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  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (277)
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    (186)
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    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "Fun Characters!"
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    I loved Howl's Moving Castle and expected more of the same--and got it. I was somewhat disappointed that Sophie and Howl were not the main characters, but I fell in love with Charmain and Peter too.
    It is fun to see how Ms. Jones twisted cultural assumptions about what is appropriate for girls and the traditional (in fairy tales) differences between royalty, peasants and merchants. I was entertained with the nontraditional roles of Charmain going off to work each day while Peter stays home doing chores.
    I wish for a follow up novel on what becomes of Charmain and Peter as the come into adulthood.
    Overal fun listen and well performed by Ms. Sterlin.

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34891)
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    (25964)
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    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Gripping characters and themes"
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    Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.

    When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.

    Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.

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  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (653)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "Dragons, Music & Girl Power-can't go wrong"
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    Would you listen to Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Yes! This was the first Pern novel I read years ago as a teenager and have reread many times since. Listening was just as much pleasure as reading!
    The story pulls you out of reality to a different culture and different time. You get to explore the world of Pern through Menolly's experiences in her Hold, in her cave (Holdless), and at the Weyr. The journey she takes (emotionally and physically) was relevant to me as a teenager and I still enjoy it as an adult. It explores deep emotion and turmoil without dragging you into the depths yourself, but still manages to pull you out and reveal hope and joy of life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Menolly's character. As the story progresses she develops from a shy quiet girl dependent on her teacher into a girl who knows what she wants as is ready to go out and make it happen (even if she is still shy & quiet). I identified with her a lot (as a teenager especially).


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

    I always struggled with how to pronounce the unique names of characters and places created by Anne McCaffery. Although her vowels are short where mine are long and emphasis is placed on different syllables, she is consistent and I liked the changes.


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

    This story swings through many emotions-greif, desperation, hope, joy. My favorite thing about the story is that it takes you on the journey without dragging you down and ends in hope and joy for the future.


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