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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
    (545)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (451)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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.

    Deval says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
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    Want a book that just makes you happy? A book that always puts a smile on your face every time you pick it up? Leaves you with the same feeling of "this is awesome" each and every time you read/listen to it? Want a book that is just absolutely, positively, beyond doubt delightful? Then look no further you have found it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Liesl Shurtliff
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she's right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen.

    Deval says: "Not Bad!"
    "Not Bad!"
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    This is an interesting book, definitely worth a read through. It's a nice re-telling of age old fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin, from his point of view. The author made this story brand new without changing too much of the original story. I liked that! Wasn't too thrilled with the narration but is wasn't terrible. Would I read it again? Maybe not, at least not for a while. Would I read anything else from this author? Definitely! I may not have loved this book but I did like it so that in itself will make me pick up her next books. This is definitely worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (44)

    The rollicking sequel to How to Train Your Dragon and How to Be a Pirate offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.

    Deval says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    I love Fishlegs! He is hilarious! As usual this book is another gem in the series and does not disappoint. It is funny and entertaining. Cressida Cowell is a genius and David Tennant is a pure joy to listen to. I don't think they could have picked a better narrator.

    Now on to the next one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9122)
    Performance
    (8372)
    Story
    (8415)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Always a surprise!"
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    Roy Dotrice you are amazing! He made this story come to life for me. I partially read this and partially heard, and listening to it sometimes was so much better than reading it yourself. As usual it has taken me forever to get through this book, not because its boring or a drag. I unfortunately do not have the time I would like to dedicate to reading this quickly. Having said that this story keeps getting better and better. I love the intrigue, the uncertainty of not knowing who is good and bad, coz that keeps changing and the best part is as soon as you think you have something figured out, the proverbial ground gets yanked from under your feet and you are back at being left clueless. I am going to start on the Dance of Dragons asap, as I want to know what happens to Daenerys, Jon and especially Tyrion. In this book there are no chapters on these characters. This book concentrates on Cersei, Jamie, Brienne, Sansa, Sam and some other characters. This book is more focused on Kings Landing and the happenings of Westros. I wish I could tell you what happens, I am so happy for the time being with one of the characters situation. Lets just say that they reaped what they sowed, and I hope it stays that way. Just read it and you will know what I mean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    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.

    Deval says: "LOL!"
    "LOL!"
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    I have a 45 min commute to work everyday, and for my husband and I those 45 mins have been quite pleasant thanks to this book. We have spent that time laughing and engrossed in the book vs getting mad at the horrendous traffic we have to deal with everyday. Granted that this is a children's book but nowhere does it say adults can't enjoy it. This, just like the first, was funny and entertaining. I love the characters of Toothless, Fishlegs and Hiccup and it has been an absolute delight watching them stumble into being the heroes. I am looking forward to the time my son is old enough to read and understand this book and all the fun we will have reading it together. Cressida Cowell is a genius and David Tennant is just absolutely amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
    "Read it already!!"
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    I picked this up because I love the movies. I read somewhere that the movies takes the general idea of the books but the books are quite different from the movies. So out of curiosity I decided to give this a shot. If I were to describe this in one word - Fantastic! It is funny, extremely entertaining and hard to put down. I am not going to give you a synopses of the book as you probably know the general storyline, however if you are on the fence about this my advice to you is - stop thinking so damn hard and read it already! Its a short, fun, very funny, widely entertaining book that you have to be someone without a sense of humor not to enjoy. To top it all off the narration is amazing! So go on give it a shot!

    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
    (10064)
    Performance
    (9116)
    Story
    (9194)

    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.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "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
    (9021)
    Performance
    (3248)
    Story
    (3325)

    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
    (15923)
    Performance
    (12416)
    Story
    (12487)

    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
    (7826)
    Performance
    (7178)
    Story
    (7251)

    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

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