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Leilani

Kaysville, UT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A World Without Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (467)

    Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

    Stephanie says: "Brandon Mull has won me over again!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A World Without Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a World without Heroes is fantastic! Brandon Mull goes to the same trouble as JK Rowling in creating this special world. It is well thought out and delivered. The idea of


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator is fairly average. It isn't difficult to listen to him but it isn't a joy either. He didn't take very much trouble to give different characters their own voice which is something I value.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh yes! And I can't wait until the others are published. I've heard he's got the series written already--- waiting is a torture!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to young adult and adult readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17940)
    Performance
    (16232)
    Story
    (16358)

    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."
    "Lack Luster, but great for a first time author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't love or hate this book. It was sufficient- a worthy first book but nothing to write home about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2085)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Too graphic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Shelly Frasier?

    No. Her taste runs a bit dark for me. Too graphic for my over-imagination and weak stomach.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The power of one.


    What about Shelly Frasier’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was good and her writing style was very descriptive


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't make it far into this book. Only about 20 minutes. It was fun and witty and I was enjoying myself until she began describing the chopped cadaver heads in roasting pans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2057)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "You're kidding, RIGHT?"
    Overall

    Okay, so I purchased this book based soley upon the high rating from other readers and Audible's Best of 2010 rating. All I can say is, "you're kidding, RIGHT?"

    How can I convey all of the ways this book falls short of a "best of 2010"? Well, I would say that if you have ever heard a story about a woman kidnapped or imprisoned and allowed yourself even 2 minutes of reflection of what she must have been through, you don't need to read this book. The story is predictable, the child narration is horrible (repeated musings about breast feeding and his male anatomy), and I would say NO research went into this beyond watching Television reports of police and medical proceedure. Honestly with very little imagination at all, a person could imagine all of the things this woman went through in 2 minutes where it took the author hours to belabor the point.

    Save yourself the credit and the time.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nim's Island

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wendy Orr
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone.

    melrailey says: "Delightful"
    "Darling"
    Overall

    I wish I had a dozen kids I could share this book with! It is such a fun little read. My only sadness is that Random House has not yet recorded or released the second Nim's Island book. You'll have to read that one yourself (I plan to!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nativity Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Angela Hunt, Mike Rich
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Based on the major motion picture, The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith. This moving novelization tells the extraordinary tale of two common people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, Hunt tells how, from humble beginnings, great things can come.

    Susan says: "well done"
    "Too Vanilla"
    Overall

    I believe the summary for this book indicates the author did a lot of research for this book and I would heartily disagree. There were tidbits here and there about jewish customs and practices, but also glaring inaccuracies that really frustrated me. The fictionalized portions were very tender and sweet about how Joseph took care of Mary. So if you are simply looking for a sweet Nativity narration, this book is for you. However, if you are looking to learn about cultures and customs this book falls tragically short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7550)
    Performance
    (2963)
    Story
    (3023)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Fantastic Fun"
    Overall

    Okay, I can't say that I've ever been a 'vampire' book reader. I don't even read fantasy books (except Harry Potter), but this is such a fantastically fun book! I'm addicted!!! Please write write write, Stephenie and get us book 4 soon!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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