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Marianne

Corona, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • An Abundance of Katherines

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (301)

    When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans will Enjoy"
    "Great story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Abundance of Katherines to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both reading and listening to this story. The narrator confused me a little bit. He came off as a child, not a teenager which threw me off a bit. I'd definitely read the book again because it helped to envision the teenage boy.


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  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (755)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    AudioAddict says: "Hard to categorize this one!"
    "Graphic sex scenes take away potential"
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    What disappointed you about Falling into You?

    Honestly, I can take quite a bit of adult language/content. I felt there was so much focus on describing bodily fluids and swollen private parts that it really took the focus away for a story that had so much potential. All the other parts of the story were under developed. If I felt a whisp of a tearful connection to the characters' experiences it was short lived as the description of it was short lived.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Usually I listen and if I love something so much I'll get the book too and read it so I can relive it in more detail. Sometimes listening makes going back a few pages a little difficult. I'm currently listing to a memoir. A funny one. (With F worlds too!)


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think a little more natural readings would've helped the listen but definitely wouldn't help the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Falling into You?

    I hate to cut anything from a book. The writer puts it there for a reason. I wouldn't want to miss any of it even if I end up not liking it.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't hate this book. I just wish I had a little more warning about the nature of the context. If I wanted graphic sex scenes, I feel like I would've chosen an adult book and not a young adult or new adult book. I chose YA and NA for the coming of age experiences and this was borderline S&M reading material. It makes it awkward.

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