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Estrella

Dubuque, IA | Member Since 2014

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  • An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Emma Woolf
    • Narrated By Emma Woolf
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does. At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day.

    Amanda says: "Triggering"
    "Can relate in many ways and yet lucky I couldn't"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Apple a Day to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print, but did find it refreshing to have it read by the actual author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Apple a Day?

    Having the points in the story where I knew just what certain feelings felt like or just how the brain works when having a ED.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Idea of not being able to just have a baby because of an illness that needs to be fixed was moving. Luckily for myself I never had issues with getting pregnant, or not able to because of my on and off ED issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Estrella says: "*triggers* domestic abuse in this story"
    "*triggers* domestic abuse in this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story makes you want to get more involved with your kids school for sure lol.

    Enjoyed the unpredictable death and each of the characters stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Cure Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Estrella says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was refreshing to have a good narrative voice, she made the good book that much more enjoyable! Great book indeed:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon Part 2: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    Estrella says: "Narrator sounded like he needed water!"
    "Narrator sounded like he needed water!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second book in the Dresden serious I've listened to and although the narrator has a good tone while reading he either sounds like he needs a drink due to dry sticky mouth or was eating something!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29069)
    Performance
    (25658)
    Story
    (25731)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Didn't see that one coming!!"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With the best of them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    There are so many places in this story where I was thinking one thing, and then was surprised with "oh my gosh no way !"


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Seeing how both of these characters make you feel as crazy as they are made me enjoy both of them however if I had to choose sides I like Kirby's more .


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

    Yes! The constant twists and turns has made me more interested in reading more books in this category that is not my typical MO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1959)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Was wanting more then what this delivers"
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    Would you try another book from Marissa Meyer and/or Rebecca Soler?

    Yes, I do enjoy the sci fi story of young women! Also hoping book 3 is better then two.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning the history of the characters was interesting, I'm still debating if I enjoy the little comical parts between Cinder and her fellow escape buddy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was a little disappointed that you could tell what was going to happen vs. being surprised, but still the story is good and I hope to be interested in #3 book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11149)
    Performance
    (8498)
    Story
    (8550)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Awesome witch story that keeps you wanting more"
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    Yes, there's a great plot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is supposed to highly educated yet seems sort of unrealistically dumb with other life, not that I disliked her but there are moment where i was thinking I would have expected a little more out of her.


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

    There are some things that I can relate to and this made it more personal and the feel of being there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3471)
    Performance
    (3117)
    Story
    (3125)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Battlestar galactica meets fairy tale girl!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cinder to be better than the print version?

    Personally found this book addicting to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cinder is a typical girl and
    I've her normalcy other then actually being a cyborg!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lots of action and drama kept this going, how ever there are a few predictable things in the story


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

    There were some funny parts here and there, some parts that make you really dis like the terrible step mother and other parts that make you want Cinders side kick girl "yoko" as your buddy too!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the fresh girly touches to science fiction!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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