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Karen3

Karen3

Joined May 2016

Books books and more books. I need more shelves.
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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This one was so much fun. Nothing earth shattering but a cute romcom that kept me engaged. I loved the audio version. I loved the alternating points of view and their accents. Girl breaks up with boy, moves in with random stranger to share a flat, story unfolds with their interactions. Loved it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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Max has the right idea. Sleeping away. This one wasn‘t ground breaking. Was expecting a bit more so wasn‘t a big fan. Felt like a lot of issues were trying to be jammed in one story. 3🌟

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Unpopular opinion here. Not my favorite. I was so confused for most of the time. But I will say parts of it really did make me laugh so that‘s why I‘m giving it a pick. Now on to watch the show to see if I can be less confused. 3.5 🌟

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The Lesson | Cadwell Turnbull
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This one was a bit tough for me. The story was an interesting concept. A peaceful alien invasion and how life continued on with the aliens helping with technology and medical advancements. Some of the characters really grabbed me, but there were so many ancillary characters that I got a bit confused. Thank you #NetGalley for the early review copy. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I'll Never Tell | Catherine McKenzie
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So I‘m trying to get through a bunch of my #NetGalley books before their publish dates. Didn‘t make it for this one but I LOVED it anyways. Didn‘t see the ending coming until, well the end. Read this in a day and a half so that tells me it was a good one. Kept me reading that‘s for sure. 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Evvie Drake is recently widowed and has shut herself off from her life. Dean Tenney is a struggling ex-pro baseball player who is dealing with the “yips”. The two lives collide when Dean rents out the apartment in Evvie‘s too large house. This is a story of getting on with life after being dealt a hand full of hardship. There is heartache, laughter, romance, and a lot of fun in this light and fun summer read. Thanks #Netgalley for the ARC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love when a story mixes mystery with a bit of romance and a pinch of magic. We follow Grace, a scientist, as her quest for her PhD gets derailed and she comes to the aid of her aunt who has been hurt. Grace makes new friends and meets the handsome Dario as she is tasked with keeping the magic shop afloat amid threats on the surrounding community. This was a great mystery with everything included. Thank you #Netgalley for the adv copy. 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lost Boy | Christina Henry
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My thoughts about sweet little Peter Pan have been shattered. I loved this story, but wow what a different take on a beloved classic. Henry did an amazing job with sucking me in and enjoying her world of Neverland and the lost boys. 4 🏴‍☠️ 🏴‍☠️ 🏴‍☠️ 🏴‍☠️

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Tansy has had the worst New Years ever and all she wants is to get her boyfriend Renzo back. On her quest to win Renzo‘s heart back, she is thrown several curve balls and learns to love herself in the process. This was a cute rom-com that I enjoyed. It was touted as a hilarious feel good read. Hilarious... ehh but feel good for sure. A definite summer beach read. Thank you NetGalley for the early review copy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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Unpopular opinion coming. I wasn‘t the biggest fan of this one. I didn‘t give up so it at least held my attention enough for me to finish but I just couldn‘t get invested in the characters or their stories for some reason. But I absolutely love the cover 🤪. 3 🌟🌟🌟

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The Impossible Fortress | Jason Rekulak
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I had no idea what this was about going in and I loved it. Computer geeks, video games, teenage boys and the lengths they will go for stupid ideas, and young love. This is one that I would like to read again to catch some of the little hints in the code at the beginning of the chapters. As soon as my TBR is smaller... hahahaha who am I kidding. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I had the pleasure of obtaining a copy of this through NetGalley. It was an enjoyable story of two sisters and how they lived their lives through trials, heartaches, joys, and love. There was a strong undercurrent of how the lives of women have changed throughout the years and how far we have come and the acceptance of differences. But the strongest theme was the love of family and how family will always be there no matter what. 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Caraval 3. Finale | Stephanie Garber
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I‘m so sad this is over. I am so going to miss all these characters. I was very happy with the way the story concluded. I will always have 😍 for Legend. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Oh what a blast from the past. When I saw this come up as a kindle deal I had to get it. Life at the age of a 6th grader felt so hard back then. I really enjoyed my trip back to the past. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

mom2bugnbee I wore this one out as a kid! 2mo
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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I‘m not sure why I do this to myself! How long do I have to wait for the next book??? 😳😳😵 That ending though. I was totally engrossed through the whole story. What a ride. I think I might have liked this one more than the first. They were both very good. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

TheSpineView The wait is terrible! I think I read somewhere the next book is coming in 2020. Sigh.... 2mo
Karen3 @TheSpineView I know right!!! I saw on goodreads that it has a name, The Toll, and that he has said he finished it. I so need more NOW! 2mo
Shley9225 Book 3 = November 5!! 2mo
Karen3 @Shley9225 okay you just made my day!! Now if November could only get here faster!! 2mo
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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I love this series. Already started Finale. I‘m so excited to find out how everything will end but at the same time don‘t want it to end. Garber‘s writing really transports me to a different world. 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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So excited for my BOTM pics this month. Been looking forward to The Bride Test. Just need to finish all the others so I can get to it. Beautiful day out.

MartinaLove What does BOTM stands for? 2mo
Karen3 @MartinaLove Book of the Month club. It‘s a monthly book club where you pick from 5 selected books. It‘s a great club. 2mo
MartinaLove Oh I heard about that club. They have great choices. 2mo
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This Was Our Pact | Ryan Andrews
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This was a cute middle grade take on friendship and the struggles of not wanting to be the odd one out. It had a great underlying message with a some very interesting characters. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I love ARC day at work! I am so happy about Stepsister! It‘s been on my to buy list for a bit. Can‘t wait to read it!!

Cailey_Mac Ooooo those look good!! 2mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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I have had this book and audio forever and I don‘t know why it took me so long to get to it. The story was so fun and different. Once I finished I immediately downloaded Thunderhead and will start it on my commute to work today. I can‘t wait to get back into this world. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Zelma I think that‘s next for me after I finish the new Ian McEwan. 3mo
minkyb I am thoroughly enjoying this series and would highly recommend the Unwind series as well! 2mo
Karen3 @minkyb thank you I will have to look into that series! 2mo
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The Bookstore | Deborah Meyler
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Might have gone a bit crazy at B&N today... darn gift cards burning a hole in my pocket.

Avanders That‘s some fabulous gift card! 🤩🤩 3mo
minkyb Really @Avanders I‘ll have what she‘s having😂 2mo
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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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I am loving this series! I finished this one last month and forgot to put this up. Clayton‘s world building is amazing and I can‘t wait for the next book to come out. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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This book was so bizarre and I loved it. The ever changing points of view were fun and the story had me in its grips the entire time. I‘m really trying to get through my BOTM books since I have such a back log. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I finally tackled this one. I started it before and got a bit scared so I put it aside. I‘m so glad I picked it back up, or more like listened in the daylight on my commute. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4 🤩🤩🤩🤩.

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Okay I get why there was so much hype for this one. It made me laugh, cry, get angry, and feel content. It put me through every emotion possible. Oh Cyril Avery you have carved a little place in my heart. I loved how all the characters revolved around each other and then finally came together in the end. Such a great novel. Listed to a good portion on audio because this books weighs a TON. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cconnolly I read the book and fell in love with the story! I think I‘ll listen to the audio now, it‘s THAT good. 3mo
Karen3 @Cconnolly I loved the audio. Was speaking in an Irish accent in my head for two straight weeks. Completely recommend listening! 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I was really looking forward to this one since it had so much hype going around and it didn‘t let me down. It was a fun look at what the rock n roll lifestyle is like. I loved the characters, even Eddie when he was being pissy. 4🌟

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Queen of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK!!!! This one took me forever to finish but not because it was bad. I just couldn‘t get myself to read for some reason. I enjoyed the beginning of this world and the action of the story. I have already downloaded the next book but have another to read first. 4🌟

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This was my first book by Ng and I enjoyed it. Didn‘t love it because it left me feeling a bit like I missed something here or there. But all in all it was good and I will read more by her. 4🌟. And thank god for audiobooks. Can‘t seem to get myself to read an actual book right now for some reason. Reading slumps SUCK!!

AshleyHoss820 Reading slumps DO suck! 😕😕😕 4mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I enjoyed this one but I wasn‘t wowed by it. It was cute and I liked how the story played out. Ove made his way into my heart. I know several grumpy old men like him. 4 🌟

Coleen I felt the same. 4mo
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I finished this a while back but I have been on vacation for a bit at the beach and then the happiest place on earth. It was very cute and a quick, fun read. Nothing too heavy just some romance and the ever present angst that goes with it. 4👙👙👙👙 for the beach themed rating!

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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I knew going into this one that it would most likely make me cry. Yep it did. It‘s a quick read but it gives you an insight into CF and the struggles of those who have it. A cute love story that has enough drama to pull at your heart strings just a bit. 4🌟

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I‘m not really sure about this one. I obviously liked it enough to listen to 27 plus hours but I‘m not sure I really liked it. It took a very long time to get into it and had a co-worker not loved it and wanted my opinion I probably would have quit. I have so many questions but I‘m not sure I want to invest another huge chunk of time for the next book to get the answers. 3.5 🌟

Laura317 I kinda feel the same way. I listened to it. It was good, but the thought of spending such a long time on one book intimidates me. 5mo
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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I love all things having to do with the royal family so this book was absolutely my cup of tea. Robson‘s magic of story telling had me envisioning this gown in precise detail like I was sitting there watching as the ladies created it. 4 👑👑👑👑 for this one!!

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I am not a big fan of non-fiction but I LOVED this. Thank you so much @Liberty for posting about this one awhile ago. I listened to this one on audible and was completely engrossed from the get go. It reads so much like a novel that I forgot it was her actual life story. 4🌟. PS what is going on with Litsy? My app has been not working for the past few days. 🤬🤬🤬

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My heart broke for Aya. Her strength and determination to survive a life full of devastation and abandonment was remarkable. Owens‘ writing sucked me in and I felt like I was in the marsh with Aya the whole time. That ending though... I had my suspicions but I like the way it worked out better than what I was thinking. 4 🌟 and I can see why it has gotten all the hype.

MichelleScott_author My book club was thinking of reading this one. It looks very good. 5mo
Bookladylinda @MichelleScott_author This book is a really good book club book, there is a lot to talk about (edited) 5mo
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Another great installment In the Morrigan Crow story. I love the creativity and the story line. Can‘t wait for the next one to come out. 4🌟

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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This was a good book but I think I fell victim to the hype factor. Unpopular opinion I‘m sure but it just didn‘t knock me off my feet like I was expecting. With that said it still was very good. Showed the capacity individuals have for love, acceptance, and endurance through hardship. 4🌟

Thousand-Lives I felt the same way about this one. 6mo
AmyG Agreed. 6mo
Soubhiville I didn‘t care for it either. 6mo
Karen3 @Thousand-Lives @AmyG @Soubhiville so glad I‘m not alone here. 6mo
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The Wizard of Oz | Frank Baum
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Another iBook freebie! I had never read The Wizard of Oz so this was a ton of fun. Loved the introduction on this audio that gave you a bit of insight into the story. The ruby slippers weren‘t actually red but silver?? Oh how movies change the dynamics of a story. 4 👠👠👠👠 for this one!

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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My mug sums up my morning. I stayed up way too late finishing this one last night but I couldn‘t help it. It was so good. Man was this a steamy one for sure. I loved the characters especially Stella. I‘m on a roll with good books this month. 4🌟

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Aside from figuring this one out about 3/4 of the way through, I was captivated. It kept me wanting to read more which is a sign of a good book. Suspense, intrigue, and a bit of a scare factor. 4🌟

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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I can relate to every page of this wonderful book. So cute and spot on 😍😍😍😍 This page made me laugh so hard because I just did this to my best friend after finishing The Great Alone. Every book lover should get this book.

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Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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iBooks had a bunch of books for free last month and I‘m just now getting to them. I quite enjoyed this one. Cute and uplifting and it was fun to watch the change that being happy can have on people. 4🌟

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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It is very seldom when a book actually makes tears run down my face. This book was a gut punch from the very beginning to the last page and I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT. Kristin Hannah has a way of reaching inside you and squeezing your heart and soul and not letting go. I‘m sad it took me so long to read this. Definitely my first 5 🌟 book of 2019. I would give it all the stars in the world. Now I need to pull myself together and get on with my day.

squirrelbrain I loved this - it was in my top 18 of 2018! 6mo
Karen3 @squirrelbrain I‘m right there with you. Will definitely be one of my tops for 2019 for sure. 6mo
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The Toymakers | Robert Dinsdale
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Papa Jack‘s Emporium only opens after the first frost. What‘s inside is truly magical. Toys come to life, childhoods are renewed, and lives are changed. This story follows Cathy through her life as the Emporium takes her in during her times of struggle and London‘s struggle during the war. I throughly enjoyed this book! 4 🌟

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Mary Poppins | P. L. Travers
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Growing up this movie was one of my favorites. I had never read the book so much to my surprise when I read it there were twins??? It was very interesting to see what parts of the book were used in the movie. 4🌟

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My last holiday read and it was just meehhh. Darcy drove me absolutely nuts with her inner dialogue. I wanted to strangle her most of the time. Bingley and Luke kept me reading. 2.5-3 🌟for it being a quick no brainer read for the busy holiday season.

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Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
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Continuing on with my audio commutes. If you totally screw up your life, can you really disappear and start over again somewhere new? I enjoyed following “Jane Young” on her journey to start again. But man beware... the internet is forever lol. This was a fun light read. 4🌟

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The Hike | Drew Magary
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What did I just listen to? This was the most bizarre book I have ever encountered. If you are up for a bit of WTF is happening... this one is for you. The first night commute I was a bit scared to get out of my car then it just got weirder and weirder as it went. This finishes off my good reads goal though!! 3 🌟🌟🌟

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Was not quite into the Christmas mode yet so a Christmas read was the trick. I had yet to actually read this one. Have seen multiple versions of the movie but it was fun to actually read it. 4 🎄🎄🎄🎄 for Mr. Scrooge.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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It‘s a really good thing I have commute reads on audio because my actual reading is nonexistent at the moment. I liked this one but was a bit confused for a majority of the story about who was who. So many names to keep separate. I think actually seeing them in print might have helped. I did like how the book progressed and I loved Charlotte ❤️. 🕵🏻‍♀️🕵🏻‍♀️🕵🏻‍♀️🕵🏻‍♀️ 4 spy ladies for this one!

julesG Did you listen to it on 2x speed? 7mo
Karen3 @julesG yes I cant stand when the reader is slow. My mind ends up wandering so when it‘s faster o have to pay attention. 7mo
julesG But don't they sound squeaky then? 7mo
Karen3 @julesG a little bit but I get used to it. When I like a narrator‘s voice I will slow it down and enjoy it but usually not below 1.25 7mo
julesG I'll have to try this. 7mo
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