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Caitlin

Grad student that likes to escape the doldrums of academics with a good audiobook.

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (293)

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    Michael says: "Gregory and John Together Again"
    "Terrible"
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    Would you try another book from Gregory Maguire and/or John McDonough?

    I think I'm done with Gregory Maguire books and this narrator sucks.


    Has A Lion Among Men turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like fantasy books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, the guy sounds so theatrical I had a hard time listening to it for longer than 15 minutes at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How I Came to Sparkle Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kaya McLaren
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Jill Anthony spent her youth in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado, but more than a decade has passed since she left. Then a devastating tragedy, coupled with the worst kind of betrayal, makes her want to run away, but the only place she knows to go is home: Sparkle. Lisa Carlucci looks in the mirror one morning and realizes that she no longer wants to treat her body like a Holiday Inn. She’s going to hold out for love. The only problem is, love might come in the form of her ski-bum best friend, who lives next door with his ski-bum friends in a trailer known as "The Kennel".

    Caitlin says: "A heartfelt and amazing story!"
    "A heartfelt and amazing story!"
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    Where does How I Came to Sparkle Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books ever! I have listened to it three times over!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main character of Jill, I find that she is so similar to me in many ways.


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

    The narration is well done and the tones are correct for the different statements the characters are making.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Divinity of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kaya McLaren
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In On the Divinity of Second Chances, Kaya McLaren portrays a family on the brink of dissolution - a mother besieged by middle age, a distant father lost in daily life, and their three teenage children struggling in various ways with the family's disintegration even as they conceal a secret that could send their parents further over the edge. With the help of a group of tap-dancing old ladies, a sensual tango teacher, and a lot of luck, this family is about to learn that everyone gets a second chance.

    Caitlin says: "Great book full of wonderful insights!"
    "Great book full of wonderful insights!"
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Divinity of Second Chances the most enjoyable?

    The different voices for different characters was amazing! Plus Kaya's way of presenting different character flaws and strengths makes the whole book such a great reading experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jade, I feel like she is the me that gets bottled up and put aside in my life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes on the South Dakota farm.


    If you could take any character from On the Divinity of Second Chances out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Olive, she reminds me most of me.


    Any additional comments?

    Kaya is a great author and I can't wait to read (or listen) the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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