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Katrina

Santa Monica, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (34231)
    Performance
    (25386)
    Story
    (25731)

    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"
    "Very engaging"
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Easy to follow


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very entertaining. It is well written though it is fairly obviously written for a younger audience. I don't think that is a negative quality though, because you don't have to be fully engaged to follow along; you can half-listen or be distracted and you won't need to go back and relisten. You get very absorbed in the story, and you won't want to stop listening. I was sad when I finished the trilogy, much more quickly than I would have anticipated. The narrator wasn't as bad as many other reviewers said she was, only the voices for very young children were annoying to me.

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  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Not too long from now, when exiles from a blistering Earth huddle miserably in Martian colonies, the only things that make life bearable are the drugs. In this wildly disorienting fun house of a novel, populated by God-like - or perhaps satanic - take-over artists and corporate psychics, Philip K. Dick explores mysteries that were once the property of St. Paul and Aquinas. His wit, compassion, and knife-edged irony make this novel moving as well as genuinely visionary.

    Darwin8u says: "All PKD's entheogens are belong to us!"
    "Very interesting"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch to be better than the print version?

    I think it would be a better read, the story is quite complicated and has many convoluted subplots, it can be hard to keep track of what's going on at times. I definately had to go back and relisten a few times if I wasn't fully engaged.


    What other book might you compare The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch to and why?

    Vurt; it's very heavily focused on the use of a psychedelic drug that creates a kind of alternate reality/parallel universe, which is why it can be hard to follow. But it was very interesting,


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He did an amazing job creating distinction between the many characters' voices. Very good narrator.


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

    It was entertaining, though I'm not sure I had any laugh out loud moments


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this book, and if you like pkd's unique style, you'll love it. It causes you to constantly second guess what you think you already know. Because it is so intensely cerebral, it does take a significant amount of conscious attention to both pick up on the story line and maintain an understanding of the plot.

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