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Hector

Hanover Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 167 titles in library
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  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "A Must-Listen!"
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    I will not lie. It started off rough. The first half an 10-15 minutes didn't grab me, but once they set on the road...WOW!!! I couldn't stop listening to it. Sean Runnette did an amazing job with Rinpoche. And Roland Merullo made me laugh, made me think, and came close to making me cry. I actually think I might have shed a tear. It was wonderful. If you are open enough to have come this far, go for it. You WILL enjoy it...after the first 10-15 minutes. c:

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wendy Mass
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Jeremy Fink has big plans for this summer with his best friend Lizzy, a notorious troublemaker (and no, he does not have a secret crush on her). He has everything he needs within a few blocks of his home, so he never has to leave his little neighborhood. And this summer, he officially becomes a teenager.

    Hector says: "A Feel-Good Story That Opens The Heart & The Mind"
    "A Feel-Good Story That Opens The Heart & The Mind"
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    Wendy Mass did another great job creating unique characters. Combine that with another amazingly unique story and you have a wonderful book. With his 13th birthday just a summer away, Jeremy gets the best present anybody can ask for - the exposure to life that will forever change the way he views the world...all thanks to his dad (who passed away when he was 8).

    The story had a rough start, but less than an hour into this adventure I couldn't stop listening. Mass ends the story with a feel-good twist that I have come to now expect from her writing.

    It is a wonderful story...maybe her best thus far. Definitely check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (727)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Clever insight, interesting story, a good listen."
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    Terry Pratchett is at it again. In this clever, early-Victorian tale Pratchett opens our eyes through a clever story of the less fancy side of London. Mixing historical fiction with historical fact, we can't help but cheer for Dodger. While not as good as Nation (a must read), Pratchett does spin a very appealing tale. Stephen Briggs does another great job telling the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (704)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Another Pratchett Gem!"
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    In this installment of the Tiffany Aching portion of Disc World Tiffany is neck deep in hagging when trouble comes her way. Pratchett developed some of the peripheral characters while adding some interesting new ones. The NMF follow Tiffany into the city, and become a pain in the King's... Neck. You'll appreciate that more after a listen. Briggs does another fine job bringing Pratchett's characters to life. Let's hope T.P. has another novel for Tiffany to sort out some trouble... perhaps it can involve a daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (904)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "A DEFINITE-MUST!!!"
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    The readers were GREAT...especially August. The characters in this story show the truth of kids. Yeah, sometimes they can be jerky, but, when it comes down to it, they are good...generally. This book shows what happens when you are true to yourself, and what happens when you look beyond the cover. A moving, heartwarming story about making the best out of a difficult situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (742)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Super funny"
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    This is a fun story. It makes you think a little bit, and gets you rooting for the underdog A LOT, and then it makes you think a bit more about who exactly IS the underdog. Many applicable lessons to life, if that is what you are looking for. More importantly, it is a good, heartwarming story. Perfect for that 5th-9th grade range, and a wonderful read for parents with their kids for even an greater grade range.

    I am not generally a fan of authors narrating their books, and this one did little to change my mind. By the end I was okay with it, though. Sherman Alexie has a very interesting cadence. There were times I felt his inflection/emotion didn't match that of the piece. But, overall, it has been one of the more memorable listens.

    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
    (10639)
    Performance
    (9772)
    Story
    (9821)

    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"
    "Yes!"
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    John Green did an amazing job. Hazel is such a fun character, and yet so tortured. It is clever. Augustus is clever. This is a definite read/listen. I am doing my best to pass this book around my circle. Everybody who I've turned on to it LOVED IT...adults and teens. There are parts of the story that get a bit predictable, but you still hope against hope that they don't happen. And it tears you apart when it does. The most enjoyable book of this ilk since I read "If I Stay" (another definite-must!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mango Shaped Space

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Mass
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When 13-year-old Mia finally reveals a closely-guarded secret, it soon echoes throughout her school. She was born with synesthesia, a neurological cross-wiring that lets her see sounds, taste shapes, and smell colors. To Mia, the letter A glows with faded sunflower-yellow, screeching chalk sizzles with jagged red sparks, and her cat's voice puffs with orange-mango haze. How can Mia "the alien" find acceptance and self-worth?

    Hector says: "A Cute Listen"
    "A Cute Listen"
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    This is a very cute book. I teach high school, and some of my kids turned this into a short play. They really enjoyed reading it. For me, the story dragged a bit in the middle. I thought it was Mia was a bit whiny and self-centered at parts (think Harry Potter in books 4/5), but then I remembered she was an 8th grade girl (no offense meant here). Overall, strong start and a super cute end with a LOT of interesting stuff in between. Wendy Mass really sparked my interest. Since this book, I went on to learn more stuff about synesthesia, and it has led me to her other books which seem pretty awesome as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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