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Deval

A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!

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  • A World Without Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (426)

    Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

    Stephanie says: "Brandon Mull has won me over again!"
    "Brandon Mull does not disappoint!"
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    I really enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and likewise this first book in the Beyonders saga does not disappoint. It is narrated really well and the story grips you from start to finish. The characters are well thought out and very well written.

    The story starts out with Jason getting accidently drawn into another world through a hippo. When he gets there all he wants to do is find a way home. Along the way he discovers a secret that he needs to see to fruition if he wants to survive and get home. During his quest he meets an interesting plethora of characters that add both a touch of humor and intrigue to the story.

    If YA fiction is your kind of thing, and you have enjoyed the Fablehaven series, then definitely give this a go. I am starting the second book and looking quite forward to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9529)
    Performance
    (8649)
    Story
    (8719)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Made me think!"
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    Though this is a work of fiction there are aspects of this book that have given me quite a bit to think about. Definitely one of Dan Brown's better works. Angels and Demons still holds the top spot for me but this is a close second. Fast paced from the first page to the last it was an enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8814)
    Performance
    (3045)
    Story
    (3118)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Not as exciting!"
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    I can't help but compare this to Angels and Demons, which is my all time favorite Dan Brown book!! This was a good story overall but it lacked the punch of Angels and Demons. It was not as exciting and the end though leaving me with a lot to think about was not nearly as riveting as his other books! Either way though it's not a bad read, but Dan Brown could have done so much better!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14885)
    Performance
    (11465)
    Story
    (11526)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "OMG is an understatement!!"
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    The events in this book left me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was shocked, disgusted, horrified, thrilled, laughing and crying from the minute I started to the minute I got to the last word on the book! Took me a while to finish the book due to my busy schedule, but every chance I got I couldn't wait to read on either by listening to it or reading on my kindle! The introduction of the paranormal instances in this book added an element of mystery that made the story more interesting. The characters were always rich but in this book they got deeper and more complex. It has become harder to distinguish the right and the wrong as the story progresses but that is what makes this so much more thrilling and interesting. Cherry on the cake is the narration by Roy Dotrice! I look forward to reading the fourth book soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6662)
    Performance
    (6121)
    Story
    (6178)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "A little dragged out, but I liked it!!"
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    I am not like other people. I actually don't relish the typical happy endings. Life is not a happy ending! Shit happens, a lot of it, a lot of the time. Hence I gave up on the happily ever after a very very long time ago. Having said that the ending in this book was not a complete surprise. I was expecting it in part. I had a feeling from the time I read Divergent that some main character is going to get killed off. What surprised me a little bit was who it was. I liked it! I get why people are upset but I think it was a somewhat realistic outcome.

    I liked the shifts on POV. A lot of YA books I have read are mostly from a girl's perspective. Reading this from the guy's perspective was a nice relief. It really gave a glimpse into what Tobias really thought. About his vulnerabilities and doubts.

    Finally the story overall could have been shorter. I feel some things were unnecessarily drawn out. Themes that were over explained, and dragged out. Overall I liked the book. It is definitely not the best dystopian series I have read, hunger games takes that hands down, but its an entertaining read. Worth reading at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9955)
    Performance
    (9021)
    Story
    (9091)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Entertaining!!"
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    This is a collective review of Divergent and Insurgent. I really enjoyed listening/reading to these books. They remind me of hunger games, with the exception of not being that intense. The story and plot is interesting and some of the twists (one in particular) I didn't expect. I like the fact that the love story though prominent doesn't take over the story, it helps the plot move forward without making you want to gag! I am not sure if I will ever re-read these again, however they are an entertaining read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (483)

    Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

    Aaron says: "A good story"
    "Predictable but still enjoyable"
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    This was a typical good vs evil story with the protagonists fighting impossible odds to vanquish an evil. The twists and turns were well placed and kept the story interesting. I liked how it ended. I didn't expect a certain aspect of it, but the rest of it is quite predictable. So why the four stars? To be fair. I did find this predictable but that's because I have read/listened to many like it, but all these other books came after this. This book was written I believe in the 80's, hence considering when it was written it is a good and entertaining read! Give it a try first and judge for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (842)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Does it sound like LOTR? Sure!! But...."
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    For the longest time I had so many people recommend this series to me. I finally got around to it and honestly I was expecting to be disappointed. But, On the contrary I rather enjoyed it. There are definitely themes picked up from LOTR, characters and plot lines are similar, however it is still very entertaining. Once you stop comparing it to LOTR (which is an unmatched classic) you will see this for the enjoyable read that it is. Another way of looking it at is that Terry Brooks gave his take on LOTR, and like the saying goes "imitation is the highest form of flattery". Give this a try, don't sell it short you might just be surprised!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Prophecy: Beyonders, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (281)

    Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined. And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests - each surrounded by brave and powerful allies - knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

    momof6 says: "Perfect closing to an amazing story"
    "Perfect!!"
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    This was a fitting end to the story. All loose ends were adequately tied up and and story laid to rest in just the right way. The writing and narration were superb. Jeremy Bobb is an excellent narrator. He did a wonderful job throughout the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seeds of Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (354)

    The second epic installment of Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy series!After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known - yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

    Katherine says: "Solid sequel"
    "Gripping!!"
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    Like the first I really enjoyed this installment in the series. While writing the review of this one, I have started on the 3rd and final installment of the Beyonders series. Brandon Mull is a very adapt author. He knows how to cultivate his characters and adequately how to keep the reader interested in the story. This is probably one of the best YA fictions I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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