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  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her. What follows is her education.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

Lacking Agency

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I really enjoyed the narration, and the vulnerability in the narrator's voice. I think that the narrator is the reason that I did not stop halfway through the novel. The main problem for me with the novel is that the main character lack any agency, the character seems to just allow things to happen to her and absorbs these experiences(in all different forms) and does not seem to have any real control or awareness of herself in the world. This may be appealing to some, and may be relatable to some, but I find this really problematic especially as a novel about young women, by a young woman. That being said, there were parts of the novel that were enjoyable, particularly, Danler's description of food and the sensations involved with imbibing in food, drink, and even drugs. These parts of the novel were the best parts for me, but overall not a particularly pleasant reading experience in terms of the story.

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  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Attempt - Poor execution

  • By Joseph Reeves on 09-21-17

Interesting Enough Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

What about Austin Butler and Emily Rankin ’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed the change in their tones and really the depth of emotion in their performances.

Any additional comments?

Pleasurable read