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Jacqueline

Manhattan, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 17 titles in library
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  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (606)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Eh..."
    Overall

    I found this book to be incredibly boring and the characters not at ALL relatable. Miss Pettigrew has luck on her side, but no actual brain cells to speak of, which makes for a frustrating read/listen. The narrator, however, is great and keeps you feeling like you are listening to something much more enjoyable than you actually are.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (682)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Horrible, and then absolute perfection"
    Overall

    The first quarter of this book was hard to listen to. The character is so unrelatably mean! However, this just makes the book even more spectacular and touching when she shows her true colors and transforms over the remainder of the book. The narration is good and the story is very unique and special. It definitely makes you feel good all over.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (509)

    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!"
    "Wanted to like it more than I did."
    Overall

    The book was worth about 4 stars to me. It was a good book, worth reading, but I knocked another star off because I would have rather read it than listen to this audiobook... the full cast narration is unnecessary and the occasional musical interludes are just silly. (I do not need to hear a little musical chord every time Katsa climbs on her horse and I do not need to listen to happy musical notes when someone smiles at Katsa.) I wish that it was just one solid female narrator without all the extra stuff so that I could have taken this book a little more seriously.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (945)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "So good!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! The two distinct writing styles of the two very different Will Graysons (and the two very different narrators) are what make the book. It is laugh out loud funny and the voices of all the characters are perfect. (The gay friend, Tiny, is absolutely delightful to listen to.) I recommend this book, and I recommend it even more on Audiobook, as listening to it really brings the characters to life.

    17 of 17 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
    (35663)
    Performance
    (26680)
    Story
    (27059)

    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"
    "Great for every audience"
    Overall

    While it may be a young adult book, I found that it is the type of book that can appeal to any older age group. It's an easy read, but it pulls you in and leaves a distinct impression. Suzanne Collins has an amazing writing style that makes the Capitol and Districts themselves become characters in the book with distinct personalities... it's fascinating, as well as eerie at times. I listened to this book while taking an 8 hour drive and found myself taking the long way around my destination just to listen to more. And to top it all off, the narrator is perfect for the tone of the book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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