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Sarena

I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.

Garrison, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Madonnas of Echo Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brando Skyhorse
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez, Luis Moreno, Alma Cuervo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Heralding a new young ethnic literary talent: Brando Skyhorse's first novel gives voice to the Mexican-American community in Echo Park, California.

    LSR says: "The Most Innovative and Engaging Book Ever!"
    "Very Unique. Very enjoyable."
    Overall

    I read this book based on reviews and thought it was very interesting. It follows several characters and can get a bit confusing, but you are able to place the characters and the time based on the genre of music they listen to, which was very creative. A really enjoyable story with excellent narration. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3287)
    Performance
    (3035)
    Story
    (3036)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "I Didn't Want It to End"
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    I know this book got some mixed reviews from hardcore hard case crime fans, but I'm not a hard core hard case crime fan and I loved this book. This was like a graphic novel come to life or like Scooby Doo, but sexier. I loved the characters and the narrator was spot on. I also really enjoyed how King incorporated his clearly well researched carney lingo into the book making you feel like the protagonist had really been there.

    I didn't want this book to end and I was sad when it was over. I wanted to stay along for the ride just a little bit longer.

    I did question King's choice of making this book take place in an older man's past instead of as a first person present narration. I didn't think that the look back added any value, but I also didn't think that the choice took away from the fun or speed of the book, it was just something I wondered about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7144)
    Performance
    (6620)
    Story
    (6637)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I LOVED this Book"
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    I'm a Stephen King-come-lately fan, but I've gobbled his three most recent books up. While I never read The Shining and the movie scared the heck out of me, I didn't find this book so much scary as a bit campy and super entertaining. I loved finding out what happened to Danny-- the little boy from The Shining. This was classic King, combining the real with the super-natural, seamlessly and somehow making it not seem too goofy. The characters were great, of course. A super fun listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.

    It begins simply enough: A 20-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: Find the sheep or face dire consequences.

    Frank says: "...narration like Frank Muller and David Lynch..."
    "Really Weird, Which is Kind of Nice"
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    Reading this book is like being inside of someone's strange dream. The book started off a bit slow for me, but then I got into it - it's just totally bizarre and you have to go with the flow. It's a book about Japan, but I was surprised at how Western the characters and references seemed.

    The narration wasn't right for me. The narrator is very talented and had facility with many accents and with creating different characters. I think it was a valiant effort to relay what was in the book, but my personal preference would have been something more straightforward. I'm not sure everyone would feel this way and this was a talented guy, so I don't want to knock him. I think it was just a different production opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1658)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Still Worth Listening 40 Years Later!"
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    My husband has been telling me about Ringworld for about 10 years now, so when I saw it available on Auidble, I was excited to hear this book, which stuck with him since his teen years. This book is super unique and creative. It doesn't feel dated at all. I also found it to be a very different kind of Sci Fi book, as much about the characters and their personal curiosities as it is about the RingWorld itself.

    This is not a rock 'em sock 'em space war sci fi book - it's much more cerebral and about the characters from three different species trying to relate to each other while they learn the secrets of the RingWorld.

    My ONLY problem with this book was that it ended rather abruptly! I guess I have to listen to the next in the series. But this book is definitely worth the listen and totally earned it's Hugo!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8910)
    Performance
    (8143)
    Story
    (8231)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Terrific Finish to a Great Story"
    Overall
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    The fear with series books is that they will get worse with time - you fall in love with the first one and then it's all downhill from there. Not so with Allegiant or any of Veronica Roth's Divergent series. All three of these books were consistently excellent. The characters were consistent, the places were consistent - everything was beautifully brought together so that the ending made sense. The writing continued to be excellent and evocative, as with the first two books. Really great. The only thing that was hard for me to adjust to was the shift to a narrative from two perspectives. Eventually, you find out the reason for that decision, but still, it took me some time to get used to any voice other than Tris'. In fairness, I always find it jarring when an author makes such a big change far into a series, but here, once I got past the initial discomfort, it worked for me and it was actually nice to hear this second perspective.

    This is a great series. I've been recommending it left and right and everyone loves it. Read it before the movie comes out!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7281)
    Performance
    (6793)
    Story
    (6820)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Graphic Novel Comes To Life!"
    Overall
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    Steelheart was off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I'm really glad I hung in there. I enjoyed the book a lot - it was very fun, a little campy and a great commuter-time escape. At the beginning, I felt the narration was a bit overdone - too cartoonish. If it had continued that way past the first chapter, I would have given up on it. But the book and the narrator quickly find their pace and the story picked up and kept moving along from start to finish. I like the way the author creates his own vocabulary for this future world, to keep a sense of otherness. The scenery and the people are also very well described. The book maintained a bit of a comic book atmosphere without overdoing it. Definitely a fun, light read and I will look forward to the next book in the series!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1280)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Beautifully Written, Interesting, STRESSFUL story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    The writing in this book is just lovely - super evocative. Atkinson really knows how to paint an environment and make the reader feel. This story is about Ursula, a woman who keeps getting another chance to get it right - like a really heavy "Groundhog Day." What's really successful here is the way Atkinson is able to loop back in time and re-run a similar story over and over again without being redundant. I also love the way that the smallest thing - deciding to wear a dress or not to, deciding to let the boy kiss you or not to, can change the entire future for the character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Life?

    There is a rape scene in the book that is so heartbreaking. It's done very differently than I've ever seen before and the horror of the moment is in the absolute ignorance and confusion of the victim. It really helps you understand not just the victim and the environment that she's in, but also a lot about the times - how someone would have been impacted by what they are or are not told. The fallout from the rape is excruciating - you can only hope that it won't happen to Ursula again in the next life.


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

    Woolgar really has a lovely reading voice and it's appropriate to the timing of the book, which is primarily early to mid 1900s. She also does an excellent job of distinguishing different characters and of doing male voices in a way that's seamless.


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

    This is the kind of book you need a break from. The story is relentless. It's very stressful to be constantly waiting for a character to die, but at the same time, be invested in her getting the opportunity to live her life perfectly. I looked forward to getting back to this story, but I definitely needed some breathers!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3759)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3413)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Another Fun Romp with Harper"
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    Any additional comments?

    Molly Harpers vampire books are a very particular kind of read. They are light, funny stories with brooding men and sassy women. I can't say that from one book to the other, she is really creating extremely different characters or plots, but if you just want something consistently entertaining, you will enjoy these books. They are reliable, light reads. I really enjoy her books in between heavy reads or when I just want to have a good laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12461)
    Performance
    (11280)
    Story
    (11378)

    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"
    "As Good as the First!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a terrific second of three books in a series. Unlike many series books where the follow-ups don't live up to the original, Insurgent sustains a great, fast moving story. Roth really knows how to build tension and get you invested in the characters, whether you love or hate them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    The fear landscape


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Galvin does a fantastic job with the main character/narrator, Tris, but she's also very successful at doing other character voices. I especially like that she's able to do voices for different genders without sounding corny!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is definitely a high intensity, high energy book. It's not a big laugh or cry book, but it definitely makes you want to bang on your steering wheel and yell at the characters, "What are you doing!"


    Any additional comments?

    Great book - already started "Allegiant" and I'm excited to learn what happens to these characters and what the big secret is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18752)
    Performance
    (16958)
    Story
    (17096)

    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."
    "Unique, Inventive Story with a GREAT YA Heroine"
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    I love that Tris is a character that is flawed, but admirable. It's nice to see a main female character in a YA novel who is not willing to compromise herself or her ideals for love. And it's nice to have a main male character who respects that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    Definitely the simulation scenes - really wonderful and inventive.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Galvin does a great job with all of the parts. This is definitely an example of how a great narrator can made a terrific book even better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was worried when I saw the cover of this book that it would be a Hunger Games copy-cat, but it's not at all. This is a super unique and inventive story - the concept does not feel copied from anything else. The characters are well developed and interesting and the plot is super fast moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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