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Harriet Marks

Harriet

Tidewater Virginia | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 314 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 57 purchased in 2014
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  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1699)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    Overall

    I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.

    If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.

    51 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (633)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Great story...but not for Tweens and younger teens"
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    Audible classifies this book as YA 11-13, but I do not agree. I enjoyed the story, but I found some of the language to be a little abrasive for that age group. I would say it is more appropriate for ages 15 and up.
    The plot is engrossing and intense, and because of the subject matter I found myself having to take breaks from this title to listen, read or watch something more cheerful. The narrator is excellent, however, and I will definitely purchase the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1348)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Felicity says: "Buy it! Vampire fan or not."
    "So much better than I expected!"
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    Performance
    Story

    For literally YEARS, Audible has been listing this book in my recommendations. Every time I saw it, I would scoff and scroll past it. Then a few weeks ago came the fateful day...the day that I was out of credits, out of books to listen to, and broke! I was looking for a cheap, fun read to hold me until my new credits posted, and lo and behold, there was Vampire Academy...again. I think it may have been even cheaper than usual, so I bought it with no expectations. For the first hour or so, I was not impressed. The beginning of the story borders on silliness, but I kept listening because the story was so original and unusual (and again, I was broke and out of credits). After a while, I found myself actually wanting to know what happened next, I found myself smiling as I listened, and a few times I totally burst out laughing.

    I don't want to give away any of the story, because I think part of the reason I liked this book so much because I knew NOTHING about it and none of my friends had read it, so I had no spoilers. It's definitely not high art or great literature. It's simply a light, fun, well-written, story that provides some escapist entertainment.

    I enjoyed it so much, that I used my next two credits to buy books 2 & 3, then I bought three extra credits so I could get 4, 5 & 6 at a discount! If you like the YA/Fantasy genre, and are an older teen adult, this book is definitely worth a listen. I do not recommend it for teens under 16 because I'm a mom and a prude, and there are some mild sexual situations and plenty of underage drinking. Not to mention the occasional f-bomb. But, c'mon...it's soooo cheap. What do you have to lose?

    And if you DO like the book, whatever you do, do NOT see the movie. That's two hours of my life I'll never get back. Instead, buy the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Last year, 17-year-old Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it's his job to usher souls from one realm to the next. There's a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that falling for John means a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld....

    Amazon Customer says: "Love the Story, Hate the Narrator"
    "'Abandon' hope, all ye who purchase this book..."
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    I had high hopes for this book because I had heard good things about the author and the synopsis interested me. But I didn't make it 10 minutes into this book before I wanted to stop! The narrator is dull and bland, she had absolutely no emotion at all. And the story is so disjointed. The author does little to introduce the main characters or set up the plot...I literally felt like I was dropped into the middle of a book and given no backstory. I tried to keep listening, but after an hour and a half the novel was still so poorly developed that I had to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (541)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Not for adults..."
    Overall

    I downloaded this book because I have been reading and enjoying the recent rash of surprisingly good Young Adult fiction (Twilight, The Hunger Games, City of Bones, etc). This book was not on par with those--it lacked the wit and sophistication of those other books. I was only able to make it through the first three chapters of Uglies. If you are over the age of 14, I recommend you not waste your credit on this one, it is most definitely written for children and younger teens.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

    Kim says: "Disappointing"
    "Horrible Horrible *HORRIBLE* Narrator!"
    Overall

    I was so excited to download this because of the recommendations from my friends. I didn't even wait for my credits...I bought it! But after listening to the first chapter I CANNOT go further. Alice Sebold is the absolute WORST narrator I've ever heard. Yes, even worse than the computer-voiced audiobooks you can get as podcasts. I still want to read the book, so I'm going to put myself on the waitlist at the library. I sugesst you save your money/your credit and do the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26619)
    Performance
    (13261)
    Story
    (13304)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Loved the story from beginning to end. Well worth the listen, I look forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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