You no longer follow Mik Rittella

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Mik Rittella

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Mik Rittella

I have been enjoying listening to books since the late 90's and reading them the old fashioned way since my parents taught me!

Stafford , VA | Member Since 2014

0
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 2 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 26 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen. Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began. But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.

    Tara says: "Mother of Gabe..."
    "I don't give out 5 stars often!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Son?

    This is the final book in the "Giver" trilogy and I don't know why I just found out about it! There are many themes in it relevant to society today but you don't have to delve deeply or use a study guide to get into this book. Great story of perseverance and love in a dystopian society that does not include vampires and werewolves. Or zombies. There are still supernatural "gifts" but they are only a small part of this story that takes place in three separate, very different communities.


    What other book might you compare Son to and why?

    The Handmaiden's Tale, or 1984. Big brother is trying to simplify things and make people feel safer by taking away civil and even human rights. Scary!


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

    Her timing and intonation as she reads, along with the way she alters her voice for each character brings them to life. You hear her voice and you want to comfort Claire or shackle the Trade Master.


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

    This is a tough question because anything I can think of right now sounds corny. Maybe,
    "In a dystopian world, love and perseverance conquer ignorance and manipulation to find and define family."


    Any additional comments?

    Read "The Giver" and "The Messenger" first so you get the most out of this book. Happy listening:+)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel again? Why?

    My 15 year old son and I already have listened to it a second time! Fiona Hardingham, the reader, portrays the characters well and with great variation. The supporting characters have their own back stories and we have enjoyed the conversations sparked by imagining what it may have been like to be on one's own at such a young age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, an ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.

    The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, and ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.


    Which character – as performed by Fiona Hardingham – was your favorite?

    The main character, Claire, is my favorite. She has a "fake it till you make it" sort of approach to the situation(s) in which she finds herself. For the most part her logical mind assists her in acting appropriately, but it is tempered by her kind heart and sense of duty.


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

    Without giving away any of the story, I was moved by the way Claire handles the death of one of her parents, the relationship she had with that parent, and how both impacted her and (I think) created a fierce sense of loyalty and protectiveness in her.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably shouldn't rave the way I am because everyone out there might expect that this should be their next favorite book / series. Let me sum it all up this way: listening to this book made my commute something I looked forward to and provided an opportunity for my son and I to spend some quality time together. Happy listening:+)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.