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Tara K Anderson

Kernersville, NC United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mathew Klickstein
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (22)

    The Behind the scenes Story of the network that Shaped a generation. SLIMED! is the first oral history to chronicle the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of Nickelodeon, the first kids’ network. Beginning as a DIY start-up in the late seventies, the network forged ahead through the early eighties with a tiny band of young artists and filmmakers, transforming itself into a cultural force in the late eighties and nineties that would change everything about cable television, television in general, animation, and children’s entertainment.

    Niall says: "Almost- not even a book"
    "Perfect For 90's Nick Fans!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I enjoyed the book, I would only recommend this to my friends who watched a lot of late 80's/early 90's Nickelodeon. Anyone who doesn't know these shows well will have a hard time following who all the people are.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slimed!?

    This history of Pete & Pete was awesome! I did not like the show as a kid, but the cast and crew's stories made me realize what an interesting show it was. The writers and musicians added to that conversation, too. I ended up watching a bunch of episodes of the show and realized I love it as an adult.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is just a collection of quotes from interviews with 80s and 90s Nick people. This was hard to listen to at first, but I went to YouTube and watched a few shows (even the opening credits would help) and put people with shows. The author does try to group the quotes thematically, so when many people are talking about a topic, they are probably from the same show. Be aware of this going in, but realize that the stories told her are definitely worth it! Also, the whole last 50 minutes is a run down of who everyone is and what their roles were on their respective shows.

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  • The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Debbie Stier
    • Narrated By Debbie Stier
    Overall
    (13)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    It all began as an attempt by Debbie Stier to help her high-school age son, Ethan, who would shortly be studying for the SAT. Aware that Ethan was a typical teenager (i.e., completely uninterested in any test) and that a mind-boggling menu of test-prep options existed, she decided - on his behalf - to sample as many as she could to create the perfect SAT test-prep recipe.

    T. Lowry says: "Takes awhile to grow on you but then is great"
    "The Test America Loves to Hate!"
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    What did you love best about The Perfect Score Project?

    I loved Debbie's relationship with her son, which was her main reason for embarking on this project. She was pretty honest about her ups and downs in her obsession and how it affected both of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perfect Score Project?

    Debbie's first stab at the test was pretty memorable. She really holds off on sharing her score (I really wanted to know her baseline!) and her observations of how teenagers behave at the testing site was kind of funny.


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

    Debbie tries everything. One method a month, to be exact. She goes back to basics with Kumon and attends official classes with big-name companies. She studies the official College Board “blue book” like the Bible. At one point she’s even writing formulas on her kitchen cabinets. All on the quest for a perfect 2400. I loved it. I loved her passion, her nerdiness, and her humility throughout the process. I think if Debbie Stier were my own mom she might drive me a little crazy. But she definitely has heart and cares about her kid.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this for entertainment, but did actually learn some things along the way. I'm well past my SAT year, but I'm thinking about teaching SAT prep classes this summer and Debbie actually pointed me toward the best resources to use for preparation. It's not a guide to the test, but it could be a good read for any parent whose child is college-bound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (640)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Just a Fun Read!"
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    If you could sum up Hero in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, emotion, and unique


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hero?

    It's not a scene, but more a series of scenes, regarding the death of a character. It's hard to say more without spoilers, but it was pretty emotional. Actually, this kind of applies to more than one situation in the novel. Essentially, each of these moments made me think about life and the cost of being a "hero."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love a good kissing scene, especially when there's a good emotional buildup. This book delivered on that, that's all I'm going to say!


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

    No, but it was definitely one I looked forward to listening to each day. By the last 75%, I was unable to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that this story has a little bit of everything: action, romance, emotion, self-discovery, sports, etc. I also liked that it was a novel that rang true to the LGBT experience, in that the protagonist's sexual identity was an important part of the novel, but not the MOST important part.

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21132)
    Performance
    (18950)
    Story
    (19015)

    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!"
    "Glad I Listened to My Friends!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, since I picked this book based on recommendations my friends made to me! I normally stay in the YA world, but this was a good pick for dabbling in the more twisted, complicated world of adult psychological thrillers. I think pretty much anyone can get something out of this story, since you aren't supposed to like these characters and it's a fast read (/listen).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I knew there would be twists, so the first major twist in the story (around the mid point) was pretty good. I was ready for the author to mess with my head a bit, and she certainly did.


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

    Honestly, it made me never want to get married. Nick and Amy are what I don't ever want to become.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening to this story. I don't know if I would have picked the book up without seeing how many of my friends loved and recommended it, but I'm glad I did. Seriously... I was putting my phone next to the shower so I could shower without having to pause my listening. Yeah. It's like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robin LaFevers
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (229)

    Escaping an arranged marriage, 17-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary in the St. Mortain convent, where the sisters worship the gods of old. There, Ismae learns that the God of Death has special plans for her—a destiny that will one day compel her to betray the man she loves.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Heart Death's Handmaiden!"
    "Assassin Nuns? Yes, Please!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Mercy?

    Any of the moments involving poison. I was fascinated with how poison was used in the story, and some of the heartbreaking moments that came with it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scenes early in the novel where Isame is at the convent, training for her service. And I can't deny that I was a fan of the kissing that happens later in the story.


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

    I found the book to be difficult to take in all at once, so I listened over several weeks. This is my general approach to historical fiction, especially when you toss in all those French names!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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