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Helen

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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
    (32546)
    Performance
    (23871)
    Story
    (24195)

    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"
    "Really Worth It"
    Overall

    I couldn't put the book down! The character was well developed in the sense that a teenager in general is still developing a personality and is given to inconsistent behaviors as they break away from authority. Her circumstance of life were charged with disappointments and led her to develop a safety wall. I think what we saw were glimpses of her evolving, maturing, and learning that love is important even though it does make us vulnerable. It is one of our greatest survival tools.

    I read many of the Scholastic books at this level so that I can recommend them to parents at the school book fair at the local elementary school. This is at the top of the list for better readers. It has a great story and many life lessons with a real kid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, George Guidall, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    From the internationally best-selling author of The History of Love comes this stunning novel. Great House follows the multiple owners of one writing desk and how the desk shapes their lives. A young novelist inherited the desk from a poet taken by Pinochet’s police. Then the desk is stolen from her by the poet’s supposed daughter. In its drawers, another man discovers a long-kept secret about his wife....

    Lisa says: "Beautiful writing, but probably better to read it"
    "creative"
    Overall

    I recommend it. The book was unusual and creative. I think it fell a step short of connecting the stories. I'm going to listen to it again, something I don't normally do, to see if I missed something. I think it's a good book for a book club as it should elicit get great discussions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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