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Cori

Placentia, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Found: The Missing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    An unscheduled aeroplane lands at a Midwestern airport. All attempts to reach those onboard fail. When an official boards the reason for this becomes clear - it is full of babies. This mystery remains for a decade until Jonah, Katherine and Chip start to question their roots. Then the letters begin: "You are one of the missing"; "Beware! They are coming back to get you."

    Sherri says: "Oh Yeah this was Good!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a Sci-Fi junkie. This was an excellent read. The first chapter really propels the story. By the end of the story, I couldn't wait to pick up the next one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

    Joshua says: "History brought to life"
    "Wonderful"
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    Outstanding. Both informative & entertaining. Professor knows her topic & brings it to life. Looking forward to other titles in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4865)
    Performance
    (4218)
    Story
    (4264)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Travis says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Run!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Maze Runner the most enjoyable?

    I'll keep it short. Very enjoyable book. The story has a very slow build up. However, if you can stick with it, the story does ramp up quite a lot and the pace really picks up at the end. It leave a fairly decent cliffhanger that keeps the reader looking forward toward book 2. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and the dystopian society genre.


    What other book might you compare The Maze Runner to and why?

    The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, and similar


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

    Nope


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

    The story became very suspenseful toward the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wind in the Door

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (115)

    Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill. But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons - actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, and to take Meg and her friend Calvin O'Keefe on a terrifying, wonderful journey into galactic space - where they must battle the force of evil to save Charles Wallace, and themselves.

    Orthodox Grace says: "Good reading performance .. if you're a 7-year-old"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Any additional comments?

    Wrinkle in Time is one of my top 10 favorite books. After reading and totally devouring A Wrinkle in Time and growing to love the characters, I was disappointed in the sequel. I felt like there was something missing without the Mrs W's. I also felt that the story lacked the vitality and compelling conflict of its predecessor. I am not sure if I will continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36612)
    Performance
    (27513)
    Story
    (27906)

    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"
    "WOW!"
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    This Book ROCKS!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    I saw the movie prior to reading the book. After reading the book I had a deeper understanding of so much that was left out of the movie or glossed over. Now the creepy creatures at the end of the movie that chase Katniss and Peter to the cornucopia seem so disconnected in the movie actually make sense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29066)
    Performance
    (22718)
    Story
    (22940)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Suzanne Collins Knows How to Tell a Story"
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    Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love so many of them for so many different reasons. Not sure that I could pick just one.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Carolyn McCormick IS the voice of Katniss. I felt like Katniss was speaking to me.


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

    Cried my eyes out!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31207)
    Performance
    (24179)
    Story
    (24367)

    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"
    "Excellent!"
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    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Out-Freaking-Standing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would be simpler to ask me what I DIDN'T like about the story. And my answer would be that I am not a fan of first-person present perspective. Once I got past that, I couldn't help but be swept away with the story.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! I really felt like she WAS Katniss.


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

    Cried my eyes out.......


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alyson Noël
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are - the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker - one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fated--I like it"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Fated the most enjoyable?

    The author does a really good job binging the lore of the Native American folklore into a modern story and makes it feel like it lives.


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

    I think I enjoyed the performance as much if not more than I enjoyed the story. This is one of those books that I am not sure I would have finished if I had just picked it up to read on my one.


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

    I got teared up at a couple of points, but I am an easy to move when I read.


    Any additional comments?

    The story lags at a couple of points and there are moments where the author unexpectedly jumps the timeline and leaves the reader behind to catch up with her. But other than those little technicalities, the story is really fun and easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19880)
    Performance
    (17897)
    Story
    (18052)

    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.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Hunger Games WATCH OUT!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. The story is captivating and the theme compelling. This book offers the thrill of the Hunger Games with the depth of The Giver. Excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am always a fan of futuristic science fiction/fantasy. I found the story fluid and unpredictable in many points. The characters are very archetypical, which makes it really fun and easy for the reader to love and identify with them.


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

    YES! If you can say that you can't put down a recording in the same way you can for a book, then I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    For parents screening material for adolescent children, this book is written with many mature themes. And the content has references to sex and depictions of violence. It is my understanding that the movie version is intended for release in spring of 2014 and your child may want to read the book first. But in my opinion, this book is not suitable for younger readers. Definitely best for 14+ (not that some younger kiddos couldn't handle the content ). I would recommend that you read/listen first and make an informed decision. For parents of teens, I would definitely recommend the read. This book is not only exciting and adventurous, it's a though provoker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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