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Gilmara Lima Mendes

Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2014

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  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane: Underland Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (323)

    Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to the Underland. Gregor eventually comes face to face with the Rat King, and to his surprise, he finds he is unable to kill this creature. His heart tells him he's making the right decision.

    A User says: "just love"
    "Very unexpected"
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    Would you listen to Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane again. I have to say that the first book didn't make me eager to know what would happen to Boots and Gregor, but since it was a Suzanne Collins book, I thought I might, and I don't regret it. This book is fool of twists, turns, and suspense. Now, this one made me eager to dive into the next one, and it made me cry at least 3 times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane?

    Spoiler alert: When all hope had been lost about Boots, despair took place. But the princess got brought back to the warrior.


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

    I just loved his narration of Boots. So intense and real - just how little toddlers can be.


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

    Yes, but I cried more than I laughed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Expecting Better: Why Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Emily Oster
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Economist Emily Oster uses the tools of economics to debunk myths about pregnancy and to empower women to make better decisions while they’re expecting. In Expecting Better, she shows that the information given to pregnant women is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified, and she debunks a host of standard recommendations on everything from drinking to fetal testing.

    J. Schmitz says: "Pregnant? Read this and move on..."
    "If you are pregnant, read / listen to this."
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    Where does Expecting Better rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, not the best but not the worst either. But it is the first I listen to concerning maternity and pregnancy. A good choice to start, but there are some things I wanted to find out about pregnancy and these things were not here.


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

    This is an economy researcher getting the numbers out there for all pregnant women to see. She desmistifies what many people say about general pregnancy recommentations, such as: drink or not drink wine, coffee or having chocolate while pregnant? The author presents statistics with studies from various parts of the world and their babies, and also researches with mice.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    A great, relaxing narration. I certainly would listen to another book narrated by her.


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

    The part about natural birth and getting or not an epidural.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I was going to find more information on detailed pregnancy here, but the author went after the science and the research. I can't blame her. I just need to find another book that satisfies my needs.
    This a good book for the decision making process. Most of the times, pregnant women leave all the decisions to their doctors or husbands, but this book is an example on how to choose the correct way-as she describes it - to make decisions and take control of the " pregnat driver's seat"
    I hope you enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1049)

    Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

    Deborah says: "YA?"
    "Exciting Adventure with Touches of Reality"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ruins of Gorlan to be better than the print version?

    Yes, The narrator did a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that someone considered insignificant by others, can be a protagonist of such a great story.
    And also how bullying can take place in such innocent lives.


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

    No, this is a first timer.


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

    Yes. I felt anger with Horace, Pain with Will, and Happiness too


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for teens and adults. I am certainly going to read the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen: The Junior Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Disney Press
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    When the kingdom is trapped in an eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. Frozen: The Junior Novelization retells the whole exciting story.

    David A. Heckman says: "Great read"
    "Great Narration, but no Music"
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    If you could sum up Frozen in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful story. It is the movie version, but narrated.


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

    Not yet, but I liked it and I will sure listen to Andi again if the chance comes up.


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

    No, because I already knew the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The only pity is that I expected music to be present, but there was no music, and that was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1145)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "Very Good but had the potential to be better"
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    Would you listen to The Blood of Olympus again? Why?

    Yes, because I love all the characters.
    My favorite book from the saga was 'The Son of Neptune'.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Olympus?

    When Percy and Jason met KIM, and also when Jason took Piper to the rooftop and kissed her under the stars. I missed something memorable like that for Percy and Annabeth too, after all, they have become very dear to our hearts, and their end was so...blah...


    What three words best describe Nick Chamian’s performance?

    I personally prefered Joshua Swanson. Why wasn't he the narrator for this book?
    I don't know why, but Nick got worse on this book. He sounded better on 'The House of Hades'.


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

    Yes, because I wanted to know how they were going to defeat gaea. However, Riordan made it very predicatable - maybe he felt guilty about all the past cliffhanders on other books or sth. Even if being in the middle of the book, you already knew what was going to happen in the end. Leo. Calypso. However, Festus? I didn't see it coming!


    Any additional comments?

    Gaea's ending could have been something more memorable. I thought it was a little dull. Good, but dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (408)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "A Crazy Classic."
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    I started listening to this book because I had an assignment to do. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. This is not a dynamic book since it dwells on the narrator's conflict. It made me feel some anguish through most of the reading / listening. At times I didn't know if Rodya was conflicted or plain crazy.
    It is a classic of Russian literature, and every literature student should read it, and learn to recognize the polyphony and dialogism in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas C. Foster
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Simply Fantastic!!!"
    "Simply Fantastic!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Read Literature Like a Professor to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! I had an immensely enjoyable experience, and I am sure I wouldn't have had it if I had just read the print version.


    What other book might you compare How to Read Literature Like a Professor to and why?

    None. I came looking for some theory in order to understand a little of literature, and I found archetypes, symbols and even some creative writing. This book teaches these elements of literature very well, so well I want to listen to it again. I just wish there could have been some more literary theory.


    Have you listened to any of David de Vries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first, but I will definitely look for more of his work. The narrator's performance got the so hooked I couldn't seem to be able to stop myself from listening, but I HAD to, because I had to digest every piece of new information.


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

    Professor Lit and his stories


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for some literary theory, this might not be the book for you, but I learned a great deal from this book nevertheless. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (471)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Great heard at 1.25x or even 1.5x"
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    This is a fantastic book, and I am sure it will stay close to my heart.
    This is the story of a girl, Sorcha, whose sacrifice freed her brothers from a dark spell, but until you get to that part, you will feel as if suffering every minute.
    She and her six brothers live in a place called Sevenwaters, and each brother has a role on this tale. Her mother died 6 hours after giving birth to her, but their resemblance to one another is uncanny. Maybe that's the reason why her father hardly ever speaks or pays attention to her.
    One day Lord Collum, the father, decides to get married, and that's where the story changes. It is not just the beautiful stepmother getting in the way, for she is a witch, and she wishes to bear a child so this child can inherit Sevenwaters, and she will stop at nothing to accomplish this task. So, she casts a spell on the 6 brothers and turns them into swans, but Sorcha gets to run away, and so a life of agony, suffering and pain begins.
    There are parts where you just have to speed the ap to 1.5x, such is the agony! Don't get me wrong, for the narrator is good, but it feels like the story is dragging along, and if you can do something about it, speed up the ap.
    There is also a love story building up, very slowly, and it later gets to be the hook of the book :)

    If you like tales and fantastic stories, you will like this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

    Daddy Mike says: "amazing"
    "It keeps getting better!"
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    When I read Land of stories 1, I was still unsure of what I was getting myself into, but then I moved onto Land of Stories 2, and it got better, but now, with A Grimm warning, Chris Colfer left a cliffhanger that makes me itch! Very nice and unexpected ending! When is the next one out?
    The author gives those beloved characters we know so well, a personality, interesting points of view, and most importantly, something to fight for.
    It is very nice to see characters like Red, who is a spoiled brat, turning into a woman who wants to fight for something bigger than herself, and not having temper tantrums.
    The author also presents new characters with very intriguing storylines for us to follow. Like I said, it keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the fourth one.
    5 stars to Chris Colfer's performance, which also keeps on improving each time!
    If you are unsure about getting this book or not, take it. It is awesome, and like I said, better than the first two. You will not regret it.
    Now, if you haven't read the first two, I suggest you do, otherwise you might not understand what is in store for you here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

    Laura says: "Original & Moving"
    "Love the inside and outside."
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    Despite the fact that this book can make the reader (listener) a little confused, it brings a very interesting and unique perspective about love. Nowadays people don't really worry about loving someone for what they are, but for what they have. It is very easy to fall in love with the way one looks, but very hard to fall for what they truly are inside, and this book kind of forces us to reflect on that aspect of love, and also love without gender. Just love.
    Another interesting thing to consider about the story is: would we be able to give up our own happiness so that others could be happy?
    I truly liked this book, but if you are into happy endings or normal and convenient stuff, you might not appreciate this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4305)
    Performance
    (3760)
    Story
    (3761)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Peaceful Sci-fi"
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    If you are looking for some Sci-fi without all the fighting and bad - ET drama, this book is for you.
    In this book, Josh, an ET and all his race are trying to befriend the people on earth, but because of their appearance and smell, which are completely different and even a little repellent (the smell), they have to find someone to mediate this encounter, more precisely, an agent, Tom.
    Tom is one of the youngest and most successful agents in LA, and he has to deal with all the pressure of being an agent in Hollywood and having all these famous clients, especially one particular new movie star called Michelle Beck (who is very important to the story), and on top of that, being the agent of an entire race, which can't be easy.
    I loved the book. It had very interesting twists. In the beginning you think you can predict where the plot is going, but then you just can't. It is a nice surprise.
    Will Wheaton is a great narrator. I loved listening to him and I wish he could narrate more books. KUDOs! 5 stars well earned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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