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Ashley

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  • Pawn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Aimee Carter
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

    Ashley says: "Surprisingly addictive"
    "Surprisingly addictive"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pawn the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. A well written, unique take on the dystopian young adult genre.


    What other book might you compare Pawn to and why?

    The book can and surely will be compared to Hunger Games. The heroine has the strength we all admire in Katniss--the two share the impoverished background and lack of control in regards to the situations they end up facing.


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

    Lameece did a fantastic job differentiating the characters--breathing accurate personality into the dialogue. Simply outstanding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A pawn becomes a Queen.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen/read. I highly recommend.

    5 of 5 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
    (23870)
    Performance
    (15152)
    Story
    (15317)

    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"
    "Infinitely better than the movie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely - The listen was easy to follow and very enjoyable. The narrator was one of the best I've heard. I fully intend to listen to or read the remainder of the Ender Series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The scenes where Card depicts the differences between gravity and zero-gravity environments (and the characters understanding of such) are exceptional. The physics is sound, which truly impressed the math geek in me.

    Graff and Valentine's interactions were always scenes I looked forward to. I enjoyed how fully the supporting characters were developed.


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

    It really was. I could not manage that due to the length, but I finished it in a matter of days.


    Any additional comments?

    The moments that were highlighted for me where the discrepancies between the movie and the book. The development of Valentine's character in the novel truly enriches the story. I feel there is a gross disservice done to the Wiggin family in the movie in respect to Peter and Val.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Multi-Chapter Sampler of Perception (Perception Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Lee Strauss, Elle Strauss
    • Narrated By Luci Christian, Aaron Landon
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP - a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property alongside other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother, Liam, is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe, and he has good reason not to like her specifically. But Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn....

    Tracy says: "Edge of my seat"
    "Irritating main character and narrator"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The nasally Valley girl portrayal of the lead in this seems quite accurate for the character info given in the sampler, but I could not imagine listening to several more hours of the narrator prattling on with the young girl's juvenile thoughts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5882)
    Performance
    (3797)
    Story
    (3828)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Not clapping or shrugging"
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    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    There are few books that I would place in the same category as Atlas Shrugged--really only the Fountainhead, which is also by Ayn Rand. The book is not just a work of fiction. It is a fictional interpretation of Rand's objectivism views.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is so very long in print--which translates to really long to try to listen to. If you aren't familiar with the storyline, I believe it could become a bit difficult to follow the narrative.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (672)

    Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

    Patricia says: "Finally unabridged! Excellently read, great listen"
    "Vance does Anne Rice justice"
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    What did you love best about The Vampire Lestat?

    There are no sparkly vampires here. If you are looking for another run of the mill vamp book, this is not it. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles are in a league all their own. Predating the modern craze with Twilight-esque vampires, the supernatural creatures you will encounter in Lestat are far from anything resembling Edward or Bella.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Lestat?

    There are many moments that drew me in during the listening of this book. The memories of Lestat as a human birthed so many emotions within me. Anne Rice's talent truly shines through in this novel.


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

    This is the first of Simon Vance's performances that I've listened to. I was very pleased and impressed. His speech is fluid and dynamic, easy to follow, and engaging.


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

    This book brought forth a full range of emotion for me. While there are times when I cannot help shedding a tear and letting out a giggle, the emotional response to Lestat is much greater than simple happiness or sadness. Anne Rice engages her audiences with complex, realistic characters.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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