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Melanie

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Cass Lake, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. J. Virgin
    • Narrated By J. J. Virgin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods - like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt - are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat! In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the 10 foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these 10 diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results.

    Melanie says: "Content made this worth it for me"
    "Content made this worth it for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After hearing this book, I bought the print copy as a reference manual. I've been following this diet for 2weeks and have seen incredible changes in my health. I wouldn't have had the time to read the book in print and probably wouldn't have finished it because it's somewhat repetitive. I don't really like the author's inflection when she's trying to make a point (sounds fakey), but I love the content of the book!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2014)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "A new favorite author and narrator!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Besides the witty banter, the emotional interplay between individuals, the biting humor, and the fantastic mystery woven by Robert McCammon, the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, brings to life a whole cast of lively characters in the most believable way. One finds oneself plunked right down in early America of the late 17th century, authentically slogging through the grime and filth and alternatively enjoying the benefits of a gentleperson’s life. It’s impossible to choose a favorite characterization, as Ballerini so adroitly expresses personalities, but as much as I felt incessantly irritated by over-the-top preacher Exodus Jerusalem, I couldn’t help but enjoy the portrayal of him. Likewise, though Bidwell was a vociferous bully, his conversations with protagonist Matthew Corbett often elicited a chuckle. I cannot reveal here without ruining the story the most touching moment for me between Matthew and his mentor, magistrate Isaac Woodward, but it brought me to tears. Never since reading Aztec by Gary Jennings have I experienced an author so skillfully weave the graciousness with the savageness of human nature. McCammon is a new favorite, and I was thrilled to be brought to an ending that hinted at a continued story. I will also be listening to everything Ballerini has ever or will ever narrate. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2243)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    J.K Rowling's prose is wonderful. She has the gifts of creating the clever turn of phrase and weaving a complex, multi-layered story. This book is a far cry from the Harry Potter series, though. My teenage daughter wanted to read it, but I've asked her to wait a few years.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    My favorite character had to be Krystal Wheedon, a troubled girl caught up in a cycle of poverty, sex, and drugs who, nevertheless, has the reader rooting for her. Rowling can see through the eyes of teens so brilliantly, and the teens in this book are no exception.


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

    A film of this book would be way to depressing and would never sell in America, but it would probably be critically acclaimed in Europe for its unflinchingly honest look at the seedy side of life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story for its grit and emotion, but I was left feeling, despite the surprising ending, that it was tied up a bit too neatly. Specifically, the parallel actions of the teenagers involved in the plot was a bit too coincidental. Overall, however, a good novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (807)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    A. C. Ballard says: "Engaging and entertaining"
    "Love the concept, but the ending fell flat."
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    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    No, but I like the idea of the story enough that I will probably read the sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I can already hear the objectors screaming at the idea of a young girl who starts out independent and strong falling prey to a system that objectifies women, but Kiera Cass does an excellent job of taking us into the process and seeing how easy it is for girls to get caught up in the idea of being a princess, wearing lovely clothes, being chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (4598)
    Story
    (4591)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "I love this series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. The reader, Jennifer Ikeda, is one of my favorites, an expert at accents. Bad accents is a pet peeve of mine, but she does at least five perfectly, probably more. The story itself is expertly weaved, but I would definitely tell you to read the first book before this one so you can get all the nuances.


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

    Time travel is possible. YOu'll believe it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (949)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Nothing like I expected"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandemonium?

    The surprise ending is the best (and most frustrating) moment of the book!


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

    "What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same." - Salman Rushdie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4746)
    Performance
    (2578)
    Story
    (2610)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A story like a woven tapestry"
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    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Fairy tale mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was beautifully written, a tapestry of lives woven together over a century. It was full of pain and discovery. The story unravels itself slowly, becoming more and less complicated in turns and coming to a shocking end.


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

    I've never listened to this reader before, but she has talent, a voice made soft or gruff as required. She made me envision an old man and a little girl and everything in between.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Forgotten Garden and why?

    There's no question that Eliza was the most memorable character. She was strong yet vulnerable, alive yet always unfulfilled. Like Nell she never reaches her goal, but in the end it doesn't matter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Katcher
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage? She’s actually a boy.

    Melanie says: "Takes teen angst to a new level"
    "Takes teen angst to a new level"
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    What did you love best about Almost Perfect?

    The character of Sage was so lovable I dreaded the inevitable moment of revelation. For the first time I understood how transgendered people might feel, and I learned something from living through Logan's doubt and rollercoaster emotions about my own prejudices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sage was my favorite even though we experienced everything through Logan's eyes. Vulnerable yet strong and always lovable. could she be realistic? I don't know.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Logan was the best performance. I think every girl wants a boyfriend like Logan.


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

    I think it was when he was driving her to the hospital and realized he was overcome with emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8665)
    Performance
    (6234)
    Story
    (6269)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Desperate for the sequel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I highly recommend the audiobook, because the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, has an amazing grasp of accents and beautifully reads in at least seven, making the characters come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harkness evokes a fascinating world where these three species live alongside humans. It's a love story, an adventure, and an historical novel. When this book ended I felt an empty space and a desperation for the story to continue.


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

    The accents and voices she used for the characters were never forced and somehow she made each and every character distinct.


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

    Think you know all there is to know about witches and vampires? Think again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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