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  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "My Favorite Robin McKinley Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, and yes. It is a mesmerizing tale - in an alternate world of vampire and others. It is stark and sensual, sexy yet innocent - an interesting story that makes me wish for more...


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's one of those stories that stays with you, lingers in the back of your mind, and calls to be reread and enjoyed periodically. The words, the voices, and relationships combine into a wonderfully complex tale. The vampire/human relationship begins due to extreme circumstances, and slowly develops over time. It is not instant love or lust, as in so many vampire books today. In some ways that makes it more haunting.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way she read Con's words...think she had the tone just perfect. On the other hand, it often sounds like his name is 'Kahn', not 'Con' (for Constantine).


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

    So many choices. When he asks 'Who ARE you?' When he heals her? When she travels to meet him after she calls him? When he asks her to come with him for the evening? When they are in SOF headquarters?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (951)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Grow Up, Already!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I probably wouldn't recommend it. The heroine (26 or 28 years old) is too immature. If it was a paperback copy, I would have skipped over many parts. She's an adult, has been to college, lost both mother and father, and is a homeowner working and paying her bills. Yet she has mooned for 3 years over a coworker who has never indicated he wanted to date her. Hello? Small town, no other boyfriend prospects, and she sticks with her waitressing job so she can yearn for the unattainable cook. Get real...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would make the heroine less of a 'woe is my life' kind of person. Her love life sucks, so her action plan is move to Europe? That abrupt decision is absurd given her background. Does everyone disappointed in love immediately decide to sell their homestead, leave everyone they know behind, and travel thousands of miles away? She couldn't try smaller, more feasible steps first? Too immature.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She varied the character's voices convincingly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (843)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "Hurt, Trust, and Honor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. It presents one of Kate's more significant challenges. Is everything she believes in a lie? Her strong relationship with Curran and the pack - faltering? Her perception of her father and his supporters - mistaken? Kate is both emotionally and physically hurt. Honor and trust are called into question - what does the future hold?


    What other book might you compare Magic Rises to and why?

    Only thing I could compare it to would be the previous books in the series...all containing interesting characters, action, and intrigue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Kate sparring with Hugh - stunning!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Was it all just a big mistake? What if everything you thought you knew was wrong?


    Any additional comments?

    One note - Hugh's 'voice' changed from the previous encounter (Magic Strikes). He had an odd, noticeable voice previously. The new voice is not bad, just a distinct change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siege and Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

    Brooke says: "I WANT THE PRINCE!"
    "Leadership is a Lonely Job"
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    If you could sum up Siege and Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Strife, yearning, and uncertainty.


    What other book might you compare Siege and Storm to and why?

    It builds from the first book; I can't think of another book to use for comparison. Same world, same evolving characters, additional capabilities and concerns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the last encounter between Alina and The Darkling - it was an unexpected twist. Additionally, that encounter caused Mal to finally realize what Alina had been experiencing during the book, and how Mal's actions had left the door open for the Darkling to move in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was interesting, but I broke the listening up into a couple of sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    The world of Ravka and the Grisha is mesmerizing...can't wait till the next book is released. There are so many shades of gray - people that do evil yet have some good in them as well and vice versa. What finally happens to Alina...the Darkling...Mal? Do her remaining friends survive? What happens to the country? Will the Prince reemerge?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (722)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Shades of Gray - No Resolution, More Questions"
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    Would you listen to The Elite again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again before the final book comes out in order to refresh my memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine America Singer, I guess. Despite the lousy name, she IS the heroine, so we see her perspective on everything - her concern for her family, her confusion about events, her conflicting desires as she is torn between two suitors.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I liked Aspen - maybe it's more the way he was written, but he seemed calm, steady, and totally reliable. He sounded like that too, so thanks, Amy Rubinate!


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

    I was moved (as in taken aback) when America caught Prince Maxon's in flagrante delicto with another contestant - it was so unexpected! Up until then his actions seemed pretty honest and straightforward - that cast him in a whole new light.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2344)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Keep Your Tissues Handy"
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again...but not real soon. It was an emotional event, and I need some distance and recovery time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story development and layers. You see the deep changes wrought in so many lives during a brief period of time. There are changes to Louisa, her family, her boyfriend, her 'charge' Will, and Will's family - everyone is different. There are so many emotions stirred up, yet it ultimately left me wanting to read more.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

    I liked Louisa and WiIl, can't pick just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but of course real life intervened so I couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to check out her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Imperfect

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Fellowes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

    connie says: "strangely absorbing"
    "Perception versus Reality"
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    Where does Past Imperfect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank Past Imperfect about midway. It had an interesting story and I loved the behind the scenes look at that period in Britain, but the subject matter is an anomalie for me since my current reading focus is Fantasy books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Past Imperfect?

    One of the most memorable scenes for me was when Damien Baxter passed away. The narrator had learned more of Damien's background story by then, which made his last words more poignant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The same scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Villain or Victim - who is the real Damien Baxter?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (209)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "Should Have Known Better"
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    What did you like best about The Remains of the Day? What did you like least?

    I liked the narration - Simon Prebble does a great job, as usual. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that this book is by the same author who wrote Never Let Me go, another book I did not care for.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kazuo Ishiguro before, how does this one compare?

    As I said, it reminded me of Never Let Me Go - both are descriptive, winding stories that ultimately left me wondering why I wasted X amount of hours listening to them. I prefer to read/listen to a story that leaves me smiling or wanting to read more, not something that leaves me depressed.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of getting the different characters voices right, creating a picture in my mind of each individual.


    Was The Remains of the Day worth the listening time?

    Its worth it for the background provided about another time and way of life, but not for anything else.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1054)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Decisions, decisions"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Selection the most enjoyable?

    It was a quick 'listen', light and enjoyable. Kind of Cinderella with a smidge of the Twilight love triangle and Hunger Games (contestants selected from districts, televised, rebels).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    America, of course! She starts the story in a place where she has stable relationships - her family, her craft, and her secret boyfriend. Then the boy she loves rejects her, and fate whisks her away from all she's familiar with to be a contender for the position of bride to the Prince. A chance most girls would want, right? Not America. She's still hurting emotionally, out of her element socially, and trying to figure out both competitors and the ins and outs of life in court. Her first meeting with the Prince is a near disaster. Despite it all, she survives and grows. She makes friends, takes care of the staff who are assigned to take care of her, and even talks to the Prince about areas of concern within the country - hungry people, the need for expanded education, and origins and motivations of the rebels.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I guess America...all the characters were good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One door closes, another opens...who knew it would be so tempting?


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book enough to purchase the 2nd...is that endorsement enough?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bleeds: Kate Daniels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (837)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    Leslie says: "GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!"
    "Best Book of the Series...So Far"
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    What made the experience of listening to Magic Bleeds the most enjoyable?

    It was a combination of things - the additional background about Kate and her family, the Kate and Curren conflict and resolution, and the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Bleeds?

    One of the most memorable moments for me was when Kate begged Curren to change back to human. The narrator did a wonderful job of crossing back and forth between the various stages of Kate's emotions - coaxing, pleading, begging, sobbing in despair, and finally lashing out angrily. Such emotion - I would have given the narrator 6 stars if I could!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Um, didn't we just discuss the scene where Kate begged Curren to change back from Beast to human?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Blood, order, or heart - all choices have consequences.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series and the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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