Monday, October 1, 2012

Audiobook Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 27 min.
  • Read by Ellen Grafton
  • Source: Borrowed audiobook from digital library
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Overview

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does ? they?d never believe her, or worse, they?d think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant?

My Thoughts

So I don't really know what to think about this book. The whole concept of this story was really awesome and well executed, but I think that I would have enjoyed it more if I had actually read the book, not listened. This is one of those books that you really have to know what is going on and I found myself getting a bit lost while listening to it. I did enjoy it though even with getting a bit confused sometimes. Just as a warning, this book does have quite a bit of profanity. If that bothers you I wouldn't pick this one up.

Janie is cursed with falling into peoples dreams. It really sucks and makes things hard for her. If anyone is asleep in class, she will end up in their dream. She has to hide this from everyone because they will think she's crazy. She really is a pretty tough chick. Her mom is a total drunk and pretty much useless so she is used to fending for herself. When she falls into a really crazy nightmare things change. She really does handle things pretty well. I know I would fall apart if it were me. Add in Cabe, who is both awesome and infuriating all at once, and her dream issue and teen hormones. It does start to get the best of her. She finally does confide in Cabe about her secret and he tries to help her even when it seems like he has turned his back on her. She also has to help him too, but she isn't sure how.

Cabe is a character who I loved even when he irritated me. I know that his stupid behavior had to be for a reason. I hoped it was a good one. I wanted him to be good, not some jerk who isn't worth anyone's time. Thankfully, there is a lot to him. He is much more complicated than I could have imagined and I still need to know more about him after finishing this book. He really is very sweet too. I loved that side of him. I think he was my favorite character even though it's told from Janie's POV.

This book was definitely interesting. Like I said, I had a bit of a hard time with the audio, but I am trying to just go over the story in my head and really think about it. It was good and I am going to continue the series for sure. I like that Janie is accepting her curse a little more and that she is finding a way to handle it better. I also am interested to see where things with her and Cabe go. I thought it was pretty cool how it is timestamped too, so we know what time it is when things are happening with her. Since we are in Janie's head we fall in and out of the dreams with her so we see exactly what she is seeing and feel what she feels. I liked this book, it wasn't anything that blew my mind, but it held my interest and I am curious about where it will go now. I don't really know what else to say. It's one of those books you just have to read I guess. 3 out of 5 stars
 

19 comments:

  1. This sounds pretty good, it definitely has an interesting storyline ;) Great review!

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    1. The story was very interesting. I definitely suggest getting the actual book though. The audiobook is a little hard to really keep up with. It's a book you have to know what is going on or you will be confused.

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  2. I love these books so much, but I think they would be odd on audio. I'm happy you still enjoyed it.

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    1. Yeah, I think I would have enjoyed it much more not on audio. It was a bit odd to listen to. I am still going to continue the series on audio, buy maybe eventually I will get to actually reading them. It's just easier to fit in audiobooks.

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  3. The story sounds interesting, too bad the audio version doesn't seem to connect well. I'm having that same problem w/another book right now. I hope you enjoy book two more!

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    1. I am undecided whether to just wait until I have more time and continue the series actually reading them or just do the audio. Maybe the next audiobook won't be so odd to listen to, but I think it's because of the writing style.

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  4. I love this series! I definitely agree with what you said. This book is one best read rather than listened too. I love Lisa's books they are so good. Her style is different but I really love it. Glad you enjoyed it enough to give it three stars. :)

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    1. I will definitely be continuing the series. It's very interesting.

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  5. You know, I've seen this one and for some reason, it just didn't grab at me to buy it. Do you think audiobooks are harder to review? I'm just getting into them and I love it from a convenience perspective, but I get distracted and have to rewind alot. LOL

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    1. I don't think they are harder to review. I think it's just trying to focus on the actual story and not the listening experience. Like I will always try to say what I think of the book in general and then put in the audio input too. It is only hard when the audio is hard to listen to.

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  6. Oh! That's too bad!!! I think the only way I'd ever pick read this book is if I'd listened to the audio. :(

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    1. It's not a bad audio, but I think that you don't really get as much out of it as if you were reading the book. Some audiobooks really enhance the book, but this was not one of them.

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  7. I started this series and it got lost in my TBR list. Thanks for reminding me about it.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. I liked Wake. The audio was odd, but I think I will still continue with the audio since it's the only way I can fit them in right now.

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  8. I really loved this series! I'm sorry you didn't love it as much. Because of how it's written, I can see how the audio would be confusing. I think I have book three around, if you get to that point let me know and you can definitely borrow it instead of listening :)

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    1. It's easier for me to listen because I can fit it in that way. I am going to continue on with the series on audio I think.

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  9. I hated this book with all I had! haha. But it was the way it was written, sort of like very short awkward diary entries, so I'm thinking the audiobook would be the best experience you can hope for, I doubt you wold have liked the book more in print lol. I used mine as kindling.

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    1. Hahaha! Dude, this comment made me laugh so hard. Hmmmm I may not have been able to actually read the book if it's written like that. I suppose audio was the way to go then.

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