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Cassandra

24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.

Grapevine, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10646)
    Performance
    (9648)
    Story
    (9722)

    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"
    "Emma Galvin is Insurgent's Saving Grace"
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    Insurgent, the second novel in the Divergent series, has its flaws.

    I entered this novel hoping to gain a sense of progression and justice within the broken world that Roth has created--and yet, as I (slowly) crept towards the ending, I was left feeling dissatisfied. Relationships are drawn out. Characters feel static. The plot has little progression. (I think you get the idea.)

    All of that being said, whatever scraps of excitement, joy, and/or intensity this novel has; it is amplified to the fullest by the narrator. Galvin's performance is truly what saves this mediocre sequel.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (861)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Brilliance Edition--Brilliant Indeed."
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    Catching up on the classics is no easy task, but Ericksen's brilliant performance makes it a tad bit less daunting. Flowing easily from the persona of one character into the next, she flings even the most unwilling reader into mind of Jane Eyre and the world surrounding her.

    Note: The first half of the book will not likely leave the reader racing to the end, but I promise you, the party at the finish line is worth the slow and steady pace!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16478)
    Performance
    (14913)
    Story
    (15028)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Divergent: A Dystopian Delight"
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    Divergent launched me into the world of audio books with it's exciting, fast-paced narration, imaginatively likable characters and subtle humor. If you like themes of dystopian futures, action packed plots, and a hint of romance, this book will be right up your alley.

    While Divergent is similar to that of the Hunger Games (and The Giver, as well) in its overall themes, it doesn't ever feel like a copycat or knockoff. The characters have their own personalities, each that stick with you even when you aren't reading the book. I didn't ever want to stop listening, as Emma Galvin did a phenomenal job bringing a voice to the novel that I could never have done.

    I seriously enjoyed this book--and plan on following this series to its completion!

    Plot Synopsis:

    Remaining true to the dystopian theme; Chicago is no longer the thriving, windy city we have come to know and love. Instead, it is divided into five separate "factions," each with a completely different characteristic that defines them.

    Abnegation: The Selfless
    Amity: The Peaceful
    Candor: The Honest
    Dauntless: The Brave
    Erudite: The Intelligent

    Divergent takes flight as the leading character Beatrice (aka Tris) faces the prospect of initiation, in which she must choose whether to remain in her faction, Abnegation, or transfer to one of the other four factions.

    Abnegation has never felt truly like her home, as she feels that she cannot honestly consider herself a selfless person. Yet, if she leaves, she must leave her family behind for good and risk unhappiness in a new faction--or worse, be named factionless.

    Amid the process of initiation, she, among the other initiates, takes a placement test that is meant to help guide her to the faction that fits her personality best.The test is meant for one, and only one, result. When Tris is informed her results are inconclusive and she is therefore "Divergent," she finds herself in a dangerous situation. To be Divergent in this world is unspeakable and would result in her extermination. Tris realizes she must do whatever she can to keep people from knowing the truth about her.

    When she chooses a faction that is not Abnigation, she is thrust into an unknown world where her only objective is to survive. Little does she know how truly hard that will be...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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