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Mike

GRAND ISLAND, NE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (852)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "Overall, I enjoyed it."
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    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    Nice, quick listen.


    Would you recommend Paper Towns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a nice, quick listen. It was entertaining. The narrator was good, but I found his Margo voice really annoying. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the end to be somewhat disappointing.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Probably Q. Lacey and him seemed like the most real character. I felt like the other characters seemed like caricatures and didn't really seem very well rounded.


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

    Not completely. I started listening to it at work. I had to stop due to working (lol), and ended up finishing it after I got off work and woke up. I did finish it in less than a day though.


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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (3419)
    Story
    (3439)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Excellent book and very relevant!"
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    Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

    Yes, it's been a year or two that I've read and listened to it. It's such a good book, and very relevant to issues currently going on, and will probably always be going on. There are a few strong themes in this book, the view that women are baby incubators, and also that Christian values need to be present in all laws, that are very important in our current political climate.


    What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

    Well, it's a dystopian look into the future. So you could compare it to other dystopian fiction. It's well written, and not YA fiction though (I'm not putting down YA fiction btw. I enjoy it, but this isn't YA).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In a book like this, it's hard to pick a favorite scene, because there aren't many happy scenes. I did like her flashback scenes though, and it was interesting to see how her before life contradicted with her current life.


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

    "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse for some."

    It's a quote from the book, which completely describes the basic overall theme of the book.f


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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (782)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "I absolutely loved this audio!"
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    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad, real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

    Listening to his evolving relationship with his child hood friend was interesting.


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

    No.


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

    Listening to him talk about when his grandmother died was very sad, and I really felt for him.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care for the prompted questions for this particularly book. I feel like my answers aren't going to make you want to listen (or read) this book. But you really should. It was my favorite book that I read/listened to in 2013!

    I turned it on in the car as we were driving to an out of town doctor's appointment. I had my two teenage kids in the car with him. Initially, they groaned. Ugghhh, another one of mom's audio books! Within the first 20 minutes, we were all listening. We were laughing, and all really paying attention to the story.

    There are some controversial topics. Alcoholism is definitely discussed. Along with bullying, racism, etc. But these are topics that are occur in real life. The author narrates this story, and he does a good job. It's entertaining, thought provoking, sad at times, funny at times. It was an excellent book.

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35277)
    Performance
    (26324)
    Story
    (26701)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Narration ruins it!"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Somebody who could pull off katniss. It needs to not be an old lady.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to the rest of these books if the narrator is the same. I can see her doing great with regular children's books, but this book calls for somebody more edgy. I am so disappointed because my kids and I loved this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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