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Caron

La Habra Heights, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8790)
    Performance
    (8052)
    Story
    (8103)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Need to feel depressed?"
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    I like to pick books based on their ratings sometimes, ignoring the subject matter, and have discovered some great books this way. This one was depressing, made me cry, and left me feeling miserable. There is a little snarky dialogue that is fun, but the characters and story don't feel real, if you can dig yourself out of the emotional hole and examine them. I didn't hate the story enough to return it - but I expected something better from the stars it received.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11161)
    Performance
    (8871)
    Story
    (8978)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "My New Favorite Book"
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    I've been waiting a long time for a new book to love. Just one problem... the third book in the series isn't out yet. Come on Patrick - write faster!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3937)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2848)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Teen Book"
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    Some books cross the boundaries of age (e.g. Harry Potter, even Hunger Games and maybe Twilight), and some do not. If I were reviewing this book for a teenage audience, I'd give it higher marks, unfortunately I was looking for something with a little more depth.
    This first book was read by a young woman (girl) who was not up for the task. Her mispronunciations drove me crazy! Later books in the series are better performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1695)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "Teen Book"
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    Story

    Some books cross the boundaries of age (e.g. Harry Potter, even Hunger Games and maybe Twilight), and some do not. If I were reviewing this book for a teenage audience, I'd give it higher marks, unfortunately I was looking for something with a little more depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5893)
    Performance
    (2089)
    Story
    (2108)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "One Of My All Time Favorites!"
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    I've recommended this book to countless people. Whether the description sounds like the type of book you'd read or not, the story is woven so well, and describes a family saga so richly that you can't skip this book just because you aren't interested in reading about gender issues. This is a fabulous story - you'd believe every word is true and told to you first hand by a remarkable individual. I've purchased the hard copy book for a couple friends, but tell them that reading the book cannot compare with this outstanding performance. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Hardest Book I've Ever Done"
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    I didn't think I could finish this one. I never got excited about the story. Now that it's done, I'm really glad I listened to it. It's one of those books that everyone should read, and I'll always remember it, but I can't say it was fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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