sequel that strays from the typical sequel blues. It was full of surprises, twists and turns. I had to force myself to stop listening when I had things that I had to do but it was turned right back on as soon as I could. Many late nights were spent listening because I could not stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12243)
    Performance
    (11080)
    Story
    (11180)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Series of the Century!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it to several already!! It's a book that will keep you on the seat of your pants. Also- Who wouldn't cheer on Tris and Four as they try to uncover the mysteries that faction leaders are trying to hide from the people. It's jam packed full with action and great characters.


    What other book might you compare Insurgent to and why?

    The Hunger Games series. They are both dystopian novels where good is trying to overcome evil. Both have great story lines and great characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Tris and Four escaped from the traitor Dauntless and Euridite after they have found help with the Amnity.


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

    I was kept pretty much on the seat of my pants through the whole book, so it's hard to choose just one moment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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