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Patricia

Sterling, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (35880)
    Performance
    (26884)
    Story
    (27268)

    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"
    "Captivating story"
    Overall

    I suppose I didn't expect a young adult series to deal with the realities of war and oppression in such a realistic way. I totally bought into the story and identified with the main characters and eagerly moved on to the rest of the series. Narrator did a wonderful job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far North: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marcel Theroux
    • Narrated By Yelena Schmulenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    My father had an expression for a thing that turned out bad. He'd say it had gone west. But going west always sounded pretty good to me. After all, westwards is the path of the sun. And through as much history as I know of, people have moved west to settle and find freedom. But our world had gone north, truly gone north, and just how far north I was beginning to learn.

    Joan says: "Spellbinding!"
    "Far North left me in the cold"
    Overall

    I did not find this as spellbinding as others. I thought the narrator was wonderful, but I didn't really find the story that interesting. As a matter of fact I am sick and tired of authors using the stereotypical "religious people are the most brutal, cruel and dishonest." Not sure I could recommend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3593)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1545)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall

    I did enjoy this story but was very surprised at how different it was from the recent movie which is what prompted me to read the book. The book has a completely different storyline and outcome and actually is more thought provoking than the movie was. It wasn't quite the thriller I was looking for but a interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1838)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "One of my all time favorite books"
    Overall

    McMurtry does what great authors do best. Create characters you love, embrace and carry with you forever. Such a very simple story made rich by the people who populate this world. There are no twists and turns or trick plotlines, just real people Loyalty, love, and harsh realities of the frontier. This story leaves you sad, but so happy you knew these folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6740)
    Performance
    (3146)
    Story
    (3202)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Great finale!"
    Overall

    This book moved me to tears several times. I've read comlaints about Breaking Dawn but I found it to be a great resolution to the series. Some surprises, some heartbreaks and happy endings. Totally hooked on Stephenie Meyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5989)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2440)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall

    The Cullens are back, all kinds of interesting things are taking place. But now I'm annoyed with the main character through most of the book. Great read, great fun. Amazing narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6018)
    Performance
    (2410)
    Story
    (2465)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Let's get through this so we can get to good stuff"
    Overall

    Like many people, not my favorite book in the series but not because Meyer didn't write a great story. It's just missing the dynamics of Twilight because one of the main characters is missing for a majority of the book. It shows you what great characters she builds when you are missing the Cullens through the majority of the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (456)

    Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Surprisingly involving and touching"
    "Let me start by saying I'm a Meyer fan"
    Overall

    I loved this backstory to Meyer's Twilight series, Eclipse. The problem with Meyer is that she create characters that you love and you want to know more about. This is probably not good as a standalone read, but read with Twilight, it's a must.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28296)
    Performance
    (22035)
    Story
    (22253)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Loved this ending, realism"
    Overall

    While I wanted more, more flushing out the characters, backstories, the resolution, the ending is realistic and jarring. How do people rebuild their lives after so much loss? Great story. Who do you believe? Who do you trust? The government? The media? Your friends? Maybe not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30562)
    Performance
    (23623)
    Story
    (23807)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Oh no!"
    Overall

    Not again. You just have to hate the cruelty that humans are capable of sometime. Another great story by Collins. I can see why my nephews love this intrigue. Ah yes, District 13. Read on.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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