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Alejandra

Costa Rica | Member Since 2012

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  • The Program

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Suzanne Young
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

    Readers Confession says: "Dry narrator somehow worked well..."
    "Liked it a lot, not loved it"
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    Would you recommend The Program to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it, even more if they are parents of teenagers that are reading it (I'm 33, so my friends are more likely to be parents than to be teenagers themselves).

    It has an interesting subject matter, different from other young adult books I have read, more close to our everyday society and enhancing some important issues that are a reality in the teens: the first love, facing the loss of your love ones, social pressures and expectancies, depression, suicide… and I'm pretty sure a lot of teenagers are going to feel really identify with some of the situations described in the story.

    So yes, for those who like young adult books I would recommend this one.


    What about Joy Osmanski’s performance did you like?

    I liked Joy Osmandi's performance, it was believable in terms of emotions and I think she accomplished all characters pretty well, easily identifiable.


    Do you think The Program needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't have to guess in this one, the end of the book is so open that is made for a follow up and in fact in the short interview with the writer at the very last chapter she confirms even the name of the sequel, not the date. And to be honest, I would listen the sequel, this is the kind of book that can keep me entertain enough as long as it keeps going with an interesting story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Archetype

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. D. Waters
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself. Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him.

    Katheryne says: "Stunning Debut Novel"
    "Great book!!"
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    Wow, that’s what comes first to my mind when I was listening to this book. The way the plot unravels and I as a listener started to tie the strings of the story as is been reveal blew my mind all along.

    More than suspense romance (which the book does have), I’ll say it's a Sci-Fi or Dystopian Fiction, but it's certainly a book that keeps you interested and entertain through it; can’t wait for the second book, Prototype, to be released.

    Only down for me is the speed of the narrator, but fix it by setting my device speed at 1.25X and then it was perfect; hence the 4 stars in performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6796)
    Performance
    (6240)
    Story
    (6298)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Not what I was expecting, but liked in the end"
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    I have been struggling on what to write in my review for this book, since in the process of listening to it I got so many mix feelings from it: betrayal in the first third part of the book, hopeless in the second and heartbreaking in the last.

    But at the end I had to embrace the believe that pretty endings are not always a requirement to get a good book: a good plot although totally different from the previous books is require and Allegiant has it, good characters that you can relate to and get to know and at some level to understand even better is require and Allegiant also has it, and the narrators for this book were amazing, both of them.

    I honestly believe this book will be highly appreciated from the perspective of a more adult public than the YA usually is, given some more complex topics and the deepest thoughts and feelings and experiences the characters go throughout the story, so far away from what a younger me would have want for the book to be.

    All and all, not what I was expecting, but a very good listen none the less.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1272)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Really liked the overall story, hated the end!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pretty entertaining story, Jodi Picoult manages to keep me interested all thru the book. Feel she could take quite well some of the characteristics Asperger kids have and imprint them in Jacobs character.

    Liked the narrators and the way everyone takes its character and prints life to them, but I had a few issues with the book, mainly: if Jacob always tells the truth when ask directly as a rule (one of the House Rules), why nobody even consider asking him what happened... one of the big flaws of the book.

    And the ending... is like when you are watching a B category movie and you realize they might have run out of money to finish it and rush everything at the end, but here is like the writer run out of ideas in how to present things, really hated those last 30 or 40 minutes of the book and kind of ruin all the good things it has during it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15712)
    Performance
    (14215)
    Story
    (14314)

    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."
    "Loved it, another great young adult series"
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    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Divergent series goes quite along in the line of The Hunger Games and Delirium, post apocaliptic society with a strong female character telling the story, pretty much those are all the similarities those 3 series have. But at least for me, a 33 year old that did not have this kind of books in my teens, is all I need to take the leap and try it, I have to say had no regrest from getting it and as I have done with The Hunger Game series, I will listed more than once, because every time there's new things to find in it.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galving is amazing in transmiting the emotions and feelings the book builds with the story. I have always love reading becauses of how my imagination creates images from the text, and both Veronica with the story and Emma narrating it made me feel those images even more real.


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

    I listened this book and the second one, Insurgent, in about two days each, every moment I had both at home and at work, just wanted to know what came next and now I'm waiting for the 3th, supposedly to be release on October this year.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the book for all of those who like a good and new story, with all the hand-holding and love story in it, makes a great entertainment and enjoyable time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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