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Leslie

KIRKLAND, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11180)
    Performance
    (10124)
    Story
    (10206)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "The second book as great as the first!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This trilogy has provided me with 2 of my favorite audiobooks. The story is interesting enough to keep you captivated, but not too complex where it becomes confusing if you get distracted for a second while listening. Both books in the series (#3 is yet to be released) were perfect entertainment for my daily commute, but I also genuinely enjoyed them beyond just being welcome distractions. The narrator does a great job too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    There is an execution scene that I thought was very well written, which sounds morbid, but I just thought it was done perfectly and was very powerful. There are also a few moments where the plot twists, and I really enjoyed those parts as well.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    I think it takes about 5 minutes to get used to any audiobook narration, and this book is no exception. However, I really enjoyed listening to Emma Glavin once I got a few minutes into each book. Her voice works very well for both the male and female characters somehow, without sounding awkward. She uses her voice well to convey emotions and reads at a good pace.


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

    In a way, yes. However, the story seems to be broken into a few different segments where the plot naturally falls and rises, so there were a few times when I felt comfortable stepping away. I consider this a good thing though, because I don't have all day to listen and its good to have a plot that rises and falls.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, can't wait for book three!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Borrowed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (375)

    Rachel has always been a good girl--until her 30th birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé Dex. Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for Dex. She prays for fate to intervene, but when she makes a choice she discovers that the lines between right and wrong are blurry, endings aren't always neat, and you have to risk all to win true happiness.

    Aimee says: "Ugh..."
    "Even better than the movie!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I think I would recommend the print version over the audiobook because I did not care for the narrator. That being said, I still really enjoyed the audiobook and found myself listening to it even when I wasn't in the car.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Borrowed?

    I had already seen the movie, so I wasn't really surprised or moved by anything in particular. However, I did enjoy the book much better (even though I also loved the movie) because it contained character development, backstory, and slight plot differences that were not in the film.


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

    I did not care for Jennifer Wiltsies performance of this book. She made Rachel seem pouty and dull, Darcy seems whiny and shrill, and Dex seem monotone and cold. So I will base my favorite character on the story, not the narration and I would have to say Ethan.

    His character is so lovable in the film that I thought I wouldn't like his minor presence in the book (friends had told me he wasn't in the first book much), but I somehow found him even more lovable despite his small role. I have heard he plays a much bigger part in the second book so I am looking forward to that.


    If you could take any character from Something Borrowed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Ethan, he is such a great guy in this story. I also found Marcus to be much more likable in the book than he was in the film.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I didn't see much reason to read this book because I had seen the film, but I wanted to read the second one (I am not sure if they are turning it into a film) so I decided to go ahead and read the first one anyway. Friends told me it was a bit different than the movie, which I didn't think I would like but instead I enjoyed this version even better. I am starting book two today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1098)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Even better than the first!"
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    Where does Pandemonium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 3 series. I would put the Hunger Games series as first, Divergent as second (book two has yet to be released), and the Delirium trilogy as third (book 3 has yet to be released).


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

    I think this series, and Lauren Oliver's book "Before I Fall" are all books that I reccomend in audiobook versions, instead of print. I have not read the print versions, but Sarah Drew delivers such a great performance that you are able to really feel the emotions of the characters the way the author intended. I think you really get the full experience of the character's personalities and emotional processes through Sarah Drew's performance.


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

    I really enjoyed the development of Lena in this book. Seeing her struggle and her strength is a refreshing change from her persona in the first book. her story is very emotionally moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much! I was actually wishing my daily commute was even longer so I could keep listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1620)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Start the trilogy, the second one is amazing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. Sarah Drew delivers another wonderful performance of Lauren Oliver's work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I thought the concept was a bit cheesy, but as they developed the story I started to really appreciate the premise. The character development kept me interested, and the ending made me download the second book immediately because I just couldn't wait to find out what happened.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Lena and Alex


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great, but the second in the series is much better. I suggest even if you are iffy on this book that you put in the time to finish it because the story develops into a completely different type of story line for book two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (868)

    The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Can't Wait for Book Three"
    "The male narrator is much better"
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    Where does Crossed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my least favorites, but it was still worth listening to and I will probably listen to the third when it comes out. This book just can't compare to my other favorites like "Hunger Games," "Divergent," and "Before I Fall."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The female still sounds very immature, like a 13 year old. The male narrator was great though. He has kind of a "throaty, whisper" type voice, but I thought it was relaxing and I found myself wanting to listen to him before bed.


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

    No, I didn't really have much of an emotional reaction to the book, it was pretty even toned. However, the part when Eli gives the vial to Ky definitely did make me tear up a bit, I loved that part! (That shouldn't have been a spoiler at all, don't worry!)


    Any additional comments?

    What is with the strange music they play at random times durring the narration?! It drives me crazy, you can't hear the talking over it... and sometimes it even sounds kind of creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (641)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Loved it! Definitely do the audio instead of print"
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    Would you listen to Before I Fall again? Why?

    Absolutely, in fact I might listen to it again! I think the author did a great job realistically capturing teenage girls and the highschool experience (she didn't censor it too much for the YA audience), and the narrator did an excellent job conveying the emotions in the main character's internal dialouge. I suggest the audiobook over the print copy for this very reason, you can really get a sense of what Sam is feeling through Sarah's narration of her.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Sam, our main character. Sarah Drew did a wonderful job with her. Many of the other voices seemed a bit "over acted," but I realize she was just attempting to make a ton of teenage girls sound different somehow, so it didn't bother me much. I also loved Kent, but not necessarily because of the narration.


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

    Yes, at the end. The ending to this book tore me up, and it didn't end how I had hoped. But it was still a really great ending and I am glad that the author chose to finish the book so powerfully.


    Any additional comments?

    A very great choice for an audio book! It is interesting right from the start and was very enjoyable. It didn't feel like an immature young adult book, which I really appreciated because I have sort of a love/hate with YAs.

    It was a lot like 'Mean Girls" meets "Groundhog Day" like other listeners have said, but it didn't feel like she "knocked off" either of these stories. The fact that she dies right in the beginning makes the story unique.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1202)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Poor narration, would have rather read the book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Matched to be better than the print version?

    No. I have not read the print version, but I can tell by the audiobook that I enjoy the writing and the author has a beautiful style. I chose the audio book because I commute 60-90 minutes twice daily, and audiobooks are great dsitractions. However, this narrator was not very good company and I regret paying for this audiobook. Her voice sounds kind of like baby talk, which makes the young adult book seem even less appropriate for someone like me in their mid twenties.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story a lot, although there have been many written like it in the past. I agree with the comparisons to the Giver and Brave New World (two books I grew up loving). I enjoy dystopian society books, which is why I chose this one, and in that sense I was pleased and entertained. I have a hard time with the young adult format these stories often take though, and the aim at a younger audience was very apparent throughout the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27135)
    Performance
    (20968)
    Story
    (21174)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Great narration of a great story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it is great! All three of the Hunger Games books were great, I couldn't stop listening. These audiobooks were great for my very long daily commute. I am SO sad that the series is complete now!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Finnick -- he really becomes very likeable in the third book.


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

    Yes, in the other Hunger Games books. The performance is similar in all the books, and I was very impressed. As with any audiobook it takes a bit to warm up to the narrator, but I thought she did a wonderful job and was very pleasant to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was very pleased with the ending. I had heard mixed reviews, but I think she did a great job of wrapping up the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25457)
    Performance
    (19315)
    Story
    (19382)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story, performance just OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have already watched Game of Thrones season 1 on HBO, and I am completely obsessed with the story. It is well developed and captivating, and I really enjoy all of the characters, even the ones I actually hate. I definitely reccommend the book or the show - for adults though, the content is very mature.

    I started the frist book after I had seen the whole season, and the show follows the books exactly. That being said, I won't want to read ahead because I enjoy the show so much, but on the flip side the book can be a little boring if you have already seen the show. So perhaps it would be better to read the books first instead, but I guess it is a matter of opinion... and I haven't really decided on mine yet.

    I really did not care for the narrator of this book though. His voice was not pleasant to listen to and his performance of the different characters (esspecially the women) was not well executed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17171)
    Performance
    (15536)
    Story
    (15662)

    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."
    "Took a long time to get good, but then I loved it!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book took a while to get interesting. At first the concept was a little cheesy to me and not well developed. It is a good thing my commute is so long though, because around Chapter 10 or so it really started to pick up and I am glad I stuck with it. They developed the concept and it got much more action packed. Now I am really looking forward to book 2!

    This is definitely a bit of a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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