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D. Edwards

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  • 42 reviews
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  • Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Seventeen-year-old Kali has always seen two sets of people: those living now, and those who lived before. But on her spring break in Hawaii, she is suddenly surrounded by more shadows than ever. Including one who, unlike the others, can see her too.

    LilMissMolly says: "Excellent ghost story!"
    "Clearly for teens, but I loved it anyway."
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    Where does Wraith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly highly, its well read and is a good story. Made me want to hear the next in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zane of course!!


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

    Completely. I hoped I'd figured out what was going on pretty early in the story, but wasn't completely sure, I just wanted to know that everything would end the way that I wanted it too. I really bought into the story and the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this is teen fiction, its a great story and well worth a listen if you like paranormal romance type novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (944)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Fabulous perfomance, even better then I'd hoped."
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    What did you love best about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    I loved the performances of all stars in this production. James McAvoy was perfect. The way this story was performed transported me straight into Neverwhere which I was very happy to rediscover. It was even better then I'd hoped and remembered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Very Entertining. Prepare for coffee craving."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    N/A


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

    Old New York and coffee. This was really a very light hearted story, but the underlying information about the role of coffee in peoples lives and the importance of its preparation was very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Gibel – was your favorite?

    CC.


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

    I Craved coffee. Had to make coffee runs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of story that sucks you in and entertains. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (921)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Fantastic story, could not stop listening."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Town Like Alice to be better than the print version?

    Never got around to the print version which is why I chose the audible version, The audible version is fantastic though!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its scope. There was so much to this story, it isn't one thing or the other really. There is something here to appeal to everyone I think. I also loved its upbeat feeling. This is a not a story about being beaten.


    Any additional comments?

    It has taken me a long time to get around to this book. I am so pleased I finally got around to it. I jut couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3660)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Can't wait for the next installment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 to be better than the print version?

    Yes because Luke Daniels is such a good performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon of course, he's funny and its great to hear a dog's thoughts.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Sorry, Oberon again.


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

    This series always makes me laugh out loud and that's why I love them.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, yes some of the books don't have such good storylines as others, but overall they are fab and a great way to escape from the real world. They are such fun to listen to and I can't wait for the next installment. I never want this series to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    Kate says: "Don't waste a credit"
    "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
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    What did you love best about Tears of the Jaguar?

    I can't say I loved anything. The pace was pretty good and the storyline kept me mostly engaged although it felt like other stories of its type and not at all original. There was nothing to love.


    What other book might you compare Tears of the Jaguar to and why?

    The Nosferatu Scrolls.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The accents were appalling which made any parts of the story not involving Americans hard to stomach. Couldn't figure out why the British MI5 agent sometimes sounded slightly Scottish, other times Irish and then slipped into Dick Van Dyke cockney from time to time. This was the same for the Lancaster accent, ARRRGGHHH! The Spanish accents were off too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a light Adventure story, fairly well paced, but a bit too interwoven in places and lacking something, I went with the flow and was entertained though annoyed by the narrators accents. I was surprised not to like the main character more, in fact, there aren't any really strong or likeable characters in this book. Perhaps that's what is missing?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (974)

    Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

    Coftse says: "Christine"
    "Way too depressing."
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    What did you like best about Beautiful Redemption? What did you like least?

    I like the characters as I have all the way through the books, especially Macon and Link. Sadly though, even with the wonderful light relief of Link, this book was just too depressing. I want to escape into this kind of story, not be depressed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I need chocolate and a glass of wine as now I'm depressed!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After Link Kills Abraham.


    Could you see Beautiful Redemption being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The same stars as the Beautiful Creatures Movie, but this shouldn't be made into Movie, again, I want an escape when I go to the Movies.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the promise of this series and enjoyed the first two books, but the last two were just way to serious. The over all tone was too dark and depressing, there was too much death and sadness for me. I had to know what it was all about so finished the series, but in the end it was still sad and also an awful lot to get to a fairly weak conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (424)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Not as good as I'd hoped."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I always listen to books while doing other things, so yes.


    Would you recommend The Line to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure that I would. The characters just aren't strong enough, they don't make you care for them and the story is missing something.


    What aspect of Shannon McManus’s performance would you have changed?

    Her squeaky voice, yuck.


    Did The Line inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed to have all the right ingredients, but in the end fell short of my expectations. It was ok, but I don't care enough about the characters or the story to try the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "A strange one."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Taker? What did you like least?

    Its fairy Tale like quality.


    Which character – as performed by Laurel Lefkow – was your favorite?

    Adair


    Did The Taker inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I had to get to the end of this book in order to find what on earth it was all about. I enjoyed the various twists and turns through time and the Fairy Tale quality of the story. However, having made it through to the end via a meandering tale, I felt somewhat dissatisfied. Overall the book was too long, it needed to get to the point and the modern day stuff was just a bit annoying and seemed slightly off kilter. The main character is hard to like and I'm not sure she was worth the time spent getting to know her especially as it was really only during two brief interludes of a very long life. A weird one, I'm not sure if I liked it or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (621)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Happy to have discovered this series"
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    What did you love best about Rogue Island?

    The fact that it was fast paced, and I didn't feel like I'd read the story before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excitement and the small town feel.


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

    No extreme reaction. This is a good story though.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly entertained by this book and wanted to know what was going to happen right the way through. Definitely going to continue with this series. Pleased to have found this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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