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Amberlyn

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  • 10 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years After

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (84)

    It is May 1660 and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love, and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Louise de la Valliere. D'Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger, and soon he learns that his old comrades already have great projects in hand.

    Ike42 says: "Misrepresentation"
    "Too slow."
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    I downloaded this because I LOVED The Three Musketeers and was anxious for another fun "classic" read, but I just couldn't get through this one! It moved too slowly with too many sub-stories and details to keep my interest. Once I got into the Musketeers I couldn't stop listening, but this one felt like homework to listen to. The narrator was nice, though I prefer John Lee's D'Artagnan. I'm throwing in the towel and moving on to something more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her. Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning.

    Milkman says: "The second child ascendant"
    "Incredible follow up to the first!!"
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    If you are a fan of magical young adult fiction, this series is right at the top. It stands independent from other popular, similar series and is one I HIGHLY recommend to fans of YA fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven, which may not even exist.

    Enid says: "EXCELLENT!!!"
    "Poor narration!"
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    I really want to love this audible title, the book is great but the narration is very hard to get through. While Brendan Fraser has quite a variety of character voices, the main ones are very drowsy sounding and some are downright annoying. Hmm, I think I'd love to read this book because I am a fan of Cornelia Funke, but I won't be downloading other Fraser narrations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (465)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "Hmm. Parents need to know..."
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    ... that this book has anti-marriage, anti-family currents that are very obvious to the reader. I'm not saying it is a bad book, but think parents should be aware of it. At one point the main character states that she will never marry, because she "won't tie herself to a husband because she will never have freedom" and that "any freedom that she has in marriage will only be so because a husband gives it to her". They consent to being lovers with an understanding they will never burden each other with commitment and are free to walk away whenever they desire. After their uncomfortable love-making sessions Katsa eats a special herb/weed that prevents her from conceiving any children. I hoped the book would resolve with the main characters deciding they love each other enough to be married after all, but no. The book ends with them reaffirming their selfish desire for freedom, how not many people will understand their decision, but they are justified because of (career) pursuits, blah blah blah. I felt that the author imposed her own ideas and-- no matter what the book is-- this type of "soap box" usage via young adult fiction always bothers me.

    I would recommend reading this book if your teenagers are, as it presents an opportunity for discussion.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (454)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Couldn't get past the profanities."
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    Too bad; it was an entertaining story and the narrator was funny! But just so many F-bombs that I couldn't get past the third or fourth chapter. I kept hoping it would get better, but it only got worse. Not worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

    Stacey says: "Fantastic addicting fantasy"
    "Excellent!!"
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    I loved this book. I'd say the best in it's genre since Harry Potter. The story moved quickly and was never dull. Some parts were very intense so I wouldn't recommend it for younger children. Very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3700)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2075)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "The movie was better!!"
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    That sounds horrible. I usually never like movies more than books but this one tanked. Sorry, I know it's a classic. I loved the Three Musketeers and had high hopes for this book too. The first part was really good and held my attention, but then after the Count gets his gold he turns into a creep. I couldn't finish it. There were too many gross details too, about gangs and executions that I was surprised about. Finally I looked up the summary on Wikipedia and after reading the whole plot, then didn't bother to finish the book.

    0 of 4 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
    (6171)
    Performance
    (5483)
    Story
    (5481)

    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"
    "Meh."
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    I won't say what other reviewers have already expressed... this book could have been better. Though it was beautifully written in its details and descriptions, the story just lacked movement for me, especially the end. The idea was fantastic and started out so well, which is probably why the last quarter of the book was so disappointing. Anyway, I purchased it mostly because Jim Dale narrates it, and he does a fine job. I would recommend "The Emerald Atlas" if you're looking for a magical adventure with Jim Dale narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13147)
    Performance
    (5586)
    Story
    (5653)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Don't let the high ratings deceive you..."
    Overall

    This book was too crude for me. I had a gut feeling it would be, but bought it anyway because of all the other fantastic reviews. I didn't finish it and wanted to advise others who might be wary of the "twisted" "freaks, grifters, and misfits" to choose something else. Too bad, too, because the story really would have been great without the vulgar sexuality and brutish behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11055)
    Performance
    (7065)
    Story
    (7097)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the best I've ever read"
    Overall

    I loved this book. From the very beginning I was completely drawn into the characters and the story. The author did an excellent job of using historical facts but yet it didn't feel like a "history" book- it was still, for me, a "story" book. The fact that it is based on a true story and uses real events makes the book that much more meaningful at the end. I loved it and heartily recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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