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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,343

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Brilliant Story and Perspective

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

This is a beautiful story brilliantly told. Not at all what I expected from a book about a young cancer victim. I expected a tear-jerker sappy sad story but this is an insightful look into a very bright and interesting mind. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,506
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,580

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Not My Style

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Kids

What could Hans Christian Andersen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It just wasn't my style. It was fine for the audience he wrote it for.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The characters all sounded the same.

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

Confusion. I didn't understand what was going on.

Any additional comments?

Just not my style.

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  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,677
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,751

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Neverending Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes! It's way too long. The tragic suffering just goes on and an, and the author teases over and over again with hints that it will end, and then it doesn't. It gets old. I realize it's a way to depict how bad the main characacter's life really was, but endless details about who this torturer was what he was thinking, and what that cell would become later and what happened to prison-mates who had little or nothing to do with the story, on and on ad nauseum. I guess I don't understand why this book is so popular.

Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Hillenbrand again?

No.

What three words best describe Edward Herrmann’s voice?

Boring us pleasantly. That's unfair because his voice was fine - it was the story that was boring, and putting it into three words makes it hard to capture. He didn't have a lot of pow, but neither did the story.

Do you think Unbroken needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! Too much told already. No one wants to know more.

Any additional comments?

The story could have been told much better. Less droning and also more time spent before the war and after the war, with much less during it.