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DonNel

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  • First Rider's Call: Book Two of Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, when she becomes a Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced to accept a fate she never would have chosen, she attempts to return to her life as the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but the magic in her blood is too strong. Pursued by the ghost of the legendary First Rider, she rejoins the Green Riders to confront an ancient evil.

    Cheri says: "Am LOVING this series!!!"
    "Britain has a hit!"
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    Great work of fiction. I am loving it. There could be a little more strength in the plot. But too much could mess it up. Not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1266)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Enter a World on the edge of belief!"
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    If you like cyber steampunk, Girl Genius etc then this is a series you will enjoy. The author has a great sense of where to draw the line to keep the story believable and the characters fresh. It was a dose of relief to a genre that had been suffering as of late with the lame. This book is not that way. Very well written I will be getting the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces.

    Joki says: "Still Great!"
    "The syndicate leaders.... oh my!"
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    Just when you think you have a handle on what is going on.... you don't. No one understands Geary. Not the alliance... not the syndicate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (858)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "One problem solved..."
    Overall
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    I liked it. It has moments that lag... but overall it is a good listen.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, is determined to bring America, and the rest of the world, back on track. She founds an educational subsidiary in hopes of raising a new, less cynical generation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Slow Rise"
    "Meh...."
    Overall
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    I really wanted this to work.... I listened all the way through.... It was just too drawn out....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4702)
    Performance
    (4361)
    Story
    (4361)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "It's not enough!!!!! I need more!!!!"
    Overall
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    It was all I wanted in a Dresden Book! Well worth the wait. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Need more quickly!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10208)
    Performance
    (7982)
    Story
    (8081)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "It starts a little slow but when it takes off....."
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    It has great character development and a strong story. No complaints. You really get to know these people on a personal level without the drag that comes from too much information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    Overall
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    I loved the book. It was quick, witty, and has that dash of snark sarcasm I look for in the protagonist. Great Contemporary Fantasy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.

    J. Chronowski says: "Facinating stories from inside Bush's White House"
    "Worth the credit no reservations"
    Overall
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    She lets you into her world like you are standing right beside her as she witnesses and takes part in critical decisions. She takes you from the extreme highs to the gutter scraping lows. She makes you want to shout for joy and then take shelter from friendly fire. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Abduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (246)

    Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever.... When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone - who knows April better than anyone - has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

    Jean says: "Theodore Boone: The Abduction"
    "Worth the credit no question!"
    Overall
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    The story was sound. The narration was spot on. He could have phoned this one in like so many sequels in a series... instead he took it up a notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III may be the son of the brave leader of the mighty Viking tribe the Hairy Hooligans, but he certainly doesn’t feel very heroic. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are challenged to pick baby dragons from the dragon nursery, Hiccup actually manages to catch a small one. But now how will he train his stubborn new pet?

    Susan says: "Not the same as the movie"
    "Not like the movie..... BETTER"
    Overall
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    Worth the credit. My daughter loved it. She wants the next one. Who am I to say no?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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