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  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,666
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,657

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story for all ages!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-10-14

Great for kids and young adult readers

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Loved the book. Great book for kids and young adults. Teaches important values and life lessons on friendship and humanity.

  • This Is Where I Leave You

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous, but Flat

  • By FanB14 on 07-08-13

Highly Recommended!!!! Troppers best book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Would you listen to This Is Where I Leave You again? Why?

Yes and I already have! I read this book years ago and loved it. Recent a friend asked me to list/ recommend some of my favorite books and this one instantly came to mind. I tried to find my paperback copy to loan it out but unfortunately it was lost to time. Wanting to reread it again myself I downloaded the audio book and was not disappointed.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great combination of funny, emotional, and thought provoking. Although I feel this book and it's characters aren't perfect, it is incredibly entertaining, and lets be honest what is 100% perfect anyway. I became very invested in the story and it's characters, unable to put this book down after starting it. This book made me realize how events are not simply black and white but more a shade of gray with many people at fault and affected by it. I also realized how easy it is for people to settle when faced with hardship and then become complacent. While reading this book I fell in love with its dysfunctional family and laughed the whole time.

If you liked this book I would suggest How to talk to a widower and the book of joe by the same author.

  • The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book 4; Origin)

  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,489

The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Totally superfluous

  • By Eric Francois on 11-28-14

Prequel better than the original

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

What did you like best about this story?

This story was action packed and very suspenseful. It was cool to see the origins of the flare from the perspective of a lay person trying to survive. To witness the path of the sickness and how it changes people was gripping. I can honestly say I liked this book more than the original three. This book is a little darker and has way more action

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

As far as a tag line I don't really know. But after watching the Maze Runner movie that just came out I would say that they should have started with this book because it would have drawn way more fans.

Any additional comments?

My only negative comment is how many times can a guy be put in a choke hold in one book. When the book even addresses the fact by staying a statement like "for what seemed like the forth time today Mark was being choked out" (not a direct quote but basically) it becomes a little excessive.

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  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,844

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the hunger games saga. The mystery and suspense are enough to keep you listening/reading this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

To make this story more enjoyable the characters need to be drawn out more. The main protagonist Thomas was very interesting but the supporting characters were paint by numbers and when they went missing or died you didn't care. Also although I said the mystery and suspense keep you around the lack of information is sometimes frustrating. If you are looking for answers you're going to have to read all the books........ I see what they did there ;-). That is the main reason I gave the story such a low rating, simply because it didn't really go as far as you wanted it to.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great reader. The only flaw is that he sometimes reads in the wrong character voice but it is easy to sort out.