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MissSweet

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17890)
    Performance
    (16190)
    Story
    (16316)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Not Impressed"
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    What disappointed you about Divergent?

    The story was weak. I understood the basic premise, but I think the dystopian society created in this book was a little too far-fetched. The romance was lame. The suspense leading up to the reason "Four" was called "Four" was a big letdown. By the end of the book, I had no desire to read the next of the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure...


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Aside from my disapointment in the book, I thought Emma Galvin's performance was very good. She may be the reason I stuck with the story! She has a pleasing tone to her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    My teenage self probably would have LOVED it. The adult me craved more substance.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not fair to compare this book to The Hunger Games because there is no comparison. The Hunger Games is in a whole other league.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2759)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "NOT a Vampire Book (to my delight)"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    There is so much to like about the story... Joe Hill's characters seemed like real, flawed people. AND the little easter-egg nods to his father were fun!


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to understand the characters. Perhaps it is the actress in her, but she is able to differentiate characters for the listener just with an accent or tone so that you can tell who is speaking. Sometimes dialogue between characters can be confusing and I don't know who is saying what, but Kate Mulgrew made it much easier to follow. My only minor criticism was the way she used the word "Dude." One of the characters uses the word frequently and the way it is read is not how I would imagine it being used in a conversation... but like I said, it is a MINOR criticism. Overall I think she did a terrific job!


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

    Take a trip to Christmas Land! Be sure to pack your gas mask!


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to listen all the way through to the credits or you will miss the hidden ending. Or is it a new beginning???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18172)
    Performance
    (16170)
    Story
    (16129)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I was not expecting a love story..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the little child inside me still LOVES to be read to!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    There were many memorable moments... most involved Sadie.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Craig Wasson did a nice job with everyone. Female characters are a little odd sounding coming from a masculine voice, but that can't be helped.


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

    Yes, but I do not want to spoil the moment by giving it away here... It occurred in "Final Notes" at the very end of chapter 87. Perhaps it is how Craig Wasson reads it. Gets me every time!


    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to "read" a history book because I thought it was going to be dry. I'm to young to have "known" Kennedy. I know of him, of course- the basics that have been boiled down into history, but this book brought that time period to life for me. I know it is fiction, but I feel as though I experienced a little of what it was like to live (as a white man) back in the late 50's. I enjoyed visiting Derry and "bumping into" some familiar folks along the way. I was a little confused about the time travel aspect- when explained. I think I'll need to "re-read" that part. Some parts dragged a bit, but overall it was a terrific read and I did not want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Narrated By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

    E says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Voice"
    "Misleading Book Description"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    By the description I thought I was going to hear about her mother's life. Apparently that was a different book. "Refuge." I expected these journals to contain her mother's experience with Mormonism, and the cancer due to the nuclear testing upwind. That is not this book.


    What could Terry Tempest Williams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I do not think that there is anything she could do to make the book more enjoyable for me. I do not believe I am her target audience.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment is a perfect word for what this book sparked in me. I wanted the book to be something that it is not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (799)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "A lovely surprise..."
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    What did you love best about Thirteenth Child?

    There was a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed the folksy language, the unusual animals, and the alternate historical timeline that is referenced throughout the book.


    Would you recommend Thirteenth Child to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book. I read a review that said it was like Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. I would agree with that. It is an interesting story about a young girl growing up in a magical society on the frontier.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene may have been when Eff finally stood up to her awful Uncle.


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

    Look out Laura Ingalls, there's a new girl on the frontier.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seize the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Moonlight Bay: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. Christopher Snow believes that the children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.

    Kim says: "WOWWWW!!!"
    "2nd half made up for the 1st"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would eliminate most of the first half of this book. It was frustrating. I promise, no spoilers... let me just say this... the book begins with, what I would consider, an emergency situation and the main character "hero" shows no sense of urgency. The slow pace, frequent and tiresome descriptions of darkness and ridiculous Surfer Lingo almost made me give up on this book, BUT I’m glad I didn’t. The second half, the pace picked up and became much more interesting. I ended up enjoying it the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I have. I have read the Odd Thomas Series and a few other titles byt Koontz.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Keith Szarabajka?

    Yes, he did a fine job with this book.


    Did Seize the Night inspire you to do anything?

    This book made me think a little deeper about what it might be like to go "sideways."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2342)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2200)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Glad I Finally "Read" It."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you have only seen the movies, this has more background. The second movie (1997) follows the book very closely, so I was already familiar with the story, but the book gives the reader a better understanding of what is going on inside Danny's head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the character of Wendy the best- in the book. In the movies she is always portrayed as an idiot. In the book she is more "human" I could relate to Wendy in a way I just could not in the movies.


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

    Campbell Scott did a nice job of capturing the feelings of rage that surge from a hidden place deep inside Jack. As a reader, I don't think I would have picked up on or experienced the conflicting emotions of the characters by just reading it on my own.


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

    I'm not sure I'd have the time to sit and listen to the whole book at once. I enjoy King's books, but they are a bit long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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