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Natalie Harris

Ithaca, NY United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15515)
    Performance
    (13803)
    Story
    (13907)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "2nd Book of Divergent Series"
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    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    It picks up right where Divergent leaves you. This book is full of action from start to finish. What an interesting story line. I just finished and am gutted the next book isn't out yet. So much coming!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She's the best narrator's I've heard on audible so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kc Wayland
    • Narrated By Blackstone Audiobooks
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (299)

    For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

    Mike Naka says: "my weekly addiction"
    "This is amazing"
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    Let me preface this by saying this is a podcast and that you can find the entire thing for free online. If you like zombie fiction, this is the thing for you. It's more of a radio show, with different actors for each character, sound effects, music, etc. I thought I would find all of that annoying after being so used to one narrator audiobooks (where, let's face it, if there's music in an audiobook, it usually ruins the experience), but this was great. Like listening to your favorite show. You will become invested in, love, and hate different characters. There were moments where I actually screamed out loud. This is really well done. If you are like me and enjoy some of the more practical aspects of surviving during a zombie apocalypse, or if you are more interested in interpersonal relationships, there will be a lot for you to get into. There are something like 47 three part chapters available, so we're talking almost 50 hours of action. I feel like, i could start over and enjoy it just as much one more time. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the End: In the After, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Demitria Lunetta
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope. Since she's seen Baby, or Kay, or Rice. And she's been surviving on her own, like she did before she was "rescued" and taken to what she thought was a safe haven. Then, in the midst of foraging for supplies, her former fellow Guardian's voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

    Natalie Harris says: "Great Sequel"
    "Great Sequel"
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    I actually liked this book more than the first, In the After. Loved the new characters, great plot development, interesting story. A lot of sequels lack follow through, and this definitely takes you where you want to go. Enjoyed this book immensely, can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the After

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Demitria Lunetta
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. Then, after years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream, with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she'll lose Baby - and much more.

    Kim Venatries says: "Riveting New Series"
    "A different direction"
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    As far as apocalypse fiction goes, I really enjoyed this! It goes in a different direction from the other zombie novels I've listened to, and of course Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator. I will definitely be getting the sequel. There are no boring sections of this novel. I definitely recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And After: Until the End of the World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

    Ebony says: "Meh"
    "A Good Sequel"
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    This book doesn't lack for action and carries on in the same vein as the first book. I really loved the character relationships, but all I can say is don't get attached to anyone. I have to admit that I think the first book was better, as there was more action as the characters moved from place to place. This book was a little slower.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29007)
    Performance
    (25604)
    Story
    (25676)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Tricky Tricky"
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    This book is awesome. There are twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. What great writing. Gillian Flynn leads you exactly where she wants you to go and you will love every second of it. Outside of the mystery, there are some great discussions of views on relationships, men and women that I really enjoyed. Julia Whelan's performance is amazing. She's one of my favorite narrators. I can't rate this highly enough. I have no idea how the movie will be able to stand up to this performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2813)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1716)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Worst Narrator I've Ever Listened To"
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    If I could give the narration zero stars, I would. Ron Perlman can barely pronounce a lot of this. He reads in monotone, no inflection in his voice whatsoever. I've considered returning this book two or three times, based purely on that. The music played between interludes is SO ANNOYING. If you can get past those things, I think the story is actually pretty good. But there are a LOT of characters and it's hard to keep track of them with this monotonous reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (299)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A great story"
    "Loved every minute of this"
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    I am a person who watches Walking Dead. That being said, I loved this book. It's basically like a season of walking dead with people who actually make good decisions and with more character development. This book is more about the relationships than the gore, but I loved that aspect of "zombie apocalypse" and the dangers constantly lurking. There were many surprises in this book, and I was on the edge of my seat listening (shouting out loud as things happened). I loved it and can't wait for the next one to come out.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1329)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Shelly says: "I really hope this turns into a series..."
    "Cute Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, you might enjoy this book. Good narration, interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Declaring Spinsterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jamie Lynn Braziel
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Emma Bailey is fed up with the dating scene, and if she hears her mother nag one more time about getting married…well, she’s had it, and she wants everyone to know it. In a moment of clarity (or insanity?), she announces to the world that she will never marry. No husband and no kids; no worries about diapers, driving lessons, or divorce. Her friends are there for her, but they’re also involved in their own lives and loves, so off she goes into a world of casual dating. But what happens when the avowed spinster, the woman who has supposedly tucked her heart into a safe little space, suddenly realizes that her best friend Brian means more to her?

    Guiselle says: "Juvenile and poorly written"
    "Vomit"
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    Would you try another book from Jamie Lynn Braziel and/or Johanna Parker?

    Johanna Parker is a fantastic narrator.


    Has Declaring Spinsterhood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Kind of.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She's the best narrator of all of the books I've listened to on audible. After listening to the Sookie Stackhouse series, I thought this was a good next choice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Declaring Spinsterhood?

    The end. Gag me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "I didn't hate it, but it was stupid"
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    What did you like best about Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy? What did you like least?

    The second half was much better than the first. All of the talk about worrying over twitter followers made me think...how old is this woman and what is wrong with her?


    Has Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read the other Bridget Jones books and loved them. This was just kind of dumb.


    Could you see Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I suppose...but a lot would need to be cut out.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first two Bridget Jones books and was so excited when this one came out. The bad reviews held me off for awhile, but when i finally decided to give it a listen, i understood what people were talking about. She just seems like a stupid person. She was always kind of inept, but this book made her seem like someone who wasn't good at anything, didn't take anything seriously, didn't have to take anything seriously...just bad at everything. like...an idiot. dont get me wrong...there were some definite laugh out loud parts of the book, and i really really enjoyed the end. But the first half just made me think "who is this moron and why am i listening to her whine about losing twitter followers? isn't she 50?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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