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A. Christiano

adchristiano

Seneca Falls, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (589)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "Shallow characters, bad Cajun accent as dialog"
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    What would have made Poison Princess better?

    Weird concept that never really gets explained...teenagers as tarot cards that must fight to the death?


    What could Kresley Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have written it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Cajun accent was just...awful.


    What character would you cut from Poison Princess?

    All of them except Matthew. All of the characters are spiteful, bratty teenagers.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't do it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (508)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Adorbs!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Honor's Splendour the most enjoyable?

    Anne Flosnik always does a fantastic job! The dialog in this novel was especially entertaining.


    Would you recommend Honor's Splendour to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure - if they're desperate for a bit of fluff.


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

    She really brings Madelyn in all her clumsy, hot-headed, contradictory glory to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (403)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Creepy Concept!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lev was my favorite character. He changes the most from beginning to end. From Tithe to Terrible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Unwinding scene was my favorite - really well done, and well read. We've been hearing about Unwinding for hours, but at this point you get a first person account of what it's like to actually be "unwound."


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

    You'll Rest in Pieces.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speechless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Hannah Harrington
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret.... Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast - and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence - to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse. But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way - people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done.

    A. Christiano says: "A Great YA "Issues" Novel"
    "A Great YA "Issues" Novel"
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    What did you love best about Speechless?

    It's a great concept - the biggest gossip in school taking a vow of silence. Full of Chelsea's snarky internal dialog, which comes across perfectly in the audio-book version.


    What other book might you compare Speechless to and why?

    A little bit like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. But much more lighthearted.


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

    Again - the snarky inner dialog of the main character, Chelsea, was almost written to be read into your ears. Emily Bauer did a great job bringing the sarcasm, compassion, and insecurities of Chelsea to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (263)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "French ghost zombies? Yes please!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vincent - he's so romantic ;)


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

    She did a great job with the accents! Brought the characters to life for me, and even made me laugh out loud.


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

    It's not really that kind of book...despite being about death and war, it's pretty fluffy and lighthearted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rachel Hawkins
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    On her 12th birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.

    Tabitha says: "Great Start!"
    "Great fun!"
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    Would you listen to Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Maybe - it's not a super complicated book, but it was a lot of fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting - a boarding school for naughty supernaturals.


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

    If I ever read the book, I would still hear Dukehart's voice in my head as Sophie.


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

    I may have snickered silently to myself a few times - a bit too fluffy for anything more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Exile: Book One of the Valisar Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fiona McIntosh
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    From out of the East they came, riding like a merciless plague - destroying kingdom after kingdom and the sovereigns who had previously mocked the warlord Loethar and his barbarian horde. Now only one land remains unconquered... the largest, richest, and most powerful realm of the Denova Set: Penraven. > The Valisar royals of Penraven face certain death, for the savage tyrant Loethar covets what they alone possess: the fabled Valisar Enchantment....

    A. Christiano says: "Poorly Written Female Characters"
    "Poorly Written Female Characters"
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    What disappointed you about Royal Exile?

    All of the female characters were either conniving or weak, completely unlikable or completely pointless.


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

    I liked the talking raven story line, and the book had a nice build in terms of the plot.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "A Beautiful Story!"
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    A great, feel-good story about a young woman with a mental handicap, and her struggles in and out of a "school" for the disabled. A bit of history about the 70's and 80's institutions for the disabled, a bit of a coming of age story, and a lot about love in all it's forms.

    I teared up. A lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (290)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Too Violent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Ties Book One the most enjoyable?

    I liked the main character. Very quirky. She wants to think with her head, but she's really ruled by her heart.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was way too graphic for my taste. Did it need so many rape scenes?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1025)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Interesting Story, Flat Main Character"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they're in to dystopians yes. I think The Society and all the backstory was great.


    What other book might you compare Matched to and why?

    The Giver or Divergent. Similar kinds of societies, where everything, down to what you wear and dream, is controlled or monitored.


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

    I enjoyed it, but am not in a rush to find out what happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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