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Gilmara Lima Mendes

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

Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2012

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  • 67 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 202 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (544)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Norma says: "Great Listen!!"
    "Unsurprised and a little disappointed"
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    I read the reviews, and I thought I was about to listen to a great book.
    Good is the word, not great. Things were a little predictable along the way and even a little boring. There were no extreme emotions from my part, and that is what I like to feel when I read a book.
    I will certainly read the next one, but I will not go too eager.
    I recommend it, but not highly.

    4 of 5 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
    (361)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (326)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    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?

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "It keeps getting better!"
    "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
    (208)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    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
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2926)

    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
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies....the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents!

    Judy Lokits says: "Eye-opener"
    "Still up-to-date!"
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    This book is about not only loving your teenager, but also about learning how to demonstrate your love in a way they feel they are loved. Sometimes at home with all the rules and responsibilities, it is hard to appreciate your rebel teen, let alone show them they are appreciated.
    When I started this book, I had already listened to 5 Love languages of children, and 5 love language for couples, thus I thought it would repeat itself, but it didn't.
    This one has a great approach for teens, and if you are one of those renitent parents who is struggling with his/her teen at home, you need to get this book and absorb every ounce of knowledge this book has to offer.
    With the advance of modern life, it gets harder and harder to understand your teen, but this book presents simple things and strategies you can do with your teen in order for you to have a more harmonious domestic environment.
    This book is especially aimed at helping parents not only to learn to show their kids' love language, but also to understand their teen's. If you are not a parent, but want to understand the teens around you, and how to show your love for them in a way they get it, this is a great source of knowledge. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (645)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Happy ending after all!"
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    Well, because I thought I didn't know what was coming, I got tense while reading the book. I even had to stop listening for a while until I felt safe and sure I wanted to continue. I was rooting for our America.

    There were some events I saw coming, and some other twists that could have been nicer and more intrieguing, but the author didn't do anything about it, so those details were just revealed and nothing happened. That part was disappointing. I think the author could have done really nice things with those new twists.

    Through the ending some other things were a little predictable, but what I liked most about this book was the fact that we saw America not only as the brave girl who fights and stands up to the man, but a girl who has teenage conflicts and emotions and she is very confused until the last hour and a half of listen.

    Another thing I have to point out is that everything fitted into place. There was no final major conflict for America to resolve. The author could have done something about it too. It would have been spicier.

    I loved this book, nonetheless, and I do recommend it. It is truly a YA with lots of teen drama, but it is a very nice read / listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (853)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Interesting Development of this Love Triangle"
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    1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
    2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
    Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
    I listened to this in 3 sittings!
    I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.

    0 of 0 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
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1204)

    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.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Sparks going both ways!"
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    I started this book because of my students' recommendations. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. As an YA fan I believed I would like it, and I just realized how much now, because I keep thinking about it and keep wanting to purchase the next one as soon as possible. You just know how much you like a book when you start dying to read the sequel.

    This is the story of America Singer. Her country is divided into casts. She is a 5 - not a good place to be - but she actually has the chance of a lifetime. She can change her life by entering a selection process in order to be chosen by prince Maxon to become princess of Ilea. The thing is, she is in love with Aspen, and the stupid guy pushes her into the selection so that she could have a better life. Little did he know that Lady America had some good chances, and that the odds could be ever in her favor.

    This book reminds me a little about hunger games because of how these girls lost their privacy so quickly, because of the TV crews which keep trying to find out more about prince Maxon and the so far selected ladies, and also because of the hunger, poverty and suffering going on in the lower casts, the underprivileged.

    The highlight is the friendship / sth else between lady America and the Prince, and it gets even better when Aspen, the stupid ex boyfriend, gets back in the picture.

    Can't spoil it. You have to read it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (194)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Enlightening, but..."
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    Although the author tries to give layman an over view of music and how it works, if you don't know anything (or practically anything) this book is not for you. This book should be read, not listened to. This is the kind of book where you have to read some concepts over and over, and you also have to do some practice on your own (even though there is some demonstration at the end of each chapter, but it feels too theoretical).
    When I purchased this book, I thought I was going to learn about psychology of music, or even some concepts of music therapy, but this book is not about that. This book gets very technical at some points, and some dumb at others. I feel a little disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (755)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "Shame I didn't absorb as Much as I wanted"
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    Review
    This was a hard book for me to finish, not because it was boring, but because it was hard for me. In his introduction the author says he will to try to make things easy for you to understand the book, but unfortunately, his attempts failed with me.

    This is not a health or nutrition book. I was a little disappointed by this. This is a chemistry book. If you don't know much about chemistry, or don't remember what you learned in high school, I suggest you go to basic chemistry first.
    The author tries to be funny and tries to tone things down for readers like me, but I think it wasn't enough, for I realized I need to get my chemistry together.
    I did Learn interesting things here, but I have to away I retained very little information. It is a good book. I recommend it, but only if you commit to listen to it many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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