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Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • MILA 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Debra Driza
    • Narrated By Tara Sands

    Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past - that she was built in a computer-science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do. Now she has no choice but to run - from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

    M. Herbert says: "Quick fun read"
    "It's got it all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of MILA 2.0 to be better than the print version?

    Yes--the narrator is good, and the story could so easily be a movie that the fast-paced scenes are fantastic to listen to, since you are sitting back and experiencing this cinematic action without having anything whatsoever to distract you. The narrator is also great at capturing the altering moods of the character's growing identity crisis--from thinking she is human yet having a frustrating memory loss to discovering she is an android and wishing desperately to not be one, to hoping it is a mistake--and also to falling into a depression of questioning her emotions (is this my programming, or is it genuine?). A fantastic listening experience.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mila of course. Her issues really raise overarching questions of what it means to be "human" versus what it means to have feelings period (whether you were made in a lab or born with a true brain and actual heart).

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

    No I don't think I have, but I certainly would again.

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

    Oh man I'm bad at tag lines, but it would be something like a tagline for Bourne Identity but also with a cyborg twist (maybe something akin to Blade Runner?). Hm maybe something like, Created to be a killing machine--they never thought the machine would have a say in it too. But that's pretty bad, isn't it? Like I said, bad at taglines...

    Any additional comments?

    I'm not usually the type to go for action books, but I had a great time with this. And I'm a sucker for identity-crisis stories, and this definitely has that. It basically has everything you'd want in a book.

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  • Chosen at Nightfall: Shadow Falls, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Kylie Galen entered Shadow Falls Camp, she left her old life behind forever and discovered a world more magical than she ever imagined. A place where you’re two best friends can be a witch and a vampire… and where love doesn’t happen the way you’d expect. When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him - to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation.

    Nicole says: "Best series since Twilight and Harry Potter!"
    "Fun book, but narrator needs water!"
    What made the experience of listening to Chosen at Nightfall the most enjoyable?

    This series consistently entertains. The latest entry is no exception. I liked learning more about the chameleon supernaturals,

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've got a soft spot for wolf boy, Lucas

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Take a sip of water!! Seriously, sometimes iI was cringing. The sound of her swallowing and trying to gather saliva is just gross, and it happens so often, my heating gets extra sensitive to it. If she did it, say, once or twice, I might not even notice. But it just. Gets. Gross. She had this happen on one or two other books in the series (can't remember which), though this may be the worst case. She was fine on the last book.

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

    I like the love triangle; I'm a sucker for that stuff.

    Any additional comments?

    A big pet peeve of mine in this series is how amazingly often the author describes Kylie's feelings as a sensation happening in her chest or, more often, her heart. Just about everything "pulled on her heart strings" or "swelled up in her chest" or "squeezed her heart," and, oh yeah, her heart whispers to her all the time. It's a really busy heart. I'm amazed the editor or copy editor never pointed this out, the constant repetition of pretty much the exact same metaphor. Though maybe they did, and the author didn't want to listen...

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