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Federica

Milan, Italy | Listener Since 2005

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  • 24 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 173 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6705)
    Performance
    (5968)
    Story
    (5968)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Quite enjoyable!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would, it's got some magic to it and it's so well thought out and written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very creative and descriptive, it takes you right into the circus!


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    The parts in which he describes the senses perceived during the visits to the circus, he looks like he is very much into it.


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

    No... the final part and how it connects right again through the beginning (this is not a spoiler, don't worry, but others who read the book will understand) is sensational


    Any additional comments?

    The scottish accents were somewhat annyoing lol... but regardless, absolutely check out this book. It should definitely be made into a movie. I can imagine Tim Burton doing an amazing job at the rendition.

    0 of 0 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
    (12776)
    Performance
    (11700)
    Story
    (11767)

    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"
    "Wow! Read this without even noticing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The style of writing... very fresh, easy to read, humorous, ironic despite the plot. The reader was also a pleasure to listen to


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    I have read books about terminal illnesses before but the way this book tacked it: with a somewhat humorous tone made it unique


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in 2 days despite living my life and going to work etc. without even realizing it! it was such a pleasure to follow that I didn't even notice it flew by. I absolutely suggest this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18900)
    Performance
    (12999)
    Story
    (12894)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Uncertain"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

    Someone who did not sound so much like my grandmother... at times I felt as if she was reading the book to me and considering the plot it was a complete turnoff


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    a bit more of a realistic sense and a more experienced Jamie ... some more turning points and focus on the important, less on the fluff


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this book because many people had suggested it and also because the TV series caught my attention. I have read long books before but at times I had problems with this novel because it lagged during points when it could have perfectly avoided and vice versa it rushed through some pretty crucial points in the story.
    The characters were interesting but several times the male lead was not believable... I mean, come on, a rough Scottish islander with such sensitivity despite the historical time? The female character with her nurturing attitude seemed to be the one wearing the pants for most of the time...
    I am not sure whether I will continue with the second book. I have read a preview and it intrigues me but I am afraid it will lag on forever like the first book. Yes, I will think about it, but for now I will read something else.

    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
    (18865)
    Performance
    (17056)
    Story
    (17201)

    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.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, original, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The description of the various environments, the detailed explanation of a futuristic society


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

    She just made the book reading smooth and flowing and kept me company during my long road trip the past weekend.


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

    hmm...


    Any additional comments?

    I totally recommend this book. I don't know why people compare it to hunger games, it is very different... actually I believe it is way more applicable compared to hunger games and could indeed become a future way of life in order to avoid conflicts. I also watched the movie last night. It was interesting to compare and contrast visual details and thanks to the fact that the author was also co-producer in the movie they were similar to what I had imagined (this means the descriptions in the book were excellent) however the movie was sooooo disappointing.
    Therefore, please do not judge this story on the movie as there are several differences and the movie story line was very rushed and sketchy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6905)
    Performance
    (6251)
    Story
    (6251)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Touching tale about hope when hope is unachievable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly, it's one of these stories that leave you thinking of how much humanity developed throughout history and thanks to the effort of people that put their morals before their material well-being


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing style, especially during Handful's story. The description of details during the suffering as well as during the few moments of beauty in the slave girl's life. The love that permeates between a mother and her daughter. The undying hope when all seems impossible.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Definitely Handful. Sarah's stuttering pretty much got on my nerves at times


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

    definitely the same as the book title. It's so right on.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of The Secret Life of Bees by the same author so when this book came out I had to absolutely read it. I confirm the story was great and that the author did not disappoint me. The plot is really touching and the enlightening confirmation that the story is based on a true story make the reading even more emotional to me.
    I love Sue Monk Kidd's writing style and the way she conveys her feelings on paper. I definitely recommend you pick this up especially if you like me are a fan of womens' studies and female literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3572)
    Performance
    (3238)
    Story
    (3256)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Very touching"
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    well-written, intimate, touching


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I've never read a book like this, it's very unique to me


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There wasn't a particular favorite, they were all different


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    Definitely Will. It's incredible how at first he was unreachable and how throughout the book he tried his hardest to open up to love despite his difficult circumstances and restrictions


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest you read this book only when you have the right time to devote the attention it deserves, it touches you in a profound way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2074)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1328)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Left it 3/4 of the way"
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    this one kinda did it for me... too obvious and very bland


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am readying a more structured book, with a bit more soul: the Night Circus


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

    She actually did a good job in working with accents and gave more personality to the speakers... without her I would have probably rated this even lower


    Could you see The Bride being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Heck no.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so boring that I actually decided to leave it aside. I was expecting it to be exciting and entertaining after having read all the good reviews, unfortunately nothing really happens throughout most of the story and the main female character is even annoying.

    If you are really into romance novels and you want to read a very, very similar book (sweet girl is taken away from her homeland by a rude warrior and eventually, after a whole lot of adventures, they fall in love) read Dream of me by Josie Litton. At least there's a plot in that story, and the hot scenes make you really hang onto the edge of your armchair :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jenny Colgan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

    Federica says: "Enjoyable except when reader got under my skin"
    "Enjoyable except when reader got under my skin"
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    What did you love best about Meet Me at the Cupcake Café?

    The plot of the book was not focused on the pursuit of love, even if it contained that sweet aspect as well, but on the pursuit of one's dream and ambitions. It was inspiring and motivating, also the recipes at the beginning of each chapter and the final epilogue where the writer gives baking advice was such an original touch to the novel.


    What other book might you compare Meet Me at the Cupcake Café to and why?

    I haven't yet read another book like the Cupcake Cafe...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Rawlins’s performances?

    I think I would and might pick up the second Cupcake Cafè book I noticed on Audible


    If you could rename Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, what would you call it?

    Cupcake Romance? Nah, I prefer the original title


    Any additional comments?

    The reader... was talented as she was able to make many, many different voices but her tight British accent... dunno where it was from... but it was just at points unbearable. At times I even had to rewind back because I couldn't understand what the hell she was saying, especially when she was reading grandpa's parts. At one point I even thought about turning the damn thing off but stuck to the end only because the story was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1225)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "Beautiful absurdity"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As much as I love chick lit, this was way too long... the twists and turns that go on during the book are just too predictable so I think the book would have been more enjoyable if it had been shorter and more straightforward.


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

    As previously mentioned, I would make the chase less obvious, and the guy less impossible. It's true that chick lit is way too good to be true, but this romance was just way over the top.


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

    I found her way of reading very enjoyable and her tone of voice in some characters made me smile


    Was Beautiful Disaster worth the listening time?

    It was a cute reading and I don't regret purchasing the title... but I found myself listening to the whole way through just to reach the end.


    Any additional comments?

    There is way too much chick lit available nowadays and I know pretty much all plots have been explored... I just think this one lacked at least the originality of the steamy passionate scenes and that element of fantasized romance that actually has the potential of becoming reality.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen: A Fallen Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

    Jennifer says: "This again?"
    "Pitiful"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A whole other type of story! I felt totally fooled by getting this book


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

    No, because thankfully there are many much better books of the genre and I know it


    What three words best describe Justine Eyre’s voice?

    clear, soft, nagging


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

    Huge disappointment! the plot was so intriguing, a mix between twilight and vampire diaries, only with angels. The writer didn't at all play the story well, it had such big potential... and it's not about teen romance, forget about it, I would have never found this appealing, not even when I was 15.
    The biggest achievement was that I was able to listen to the whole story, always hoping that it would get more interesting... nope, not the case!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a trilogy? Nope, I've had enough with the first book. No more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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