Monday, September 2, 2013


On our 3 day cross country drive we had some audiobooks to listen to, so I thought I'd do a little review of the ones we had.

First we started off with a book, you might remember I loved.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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The Story: This story is about two young magicians who are in a long term competition with each other and their arena for their secret duels is a traveling night circus. They have both been trained since children by their instructors, just to compete with each other. They are unknown as competitors to each other, but they both have to find ways to express their magical abilities within the circus in an attempt to win the competition.

My Thoughts: The guy who read this book was amazing. He was really really good. But on tape, this story was really hard to follow. It is a complex story, and it was hard to follow by listening when you're sometimes distracted and miss things when driving. Hal had no idea what was going on most of the time, so we started listening to a different book.

I give it: 3 stars for the audiobook, but 5 for the real book.

Matched by Ally Condie
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The Story: Cassia is matched on her 17th birthday. When you are 17 you are matched with the person most compatible and perfect for them in their society. She just so happens to get matched with her best friend. But when she looks at the information they gave her about her match, a different match shows up on the screen, and soon she finds herself falling for this boy she wasn't matched with.

My Thoughts: This book was terrible. The reader wasn't particularly good, she was a bit whiny for the story and many times we found ourselves just laughing at the ridiculousness of some of the lines in the book. We actually had the other two books in the series, and didn't start them because we disliked this one so much. We thought about listening to them when we were driving to the beach last weekend, and as I reminded Hal of the story he said "now that I remember the story I want to listen to it even less."

I give it: 1 star

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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The Story: Hazel's body is filled with cancer, but she's stable  thanks to a cancer shrinking medicine. Her life is pretty unexciting when she meets a boy, Augustus Waters and he turns her entire world upside down.

My Thoughts: We downloaded audible after the horrid Matched, and I specifically wanted this book. This book is fabulous, really really fabulous. The reader was perfect for this story, and it was a great story to listen to; easy to follow. The characters was so funny and real, and both of us loved the book.

I give it: 5 stars


Torrie said...

It's funny how much a reader will make or break a story. I personally think the best audio reader is the guy who does the Harry Potter series (which we listened to on our long road trip).

I actually quite liked the Matched series, so maybe they're just better read to yourself?

Rachel said...

Your bad review made me giggle so much! I know I've read some books that are supposed to be 'romantic' but the cheesy lines in them just make me unable to take any of it seriously!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I am SO BUMMED you didn't like Matched, I loved that book!

And oddly I didn't love The Fault in Our Stars as much as most. For some reason I just couldn't connect with the characters.

Autumn said...

I ended up reading the Night Circus to my goodreads account because it sounded so good! I didn't think I would like Fault in our Stars (because sometimes I have a bad tendency of avoiding things that everyone likes...a fault), but I read it in one day and stayed up the whole night to finish it. I LOVED that book!

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