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Marissa

JERMYN, PA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Book of Lost Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

    J. DeFrances says: "Absolutely loved it!!"
    "A Dark, Memorable Fairytale"
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    I read The Book of Lost Things years ago and I never forgot it. I recommended it to several friends who loved it just as much. Set during World War II, this book tells the tale of a young boy, David, who has recently lost his mother. His life is further uprooted when his father remarries and has another son, and they move into an old, mysterious house in the country. David begins to hear voices and suspects there is an evil man prowling around the house. One night, David goes into the garden and he is suddenly transported into another world. It is a world filled with an array of fascinating characters, some of which aim to help David return home and others who mean to harm him. Connolly takes well-known fairy tales and turns them on their head (e.g. Snow White is really a fat, nasty person and the Seven Dwarves are Communists who seek to overthrow her). You will love the Woodsman and Roland and be truly frightened by the Huntress and especially the Crooked Man. Connolly has a magical writing style that is a reminiscent of other fairy tales and he has you hooked with the first few lines. Steven Crossely has a wonderful range for the many characters' voices. I highly recommend this book and believe it will stay in your memory for years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "A story that stays with you"
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    I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I'm still thinking about it. I didn't want to write a review right away because I felt I was not able to do this book justice until I thought about it for a while.
    At first, I didn't think I liked this book at all because, to be honest, the characters are not easy to initially relate to. Buster and Annie are the adult children of performance artists. Over the years, they have had to partake in many performances (many against their will). They have tried to distance themselves from their parents and make their own way (Annie as an actress and Buster as a writer), but recent troubles have found them living back at home again. Something mysterious and strange occurs that brings Annie and Buster together, causing them to relive many of their childhood memories.
    All I can say is that by the end of the book, I felt like I knew Annie and Buster. I think that is the beauty of Kevin Wilson's story is that I can't pinpoint when I fell in love with these characters, but it happened.
    I would re-listen to this book gladly. I hope Kevin Wilson writes another book soon that is equally as endearing as the The Family Fang. This was easily one of my best Audible purchases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1102)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Bored me to tears"
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    It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but I could not waste anymore of my time on this one (and I did listen to over three quarters of it). This book is overly drawn out and unnecessarily long. I heard so many great things about this series that I was determined to like it as well. Whenever I was ready to give up on it, something vaguely interesting or intriguing would happen and buy another few hours of my time. Dystopian fiction is probably my favorite genre, but this could not hold my interest.

    Don't get me wrong: I love long books, but only when it is necessary to the story. This was the first time I used the option to accelerate the narration speed, but that still didn't help. I have never even written a bad review for a book before, but I feel this book is a waste of time. It gets two stars for originality and occasional moments of suspense, but that's all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5869)
    Performance
    (5342)
    Story
    (5355)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "I would want credit for this, too."
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    Ok. I'll admit I probably wouldn't have read/listened to this if J.K. Rowling didn't write it, but that's just because I don't read a lot of mystery novels. I just had to know what everyone was talking about (and of course I'm a Harry Potter fan). There's already a fair amount of reviews so I won't bother going too in depth. I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish, and I second others' opinions that this should be turned into a series. Rowling/Galbraith has proved that she has more to offer than Harry Potter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5282)
    Performance
    (4779)
    Story
    (4793)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Give in to Peer Pressure!"
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    Even though I'm a fantasy/sci-fi fan, I really didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but I was persuaded by all of the raving reviews this series has received. And...I'm totally hooked! I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as the third book was just released, but I will be catching up shortly because I can't wait to listen to the next book. I'm glad I listened to all the reviewers because I've found a new series to love. Larry Correia is original and Bronson Pinchot is perfect. I've already recommended the Grimnoir Chronicles to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2342)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2098)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "A Fun and Unique Listen!"
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    I always find it hard to write a review for a book I really loved because I can't find the right words to describe my listening experience, but suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book and I have already suggested it to a friend.
    Some of the reviews warned that this book was a little too "tech-y" but I didn't think it was beyond anyone's comprehension. When it came down to things like that I didn't try to understand every little piece but instead simply let myself be amazed by what we can do with technology now.
    At heart, this is a fun novel about an adventure to uncover the secrets of an ages-old underground society. This was definitely the fastest I ever listened to an audiobook because I couldn't wait to hear how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised by Ari Fliakos. I didn't think I was going to like his narration that much, but I think his range of voices was fantastic and I would never hesitate to buy a book narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6175)
    Performance
    (5486)
    Story
    (5484)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Completely in love!"
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    From the very first minute of this audiobook, I was hooked. This is almost entirely due to the narrator Jim Dale. He is by far the best narrator I have ever come across.He has an enchanting and unique voice that easily transports you into the world of the Night Circus. This is one of the few audiobooks that made me wish that every drive was just a little bit longer. I will admit that I found the ending to be a little contrived, but I still believe its definitely worth a listen. I only wish that there were more books for adults narrated by Jim Dale , and I eagerly anticipate Erin Morgenstern's follow-up novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1164)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    Bob says: "Witty and magical"
    "Gaiman Doesn't Disappoint"
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    I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and the film adaptation of this book is one of my favorite movies, so this audiobook was a no-brainer for me. Gaiman always does a fantastic job narrating his own work. After listening to this book and Neverwhere, I've added the rest of his works to my wish list. I suggest this book to anyone who loves to get lost in a Fairytale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "A Trippy Look at "Reality" and Addiction"
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    If you could sum up A Scanner Darkly in three words, what would they be?

    What is real?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Scanner Darkly?

    The discussion of the stolen bicycle. The guys all talk in circles about a fairly simple concept, the gears on the bike. This is later presented to Bob as evidence that Substance D has begun to deteriorate their brains.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Giamatti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but based on his performance, I would suggest other books narrated by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Surprisingly, the afterword by Philip K. Dick about the people close to him who were destroyed by drugs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of PKD's classics. If you're a fan of his other work, then I suggest this performance by Paul Giamatti.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5815)
    Performance
    (2622)
    Story
    (2644)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "A Fun, Urban Fantasy"
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    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    I loved that the author, Neil Gaiman, was the narrator. It was read the way it was intended, with every character's voice and inflection performed the way he had imagined when he wrote it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fantasy underworld of "London-below." It was such an interesting idea that there could be a whole society living right below our feet..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Richard, Door, and the Marquis visited the Earl on the train. He was a nutty character, and it was vividly described.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I suppose when Door visited her home after the death of her family.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman is a fantastic, imaginative writer. If you liked American Gods, Stardust, or Coraline, you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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