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N. Proctor

Retired Life is great

North Carolina | Member Since 2010

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  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (510)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "Haunting Sex Trade novel"
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    If you could sum up Sold in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal of Innocense


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The internal dialogue about trusting anyone - the white man with the white card.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've read nonfiction on human trafficking and viewed documentaries, this book told in first person through the eyes and heart of a 12 year girl had a greater impact.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (786)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "'the emotional lives of elephants w/ 4 characteer"
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    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    I haven't read a Picoult book for a long time. Needed something light but interesting to read. I was disapppointed. Yes it was light listening, and I loved learning about elephants (assuming that Picoult had her facts straight). The ending was so unexpected and disappointing. Perhaps there were clues I missed. I had to rewind and listen again when the big 'reveal' was told. I felt Pilcoult ran out of imagination, and took the easy way out of what could have been a much better story.


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    The ending. The ending. The ending.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    they were alright.


    Do you think Leaving Time needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think it needs an alternative ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steena Holmes
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created. But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

    Vickie says: "Too Dramatic!"
    "Long Story with no plot"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unless you have nothing do - like staying in bed with a cold - even televison is better.

    I can't image any one enjoying this saga.


    What was most disappointing about Steena Holmes’s story?

    One would hope for clarity and character development in such a long book. And none of the characters were interesting. I don't know what Emma's secret and by the end of the book I didn't care. Perhaps this painting a picture of a happy family where every baby was inpregnanted by the father..


    What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

    didn't like, harsh, not easy


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What a waste of time. I'm sticking with awarded or good reviewed books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18479)
    Performance
    (16710)
    Story
    (16846)

    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."
    "Emma Galvin - would listen to her over and over"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Galvin's reading made the main character believable. This book doesn't explain the details of collapse of civilization - thank goodness no zombies, but a twist on how for people for the commongood, decide how to live meaningful lives within factions -. differemt means to live a meaningful life. This divergence which brings world peace creates a new kind of ethic. Power overcomes and then is overcome by this lively, small 15 year old who contemplates her own sense of morality. Still it is hard to believe a 15 year old could be so strong.

    Will read the second and third book - hope I am not disappointed. My bright 10 year old granddaughter has read Harry Potter, not Hunger Games which has children fighting children to the death. At first I thought this would be a good option for her. I think, however, the book raises ethical and emotional issues that pre-teens aren't ready for. Lot of violence through whole book.



    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    LOVED IT


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

    Cry, hard to understand how a 15 year old make such a change of goals


    0 of 0 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
    (28025)
    Performance
    (21791)
    Story
    (22002)

    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"
    "Listening to Hunger Games"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listening to the trilogy was addictive, troubling, and left me emotionally exhausted. This is always a problem for me in listening to audio fiction. To use a term from the last book, I felt hijacked. I'm a senior adult - and was sucked into the troubling world where children kill children on reality television, reality is based on 30 second soundbites, and since the book is written in first person, the betrayal, despair, and doubts of the heroine are believable.

    Read these books. The 2012 version of Lord of the Flies with the future's technology, the triumph of the 1%, the horrors of war, and being a young person finding her sense of self and morality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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