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Francine

CROTON ON HUDSON, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (514)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "Good listen but....."
    Overall

    So this is an enjoyable listen if you like fantasy with a bit of romance. I downloaded it based on peoples reviews that it was enjoyed by those who also like the Hunger Games Series, which I LOVED!
    I like the way the author creates the characters and their relationships are a focal point of the narration. Her description of the background is not done to distraction. The story as well as the characters are believable. I found myself liking them and their stories.
    That being said there are definitely some negatives. First of all is the music. It is awful and totally distracting. The multiple voices is interesting, not necessarily good or bad. Without giving much away, what you think is going to be the most dramatic part in the book is SOOOO anticlimactic it is not funny. I think the much ado about the "sex scene" is silly. If your teen is reading this they have heard far worse on the bus or watching most main stream movies. Nothing is described in detail.
    I liked it enough to immediately download Fire, which I think is the better of the 2 books but I think more appropriate for either older teens or girls.

    0 of 0 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
    (35896)
    Performance
    (26900)
    Story
    (27285)

    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"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    What a great listen! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let you down. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing Katnis to life. I also like her take on the other characters as well.
    The plot is well developed and you find yourself really sucked into the whole story. I think Collins has just the right amount of blood and guts to make the story believable without it seeming gory, although I think to some people it might be. After all, it is about a bunch of kids killing in other in cold blood!
    The relationships that Katnis develops throughout the story are interesting. There is definitely a weird love triangle at play but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the story or the underlying message.
    Definitely a book to get you thinking about society and cruelty as a source of pleasure. I also liked the interview Collins does at the end where she talks about how she got the idea for the book.
    Couldn't wait to read Catching Fire after I finished this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

    Allison says: "Totally Different from Graceling"
    "Better of the 2"
    Overall

    So I downloaded this immediately after finishing Graceling. You do not need to read Graceling first and in fact this is really a precursor to Graceling. There is only 1 character that spans both books and it is more of an informational point rather than a focal part of the book.

    I think this book was more of a romance than Graceling. It definitely had more mature themes throughout the book. There is a LOT of talk about her monthly cycle in this book as it has significance on some level but I think for younger boys this might be a bit much.

    Again, Cashore spends a great deal of time dealing with her characters and so you learn much about them. That being said, at some points the plot takes a back seat to the development of the characters and their complex relationships.

    I liked that there was no music and there was only one reader. It was much more enjoyable.
    Overall a great listen!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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