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Amy C. Eggler

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2013

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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30589)
    Performance
    (23646)
    Story
    (23833)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Great story - wrong reader!"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    I have read Catching Fire (and of course all the others) and after listening to The Help was really excited to hear Catching Fire. But from the outset it was just all wrong. The reader sounds like she is forty rather than a Katniss. It is grating. I listened for awhile but am not going to be able to finish it - I was really surprised that with content like this they didn't choose someone younger and more in touch with the content. I'm sure Carolyn would be great with other content - but not this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (529)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Inspiring story but choppy editing"
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    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    inspirational interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved learning more about this important person in American society - how she grew up and through self determination became a very successful person in a society that was pretty hostile to her in her early years.


    Did Rita Moreno do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a pretty good job but there were obvious places - a lot of them - where there were retakes of a sentence or so and you could totally tell that one was recorded out of sync with the other.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6211)
    Story
    (6209)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Loved the readers, but the story seemed meh"
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    What did you like best about The Invention of Wings? What did you like least?

    I loved learning about the abolition movement and how it was tired to women's rights. I studied this in school but not in depth and it did make me want to learn more about it. I really enjoyed the last part of the book where the author spoke directly about the facts and how she integrated them into the story. I felt the story itself was overly long and a bit unsurprising.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think at the beginning you think that the girls will be best friends and save each other but you come to see that they care for each other but circumstances are too different to breach. The portrayal of abolitionists, vs equality of the races and equality of the sexes was very helpful in understanding how different society was just a few hundred years ago or less.


    Was The Invention of Wings worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2255)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Great reader for this somewhat complicated story"
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    Where does Flash Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first michael lewis book I read and was really impressed that he was able to find narratives that made high frequency trading much more interesting than it is when business papers cover it. This was high on my list - I basically wanted to listen to it almost all the time. The writing was great and entertaining


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is a story of something so complex that I wouldn't be able to figure it out from one article, but Lewis takes the time to explain it.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    I thought dylan was great - his voice really had the no nonsense feel that the writing conveyed as well.


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

    not really that kind of book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1251)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Fun listen - slow to start and then it gets you!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I really loved the different voices of the 3 different characters. They brought these characters to life. The female character was the most unbelievable of the three and having Kate Mulgrew read it helped make it seem more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The glancing touch of history of Texas which was not all that long ago.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Eli Mcculough. he is an interesting character and the voice was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen that will pull you into this three generational history of Texas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "Love these stories!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably so - the story and the characters are fun (though a bit tough to keep track of) and I thought the reader could have done a better job of distinguishing when there was a change of scene or speaker


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen - and it's not that long so you can forgive some of the transitions that work better in print than when read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23174)
    Performance
    (14508)
    Story
    (14659)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Interesting read - for a boy"
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    What did you like best about Ender's Game? What did you like least?

    I really liked the character of Ender and what he went through - and I liked comparing what the author thought would be in the future vs what is - the nets vs Facebook. I did not like the sexism or the anti semitism in the book. And the ending kind of blows.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought the most interesting thing was how the author had taken the idea of video games and made it real - way before video games were real. You could almost feel what it was like to be weightless too in the descriptions of their zero gravity games.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    I thought all the readers did a good job - being a child's voice (though frankly the characters were not really children) and adult


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7108)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5039)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "A nice long listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print edition so hard to know, but I loved Orlagh and Bahni in this. I had found this because I searched for Bahni.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama was my favorite character because she always had a level head and didn't suffer from the selfish and silly characteristics that others did.


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

    Definitely cry - how can you have a book about slavery and friendship without that.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this story - despite the circumstances of the characters who were oppressed by slavery - it was a great tale and made me feel hot summers in Virginia. I also loved the Williamsburg portion as I am a devotee of Williamsburg and it was fun to know where she went and I think I know the house the author used as a guide for the uncle's house. The character Livinia is a bit simple - the plot did turn on people not telling obvious truths and characters being unable to figure it out which I was able to overlook because it was so enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Miss Malone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    "We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men.

    C. Theimer says: "Christopher Paul Curtis has done it again"
    "Loved the reader and the story"
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    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    I really loved the character of Peg, the mother and the main character, Desa Malone. They were very happy and positive people despite what was happening to them. What I really loved about this story is that it's about a time in history that is not often studied now and has so many relationships to what is happening in today's society.


    Any additional comments?

    I also listened to bud not buddy and loved that - Christopher Curtis is a great storyteller. I'm in my 40s and found this a wonderful listen when I was cooking, running, or just in the car.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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