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Lacy

I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

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  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    "It was the bees knees!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Diviners in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, thrilling, and historical.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diviners?

    The most memorable moment for me was when Blind Bill put his hands on Isaiah and caused him to go unconscious. I was so shocked and pissed off that he would exploit a child's gift in order to better himself. I know he's a bum, but I did not see that coming. Then, I did not understand why he threw Ms. Williams under the bus to Octavia? There are others but it will spoil the book.


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

    I have not listened to January LaVoy before, but she is my favorite narrator now! She did a phenomenal job separating the characters through voices and accents. I was blown away! She made the story come alive for me and I would have not gotten that experience if I had read it myself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I was anxious to know if they would figure out that they were dealing with a demon and how the heck they were going to destroy him!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the 20s and paranormal stories then you will love this book! The author did an amazing job at creating solid characters and a smooth plot using a historical background. I wanted to know if there was actually a person that killed people under the persona naughty John in New York.

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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5593)
    Performance
    (5014)
    Story
    (5006)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Time travel to a time that will forever change you"
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    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Ikeda did a great job with all the characters because she knew how to change her accent and voice to bring those characters to life but I especially loved how she played with Philippe Clairmont! In the beginning, he was this stoic, intimidating, powerful individual that you thought you were gonna hate because of his interaction with Diana and Matthew when they first arrived, but you gradually start to see this heartwarming, passionate, caring individual underneath all that roughness. He is truly a diamond in the rough! I just began to really fall in love with that character because he was so human and vulnerable in moments when he is supposed to be this formidable creature. You felt sadness knowing his fate and wish somehow that their stay would have caused a change to the future where he would somehow be in it because his character provided fatherly love, protection, security, trust, and loyalty. They need this going back to the future with what they will encounter.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    I think Gallowglass Clairmont was the most memorable character for me because you couldn't help but love him. His enduring term, "Auntie," toward Diana made me smile every time because you could hear the love in it for her. He had a good sense of humor and I loved how he acted without being told sometimes. He was so loyal to Matthew and it was just amazing the lengths he would go to do what Matthew needed done. He, also, was awesome at making sure that everything was set up and ready to go for them and an amazing protector over Diana. I liked that he understood Diana and he knew when he was going to have a hard time of convincing her to do something because she can be pretty stubborn. It was also heart wrenching to hear how he had remembered her from the past (1590) and watched her grow from a child to an adult like a proud parent and never be able to hug her and tell her how proud he was (because she would have thought he was crazy!) When you have someone like that in your life...they are precious and you should never let them go! I wish he was real!


    Any additional comments?

    When you finish a book like this one..it becomes a big accomplishment because it pulls you into its world and it makes you fall in love with the characters. You chomp at the bit to find out what is going to happen next? You root for Diana and Matthew every step of the way! In some ways, you feel what they feel during climactic scenes. Therefore, I LOVE this series because it is more than a love story between a vampire and a witch. It is a very intelligent trilogy that a person must have historic interest to understand it or be enamored with it because the author does have a tendency to go over the reader's head with alchemical and historical concepts. The sheer amount of pages can be overwhelming and the author has a knack for explaining concepts in the most detail EVER!! To the point where I'm like... "Ok, ok let's move on to the next thing because I wanna know what's going to happen!!!!!!"

    SO much happened in this novel! I would love to spill it all out here, but that would ruin the book for others so I will say a few things to kind of give some insight into this second book. Diana and Matthew flee the 21st century in order to find Ashmole 782 and find a witch that can help Diana harness her witch powers. In order to do these things...Diana uses her time-walking skills along with a few items of the early 1590s and Matthew to travel to London. There she is greeted and overwhelmed by the Knights of Templar and the task of fitting into the time period. She meets many different people who touch her life in so many ways. She finds herself in dangerous or awkward situations at times, but she somehow manages to win everybody over. There are some surprising guest appearances even in 1590/ 1591 that will make you say..."WHAT!" A very monumental thing happens for Diana and Matthew in this book that wiil change the course of history if it's allowed to happen.

    I think that travelling back in time was very beneficial for Matthew and Diana because it allowed them to be vulnerable and lay bare any flaws that might have been tucked away...never to surface if they had stayed in the 21st century. This is very important for a marriage to survive (they said their vows in "A Discovery of Witches" before they time-walked) because the past does come back to haunt you in some ways and can come between you and your partner if you are not careful. This opportunity also allowed Diana to learn so much more about herself that she was never able to unearth in the 21st century. We finally find out what kind of witch she really is and she learns to finally stand up and believe in herself. She gains some self-confidence from this trip.

    This book is really good and I think if you are interested in historical things mixed with vampires, witches, demons, and humans throw in a love story to boot then this book is for you!

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (225)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    anmaree says: "Well written story that captures the imagination."
    "Weird Story that I Could Not Get Into"
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Probably not..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have put more paranormal action into it because it was so blah.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The book is a movie and I have seen it! I have to say that it is way better!


    Any additional comments?

    *******SPOILER ALERT*******
    I was excited about reading this book because I assumed it was similarly based off of the movie, "The Haunting" (1999). Unfortunately, only a few details were the same. I had a difficult time getting into the story and following the manic thought process of Eleanor. She is a very awkward, strange person with many insecurities and a touch of disassociation. You feel so much pity for her because she is so weak and has never had a life since she had placed the care of her mother at the very center of hers. When her mother passes, she gets into an argument with her sister on who she own the apartment their mother lived in and who she have the car. This is similar to or parallels the feud between the Crain sisters of Hill House. Eleanor is invited to come to Hill House to take part in a paranormal investigation into the house. She steals the car to come and the author goes to great lengths to describe in much detail her journey to Hill House. She is greeted by the caretaker and his wife and they make sure to warn her that she does not want to stay there. The author goes into great lengths again to describe the evilness that is Hill House. Eventually, she meets Dr. Montague, Theo, & Luke who will be staying with her in the house. Not much really happens. I thought there would be more crazy stuff happen like stuff flying through the room or ghosts materializing, but many there was a lot of banging on doors. Basically, Dr. Montague's wife comes with this friend of hers, Arthur, and starts to stir up stuff in the house. Then, Eleanor goes crazy and they make her leave...she runs into a tree and I guess kill herself.

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  • Taken at Dusk: Shadow Falls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all. Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with - and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

    Lacy says: "My favorite series!!!"
    "My favorite series!!!"
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    If you could sum up Taken at Dusk in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, exciting, and riveting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Perry because he's got a cute, little boy trying to be a man kind of personality that makes you root for him! He's sort of the underdog when it comes to Miranda.His boyish, mischievous charm appears when he has to turn into a male, White cat while shadowing Kylie and when Kylie and Ellie get into it at meet your campmate hour.


    Which character – as performed by Katie Schorr – was your favorite?

    I would say Bernette because he puts on this front like he's tough (and he is) but I love that he has a big heart deep down. It's cute to see when he gets put in situations that are awkward for him like mushy or heartfelt because that rough exterior melts away!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed when Bernette and Holliday got caught kissing by Kylie. I had a heart attack almost when I found out which vampire died and when she found out who the ghost was!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am speechless! I JUST finished this book and I have to say that I'm in love with this series! This has to be my favorite series!!! It is a whirlwind of emotions that you feel and it's as if you know the characters. Every time I read a book in this series...I cannot put it down!! Kylie is still trying to find out what she is exactly. Her brain pattern continues to change from week to week. She's getting back into the flow of camp after her mini vakay at home where all of the crazy stuff happened like her healing her best friend, Sara's, cancer and being kidnapped by rogue supernaturals. She's working to move on from Derek and goes after Lucas. In the beginning of the book, I was rooting for Lucas but now I really feel like her soul mate/ who she should really be with is Derek. He seems to have a more healthy attachment and understands where she is coming from in her journey to find herself. Lucas is too pushy about her being a werewolf instead of embracing who she really is and he can be a little unreasonable when it comes to her gift of talking to spirits. She is helping a spirit find out who she is and what happened to her because the lady shows up with a huge scar on her head. She has to be assigned "shadows" in order to protect her from Mario and his crazy evil gang. Such a good read that will make you laugh and cry! I do not want to spoil anything but we FINALLY find out what she is at the end of the book!! Thank you CC Hunter because I do not think I can wait any longer lol. A lot of things happen in the end that makes you run to get the next book! Can't wait!!!!

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  • Awake at Dawn: Shadow Falls, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    Step into the world of Shadow Falls, a camp that helps teens tap into their special…talents. Once you visit, you'll never forget it - and you'll never, ever be the same. From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she's had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies,0 and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean.

    Deborah says: "Welcome to summer camp"
    "I get so caught up in the Shadow Falls world!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Awake at Dawn to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator gives the story character. She gives Kylie and her friends a picture for me that I might not have gotten if I had read it on my own. She is really good at giving each character a different voice or accent.


    What other book might you compare Awake at Dawn to and why?

    Probably "The Discovery of Witches" because both stories create a world unknown to humans that are filled with monsters. In both of these stories, a romance brews between two different species of creatures. The main character in both are discovering their gifts because they have been locked away. There is something special that is sought after by the other creatures. In "Discovery of Witches," it's a powerful book, but in "Awake at Dawn" it's Kylie herself because she possesses several powerful gifts.


    Which character – as performed by Katie Schorr – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is Lucas because he makes you smile because you know his game. He's very charming and cunning! I like that he's known Kylie since they were little and they have a strong, deep bond. He does feel a bit obsessive with Kylie compared to Derek, but it makes sense because he's a werewolf and they can be pretty possessive, jealous, and protective. I think he's who she should be with because I felt that Derek gave up too easy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I seriously could not stop reading this book! I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! You get wrapped up in the characters and forget they don't really exist. I also like that this story takes place in the Dallas area where I live!


    Any additional comments?

    An AMAZING series! Cannot wait to find out what she is finally!!!

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  • Beautiful Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1365)

    Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks.

    FanB14 says: "One Was Enough"
    "A Captivating Journey to the "Great Barrier""
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, probably a few years from now. I do not like to listen to books over and over because it takes away the magic of them for me.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Darkness to and why?

    The relationship between Lena and Ethan is somewhat of a resemblance to Diana Bishop & Matthew Clairmont of "Discovery of Witches." The plot as well had the same detail-oriented quality of sucking me into a roller coaster ride of "WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT???" Plus, the Castor World/ Incubus World resembled the vampire and demon world in "Discovery of Witches." There was a lot of archaic knowledge between both of them. Similar qualities but two totally different stories!


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Kevin T. Collins was amazing at bringing this book to life! He definitely used inflections and accents to his advantage. You could tell that he wanted to make sure every person in the book had a presence. He made the characters relatable where you could not help but fall in love with them and laugh when they did things that were characteristic of their nature. The way he narrated the story...it just flowed so well and his southern accent was pretty good. His English accent always made me smile. I really liked Liv in the book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! There is no Earthly way that I could have... seeing that it is almost 16 hours long, but I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. I was like "Hurry, hurry!! I have to know!"


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you read "Beautiful Creatures" before, but this series will not disappoint! Kami Garcia & Margaret did an amazing job crafting this gorgeous story together. I could understand why seeing that they are a reading specialist or specialized in creative writing. I will say that the book is very different from the movie in many ways. Many "Beautiful Creatures" fans were so disappointed that the director did not stick to the story or decided to cut important characters from the story line. I think the casting director did a phenomenal job casting who they did for the roles! I integrated those people into my visualization of the characters and it just made sense!

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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (352)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "An Entrancing Look into the Field of Counseling"
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    What did you love best about The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    I am in the counseling field, and this book gave me a deeper understanding into trauma that I would not be able to receive through my classes. I really loved how the author explained how trauma affects the brain and how the environment can alter the mind and behavior of a child. The stories were heart wrenching but fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the author was able to look outside of the box for solutions to issues these clients were experiencing and worked hard to help them be successful in the end


    Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

    I think this was more which case study was more intriguing to me and that would have to be the title...the boy who was raised as a dog. It was fascinating to see his progression to becoming a functioning young man. I could not get over someone raising a child by keeping him in a dog cage! Another one that stuck with me was the child basically screaming for help because his foster mother was trying to make him sick or kill him (mauchausen) to get attention from others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think the book would have been overwhelming to listen to in one sitting because it's filled with so much knowledge and wisdom. A reader needs time to soak in the information.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrator! He was very pleasant to listen to and I felt so easily drawn into the case studies.

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  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (826)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Amazing Detailed Account of Columbine!"
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    What did you love best about Columbine?

    Columbine happened when I was in the 6th grade therefore, I remember hearing about it and seeing a few pictures, but not all of the details because I was so young. This book did an excellent job of recounting the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School through looking at the events that led up to "Judgement Day" from many different angles (from the victims, families, media, and killers).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbine?

    For me, finding out that Cassie Bernall was not the one in the library that was shot after saying she believed in Jesus. I was really confused because I had always thought Rachel Scott was the one that had said that then, they said it was Cassie Bernall. I felt sorry for the girl, Val, who was the actual person to say that to the boys. Another memorable moment was when Patrick Ireland struggled for three hours to get to the window (unable to see) and fell out of it with the help of paramedics/ firefighters/ police. That was so amazing!


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

    Don Leslie has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to him recount the information. He was good at using inflection and tone to capture certain moments and bring the story to life. I would definitely listen to him read other books as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think it would have been overwhelming had I done that because it presented a lot of information, but it was very gripping! I wanted to know everything about it!


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  • The Thirteenth Sacrifice: Witch Hunt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Debbie Viguié
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover - into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.

    Sara says: "Not deep"
    "A Roller Coaster Ride of a Story!!"
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    Would you listen to The Thirteenth Sacrifice again? Why?

    I'm not one to listen to books over and over again that I have already listened to unless they are short and one of my favorites. If a good amount of time had passed then, I would listen to this book again because it is very well-written.


    What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

    I think Abby did an excellent job of narrating the story! You felt like you were a fly on the wall watching everything happen. I mean she did a great job of making you feel like you were actually there. She displays emotion through her voice well and she does a good job separating characters by giving them different sounding voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was outraged at the end of the book by how Samantha was treated! I thought that she had really sacrificed herself throughout the book for the good of everyone and the least people could do was to show her the respect that she deserved!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good book to read. If you are into witches then you will love this book! It's about a girl named Samantha Ryan, who is a cop with a dark past. She lives in the Boston area around Salem. All of a sudden, girls start coming up murdered with what looks like sacrificial markings. It is up to Samantha to go undercover to stop the witches that are behind this before it is too late.

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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (437)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "An Amazing Classic!!! Huge fan of GATSBY!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Drama, glamour, & betrayal


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the story captures the essence of the roaring 20's with its huge, glamorous parties, fast-paced lifestyle, and drama-filled relationships.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, that is so hard because I enjoy all of the book! It is very well written. I would have to say the night that Nick Carroway attends Gatsby's party for the first time. I really enjoy the way the party is described as chaotic but in the same moment breath-taking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the story has always fascinated me and before I saw the 2013 version of it, I wanted to have the opportunity to actually read the book so I have a better understanding of what is going on.


    Any additional comments?

    The movies do a great job of portraying the book down to the wording! The 2013 & 1974 versions are the best out of all that is out there.

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