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Lacy

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  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (323)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "A Book I Could Really Sink My Teeth Into!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Katie Schorr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Who knew being a teen was so tough?"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1205)

    Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks.

    Teddy says: "Better than the first...."
    "A Captivating Journey to the "Great Barrier""
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, probably a few years from now. I do not like to listen to books over and over because it takes away the magic of them for me.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Darkness to and why?

    The relationship between Lena and Ethan is somewhat of a resemblance to Diana Bishop & Matthew Clairmont of "Discovery of Witches." The plot as well had the same detail-oriented quality of sucking me into a roller coaster ride of "WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT???" Plus, the Castor World/ Incubus World resembled the vampire and demon world in "Discovery of Witches." There was a lot of archaic knowledge between both of them. Similar qualities but two totally different stories!


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Kevin T. Collins was amazing at bringing this book to life! He definitely used inflections and accents to his advantage. You could tell that he wanted to make sure every person in the book had a presence. He made the characters relatable where you could not help but fall in love with them and laugh when they did things that were characteristic of their nature. The way he narrated the story...it just flowed so well and his southern accent was pretty good. His English accent always made me smile. I really liked Liv in the book!


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

    YES! There is no Earthly way that I could have... seeing that it is almost 16 hours long, but I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. I was like "Hurry, hurry!! I have to know!"


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you read "Beautiful Creatures" before, but this series will not disappoint! Kami Garcia & Margaret did an amazing job crafting this gorgeous story together. I could understand why seeing that they are a reading specialist or specialized in creative writing. I will say that the book is very different from the movie in many ways. Many "Beautiful Creatures" fans were so disappointed that the director did not stick to the story or decided to cut important characters from the story line. I think the casting director did a phenomenal job casting who they did for the roles! I integrated those people into my visualization of the characters and it just made sense!

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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "An Entrancing Look into the Field of Counseling"
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    What did you love best about The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    I am in the counseling field, and this book gave me a deeper understanding into trauma that I would not be able to receive through my classes. I really loved how the author explained how trauma affects the brain and how the environment can alter the mind and behavior of a child. The stories were heart wrenching but fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the author was able to look outside of the box for solutions to issues these clients were experiencing and worked hard to help them be successful in the end


    Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

    I think this was more which case study was more intriguing to me and that would have to be the title...the boy who was raised as a dog. It was fascinating to see his progression to becoming a functioning young man. I could not get over someone raising a child by keeping him in a dog cage! Another one that stuck with me was the child basically screaming for help because his foster mother was trying to make him sick or kill him (mauchausen) to get attention from others.


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

    I think the book would have been overwhelming to listen to in one sitting because it's filled with so much knowledge and wisdom. A reader needs time to soak in the information.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrator! He was very pleasant to listen to and I felt so easily drawn into the case studies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1689)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (736)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Amazing Detailed Account of Columbine!"
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    What did you love best about Columbine?

    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).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbine?

    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!


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Sacrifice: Witch Hunt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Debbie Viguié
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover - into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.

    Sara says: "Not deep"
    "A Roller Coaster Ride of a Story!!"
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    Would you listen to The Thirteenth Sacrifice again? Why?

    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.


    What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (419)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "An Amazing Classic!!! Huge fan of GATSBY!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Drama, glamour, & betrayal


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (472)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy Fun"
    "Neil Gaiman brings this book to life!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coraline to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Halloween Tree (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious "spirit" Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

    Amazon Customer says: "A well told story of frightful adventure."
    "Enjoyed the Change of Pace..."
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    If you could sum up The Halloween Tree (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

    Fun
    Engaging
    Enchanting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Halloween Tree (Dramatized)?

    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.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    With the book being dramatized, I would have never heard several different voices, music, and sound effects that the book brings into play.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well, there is already a movie made about it in cartoon form, but probably: The adventure of finding the true meaning behind Halloween.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (419)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "A Different Spin on a Haunting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Butler – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    " The house made sure to give the Perry family more than they had bargained for!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch Child

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Celia Rees
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?

    Cindy says: "Witch Child"
    "A Glimpse Into the New World"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Witch Child to and why?

    It has somewhat of the essence of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare because the content and setting is similar.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ehle – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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