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Bryan

LYNDHURST, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (552)

    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    Heidi P :) says: "Loved the story!"
    "Great YA Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

    It had a good story line, and realistic characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Stay?

    The ending :)


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She was a good match for the main character telling the story.


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

    I read during my commute, and I looked forward to listening on the drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, and I am going to get the second book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

    FanB14 says: "Gossip Girl"
    "Amelia is Amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reconstructing Amelia to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It made the commute to work fly by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia of corse.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book that keeps you listening.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

    Laura says: "Original & Moving"
    "A Must YA Read"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Every Day in three words, what would they be?

    Daily Fresh Start


    What other book might you compare Every Day to and why?

    I would compare it to the show Quantum Leap.


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

    No, but she was good.


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

    Imagine living your entire life in one day, over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tragedy Paper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Laban
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The Tragedy Paper follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants - he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out.

    Bryan says: "Better Than Alaska, but not as good as 13 Reasons"
    "Better Than Alaska, but not as good as 13 Reasons"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Laban and/or Nick Chamian and Jesse Bernstein ?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was along the lines of what I was thinking given I knew it was compared to Waiting for Alaska and 13 Reasons Why.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Chamian and Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    They were all fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out 13 Reasons Why and SKIP Waiting for Alaska. Read this one over Alaska.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (841)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Abandoned!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Herman Koch and Sam Garrett (translator) and/or Clive Mantle?

    The narrator was fine, but I couldn't even finish the book!


    What could Herman Koch and Sam Garrett (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. Just not for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Mantle?

    He was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Again, I stopped reading.


    Any additional comments?

    It was on the EW Must List. Not so much.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1087)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What would have made Looking for Alaska better?

    More meaning.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Tragedy Paper


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the story is what hindered the performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Looking for Alaska?

    You could cut quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is on the top 100 YA books and I can't understand why.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11007)
    Performance
    (10106)
    Story
    (10160)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "No Fault in This Star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic Engaging Characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    Hazel Grace coming to help Gus at the gas station.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The egging of the exgirlfriend's car


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

    Living everyday as if it were the last


    Any additional comments?

    Real characters liviving real life tragedies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1756)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "Comical Commute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    Jenny Lawson's crazy adventures


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me want to listen to see what madness would happen next.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny, and the author is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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