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  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (559)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Interesting plot but needs more development"
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    Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jason Bovberg
    • Narrated By Jessica Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Rachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time - and terrifying, unnatural forces - to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happening to those bodies. And it’s only just begun. As Rachel struggles to comprehend her horrible new reality, she’ll need to find answers to questions she never thought she’d ask.

    Étaín says: "It could have been bloodier...."
    "A new twisted look at zombies, er, no pun intended"
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    I found this story to be a fresh take on a topic that is getting done to death by other authors... er again, no pun intended there!! This author's take is original enough and keeps you well on your toes the whole time. It's more of a feeling that something is coming that makes it scary, rather than filling pages and pages with gore and atrocities. There are a couple of heartbreaks and some very human moments when you feel for all of the characters. I'm not sure if another book is coming, but if there's I'll be sure to purchase it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After The Ending: The Ending Series, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue
    • Narrated By Natalie Duke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When people started getting sick, they thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family ...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them-with the rest of the world-but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived the ending.

    Connie says: "Not really worth that credit"
    "Not really worth that credit"
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    I had fair warning, after I read some reviews in another site, but I still gave it a chance. It was as bad as they said it was! Very childish,shallow characters that hardly do anything to make you want them to survive. The whole e-mail communication after the end of the world is just ridiculous!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwholly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand.

    Leah says: "Can not wait for #3!"
    "A great sequel in this series!"
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    I went directly from book one to the next and it as nice to find that this book keeps up the pace with the first one, the author doesn't drop the ball at all!! The only thing was that for some reason I thought in the first we chapters that they had changed the narrator. The reading felt a little forced, with an annoying sardonic tone that wasn't really necessary in some cases. I think the narrator gets better after chapter 7 or 8, though, getting back to his previous approach to the voices and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (559)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "A story that stays with you for a long time"
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    I had listened to this book when it first came out and then I came across the 3rd book of the series and I couldn't believe it, I had no idea it was a series! I listened to the first one just to remember the main characters and so on, and I found the story to be as good as the first time I read it. The narrator does a great job, one particular scene towards the end comes to mind that had me feeling that moment in the story, not just listening to it. A credit well spent!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1520)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "More Serious Than The Others"
    "Another good one by Molly Harper"
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    Ok, there's some magic this lady is able to achieve in her stories that I'm close to believing that the world she's portraying can easily be real. Amanda Ronconi adds her voice to put the cherry on top of Harper's works. A great quote: "...Forget dragons. Here there be giant pissed-off wolves. And they are not happy with you."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CyberStorm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

    Jan says: "Yes - satisfied a craving"
    "Not worth a credit, buy it when it goes on sale"
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    Although this novel got my attention at first and I'll admit I enjoyed some of it... the ending was so devastatingly unsatisfying I felt tricked and really, really annoyed at the author. I don't want to ruin the ending in case you decide to read it, but as a reader I felt betrayed for having invested my time in listening to a so-so story only to find a pretty bad ending, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Mike Naka says: "a feel good zombie apocylapse"
    "Waiting for that sequel!"
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    So, I haven't been lucky lately when I've taken risks using my credits to get books from unknown authors, particularly first timers. Although a bit annoying at the beginning (dialogues and situations a bit forced), I quickly found myself liking all of the characters and although you could say that flashbacks don't really work with the rest of the narrative, overall I found the story really had a good pace. You come to understand most of the characters' motivations, weaknesses and feelings. I'm yet waiting to see how that sequel goes. My guest is that it'll be on Eric, I hope!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bane: Vampire Apocalypse, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By H. M. Ward
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The world as we know it is gone. The ice caps have melted and shifted south, devastating the northern territories and eradicating major cities such as New York and London, which are now underwater and frozen. Humans died off during an epidemic prior to the ice disaster, and many more died during the floods at the start of this new ice age. These events have forced vampires out of hiding. In order to ensure that their food source wouldn't completely die off, the vampires have sequestered the remaining humans into farms and taken control of all that remains of civilization.

    Melanie says: "Vampires, action, a kickass girl and a hot guy!"
    "A good idea that deserved more thought"
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    I think the author of this book started off with a great premise: a frozen post-apocalyptic world in which vampires have tried to preserve their food source (humans) by creating farms where they'd be protected, but in doing so, they weaken the gene pool and humans are now in the way of the dinosaurs. In comes a girl who escaped these camps and who grew in the wild for 10 years. She's fresh blood, literally, that could save her weakened species. Now, tell me you wouldn't bet one of your credits for a story like this? Unfortunately, the book fails in two basic aspects: dialogue and character development. It's hard to imagine a girl who supposedly has lived most of her life in the wild, isolated from most of other humans for so long, and is yet able to not only speak her mind with such expressions such as "bff" and also can read people's intentions so clearly, without any kind of culture shock or real inability to cope. The author to create the appropriate conditions to make us believe this contract, like when she sees a human boy for the first time or not having a mother to explain about the birds and the bees to her... yet, these situations are completely wasted by the author never truly exploited as they should have been. The ending is very abrupt. It's not a cliffhanger as much as a sink hole. I'm not sure if this is the author's first attempt at novel, because there's a great deal of potential, yet she's still unskilled as a writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: Extinction Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Emily Baxter feared she was the sole survivor of a deadly alien plague that swept through New York City, the nation, and the world in a downpour of blood red rain. And when the dead began transforming into a terrifying new form of life, she feared her survival might be brutally short-lived. Then, a human voice crackled from a satellite phone, urging her to flee north, where more refugees of the global annihilation hunkered down in a desolate Alaskan outpost. Now, with only the supplies she can carry and her faithful dog, Emily races across the country.

    Connie says: "Great sequel!"
    "Great sequel!"
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    I found the first book of this series to be engaging and original, a dystopia that stood above many other books of the same genre. I anticipated the sequel and now that I've listened to the whole book almost nonstop, it doesn't disappoint. There are many poignant moments, especially the ending. I found it to be both hopeful and devastating, which is a running trend throughout the book - you're happy the character has survived one more close call, but you just know that in the background the world is changing irreparably. By the way, if you haven't read the first book, I suggest you do before listening to the sequel, or otherwise some situations won't make as much sense. I can't see how there could be a third book in this series, though, the ending felt quite definite, which is kind of sad. The narrator does a great job!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kat Zhang
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    I should not exist. But I do. Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else - two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

    Linda B says: "Well done story!"
    "A story with potential"
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    I have to admit that this story reminded me a little of The Host, which I enjoyed. I find the concept of having these two voices in your head, battling to have control of one body, to be an interesting plot line. However, I think for such a story line to really work, you need to think of a clear logic for the why, what and how this situation comes to be. So, you have a parallel reality in this book, in which everyone is born with two entities inside. By a certain age in childhood, one of these entities is expected to disappear, leaving only the more dominant entity. However, this concept has many holes like Swiss cheese! What should we think these entities are? Personalities? Twin souls? Then why in a world where everyone is born with two entities, would all humans be forced to accept only one entity, rejecting those who happen to keep both, considering them freaks? Wouldn't it be more natural that both entities remain and only those born with only one entity would be considered the odd ones? I'm sorry, I know there's a certain belief suspension that one is required to experience when reading sci-fi or fantasy novels, but this one leaves too many questions unanswered to fully let myself be engaged by it. Other than that, the writer does a pretty good job describing an alternative reality and the characters in the story are interesting enough. I just hope the second book provides more logic behind the laws of this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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