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Marcy S.

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  • The Last Concubine

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lesley Downer
    • Narrated By Sarah Sherborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Growing up in rural Japan in 1861, Sachi has always felt different, her pale skin setting her apart. When she is 11, a princess passes through her village, sweeping her off to the women's palace in Edo, home to 3000 women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi is chosen as his concubine. But Japan is changing.

    Cecilia says: "Interesting but kind of slow"
    "Behind the Komodo"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This book is a wonderful work of historical fiction that opens the komodo and provides an evocative glimpse into the secret social structure of the Shogun era. The story is captivating, the characters compelling and you are quickly drawn into the adventure unfolding during a pivotal time in Japanese history. What a ride!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25813)
    Performance
    (19636)
    Story
    (19713)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A Game of Thrones Left Me Singing Hot and Cold"
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    While this was an excellent read, I am not as enamored as some reviewers on this site. Martin did a scorching job of developing an assortment of unusual and fascinating characters, but the plot (though intricate), was very slow to progress. I felt like I was sitting on a train, waiting a LONG time at the station before being rocketed to the next stop! While the ride was exhilarating, there was a lot of down time and gratuitous filler. I felt the same way about Roy Dotrice. He did an outstanding job differentiating characters through his voice-over talent; however, sometimes his over-all narrative voice was a bit pedantic. Don't get me wrong, the story has all the elements that make great adult fiction: action, intrigue, heroes and villains with a dash of sex and violence thrown in; however, A Game of Thrones is sometimes like watching a great game of chess--you can appreciate the intelligence that goes into it while being a little bored and impatient waiting for each significant move!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (943)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Craftily Written"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    A complex plot, compelling characters, a ton of action and a pinch of romance create a spellbinding story you won't want to put down! Maria Snyder craftily weaves a story that will "slip under your skin, invade your blood and seize your heart."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Take: Soul Screamers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (565)

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

    Bethany says: "A true page-turner..."
    "New Twist to the Supernatural"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Soul to Take the most enjoyable?

    I find most books quite predictable but this story had a few twists I didn't expect and went in a different direction I found quite refreshing. I didn't realize it was a teen book but it was an easy read and despite some of the juvenile behaviors was enjoyable over all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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