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Teddy

Teddy Bronx, NY, United States

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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  • "You see growth in the Author"

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    I found myself enjoying this title the more the title progressed. It was one of those books that tends to build so smoothly up to those points of sheer action. Also of specific note is the growth that one is able to witness in the general writing style of the author. The way Christopher Paolini seems to tackle certain issues in this book as opposed to book one (Eragon) also lent to the book being even more enjoyable than the previous.

    Book 2 of the Inheritance Cycle is your typical mythical fantasy novel. I couldn't help but notice slight similarities with Star Wars regarding some of the twists that the story takes. That being said, I found the entire title put together very well. In this book you get a glimpse in the lives of the elves and see as Eragon himself grows into an impressive Dragon Rider. Another great addition to this story was Roran, Eragon's cousin, whose own struggles and quest becomes even more challenging and exciting than Eragon's it would seem. A number of new characters were introduced in this title and it would seem that no one from the previous novel was forgotten either, all reappearing in some form or another through the scope of the title.

    The narration grew on me throughout this book. You sometimes forget that it is one person doing the narration even though there are so many distinct voices, tones and intonations in the title. The narration in this case only adds to the title here.

    Truly an impressive listen all over. I look forward to listening to the third book in this series.

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    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"
  • "The Book Deserves The Hype"

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    I listened all 11 hours and 14 minutes of this book in one sitting! Seriously.... Onnneee SIITTTIIINNGGGG!!!!!! I have never done that to an audiobook before. Heck I have had audiobooks that are 3 - 5 hours long that took me a week! This book took me one day and I bet if I had the actual paperback I would have finished this book in about half the time. Why? It was downright addictive!

    My only drawback, as almost everyone else has stated, is the narration. It wasn't horrible by any chance, it was done very well actually. It is obvious that Carolyn McCormick who voiced Katniss does know how to deliver a great performance. With that being said though, a better choice could have been made to voice her. Someone younger or at least sounded younger could probably have done a better job. Carolyn McCormick did though did a very good job irrespectively.

    The story, the story is where this book shine! Any book that can bring me back to a 15/16 year old me spending all day/evening/night engrossed in one book deserves my utmost praise. In fact when I was watching the sun rise as I finished the closing minutes of the book (I stayed up all night listening to the book) I couldn't help but chuckle wondering what my mother would say if she knew I was still sacrificing sleep for the sake of a good book, lol. It was action packed with a fair amount of surprises. Had some gut-wrenching moments and you just plain get to start loving and bonding with each character. The ending of the book leaves you downright begging for more though and I literally am just gearing myself up for another assault on Book 2 in this series. I can see another all nighter looming ever so closer in my future...

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    The Hunger Games

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    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
  • "Interesting"

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    I listened to this book because of CW series rendition of The Secret Circle. I had no idea it was originally a book until I saw a comment on youtube. The series give you an idea of what the book itself is about but the stories are quite different in a lot of sense.

    The narrator first and foremost is very much suited for this genre I must say, she did do a pretty fair job of the book itself. My only thought (slight problem really and it's just a personal thing) however is that the narrator though suited for this genre from the get go makes me think that this is a teeny romance novel. That is (in a sense) what the book is, however I believe with a different narrator it might have felt more than that.

    As for the story, it is far different from the series in many ways. The number of characters in the circle itself, the description of some of the characters, the make-up of the families and the very motive behind how or why the circle was formed. I find some aspects of the story a bit trivial and annoying (teeny love stories are a bit overplayed to me in general). I have always thought that teenagers in love, forbidden love and the likes are a bit overplayed at best and impractical in real life (alas, this is fantasy). The story itself though is fascinating, there are so many unanswered questions and twists and turns that the novel can take. I am without a doubt intrigued as to how the book series will continue.

    Overall, the book is a good listen. If your into Teeny Fantasy Romance novel or if your able to put up with that aspect of the book then this is a good book to listen. I am not too looking forward to the love story aspect of the book but I am not going to give up on the book just yet, there is enough in this book to make it a very very good listen....

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    The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation

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    Seduced by the Secret Circle, a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for 300 years, Cassie falls hopelessly in love with the leader's boyfriend and falls prey to dark powers.

    Teddy says: "Interesting"
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  • The Prince & The Guard: The Selection Stories

    "Through the eyes of the guys"

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    STORY (YA romance) - I have been anxiously awaiting the release of The One and was pleased to find that Kiera Cass decided to give us something to placate us in the meantime. This book is two separate novellas that give the viewpoints of Maxon and Aspen. If you've been following The Selection series, you will know it's about a competition between 35 young girls wishing to become the wife of Prince Maxon. The main character, America, is in the competition but still has feelings for her old BF Aspen, who is a guard at the palace and watching the competition unfold. It's the ultimate love triangle, not to mention all the tension between the competitors. (Do you watch The Bachelor on TV?)

    This book is enjoyable, but there's really nothing new that happens. It's basically the same story as The Selection and The Elite, but it tells where the guys were and what they were doing/thinking when events occurred. You will hear how nervous Maxon was about the competition and how he accidentally met America before it started and liked her immediately. Aspen's perspective is basically about his devotion to "Mare" (nickname for America) and his dislike for Prince Maxon.

    If you love this series as I do, you might want to hear these short novellas but, as I said, the story doesn't really progress from the ending of the last book. There's a preview of The One at the end but, again, nothing really new happens.

    PERFORMANCE - The stories of Maxon and Aspen each have a different narrator. They both do good jobs, though I think they pronounce the name of the country differently than Amy Rubinate. Amy is back to narrate the preview at the end.

    OVERALL - If you are thinking about listening to this series, don't start here. Start with The Selection and then hear The Elite. The series is easy listening, romantic and thoroughly enjoyable. There is no sex and only a little mild violence, so it's recommended for all ages. Not a book for guys.

  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    "Very clever story (and series)"

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    STORY (YA fantasy scifi) - Cress is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series. Like the first two, it is a futuristic twist to a classic fairy tale. Cinder(ella) is a cyborg mechanic with a mean step-family who dreams of attending a ball and meeting Prince Kai. Scarlet (similar to Red Riding Hood) has a boyfriend named Wolf and has been searching for her lost grandmother. Now we add Cress, who is a long-haired computer hacker trapped in a lunar satellite (like Rapunzel in her tower). The characters are all working together to foil an attempt by the evil Lunar Queen Levana to extend her reign to Earth, and the author has done a masterful job of combining the characters and stories together into one clever plot.

    This is a fun, easy listen which works well as a break between "heavier" books. It is fast-paced, with lots of action and touches of romance. You should listen to the books in order, as each one introduces a new fairy tale character to the overall plot. Cress comes to a nice stopping point, but the adventure will continue into future book(s) as the plan to thwart the conquer of Earth by Queen Levana continues...

    NARRATOR - Good job, but nothing special.

    OVERALL - Recommended for listeners of all ages -- a great story for family listening.

  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    "One Adult's Perspective"

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    STORY (YA vampire romance) - I like to listen to the "relevant" YA series, you know, the ones with multiple hit movies, etc., and I've really loved some of them. After hearing Books 1&2 of this series, however, I will say it has been PAINFULLY boring. I've endured 28 hours of teenage character building and "hanging out," which could have easily been condensed to 1/4 that time. I listened at 2X and 3X speed and it was still moving too slowly! Okay, I get it. I'm not the target audience.

    As a parent, I would say the book is very clean and appropriate enough for young adults. The only criticisms I have are that (1) Edward sneaks into Bella's bedroom and spends the night multiple times, although nothing sexual happens except a little kissing, (2) Bella ignores her father's wishes and does some very stupid and dangerous things to be "closer" to Edward after they've broken up and (3) she agonizes over her breakup with Edward for months (and like eight book-hours), even to the point of becoming catatonic where her father thinks about getting her treatment. Not sure if that's the perfect example for kids of how to get over a painful breakup.

    NARRATOR - Good enough for the simple job at hand.

    OVERALL - Fine for your young adult if you're okay with my second paragraph above. If you value your sanity, don't listen to it yourself.

  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    "Vampire Romance for Young Adults ONLY"

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    STORY - I am not a young adult, but I occasionally enjoy the genre anyway. Since this series has had such phenomenal success I decided to check it out. Unfortunately, I can't imagine anyone over the age of 15 finding this first book interesting. It's just teenaged character building -- going to school, hanging out with friends, shopping for prom, etc. When Bella meets Edward (main characters), there is sweet romantic interaction, but mainly she just talks about how beautiful and perfect he is. FINALLY, the last 2-3 hours of the book things get interesting and you get a glimpse of how good the rest of the series hopefully will be.

    NARRATION - The narrator has a very adolescent voice, perfect for the book. She doesn't bother to do male voices, (probably because there's not a lot of difference at that age!)

    OVERALL - You need to hear this book first if you're going to follow the whole series, but you may find it boring. Parents of younger adolescents might want to preview.

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  • "He got the idea from a near traffic..."

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    I always find it fascinating where writers get their ideas and, according to an article by Rachel Brutsch of the Deseret News, Brandon Sanderson was cut off in traffic one day and immediately thought of the other driver, “You’re lucky I don’t have super powers because I would totally blow your car off the road.” That immediate thought horrified him; and he thought, “Its a good thing I don’t have superpowers.” Then he pondered, “What if the evil guys had all of the super powers?” That idea was the essence for his new Y.A. series, “Reckoning.”
    Steeheart is a super-villain. He is one of many that received their power from a star called Calamity that appeared in the sky one day. Most thought the people that received these new found powers would use them for the benefit of mankind; wrong. With ultimate power comes ultimate corruption.
    Steelheart has the strength of 10 men. He’s virtually indestructible, he can fly and when he’s enraged he can turn inanimate objects into steel. He exercised that particular power to transform most of Chicago and part of Lake Michigan before becoming the emperor of “Newcago.”
    David Charleston was an eight year old boy when he saw Steelheart murder his father. Ten years has passed and David can think of only one thing; bringing Steelheart down. He is just a normal human and decides to recruit another group of humans, called “Reckoners” to help him. Reckoners study those like Steelheart, to learn their weaknesses.
    This is a story that has been told many times, the struggle between good and evil, but this time Superman is not on our side; can good still win?
    Its billed as a Y.A. book, and there is some romance that is usually associated with such genre, it does not, however, overwhelms the story; anyone that like Sci-Fi adventure should like this book. It is, after all, by Brandon Sanderson; and, by all indications it is the start of an epic tale.

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    Steelheart

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    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"

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    To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary 14-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette's syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers....

    Kraig says: "Your never too old to enjoy a good story"
  • The Giver (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Ron Rifkin

    The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1023)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
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  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (480)

    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"
  • Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (382)

    When Silas Heap unseals a forgotten room in the palace, he releases the ghost of a queen who lived 500 years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus' disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous alchemist and physician.

    Emiko says: "Wonderful Series"
  • I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy (






UNABRIDGED) by Pittacus Lore Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Johnathan McClain

    I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    You know we have been betrayed. You must discover why. They have put a plan in motion. They have infiltrated your government. They have already turned some of you. They will do whatever it takes to have your planet. The battle lines have been drawn. Whose side are you on?

  • The Fire Wish (






UNABRIDGED) by Amber Lough Narrated by Luci Christian

    The Fire Wish

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amber Lough
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In this romantic and evocative fantasy, Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad - which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form - as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered - enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

  • Glory: The Dust Chronicles, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Maureen McGowan Narrated by Tara Sands

    Glory: The Dust Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maureen McGowan
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Glory is a Deviant. That is what she was always taught, growing up in the domed city of Haven. She has the power to kill with her gaze, but she's learned to control this power and use it only against the monstrous Shredders, who survive on the asteroid dust that mutated their DNA. Now living in a settlement Outside, Glory has the chance to embrace her "Gift" and reunite her remaining family. But she can't hide from the threat of Shredder attacks or the knowledge of what Management is doing to the employees of Haven.

  • The Nex (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Pratt Narrated by Renee Chambliss

    The Nex

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tim Pratt
    • Narrated By Renee Chambliss
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Teenager Miranda Candle finds a mysterious necklace and is suddenly transported to The Nex, the bizarre city at the center of all possible universes, where she falls in with a pair of would-be revolutionaries - the skinshifter Howlaa and the bodiless Wisp - fighting the oppressive regime of the city-state's Regent and his army of steam colossi, cynical cyborgs, and the depraved royal orphans.

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  • Broken Skies: Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Theresa Kay Narrated by Andrea Emmes

    Broken Skies: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Theresa Kay
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived. Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed. One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back. In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived. Until recently, the E'rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax's brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a stranded teenage E'rikon.

    Giovanni says: "A fresh take on alien invasion. Great performance"
  • High School Heroes: Surveillance Mission (






UNABRIDGED) by James Mascia Narrated by Joette Marie

    High School Heroes: Surveillance Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By James Mascia
    • Narrated By Joette Marie
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Abby would be your typical teenager - that is, if she wasn't part of a secret organization tasked with tracking down meta-humans. She doesn't agree with what she's doing, but when Agent Smith tells her she will be infiltrating a school to find a dangerous meta, she knows she has no choice because disobeying means that her brother will end up in their special meta-human prison. When she meets her target, she realized that he is not as dangerous as she was led to believe.

  • Werewolf Parallel: KelpiesTeen (






UNABRIDGED) by Roy Gill Narrated by David Monteath

    Werewolf Parallel: KelpiesTeen

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roy Gill
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Cameron's life of shifting between the Humanian and Daemonic worlds is under threat. Two sinister figures want to destroy the Parallel - the void between worlds populated by daemons, dark creatures, old gods, and werewolves - and everyone in it. To save the Parallel, Cameron must make the ultimate sacrifice. But what is he prepared to lose?

  • The Daemon Parallel: KelpiesTeen (






UNABRIDGED) by Roy Gill Narrated by David Monteath

    The Daemon Parallel: KelpiesTeen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Roy Gill
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Our world is only the beginning... Cameron's father is dead and his inheritance is... rather unusual. He has power to world shift: travel between the Human and Daemonic realms and the Parallel - a void where the worlds meet. Between befriending werewolves and battling daemons, Cameron's new life is already pretty complicated, but things are about to get even more dangerous.

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  • Losing Logan (






UNABRIDGED) by Sherry D. Ficklin Narrated by Tara Millette

    Losing Logan

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sherry D. Ficklin
    • Narrated By Tara Millette
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Normally, finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn't irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he's dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra-popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the crosshairs of Logan's suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind - each of whom had a reason to want him dead.