Drama, glamour, & betrayal
I like how the story captures the essence of the roaring 20's with its huge, glamorous parties, fast-paced lifestyle, and drama-filled relationships.
Oh, that is so hard because I enjoy all of the book! It is very well written. I would have to say the night that Nick Carroway attends Gatsby's party for the first time. I really enjoy the way the party is described as chaotic but in the same moment breath-taking.
Yes, the story has always fascinated me and before I saw the 2013 version of it, I wanted to have the opportunity to actually read the book so I have a better understanding of what is going on.
The movies do a great job of portraying the book down to the wording! The 2013 & 1974 versions are the best out of all that is out there.
Columbine happened when I was in the 6th grade therefore, I remember hearing about it and seeing a few pictures, but not all of the details because I was so young. This book did an excellent job of recounting the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School through looking at the events that led up to "Judgement Day" from many different angles (from the victims, families, media, and killers).
For me, finding out that Cassie Bernall was not the one in the library that was shot after saying she believed in Jesus. I was really confused because I had always thought Rachel Scott was the one that had said that then, they said it was Cassie Bernall. I felt sorry for the girl, Val, who was the actual person to say that to the boys. Another memorable moment was when Patrick Ireland struggled for three hours to get to the window (unable to see) and fell out of it with the help of paramedics/ firefighters/ police. That was so amazing!
Don Leslie has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to him recount the information. He was good at using inflection and tone to capture certain moments and bring the story to life. I would definitely listen to him read other books as well.
I think it would have been overwhelming had I done that because it presented a lot of information, but it was very gripping! I wanted to know everything about it!
I'm not one to listen to books over and over again that I have already listened to unless they are short and one of my favorites. If a good amount of time had passed then, I would listen to this book again because it is very well-written.
I think Abby did an excellent job of narrating the story! You felt like you were a fly on the wall watching everything happen. I mean she did a great job of making you feel like you were actually there. She displays emotion through her voice well and she does a good job separating characters by giving them different sounding voices.
I was outraged at the end of the book by how Samantha was treated! I thought that she had really sacrificed herself throughout the book for the good of everyone and the least people could do was to show her the respect that she deserved!
This is a really good book to read. If you are into witches then you will love this book! It's about a girl named Samantha Ryan, who is a cop with a dark past. She lives in the Boston area around Salem. All of a sudden, girls start coming up murdered with what looks like sacrificial markings. It is up to Samantha to go undercover to stop the witches that are behind this before it is too late.
I would consider the Coraline audio edition better than the print because the book comes to life through the music and voices used for each character. I am better able to imagine the world of Coraline than if I were just reading the book.
My favorite character was the black cat in the story because it was nice to see Coraline have someone on her side against the other mother and he can be sarcastic and snarky with the way he speaks in riddles.
Neil Gaiman brings imagination to the book. With him being the author he knows how he wants the characters to sound and how to use inflection to carry the story. He did a great job of helping the reader visualize the dull world of Coraline and the colorful world of the other parents.
Not really, I had seen the movie so I knew how the book would pretty much go down. I was curious to see what was going to happen when Coraline went down into the basement when sent there by the "other mother."
While I was reading this book, I was wondering the whole time where the Wybie character was. I guess they invented him in the movie.
I think for me the most memorable moment is when the boys understand the meaning behind Halloween and the costumes they are wearing. Plus, in that moment realizing the ultimate sacrifice they must make for their friend, Pip.
With the book being dramatized, I would have never heard several different voices, music, and sound effects that the book brings into play.
Well, there is already a movie made about it in cartoon form, but probably: The adventure of finding the true meaning behind Halloween.
The book is very condensed and somewhat different from the book that I read and I guess that was to keep to the essence of the dramatization. The real book does differ from the movie in some ways.
Yes, I think this book has a refreshing spin on the legends of "Monsters." Any teenager could relate to the chaos that occurs to the main character of the book as far as identity issues and divorce is concerned. The book's plot was filled with many twists and turns. I got sucked in pretty easily after the first couple of chapters. There were some predictable moments where I could guess what was going to be revealed before Kylie realized it, but the book was still enjoyable!
I liked that the concept was original. A world filled with "monsters" trying to learn how to survive through having to co-exist at a camp for supernaturals. I also enjoyed the romance in the book. Being married, it's fun to get a glimpse into that young love/ hormonal/ emotional chaos of new romance. The two guys swooning for her attention sounded pretty hot to trot so I am hoping this turns into a movie!
I have never listened to Katie Schorr before but her voice is pleasant. At first, I thought her voice would grate on my nerves but after a while I began to grow accustomed to it and could visualize the characters. She did a good job of bringing the characters to life and painting the setting of the story through her voice.
"Who knew being a teen was so tough?"
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it was somewhat more than an average horror story. The characters demonstrated courage and perseverance through a difficult situation of owning a house that was haunted. It's a story with a definite twist at the end. A reader will notice that he/she is being pulled into the story and the author made sure to construct characters that a reader could relate to.
The author went through great pains to incorporate a historical piece to the story to make it feel as if it is real. I found myself wondering if this story had some truth to it and wanted to do some research to find out if there was an area of New Mexico that had a horrible past.
I would have to say Julian because he was a genuine character. I thought he was somewhat of an ideal father and he was very strong throughout the entire story. Dan Butler did a good job of using inflection and tone to bring the story to life.
" The house made sure to give the Perry family more than they had bargained for!"
I would if they enjoy history surrounding the Puritans and witch trials. The book was very captivating and kept me enthralled! The author wrote the book in a journal format which added a special spin on the story. It gave the story a different voice and captured a glimpse inside another's world.
It has somewhat of the essence of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare because the content and setting is similar.
Jennifer Ehle did an amazing job on capturing the personality of the characters through her voice! Even with the men, she was able to use her voice range and tone to embody the characters. My favorite was the main character, Mary, because she was a free thinker and free spirit. She was a relate able character.
I did feel angry with the little girls who were accusing her of witchcraft and "making" them bend to her will. I thought the townspeople were brainwashed as if they were stuck in a cult mindset and it made me frustrated that people in the 1600s were so fanatical in Christianity that they hung or burned people for having natural gifts and talents.
So far, "A Monster Calls" ranks toward the bottom because I think it was a great story, but it feels more suited for a middle schooler than a 25-year-old. The book was not what I thought it was going to be. I figured it would be scary, but it was more about grief and loss.
The main character, Conor, was my favorite character because I could feel the pain he must be going through with losing his mother to cancer. Luckily, I have never been through a situation like that, but the author did a great job of encompassing what a teenage boy would be internally and externally battling under these circumstances. I think the author did a good job of getting inside the realm of teenage-hood.
My favorite scene was at the end when he was hugging his mother tightly. I knew he was going to be alright because he finally faced his demons and allowed himself to feel what he was repressing for so long.
I was moved by the scene of Conor holding onto his mother over the cliff with the monster encouraging him to speak the truth. I could feel myself getting into the scene and being in suspense even though I knew what was going to happen. I could feel the tension of the battle that Conor was dealing with inside himself. When he finally broke down and spoke the truth; I felt a sense of relief and satisfaction because he let go of everything he had been holding in.
I think this book would be excellent for a middle schooler or high schooler to read if they are dealing with grief or loss of a loved one because they would be able to relate with what the main character is feeling and dealing with.
I would not repeatedly listen to Beautiful Creatures for the simple fact of how long it was! I'm not fond of listening to long stories I've already read over and over again. For me, it is not as magical several times around because you already know what is going to happen.
I thought the author took the refreshing approach of spinning this story from the perspective of a boy instead of a girl! There are so many books out there that tend to follow the well-worn path of how a girl views the world and love that it becomes stagnant. I, also, enjoyed the fact that the book took place in the deep south. I could relate to the characters because I came from a small town so I know how a new person is viewed from the perspective of someone who has lived in the town all of their life. I enjoyed learning about the world of the castors. It's nice to see someone give a different perspective to an old concept such as witches.
Kevin T. Collins did a good job with bringing the characters to life. His voice did not grate on me and he did a decent job with dishing out accents for each character! I was able to differentiate between the characters and really get into the story.
I was shocked that the book was somewhat drastically different from the movie. I could see places where the movie took from the book, but for the most part, the movie was basically a different form of the story from the book.
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