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Bryan J. Peterson

Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States Listener Since 2006

I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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  • "A waste of my time this wasn't."

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    For months I'd gone back and forth with myself about whether I was going to read the Twilight novels. But being blind, my only options were to either find them in braille, a medium which I find extremely tedious to be quite frank, or to listen to them. I tried at first to listen to the Library of Congress version, also known as the Talking Book version specifically recorded for us blind folks, but the narrator's voice ruined the story for me. But as is often the case in these situations, the commercially available audiobook was done much better. The story itself was far more interesting than I was expecting, always a plus, but Ilyana Kadushin's narration added just that little bit more to the pie, so to speak. Her smooth, slightly husky voice doesn't seem out of place, particularly when the character speaking is Edward Cullen or Jacob Black. I didn't hear the flatness that another reviewer complained about. I don't think they could have picked a better narrator unless perhaps it were Stephenie Meyer herself. Needless to say I'm glad I spent the two credits on this program, although I'll say right here and now that I messed up my sleep cycle for the next several weeks reading the entire series.

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    Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
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    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
  • "It's Arthur Dent as you've never he..."

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    For those who didn't get the title, Simon Jones is probably best known by some as the voice of Arthur Dent in the BBC's TV and radio adaptations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But he does an excellent job of narrating audiobooks from what I've heard, particularly here.
    The Amulet of Samarkand opens with the spirit Bartimaeus being summoned by the apprentice magician Nathaniel and ordered to steal a powerful artifact from a ruthless magician. Unfortunately for Nathaniel, he quickly finds himself in way over his head, involved in matters of treachery and intrigue. And to make matters even more complicated the wisecracking, sarcastic Bartimaeus has his own agenda.
    I particularly like how the book switches from Nathaniel's point of view over to that of Bartimaeus, and particularly how when speaking from Bartimaeus' point of view it switches to first person narration. I particularly like Simon Jones' narration during these points, as he easily and perfectly captures Bartimaeus' witty, often scathing sense of humor. I haven't finished the book yet but I can't put it down for long. And when I've enough credits saved up I intend to purchase the rest of the trilogy.

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    The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
  • "Keeping up the excellent work."

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    Two years have passed since the events of Amulet of Samarkand. Nathaniel, now called John Mandrake to his colleagues, is a member of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the same department formerly headed by his late former master, the cowardly Arthur Underwood. Now apprenticed to a new master, Jessica Whitwell, Nathaniel is currently involved in a mostly fruitless hunt for a group of rogue commoners known as the Resistance, who wage small attacks on Magicians' dwellings and businesses to steal magical objects which they hope to use to eventually overthrow the cruel government. That operation is sidelined by a series of attacks on London by an unknown and seemingly invulnerable creature. Finding himself in peril of his life, Nathaniel summons the Djinni Bartimaeus, who discovers that the creature responsible for the destruction of many London businesses is a Golem,, sending Nathaniel to the ancient city of Praague, where such magic originated.
    As with Amulet, narrator Simon Jones does an excellent job of narrating, bringing life to old and new characters alike, from Kitty Jones to the Afrit Honorius. If you haven't read this series yet, you definitely should. It may take a bit of getting used to since the magic isn't as pure as in, say, Harry Potter, but it's definitely innovative and interesting.

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    The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
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  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    "Excellent narration!"

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    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature

    Scepter of the Ancients is the first book in Derek Landy’s children’s series called SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT. The story follows 11 year old Stephanie Edgley who inherits her eccentric uncle’s property after he dies. Stephanie gets involved with some supernatural goings-on when a thief breaks into her new house (the one her uncle left her) and nearly kills her. To her rescue comes Skulduggery Pleasant — a man who used to be alive but is now a magically animated skeleton. Stephanie and Skulduggery set out to solve a mystery and end up saving the world.

    Stephanie is a great little protagonist — she’s smart and logical and mature. Skulduggery Pleasant is also a great character — he’s unusual and amusing, always cracking jokes in a dry but kind of obvious way that should appeal to the target audience of this book (ages 9 and up). Here’s an example from the very end of the book where Skulduggery Pleasant is being interviewed:

    "Interviewer: How would you describe yourself in five words?

    Skulduggery Pleasant: Five words? Right, here goes, in no particular order, least of all alphabetical: Charming. Witty. Lethal. Brilliant. And modest."

    Like I said, kind of obvious. But I will admit to snickering several times. (The above example wasn’t one of them.) The characters, the humor and the creepy atmosphere are the defining features of this novel. Unfortunately, the plot seems to be of secondary importance to Landy’s writing process. It’s fast-paced but it’s also predictable and full of clichés and cheesy villains. I thought it was bland and forgettable. Fortunately, this is something that can be fixed in future stories. I haven’t read any of them (there are eight full novels so far and four novellas) and I’m not going out of my way to find book two, but if it appears on sale at Audible, I might pick it up. Or I might not.

    Most children and many adults will like Scepter of the Ancients a lot more than I did. Those who are enamored by the cool characters and creepy atmosphere are likely to forgive or not even notice the lackluster plot. I have a feeling that I’ve simply read too many fantasy novels to find this unique and I’ll bet there’s a negative correlation between how many fantasy novels a person has read and how well they like this book.

    With all that said, I want to heap tons of praise on the audiobook version of Scepter of the Ancients. It was truly an excellent production with some original music and chilling sound effects between the chapters. Rupert Degas, the narrator, was brilliant. I loved his voice and his interpretation of the story. This book was worth my time mainly because of Rupert Degas. Audio readers, do not skip the interview with Skullduggery Pleasant at the end of the novel.

  • Shadowland: The Mediator, Book 1

    "Should appeal to teenage girls"

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    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature

    Suze is a mediator — she can see the ghosts of people whose souls have not been able to move on. She helps them resolve their earthly issues so they can go wherever they’re supposed to go. She doesn’t know what happens to them after they go — just that it’s her job to facilitate their departure.

    Because of her weird ability, Suze is not a normal teenager. People find her a little strange and she has trouble making friends and fitting in. Now she’s moving away from New York, where she grew up. Her father died several years ago and her mother has married a man in California. She will have a new family, a new school, and a new life. Her mother, who doesn’t believe in the ghosts, hopes the changes will be beneficial for Suze.

    As soon as Suze enters her new bedroom overlooking the ocean, she realizes that her “problems” have not gone away. There’s the ghost of a hot guy named Jesse in her room and she’s having trouble dislodging him. Then, on her first day of school at a Catholic mission, the ghost of a girl who recently committed suicide is haunting her locker. So, right away, Suze has two new “clients” to take care of. Fortunately, she also discovers that she’s not the only person who can see ghosts — the priest who runs the school can also see them and he says there are other mediators besides the two of them. He promises to be a helpful resource.

    Shadowland is the first book in Meg Cabot’s MEDIATOR series. I enjoyed spending a few hours with Suze. She’s a pleasant protagonist who’s brave, tender-hearted, confident and interesting. There were a few other admirable characters in her story, though some were also stock YA characters (e.g., the beauty queen). Perhaps the most interesting character is Jesse, the ghost in Suze’s room. He’s a young man from the 19th century. We don’t know much about him yet, but I think his storyline, which takes place in the past, will give this series more depth.

    I think the best thing I can say about Shadowland is that even though it’s a little shallow and predictable, it didn’t annoy me like most other YA paranormal fantasies do. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much of a commendation, but coming from someone who hasn’t been a teenager in over a couple of decades and who thought teenage girls were annoying even back then, that’s something. Shadowland should be quite appealing to teenage girls (or even boys) and it features a likeable heroine who, so far, is fun to hang out with and makes a respectable role model.

    I read the audiobook version of Shadowland which was produced by Recorded Books and narrated by Johanna Parker who I liked quite well. I picked it up on sale at Audible and liked it well enough that I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of the series in future Audible sales.

  • Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    "Original and emotional"

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    Originally posted at FanLit.

    "When you’re surrounded by light, how do you know whether it’s the glory of God, or the flames of Hell?"

    Set in an alternate American frontier, Seventh Son is the first in Orson Scott Card’s THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. Alvin Miller is the seventh son of a seventh son which makes him special and potentially a very powerful healer, or “maker” — at least that’s what many who practice folk magic, believe. They know that many folk have “knacks” and they’ve seen the effects of curses and charms. It’s obvious that there’s a supernatural war going on around Alvin Miller. He’s almost been killed many times (usually by water), but it’s clear that some other force is protecting him. While his family expects greatness from Alvin, some of his neighbors think he may be “devil spawn.”
    Reverend Thrower, the new Christian pastor who has just come over from Europe, finds all this folk magic to be rather creepy. He’s trying to dispel these superstitious notions while teaching his parish that any magic they think they see can be explained by scientific investigation. After interacting with Alvin’s family, he may be forced to reconsider his position. Is this folk magic superstitious nonsense, evil witchery, or a gift from God?

    Seventh Son begins with an emotionally gripping scene as one child dies and another is born to the Miller family. These first few scenes make up the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Hatrack River. The emotion doesn’t let up, the world-building and characterization are admirably complex, and there’s a nice touch of folksy humor — especially in the episodes of sibling rivalry.

    I’ve heard it said that Seventh Son is loosely based on the life of Latter Day Saints prophet Joseph Smith, though I don’t know enough about Smith to notice the parallels. Orson Scott Card is known to be religious and conservative (and a member of the LDS church), but you wouldn’t know it from reading Seventh Son. Though religion is the dominant theme, Card’s religious characters are, at least on the surface, hard to sympathize with. For example, though Reverend Thrower’s intentions are good, his deeds are more evil than the deeds of the “immoral” people he opposes. It’s easy to see this from our perspective, but we can also see why Thrower thinks he’s doing the right thing. It’s a good parallel to some of the religious conflicts we see in our society today.

    I’m intrigued by Card’s alternate America where familiar politics and personalities are slightly different from historical facts. This played an insignificant background role in Seventh Son, but will surely become more prominent in future volumes of THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. I look forward to that.

    I listened to Blackstone Audio’s version of Seventh Son which was narrated by a full cast including Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye and Stefan Rudnicki. This is a superb cast who did a great job individually. The parts were split up by chapter rather than by role, so on a couple of occasions I was initially confused at the different accents used for the same character by different narrators. Included in the audiobook version is an afterword by Orson Scott Card which explains the origin of Hatrack River and Seventh Son.

    Published in 1987, Seventh Son was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards and won a Locus Award. It’s a beautifully written emotional story set in an original fantasy world.

  • The Hunger Games

    "Unputdownable"

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    Unputdownable. This is very dark for YA. The audio version narrated by Carolyn McMcormick is excellent.

RayRay1974

RayRay1974 Texas, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2011

I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

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  • "Tantalizing Series!"

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    It's always nice to find a series that you love when most of the books are out and your not waiting and waiting for each book. IF your like me you will love starting this series. I did some research and Cassandra Clare has written the prequel to this series about the parents and I can't wait to start that, The Infernal Devices.

    So if your looking to get engrossed and you love a story that keeps going, then start reading these now!

    I have said this before, parents can let their children read these books with confidence. Unless your against your children reading about magic and such things.

    The love stories keep you captivated and are tantalizing as well as innocent.

    These books have a Harry Potter feel mixed with Twilight, so if you are a fan of any of those series, you can get ready for the movies again!! First one is out August 2013.

    The downside, which really isn't that bad is that the narrators for the book keep changing. So you can't count on a consistent narration through the series. I love the books so it didn't bother me much, but I have read that many people are disappointed by it. Just beware of that.

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    City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
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    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"

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  • 4.5 (158 ratings)
    The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Buckley Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    In their fifth exploit, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are on their own while investigating the theft of enchanted items from the Ever Afters. And if they don't solve the case, the villain behind the crimes will unleash chaos upon the residents of Ferryport Landing.

    Dirk says: "Book 5 of the series"
  • 4.6 (264 ratings)
    Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet (






UNABRIDGED) by Tamora Pierce Narrated by Bernadette Dunne

    Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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    Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it's not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of war. Unrelentingly realistic in its depiction of the horrors of war, Pierce provides exquisite details of the weaponry, topography, and culture of her world, and her control of a voluminous cast of characters is masterful.

    Gary R. Casebeer says: "Tamora Pierce creates active feminism."
  • 4.6 (217 ratings)
    Clash of the Demons: The Last Apprentice (






UNABRIDGED) by Joseph Delaney Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch

    Clash of the Demons: The Last Apprentice

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    • By Joseph Delaney
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    As the Spook's apprentice, Thomas Ward's first duty is to protect the County from ghosts, boggarts, and other dangerous creatures. But now his mother has come back from her homeland to seek his help. One of the most dangerous of the old witches, Ordeen, is about to return to earth, bringing with her suffering and devastation. Tom's mother has mustered a powerful army - including Tom's friend Alice, the Pendle witches, and the assassin Grimalkin - to confront Ordeen.

    Todd A. Hamblin says: "Great Book - Crappy Audio"
  • 4.6 (274 ratings)
    Emperor Mage: The Immortals: Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tamora Pierce Narrated by Tamora Pierce

    Emperor Mage: The Immortals: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
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    In this third volume of the popular Immortals Quartet, Daine enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, a world that grows more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Good but not her best"
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  • 4.6 (44 ratings)
    Henry and the Clubhouse (






UNABRIDGED) by Beverly Cleary Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris

    Henry and the Clubhouse

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    • By Beverly Cleary
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    For Henry Huggins and his friends Robert and Murph, a clubhouse is a place where they can do as they please, without being bothered by girls. The sign that says "No Girls Allowed - This Means You" especially means Ramona Quimby. Lately Ramona has been following Henry on his newspaper route, embarrassing him in front of Henry's customers. The day Ramona follows Henry to the clubhouse, she wants to teach him girls aren't so bad, but she almost puts an end to his newspaper career forever.

  • 4.6 (528 ratings)
    In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4 (






UNABRIDGED) by L. A. Meyer Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

    In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4

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    • By L. A. Meyer
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    Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

    Michele says: "Loved it! Loved them all."
  • 4.6 (599 ratings)
    Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3 (






UNABRIDGED) by L. A. Meyer Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

    Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
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    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
  • 4.6 (43 ratings)
    Then There Were Five (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Enright Narrated by Pamela Dillman

    Then There Were Five

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    With Father in Washington and Cuffy away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendys left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures are inevitable: Mr. Titus and the catfish; the villainy of the DeLacey brothers; Rush's composition of Opus Three; Mona's first rhubarb pie and all the canning; Randy's arrowhead; the auction and fair for the Red Cross.

    Garret says: "Great for the family"
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  • 4.6 (149 ratings)
    The Night is for Hunting: Tomorrow Series #6 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Marsden Narrated by Suzi Dougherty

    The Night is for Hunting: Tomorrow Series #6

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    They are the enemy. And they're still out there. They're in your street, your home, the safest places you know. You feel their hot breath, even in the depths of hell. Ellie and Homer are out there too. Lee and Fi and Kevin. They've forgotten what it means to be safe. Sometimes they feel like there's nowhere left for them. They may be right.

    Guin says: "Love the entire series"
  • 4.5 (38 ratings)
    The Red Trailer Mystery: Trixie Belden #2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Julie Campbell Narrated by Ariadne Meyers

    The Red Trailer Mystery: Trixie Belden #2

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    • By Julie Campbell
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    Jim Frayne has run away from Sleepyside, before Trixie could tell him that he is the sole heir to a huge fortune. With her best friend, Honey, Trixie sets out in a trailer across upstate New York to track Jim down...and stumbles upon another mystery along the way!

    Sheri says: "great mystery"
  • The Hunger Games (






UNABRIDGED) by Suzanne Collins Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

    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"
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games (






UNABRIDGED) by Suzanne Collins Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

    Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

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    • By Suzanne Collins
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    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Suzanne Collins Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

    Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

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    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Allan Corduner

    Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

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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"
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  • 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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    • 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"
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra Clare Narrated by Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn

    City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1732)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7679)
    Performance
    (2868)
    Story
    (2920)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra Clare Narrated by Natalie Moore

    City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1734)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
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  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra Clare Narrated by Molly C. Quinn

    City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1420)

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4581)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2249)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
  • Dancing with Demons: Dancing, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrea Heltsley Narrated by Kristin Stone

    Dancing with Demons: Dancing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrea Heltsley
    • Narrated By Kristin Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    After what happened with the murders, things have settled down. Too bad the tension hasn't. Life for Wendy is more stressful than ever. Not only does she have to finish her senior year, but also find a way to live past next year. Being a succubus brings with it no warning label and things are still rocky with Matt. Two new students transfer to school and Wendy manages to find herself being the center of attention once again.

  • The Nethergrim (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Jobin Narrated by Jeremy Arthur

    The Nethergrim

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Jobin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

    books4me says: "Wonderful execution, great book makes commute fun!"
  • Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student: The Phantom Series, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Swann Narrated by Abby Elvidge

    Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student: The Phantom Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Swann
    • Narrated By Abby Elvidge
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Bullies, freaks, and phantoms inhabit the abandoned elementary school. Would you go inside to help out a friend? Stevie asks Jase to help her find out why the ghost of a girl keeps appearing in her mirror. They think it has something to do with the new student at their school, a boy who has Tourette syndrome. Both the new kid and the new phantom seem to need some kind of help. When the new kid falls prey to the school bullies, Stevie knows they must act. But will they be too late, or will a tragic moment in their school's history be repeated on Halloween night?

  • Bronxwood (






UNABRIDGED) by Coe Booth Narrated by Barrie Buckner

    Bronxwood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Coe Booth
    • Narrated By Barrie Buckner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there's another thing up in his face, just when he's trying to settle down. Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that's coming - with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing - but he's not sure he can stop it. Or if he even wants to.

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  • The Magician's Tower: Oona Crate Mystery, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Shawn Thomas Odyssey Narrated by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

    The Magician's Tower: Oona Crate Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Narrated By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate's detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention - The Magician's Tower Contest. Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl - one with unparalleled magical powers - has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician's Tower.

  • Wicked Woods: Wicked Woods #1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Kailin Gow Narrated by Kate Metroka

    Wicked Woods: Wicked Woods #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kailin Gow
    • Narrated By Kate Metroka
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Briony had to move to Wicked Woods, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie's inn are filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautiful boy name Fallon who saves her one night in the woods. As Briony gets closer to Fallon, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked Woods. Book 1 of 5 in the Wicked Woods Series.

  • The Bad Apple: Merits of Mischief, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by T. R. Burns Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer

    The Bad Apple: Merits of Mischief, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By T. R. Burns
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The start of a mischievous new middle-grade series has trouble written all over it. Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day he accidently kills his substitute teacher with an apple. Seamus is immediately shipped off to a detention facility—only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student is tasked to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel.