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Kate Carlin

Chelsea, MA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (326)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Teresa says: "Fahrenheit 451 or Celsius 232.778."
    "Hearing a classic"
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    Would you listen to Fahrenheit 451 again? Why?

    Fahrenheit 451 is a staple in my classroom. This is a great "New Classic" for students to see what pacing, punctuation and style can do for a story. This is a great book to do while history class works on WWII. It has great historical and present day issues. I will listen to it many more times, with and without my students.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Beatty shows how those in power are not always what they seem. As an avid reader and 'Fireman' his is a character that can give students great jumping off points to think about those in power and choices that we make "On the outside" vs who we are "On the inside"


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

    Stephen Hoye's performance on Fahrenheit 451 was exceptional. His pace, tone and variation works great.


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

    When Clarisse and Guy get to know each other and see Guy's mind begin to open.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dope Sick

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Walter Dean Myers
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    At a young age, Lil J. Skin started stealing pain pills from his mom whenever he started to feel stressed - but now he's graduated to the big leagues. After Lil J. partners with a pusher named Rico on a sweet deal, events take a shocking turn when the buyer - an undercover police officer - is shot and Lil J. winds up wounded and hiding in a crack house.

    Kate Carlin says: "Good Starter Starter Book for struggling readers"
    "Good Starter Starter Book for struggling readers"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has limited appeal. Although a good book for high/low readers it's fantasy content masked in reality can be hard for inexperienced youth. The audio book is a great interpretation of the book. The audio book helps students understand how slang can be written to give a clear idea of how the character talk.


    Would you recommend Dope Sick to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to other teachers how work with a demographic that can relate to the content. It is a good book that has content that will get students reading to start or end the year.


    Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance by J.D. Jackson does justice to the content, slang and pace of the book.


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

    Rewind - just one more time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speak

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.

    FanB14 says: "Recommend with Slight Reservations"
    "Great for the Classroom"
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    Would you try another book from Laurie Halse Anderson and/or Mandy Siegfried?

    Students are currently reading 2 Laurie Halse Anderson books in ELA. Mandy Siegrried does a great job, but I do find her pacing slower than the story and listen to it at 1.25x instead of the recorded slower pace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Freeman is a strong character, being there for Melinda as she opens up. He gives her opportunities to express herself.


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

    Mandy Siegfried has a squeaky voice which fits great for many of the characters. She also has pretty good range for the interior monologue.


    Could you see Speak being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Speak has already been made into a feature length film. Abigail Breslin would play a good Matilda, Alison Gold should play Heather; . Asa Butterfield as David; Bella Thorne as any of the Marthas'; Birdy as Nicole; Ariel Winter as Ivy; Martin Garrix as IT (Andy Evens)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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