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  • The Observers: The Human Division, Episode 9

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
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    In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanity’s two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more. It’s a race to find out what really happened, and who is to blame. "The Observers" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Hassan says: "This series is getting Better and Better!!!!"
    "Pretty good episode for this series but ..."
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    This is Episode 9 of The Human Division series. Only two episodes so far have in my opinion been freestanding episodes with good, solid story lines and endings. Many of these episodes, including this one, are just filler stuff, making me wonder why Scalzi divided what might have been one longer book into all these silly pieces. That being said, this episode had an okay plot with some cute humor and then a pretty good ending. I am ready for them to start coming together to create what hopefully will be an exciting bigger picture and great conclusion.

    The narrator did a good job, despite the fact that there were no real challenges to the performance.

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  • Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (159)

    Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22 year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found--and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.

    Keith D. Thompson says: "Great Listen"
    "Battles and Brick - a great combination"
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    STORY (thriller) - Becoming Quinn is Book 4.1 in this series, but it should be Book 1. It explains the story of how Jake, a young cop, is motivated to change careers and become a cleaner -- the guy that gets rid of bodies and makes the scene of "an elimination" appear as if nothing ever happened. I stumbled on Book 5 in this series in a sale (The Destroyed) and absolutely loved it, so I decided to start the series from the beginning.

    The story starts quickly and is exciting till the very end. There's plenty of detective work, action and great character development of young Jake, who by the end of the book has become Quinn the cleaner. The book can stand alone, but you won't be able to resist continuing the series to see how he handles his first assignment.

    PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick is wonderful in this book. It's not that he does any foreign accents or multi-character differentiation, but just the way he reads...

    OVERALL - I would highly recommend this for any adult who enjoys good thrillers. There is killing and "cleaning" but the book isn't overly violent and not at all gory. There is no sex, and I don't remember any cursing. Start with this book before you continue on with the series.

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  • Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Heil
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
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    (163)
    Story
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    In early May 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit. A week later, Lincoln Hall, a seasoned Australian climber, was left for dead near the same spot. Hall's death was reported around the world, but the next day he was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain with no food and no shelter.

    Don Lance says: "Good summary of the 2006 season"
    "Fascinating & Chilling (no pun intended)"
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    STORY ( true) - Dark Summit is the story of those who risk their lives to climb to the "Roof of the World." It begins with a history of Mt. Everest and then moves to the controversial 2006 season, which claimed more deaths than any previous season. The book covers multiple expeditions with climbers from all over the world. It's often difficult to remember who's who, but it doesn't detract from the story.

    These people climb dangerous icy slopes at temps of 50 below zero with high winds and low visibility. Often they are trapped on the mountain for days while waiting for a storm to pass and then must make their way down the mountain starving, dehydrated and numb. They are outfitted in space-type suits for warmth and must wear masks to provide supplemental oxygen -- but only a small amount that can be carried without difficulty. Even with proper rationing of oxygen, it's usually not enough, and low oxygen levels make each step extremely laborious. Most climbers' brains are barely functional, yet they are making life-and-death decisions that affect themselves and others. Many suffer from cerebral and pulmonary edema, frostbite and snowblindness. You will hear of the increasing number of climbers with handicaps or little experience who flounder and cause bottlenecks on the mountain, as others freeze while waiting for their turn to pass through an area. You will hear an account of one man who froze to death as other climbers simply passed him by on their way to the summit. Another was left dying but managed somehow to survive. The author discusses whether this is due to lack of compassion or selfish ambition of other climbers. He also tells stories of heroic and successful rescues.

    Why are so many people attracted to Everest? How has it become so commercialized? After all, the cost for all this fun is up to $100,000 per person. And the payoff? If they are lucky enough to stay alive and if they time their "summit push" perfectly, they will enjoy a few brief minutes at the top of the world before survival demands that they start back down the mountain. All I can say is "Wow."

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but not a difficult performance.

    OVERALL - Recommended for anyone who thinks this topic sounds interesting. Some F-words in tense situations.

    STRANGE COINCIDENCE: I was listening to this on 4-18-14 when an avalanche claimed the lives of 13 sherpas, the worst single day in the history of Mt. Everest.

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  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
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    (1519)
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    (1495)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Darcy to the rescue!"
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    STORY (light historical mystery) - Royal Flush is Book 3 in the Royal Spyness series, which is set in Europe back in the 1930's. This particular book involves a series of mysterious attempts at murdering members of the Royal Family. As always in this series, there's a complicated mystery, action, romance and tons of fun! I'm very hard to please when it comes to humorous fiction and usually think it's just cozy fluff, but not this series. You will need to pay attention to try to figure out whodunnit, and you will be pleasantly surprised to see how it ends.

    What I love best about this series is the slowly budding romance between the main character, Georgianna, and the mysterious Darcy O'Mara. (Is he a spy? If so, who does he spy for?) They flirt and progress just a little bit in each book, and he always shows up to rescue her when she gets into dangerous situations. There's one scene between them at the end which was so adorable it had me smiling as I was driving. I'm sure people wondered what was on my mind!

    PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren is amazing. She does so many accents and voices -- a true artist. The voice she gives promiscuous Belinda is an absolute hoot.

    OVERALL (actual rating 4.5) - The mysteries in this series begin and end in the same book so they can stand alone, but you should listen in order to follow the romance and character development. I don't think there's any cursing or sex, although there are references to sexual attraction and loose lifestyles. I wouldn't really recommend this for men because of Georgie's girlish antics, but highly recommended for women!

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  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
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    (460)
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    (455)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    Jordy says: "Worth the Credit!!!"
    "Hard to categorize this one!"
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    STORY (contemporary romance) - The story line of Falling Into You has three very different parts, with each having a different mood and feel. The first part is a sweet and sexually inquisitive romance between Nell and Kyle. (It will bring back memories of high school and your first love!) This part of the book ends with a horrible accident, and Nell holds Kyle's hand as he dies. It's heart-wrenching and made me cringe, and I was really glad when it was finished. At Kyle's funeral, Nell runs into his older brother Colton, a "bad boy" who lives in New York. (This is all in the publisher's summary - no spoilers here).

    Fast-forward a few years, and the story changes to a much darker one. Nell blames herself for Kyle's death and is pretty screwed up about it. She runs into Colton again, and they start seeing each other. He's determined to help her heal emotionally, and he's also very attracted to her. We learn about his problems and his violent past, but we also see his creative and sensitive side. They share their guilt and emotions, but will it be enough to keep them together?

    Then, in my opinion, the story changes a third time and turns very sexually explicit for a very long time. I'm not prudish or offended in any way, but this large part of the book is definitely X-rated. The story concludes well, and there's a nice performance of a song titled "Falling Into You" at the end.

    PERFORMANCE - There are two narrators who alternate reading this book -- a young female for Nell and a male for Colton. Their overall performances are good, but the female's performance during the accident gave me goose bumps.

    OVERALL - Pretty good book, but not great. It's touching and sweet, but there's also some difficult scenes. There's also lots of cursing and sex, which may be offensive to some listeners.

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  • Inheritor: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
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    Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - the same ship which brought humans to the world of alien atevi nearly 200 years ago, leaving a small and vulnerable colony to struggle for survival in a hostile environment. During these six months, the alien atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a third party to an already volatile situation....

    Professor says: "Well it's not finished yet!:-)"
    "Brilliant and Imaginative"
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    STORY (sci-fi) - CJ Cherryh is an amazing author. The world she has created, the atevi characters, the languages, the political situations...I don't know where she comes up with all this stuff! Just think, there is one human (Bren Cameron) who is charged with translating and maintaining the peace between a human colony and the native atevi, who are large human-like creatures with black skin (see cover art). There are all kinds of differences and extremely tense situations which are great listening. The only complaint I have is that her stories are pretty complex with all the different players and their different motives. There are lots of strange names to keep straight. Several times I wanted to back up and rehear stuff but I was driving and couldn't. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it were simpler or maybe if I were just smarter!

    Things get critical in the end and there's quite a bit of action. The current crises are over by the end of the book so it's not a cliffhanger, but there's so much to come. I'm anxious for the space program to build the atevi's ship and get them into space. It looks as if a new, evil race may be watching...

    PERFORMANCE - Mr. May has a very pleasant voice. He does a good job differentiating voices for the different main characters and an incredible job pronouncing all the strange names and places in this book.

    OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - This is a great story, but it's not an easy listen. There is only a little bit of sex and no bad language, but this is definitely not for dummies or young listeneres. It is sci-fi in that it deals with human/alien relations, but the problems are all political in nature. If you're looking for little green men with magical powers and cool weapons, you will be disappointed. Each book seems to provide a pretty good recap to get new listeners up to speed, but I would definitely listen to this series from the beginning in order.


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  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (619)
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    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "A trilogy that doesn't end with Book 3...hmmm....."
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    STORY (YA romance/action) - Requiem is Book 3 in the Delirium "trilogy." It is an engaging story of young love in a dystopian society where medical procedures are required to be performed at age 18 to strip everyone of all emotion. Emotion is evil and causes people to go crazy. The main characters are a small band of resistors who have left Portland and are living in "the wilds." The book is beautifully written and full of young emotion and lots of action. The only problem is, as an adult, I was interested in this series enough for three books as originally intended. IMHO the series is starting to drag a bit in order to stretch to four books (or even more???). I will probably listen to Book 4 when it comes out, but only if the series ends there.

    PERFORMANCE - Sarah Drew has a nice youthful-sounding voice, which is perfect for this series. She does a good job as the story moves along and then - BANG - she does an emotional scene with Alex and Laina which is incredible! Overall, though, I'll give her a 4.

    OVERALL - (Precise rating 3.5) This series needs to be listened to in order, and you will need to hear all of them. All three books end in cliffhangers, though this one isn't as tall a cliff as the first two. This is a good book for teengers, as there is no sex, but the F-word does come up a few times. Because of the romance, I would recommend this for teenage girls and women who enjoy well-written YA (like me), though I see several men who have given it rave reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2736)
    Performance
    (2389)
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    (2386)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Five stories perfectly entwined"
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    STORY - Audible has categorized this as a mystery/thriller/modern detective. I would call it historical fiction, though there are mystery and detective components. The main characters are richly developed, and each tells his own story. There is Josef, who is an old man haunted by the crimes he commited against Jews during the Holocaust. Sage is a young woman who works as a baker at night so she can hide her disfigured face from the world. Leo is a government attorney who finds and prosecutes war criminals. Minke, Sage's grandmother, was a prisoner at Auschwitz and is "The Storyteller." Minke writes a story about Anya and two vampire brothers, which captivates those who hear it.

    The book jumps between these five stories, sometimes for hours at a time and sometimes just for minutes. They are easy to keep straight because they are each read by a different narrator. Minke's story about her life at Auschwitz is very long and details numerous atrocities, but it didn't bother me to listen to it. Josef seeks forgiveness for his crimes and surprisingly asks Sage to kill him, which causes Sage to meet Leo and investigate who Josef really was and what crimes he might have committed.

    The book is deep and emotional, but I found it enjoyable and not gut-wrenching. Many of the characters are emotionally damaged. Some heal and some do not. The ending is very good, and I must say it came as a complete surprise to me.

    PERFORMANCE - How can you go wrong with five different narrators? They all did great jobs.

    OVERALL - I highly recommend this book to anyone, as long as you don't mind probing around in this dark period of our history.

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  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4696)
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    (4394)
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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"
    "Typical Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys with Super Powers"
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    STORY (action sci-fi) - Steelheart is set sometime in the future. The main character is David, an 18-year-old who saw his father killed by Steelheart (an "Epic" with super powers) when he was only 10. He joins up with the "Reckoners" to fight for the good of humanity and, of course, to avenge his father's death. The beginning of the story is unusual and I thought it had the potential to be a very special book, but it soon turned into just another battle between good and evil. There are a few interesting character/plot twists that keep this story more interesting than many, but I eventually got bored with all the fighting and action scenes.

    The Epics each possess different super-powers so the Reckoners must create innovative strategies to defeat them, and they utilize some pretty cool gadgets. There is some attempt at humor (which fell flat, in my opinion) and a bit of romance.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing remarkable.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) The story ends well and can stand alone, though I see it's Book 1 of a series. I don't plan to read the second book when it comes out, but I will definitely go see a movie if one is made. There is no sex or cursing, so I'd recommended for all listeners. I've rated it pretty low due to the fact I get bored with action and fighting pretty quickly. If you're an adrenaline addict, you would probably rate this book a 5.

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  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (746)
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    (657)
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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.

    Lisa says: "Can't wait for the rest! I pre-ordered it"
    "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
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    STORY (sci-fi) - This is a great "teaser" to see if you think you might like to purchase the whole book (which I think won an award like Book of the Year??) The story is set in New Chicago sometime in the future, and there are dudes with super-powers who are controlling humanity. The main character is a teenager who saw his father killed by one of them and is determined to avenge his death by trying to join the only group who seems to be fighting back. Great stuff!

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, nothing special.

    OVERALL - Can't go wrong by trying this short sampler. It's only about 1 1/2 hours and it's free. I'd recommend this for probably all listeners, at least so far as I've heard.

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  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (592)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Award-winning author and narrator. 'Nuf said!"
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    STORY (historical) - First of all, I totally disagree with the categorization of this book as "Teens Ages 11-13" The main characters in the story are teens, but there are mature themes which make it more appropriate for adults. The main character, "Jacky," is a young orphan girl who must survive on the streets of London until a dear friend is killed, she takes his clothing and sets off in search of a better life disguised as a boy. Her life as a street urchin is pretty dark and depressing. Jacky gets a job as a ship's mate aboard a seagoing vessel, which is where the adventures begin, but there are still some scenes with sexual undertones which I wouldn't consider appropriate for 11-year-olds.

    I also think the title is a bit misleading. Jacky gets the nickname "Bloody Jack" because she happens to kill an unworthy individual in self-defense and another in a battle with pirates, but the story is actually a touching coming-of-age story that is mixed with lots of fun and adventure. It's a light, easy listen once Jacky becomes a ship's "boy." The ending is good, but definitely leaves the door open for the rest of the series.

    PERFORMANCE - Amazing! Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators. I was undecided about this series until I noticed she was the narrator. She gives every character a different voice and accent and they're all wonderful. There's even a toothless pirate, and you can literally "see" him when you hear her portrayal. (She also reads the Her Royal Spyness series.) You must hear her to believe how good she is.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5 stars) This is Book 1 of the series, and you should listen to them in order. As I mentioned above, I would recommend this for high school age and above. Guys and gals would probably both enjoy the adventures of Jacky and her crew.

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