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FanB14

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  • Sublime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Cal Wembly
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn't sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she's here for him. Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life - and her death - neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is.

    Katheryne says: "Not all that sublime really"
    "Excellent Idea, No Connection"
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    Lucy is dead, walking among the living and doesn't know how or why she's there. Drawn to the much alive and well Colin, their relationship begins.

    He researches what tragic event lead to her death and she learns to navigate, yet is frustrated they can't physically be together. Through dangerous stunts, Colin finds a way for them to bond, yet will he have to join her on the other side for their relationship to become real.

    Fascinating idea, but no depth to characters and relationship. Predictable and lacking connection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Historical YA Fiction Well Done"
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    After suffering the loss of her younger brother, Andi has difficulty moving on. She hangs with the wrong crowd and ignores her school work. In an effort to put her back on track, her estranged, yet award winning father with a new family, takes Andi to Paris. She is to research her favorite composer, completing her senior thesis.

    After discovering the diary of a young girl from the French revolution, she becomes immersed in the past. Real-time Andi and past Alexdrine intertwine into an intriguing mystery.

    Good YA read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (563)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Damaged Girl Makes New Start"
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    Kacey suffered a devastating loss when her family perished in a car accident. One bad choice after another leads her to pick up with little sister in tow to move to Florida for a fresh start. Struggling to make ends meet, she takes a risky job to pay the rent and keep her bright sister on track to attend an ivy league college.

    An attractive stranger seems drawn to rescuing her from all sorts of mini catastrophes and thus begins the mystery.

    The narrator is strong and the book is an entertaining read, but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3258)
    Performance
    (2890)
    Story
    (2888)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Book Club Favorite"
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    Bernadette was a ground-breaking, award winning architect, now married with a daughter. The book follows the events of how she dropped out of the public eye including work, friends, and the majority of people; possibly agoraphobic. Told mostly through emails and phone conversations, the conflict-avoidant heroine struggles to keep her sanity. Good choice for a book club circle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls from Corona del Mar: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rufi Thorpe
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at 15, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further - and there is nothing Mia can do to help.

    FanB14 says: "Friendship and Perception"
    "Friendship and Perception"
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    I expected a story of the perfect girl and the jealous one living in her shadow; like "Beaches". What I read was a raw and honest look at how friendship begins and changes from adolescence through early adulthood. Mia views Lori Ann as the good one, but over time experiencing many tragedies the two struggle to adapt to their current situations and maintain that strong childhood friendship bond. Most intriguing is the idea of how perception doesn't always match reality. Rebecca Lowman is an amazing narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23597)
    Performance
    (19610)
    Story
    (19595)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Don't Compare, Just Enjoy"
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    Whenever I read, "this is the next best thing" I set the threshold for quality high. Whenever I see, "the next Gone Girl" I set my expectations even higher. This is not fair to us as readers nor both of the authors. If Paula Hawkins' book doesn't blow you away, then her reputation is sullied and if the next book by Gillian Flynn doesn't surpass "Gone Girl" then she's weak. Weighty expectations are unfair and produce resentment all around. Enough of my rant about marketing.

    This book is good on it's own merit and the only parallel to "Gone Girl" is the missing girl scenario. What makes this tale different and fun is the unreliable narrator, Rachel; neither blonde, sleek, beautiful nor sophisticated. She's a hot mess, literally stumbling in a drunken stupor from one cringe-worthy situation to the next. The recently sacked redhead squeezes her pudgy bum into the train seat each day riding her old rail line to spy on her old home now shared by her ex and his new pretty wife & baby. Along the way she invents names and stories for different houses and people, crossing the line between make-believe and reality only to lead us on a haphazard goose chase to find out where in the world is Meghan.

    Read this quirky, odd, humorous, sad, awkwardly embarrassing, and utterly redeemable new novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1852)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Entertaining"
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    I'm writing this after listening to all three. Can't quite put my finger on why I purchased and "read" them all so quickly. This is not great lit, but at least the first one kept me happily occupied.

    Yes, the story is predictable, but it was fun. "The Selection" leaves the reader in the middle of the story, so if you enjoyed it, listen to book 2. I wouldn't recommend the third as the story was stretched too to round out the ol' trilogy format. I found myself speeding up the narration to finish (not always a good sign).

    Good fun in a world where "Hunger Games" meets "The Bachelor".

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue: Book 3 of the Raven Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

    FanB14 says: "Maggie is a Beautiful Writer"
    "Maggie is a Beautiful Writer"
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    This is book 3 of 4 and feels like a book 2 of a trilogy. The writing (as always) is superb. We find out a little more about Blue and the boys as Adam faces off with his father, and Gansey and Blue go spelunking to further their quest and search for Moira. Ronin is in the background since we heard more of his story in Dream Thieves. The women of this novel were mere window dressing and I was left wanting more details and stories about Blue's past than what was offered.

    Not unhappy I spent my credit and eagerly await the final installment. I will read or listen to whatever this woman writes. She's one of the good guys in YA.

    Footnote:
    Why do I bother??? Will Patton is a fine narrator for adult fiction, but not suited for YA. At this point with 3 books in the cycle in his pocket, why would he be replaced? For the future reference...please know his voice is creepy for teen fiction. The women he voiced sounded like cartoon witches from the 70's and (again repeating myself) his NY accent from book 2 was unmistakable for Yogi Bear. Why, editors, producers, executives, why?

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4698)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2362)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Amanda says: "An Unexpected Gift."
    "Quirky, Humorous Inquest from Young Boy's POV"
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    In a small English town, our young hero embarks on a quest to uncover who murdered Mrs. Wellington's dog with a garden fork. Christopher lives with his dad; believes his mum is deceased; has a pet rat; and possibly falls on the Autism spectrum disorder. Since the diagnosis is never mentioned, I assume he is a highly functioning boy with Asperger's.

    This book does not focus on nor preach about disabilities. It provides a framework to understand the first person narration moving through daily interactions with family, teachers, and the occasional policeman. He speaks in an uninterrupted stream of consciousness and the humor comes across in a straightforward manner. The chuckles are never at the expense of this boy's condition.

    Delightfully quirky story. The answer is not found in the killer's unveiling, but in the rich tapestry created through Christopher finding meaning in his orderly fashion of dealing with family crises seeking a positive resolution.

    If you enjoy this one, check out "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Give You the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (587)

    Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

    FanB14 says: "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
    "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
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    Jude and Noah, male and female twins are opposite, yet one, and sibling rivalry runs high. Both apply to a prestigious art high school, desperately seeking approval from their mother. Noah views every situation as a portrait and nervously fidgets, drawing what he sees. He paints, she sculpts and both believe Noah is the favorite and a lock for admission.

    Nelson is a fabulous writer, giving Noah a quirky sense of humor, narrating from the age of 13-14 and edgy angst to Jude, narrating from their current time; age 16. There are strong themes, including a tragic event, first love, rivalry, lies, and the desire to belong and be accepted. Both narrators did a fantastic job, sounding just as I'd picture their characters. Don't read other reviews giving away too many details, just enjoy this amazing and well-written coming of age story. If you liked "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower", you will love this. If you haven't read that one, read/listen to both.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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