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Ed

Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States Member Since 2006

Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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  • "Good kid's story"

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    Listened to this one with my 4th-grade daughter and both of us found it to be enjoyable. The animal "familiars" were creative characters and the fictional premise of the story was well developed. A recommended listen.

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    The Familiars

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    • By Adam Jay Epstein
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    Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so - and Aldwyn is happy to play along. He just has to convince the other familiars - the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert - that he's the powerful cat he claims to be. Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia!

    Marianne says: "The Familiars"
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A Peek at Cliff's Bookshelf

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madison, MS, United States 177 REVIEWS / 230 ratings Member Since 2009 40 Followers / Following 1
 
Cliff's greatest hits:
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    "A good take on a classic book"

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    Would you listen to A Wizard of Earthsea again? Why?

    Yes, the book is as good as I remember as a child.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wizard of Earthsea?

    The whole world was memorable. Like revisiting an old friend after a long absence.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The range of voices could be better. More emotion could be added to the reading, although this may be due to the lyrical Tolkien-esque style of the writing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic that I read as a child that still holds up. If you've never read the book or series you owe it to yourself. The pacing is slower than a lot of tradtional fantasy and it is still formulaic, but it works. It is more along the lines of Lord of the Rings than current faster paced novels. This is the novel that really popularized the use of true names as a magic system, for that alone it's a classic.

  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    "A solid read for young adults"

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    What did you like best about The Throne of Fire? What did you like least?

    I liked the elements of the Egyptian Mythos. The story started strong but did tend to lag near the middle/


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Riordan again?

    Yes, he did a good job and this was a book I could listen to with my 11 year old daughter and enjoy.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is the only work from the narrarators I have heard. they did an excellent job and I would love to listen to more of their work in the future.


    Was The Throne of Fire worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story isn't the best , but its pretty good for young adult fiction. As I said this is a fun book you can listen yo with your children.

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  • "This one is a classic for a reason"

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    Incredibly engaging, masterfully crafted, full of some of the best-written and most complex wizards you will find in literature, A Wizard of Earthsea is the fantasy genre at its absolute finest.

    Those of us who read a lot of fantasy have read too many "kid goes to wizard school" books. Many are badly written with flat characters and predictable plotlines. Ursula Le Guin dazzles in this book, which though originally published in 1968, reads as fresh and new and inspiring as all great art does. The old fantasy archetypes are brilliantly and creatively revisited, and adventure abounds.

    Anyone who loves fantasy will love Earthsea, and those who don't may find this an ideal introduction. Kids, adults, you name it, Earthsea is short, well-paced, suspenseful, epic, and a delight to read. This audiobook version is excellent.

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    A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
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    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    Finance Guy says: "Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed"

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    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (






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    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

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    • By Cressida Cowell
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    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
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    Fablehaven, Book 4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Mull Narrated by E. B. Stevens

    Fablehaven, Book 4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

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    • By Brandon Mull
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    Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Reading in Patton's Journal of Secrets, Kendra learns the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts. In order to retrieve it, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap - a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. The mission cannot proceed without stealing a sacred object zealously guarded by the centaurs.

    Kyle says: "Come on, there are dragons!"
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    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate

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    Follow the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.

  • 4.8 (22 ratings)
    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

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    • By Cressida Cowell
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    In his 4th sidesplitting adventure, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find...a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge the terrible Sharkworms, battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero...again.

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    How to Train Your Dragon: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

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    It's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy Scary Librarian and his dreadful army of Meathead Warriors and face off against the formidable Driller-Dragons.

  • 4.8 (20 ratings)
    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

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    The How to Train Your Dragon series chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Viking underdog Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon, Toothless. In Book 9, a dragon rebellion is coming - filled with the meanest, nastiest dragons in the Archipelago. Razor-wings, Tonguetwisters, and Vampire Ghouldeaths are attacking Vikings and seem to be seeking one soul in particular: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third!

  • 4.8 (16 ratings)
    The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by C.S. Lewis Narrated by Patrick Stewart

    The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7

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    • By C.S. Lewis
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    The last days of Narnia, and all hope seems lost as lies and treachery interweave to threaten the destruction of everything. As the battle lines are drawn, old friends are summoned back to Narnia, though none can predict the outcome in this magnificent ending to the famous series.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "A shifty ape and a puzzling ass!"
  • 4.9 (15 ratings)
    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

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    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    The Dragon Rebellion has begun, bringing the Vikings' darkest hour upon them. Hiccup has become an outcast, but that won't stop him from going on the most harrowing and important quest of his life. He must find the Dragon's Jewel in order to save his people...but where should he begin?

    Oma says: "a dragon for Fishlegs!"
  • The Neverending Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Ende Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    The Neverending Story

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    • By Michael Ende
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

    James says: "So much better than the movie"
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Allan Corduner

    Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

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    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

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    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Colfer Narrated by Chris Colfer

    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

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    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
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    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
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  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

    Lisa says: "Still good, but a letdown from book one"
  • Gathering Blue (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Katherine Borowitz

    Gathering Blue

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    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
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    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
  • A Wrinkle in Time (






UNABRIDGED) by Madeleine L'Engle Narrated by Hope Davis

    A Wrinkle in Time

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    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
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    Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
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  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate

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    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    Follow the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.

  • Queste: Septimus Heap, Book Four (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Queste: Septimus Heap, Book Four

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    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans - they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx.

    Jacqueline says: "Listening to it over and over again"
  • Wonder World 4: The Adventure Continues (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert W. Williams Narrated by Darren Roebuck

    Wonder World 4: The Adventure Continues

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    • By Robert W. Williams
    • Narrated By Darren Roebuck
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    This exciting series follows a group of teens to a planet on the other side of the Sun and takes you along for the ride! Book four begins with the conclusion of their encounter with the red slime-shrooms in the alien city of Cappamotia and brings the listener to the skyscraper-tall jungle where the 10 inch, photosynthetic primates known as the Greeple live.

  • Magus: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Honor Raconteur Narrated by Mark McClain Wilson

    Magus: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 2

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    • By Honor Raconteur
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    I looked, really looked at Trev'nor. Trev'nor has always been special, a child prodigy in a life that had no child prodigies. My head was swimming with questions after Xiaolang's revelation. Who was the boy we were to rescue, and why was Trev'nor so important for that boy?

  • The Fairy Bell Sisters: Rosie and the Secret Friend (






UNABRIDGED) by Margaret McNamara Narrated by Jane Collingwood

    The Fairy Bell Sisters: Rosie and the Secret Friend

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    • By Margaret McNamara
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    Before Tinker Bell flew to Never Land and met Peter Pan she lived on Sheepskerry Island with her fairy sisters - Clara, Lily, Rosie, Silver, and Squeak the baby. The young fairies go to fairy school and love tea parties, dressing up, and exciting adventures. It's summer time on Sheepskerry Island, which means the Summer People will arrive for their holidays. That's when the fairies must take great care not to be discovered by humans. But when Rosie the fairy meets a little girl called Louisa it's hard to stay hidden.

  • The Mall Fairies: Exile (






UNABRIDGED) by Conda V. Douglas Narrated by Michele Carpenter

    The Mall Fairies: Exile

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    • By Conda V. Douglas
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    In The Mall Fairies: Exile, the first of the Mall Fairies trilogy, Swoop the fairy lives hidden in the attic of a shopping mall. She loves the safety and ease of living in the fairies' town of High Haven, despite the adults insisting she give up her dream of becoming a Flight Instructor. She's terrified of Outside, where fairies can and do die. Swoop discovers her best friend One Wing in the company of a human, breaking the first law: Never Let the Humans Know Fairies Exist.

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  • The Secret of the Key: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Marianne Malone Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    The Secret of the Key: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure, Book 4

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    Chicago sixth graders Ruthie and Jack think they’ve learned everything about the magic of the Art Institute’s Thorne Rooms. But the magic starts to act strangely when Ruthie and Jack discover two rings that are out of place - and out of time - and a portal that shouldn’t be open but somehow is. Ruthie and Jack follow the clues to 17th-century England and the Brownlow house, where they meet the Brownlow’s governess, Rebecca. But Rebecca has a few secrets of her own - and she might even be in the wrong century!

  • Wishhobbler (






UNABRIDGED) by Francis O'Dowd Narrated by Lizzie Hopley

    Wishhobbler

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    • By Francis O'Dowd
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    Abandoned by her mother at an early age, 10-year-old Spin has been adopted by Sir Fistache mal Arthreign. The knight's habit of collecting waifs and strays has thrown together a family of rowdy headbangers. Expelled from countless towns and villages, they hope to make a fresh start in the Songwynd slums - but the decision to bring along their pet wishhobbler wrecks any chance of this.

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UNABRIDGED) by Emily Lloyd-Jones Narrated by Caitlin Davies, Kirby Heyborne

    Illusive

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    • By Emily Lloyd-Jones
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    When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist - she's also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless.