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Cristina

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11114)
    Performance
    (10202)
    Story
    (10259)

    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"
    "Amazing performance"
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    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I LOVED her performance! Definitely one of the best narrations I've heard. She gave life to the characters and was just wonderful. I'm afraid to actually read the book now, knowing my own narration in my head won't compare to Kate's.


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

    “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” - directly from the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1191)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Kiss Me Hardy"
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    Would you listen to Code Name Verity again? Why?

    Yes, if only just to listen to Lucy Gaskell!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Lucy Gaskell puts on a WONDERFUL, captivating performance of the strong female characters in the book.

    The book itself is bloody brilliant (I'm using a English/Scottish accent now as I write this). I read many reviews about how the pilot jargon bogged people down, but to me it was just apart of the story, you don't really NEED to know the parts of a plane.

    More than anything this book is about love, friendship, and sacrifice. It's funny and smart, but also painful. I want to re-read it again right now, but I'm still processing.


    Have you listened to any of Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I need Lucy Gaskell to do more audiobooks STAT.


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

    Kiss Me Hardy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7814)
    Performance
    (7170)
    Story
    (7243)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Wait, what book was I reading?"
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    What disappointed you about Allegiant?

    I've had a few hours to process this book, which is the only reason I finally decided to give it 2 stars as opposed to the 1 I was originally going to go with. Veronica Roth disappoints BIG TIME in her 3rd and final installment of the Divergent trilogy. And it had nothing to do with certain deaths (which to me was also a cop-out and Veronica Roth trying to establish herself among other YA authors). She goes so outside of the realm of the first 2 books, that it's a completely different story being told. Everything from the first two books are null and void, which is a big disappointment for fans of the first.


    Has Allegiant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but definitely hesitant on Veronica Roth.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are great, too bad they had a crap book to narrate! I really enjoyed listening to them!


    Any additional comments?

    My suggestion if you are a Divergent fan, skip Allegiant & create your own ending. It's honestly not worth your frustration & disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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