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calluna13

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  • Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson
    • Narrated By Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (393)

    This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

    calluna13 says: ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
    ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
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    Would you listen to Happy, Happy, Happy again? Why?

    Maybe. It's an easy listen and Phil's son Alan does a good job reading it. I like Phil's raw simplicity and non-overbearing intelligence. He doesn't hold back and I like that in a person. Honesty is always refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms. Kay for her perseverance, strength, faith, love, determination, and simple beauty.


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

    No. Relaxing read yet thought provoking.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Birthmarked: Birthmarked Trilogy Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Caragh M. O'Brien
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like 16-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia's mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia's choice is now simple: Enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

    Marie Medellin says: "Inner Beauty above Outter Beauty"
    "Good story for teens more than adults"
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    What made the experience of listening to Birthmarked the most enjoyable?

    The uniqueness of the futuristic storyline.


    What other book might you compare Birthmarked to and why?

    Delirium. Very similar writing styles, as well as age based genre equalities.


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

    No. It was slow in parts, and the narrator's voice easily made me sleepy.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is not great or terrible. She is just ok. She paused sometimes, which led me to believe she was ending a chapter, when really she was still in the middle of sentence. The book was still enjoyable, and her pronunciation was well.

    1 of 1 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
    (8949)
    Performance
    (8179)
    Story
    (8268)

    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!"
    "Why Did I Commit Again?!"
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    What did you like best about Allegiant? What did you like least?

    The first 3/4 of the book fell in line with the rest of the great triology. The last 1/4 was torturous to even finish and made me regret reading the series at all!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The complex relationships were interesting. Much of it became boring in this last book though.


    Did Allegiant inspire you to do anything?

    Not re-read this series!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what happened to this series, as it was so strong until this last book. Sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (708)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "More, More, More!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poison Princess the most enjoyable?

    Not losing interest or being able to find a good stopping place because it just kept drawing me in without yawn breaks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison Princess?

    The near end...for spoiler purposes, I'll leave it at that.


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

    Jack


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

    Yes! I split it in two days though.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best YA books I've ever read/listened to. I am eager to see where this series goes! Definitely not the same take on other common post-apocalyptic storylines. Refreshing in that sense and just very well written and performed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18805)
    Performance
    (17002)
    Story
    (17144)

    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."
    "Intense and entertaining!"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the top shelf! One of the best I've listened to or read in a long while!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Four...love the variations and draw of him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The carousel climb.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (996)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Hurry up with #3!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Attention demanding and good storyline.


    What other book might you compare The Elite to and why?

    Maybe the Divergent series as far as audience grabbing, but not the same character or story.


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

    Yes, but I made it a few days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1775)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Love Jim and that he narrates, yet sleepy story."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Parents of young (and multiple) kids who are not yet familiar with Jim and want to relate in a comedic, raw, and honest way parentally. My kids are older now so I fell asleep to this book in spite of loving Jim already.


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

    His voice


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

    Napping


    Any additional comments?

    Jim, I love you still and appreciate your place in life. I'm just not there now and needed more humor outside of your specific place, though I can imagine I'll have to wait a while as you are being demandingly blessed by constant spousal fertility. ;-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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