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kalindria

Sunnyvale, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Charlie Cox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl. The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.

    nicole says: "Snooze fest"
    "Scientific investigation in the Middle Ages"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending was abrupt and awkwardly finished.


    Would you recommend Changeling to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm a big Philippa Gregory fan and this new type of fiction from her is wonderful. The main characters are interesting, diverse and believable. I love the way she wove medieval views of witches, magic, demons, werewolves and other unexplained phenomena into this tale and used them to explain the events of the novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the "werewolf's" mother is accidentally pushed into the pit with him and realizes it's her long-lost son.


    Was Changeling worth the listening time?

    The Changeling was well worth the time to listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (915)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Love Harry Bosch and loved this novel!"
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    If you could sum up City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps you guessing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Harry fell in love (again) in spite of his better instincts.


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    The voices were all well done and the characters quite distinct. Peter was able to clearly convey all ages and sexes well.


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

    When the Coroner explains the extent of the injuries that the child endured prior to death, Harry's reaction moved me. It was real, it was deep and I was sad for the dead boy too - not just because he'd been killed but because he had suffered so much before he died.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't been introduced to Harry Bosch and his particular view of Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and start now! Connelly is a fine writer who knows his subjects and the world in which they move.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2065)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Good characters, action, a pregnant cop..."
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    Where does The 7th Month rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The 7th Month is one of the few audible short stories I've listened to. It was good, well-narrated, held my interest, and other than a few implausible moments, was terrific.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the movie set in the cemetery to be most interesting, the behind-the-scenes activities seemed accurately portrayed.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked most of the story accepted by her boyfriend or not intruded on my enjoyment as I found it unbelievable and fake - creating drama for drama's sake. Also, are there really still foolish men who think they can buy girlfriends?


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

    She wears a badge, a gun and a maternity dress - and her arrest record is better than most of the department.


    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
    (5685)
    Performance
    (5158)
    Story
    (5173)

    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."
    "New Twist on Magic & World History"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    The characters were enjoyable, entertaining, unique and amazing. I particularly enjoyed the reimagining of historical people are magical beings. The narration was quite good too.


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

    Amid the utter destruction of the coastal California mansion, Faye discovers the truth depth of her magical abilities, saving most of her companions. The aerial battle with the dirigibles was amazing as well and a great climax to the novel.


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

    This was my first Bronson Pinchot novel and I will look for others read by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at some of the antics in the novel and was very involved with the fates of the major characters. This novel has a well-fleshed out, believable (even though they're magical) cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED that this tale was placed in the 30s and drew on so many 'real' people who lived in that time period yet completely revamped history. Larry Correia is one of my new favorite authors!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "Not As Good as I'd Hoped"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The modern-day characters seemed too stock and didn't add as much to the tale as the historical ones did. I also felt the author wrote in the voice of a woman to invoke more sympathy in the reader - it didn't work.


    Has The Sandcastle Girls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like this genre but will probably stay away from this author.


    Did Cassandra Campbell and Alison Fraser do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was good; it didn't intrude on the story at all which sometimes occurs.


    What character would you cut from The Sandcastle Girls?

    I would cut most of the modern-day portions of the novel. The tale is really the Armenian genocide and I was disappointed when the story moved back to modern times. I didn't care about the spoiled girl who became an indulged middle class wife - she was unappealing and a tough narrator for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I never quite understood the purpose of the title. Seems like another inside joke the author was having on his readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (778)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "I love Castle, but this isn't up to par"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Castle and/or Johnny Heller?

    Castle, yes, Johnny Heller: NO!! Not even for free.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the interplay between Nikki Heat and Rook.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator would have helped immensely. This guy has a voice and accent that grates on the nerves and he's indistinct. The sound level is too low as well so I feel like I'm missing important parts. Honestly, I have trouble telling what he's saying half the time.


    Did Heat Wave inspire you to do anything?

    Seriously? No.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE hire a different narrator for any other Castle novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peggy Orenstein
    • Narrated By Peggy Orenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source - the source - of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.

    Jon says: "Engaging discourse about gender construction."
    "If you have a daughter, read this NOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cinderella Ate My Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The examples drawn from everyday life made this a compelling listen. American Girl dolls, princess parties, Toddlers & Tiaras, even Miley Cyrus - I could relate to all of it. The author has really done her research and draws upon many experts in various fields to flesh out her warnings about the dangers of Cinderella and the rest of the princess pack to young women as they struggle to find their place in a world that increasingly pits the Real Housewives of Orange County against the women of the WBA. When even female Olympic divers wear eyeliner as they compete, what does this say about the messages are we giving little girls?I urge all parents, mothers AND fathers, of young girls to read or listen to this book NOW!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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