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Hannah

Invercargill, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • Bitterblue: Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck's reign and to forget every dark event that ever happened.

    Rick says: "Best of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy"
    "fell asleep"
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    Would you try another book from Kristin Cashore and/or Emma Powell?

    Yes to the author, no to the reader. I went Graceling read by different people and it was amazing. It was only because I loved Graceling I forced myself to keep listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Powell’s performances?

    Although I was disappointed by Bitterblue, I would definitely read another of her books. She has a true way of drawing in a reader, no matter the age.


    Was Bitterblue worth the listening time?

    to be honest, I'm not sure if it was the reader or the book but I did fall asleep alot unlike with Graceling. By the end, I was annoyed at the time I wasted waiting for the end just to be disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline in Bitterblue getting mid way into the book was a let down. Strong start and weak ending. Though Bitterblue herself was a well written character, her supporting characters fell behind. I think having Po return in this book saved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

    Moonglotexas says: "Magic!"
    "Yes but don't read yet!"
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    If you’re skimming reviews to decide if this series is for you, you’re at the right spot. Yes this series is worth reading but read clock work Angel, inferno devices series first. If not for that series, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the Mortal instruments series as much. I looked at this and wasn’t overly interested but after finishing The Infurno Devices was obliged to pick this up to answer some questions the other series left me with. How are Will and Jace related if they are at all? About to read city of glass book 3 and so far no regrets. Well used creds. It’s been a few months of entertaining listening and lots of good nights rest falling asleep to the adventures of Shadow Hunters and the downworld.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Book Crush Much"
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    Three separate stories that are intertwined without being a continuation from first to last. You can start with any of the books in this series. I have yet to read one tiny lie and don’t think I will. This book though. Wow! I so have a book crush on Kane! He’s hot!!! Whoever thought a book about a strip club could be such a great read! Downside for me is the heroine in this book. What a ditz. Definitely doesn’t take away from the read though! You just want to hit her or wish China would. Was surprised by the ending as was thinking something else. Read! Read! Read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Ignore the negative reviews, acknowledge the good!"
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    I feel like such a dum dum. I’m almost sure the book pretty much spells it out but I still don’t get it!! I’m definitely below smart if it’s so simple! What is the purpose of ten tiny breaths? Seize them, feel them, love them? Ahh! What does it mean??

    Anyway good read. I’m with other positive reviews. It’s why I picked it up and glad I did. Tastefully written. Casey and Ben are my faves in this one and Mia the most annoying. Off to read 4 seconds to lose now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbie Bohrman
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Sabrina Chandler has been unlucky in love: 10 years ago, just before her high school graduation, she was shockingly betrayed by her boyfriend and her so-called best friend. That dark day, a mysterious bad boy, Tyler Anderson, came to her defense. He made her promise to leave their hometown, told her she deserved so much more — things that he could not give her. Now, Sabrina reluctantly heads to her high school reunion, hoping to confront her betrayers — and, just maybe, to meet Tyler again.

    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss says: "Great Narration- Great Story-!! <3"
    "Why o Why!!!"
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    Why did I pick this book? Because the summary sounded alright. How I forced myself to continue reading to the end is completely beyond me. A stupid pointless waste of time pathetic pity party story.

    In the beginning yeah this did have the potential to go somewhere. What killed it? 1, the main character Sabrina. Talk about self-obsessed! By the way, the way she treated her parents, her best friend and Alex was annoying as hell! 2, the men in her life. One word Loser! 3, the need for the author to tell us everything single little thing she was feeling when clearly it was in her actions through show. I felt like I wasn’t smart enough to work it out for myself. Haha, maybe I wasn’t smart if I decided to waste a credit! Honestly, if you’re contemplating a read, you will enjoy pieces but for the most part it just falls short. She pretty much deals with her past conflicts in the first half and fizzles into poor me, poor ungrateful me

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7428)
    Performance
    (6817)
    Story
    (6883)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "always the good characters!!"
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    I decided to read other reviews before writing mine. Sadly and all combined they have taken the words off my page. Too rushed, under developed, failed to hold the same excitement as the first two and the changing POVs didn’t work. 4s character didn’t live up to the previous two books. Triss’s character was probably the redeeming quality until….. What annoyed me most is the cool characters being killed or injured off. Those sub characters are part of what makes the books so good and when they’re gone, kinda takes away the swagger. Especially when you’re left with dumb boring predicable government types. I’mm with others. This book was far too rushed. Re-write!! Not holding much hope for the movies now. A real shame! I first read divergent back in January and had insurgent read just like that. I counted down to October and now I just feel ripped off and let down as others do. Not cool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (37)

    When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her….

    Hannah says: "Loved book, hated movie!"
    "Loved book, hated movie!"
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    Watched movie trailer thinking it looked good so decided to read book first. It was lucky I did otherwise I might have missed out on a great book. Movie makers really know how to kill a book. In book, enjoyed the flow and good natured characters apart from the husband of course. What a phsyco kookoo! Loved the unexpected twist at the end. I would have liked to have seen more action from Alex; given his history but oh well. Still good. The movie killed everything about it and turned it into some rushed jumbled mangled mess. I didn’t even like how they changed character names. How pointless. This is definitely one book which has movie potential but sadly flopped. So, recommend book and whatever you do, stay away from movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (402)

    In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

    Katheryne says: "Thrilling!"
    "Outraged and still addicted!!!"
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    Ok, what a rip off! First part mean. You’re hanging off every word while you learn. Second part intriguing, which is where the addiction sets in more. Not a good night time book for those who need an early start. Suggest leaving it for the weekend when you’ve got ten hours to spare. The action is cool with plenty of attitude and dialogue usage. You listen on waiting for the next thing to strike. Third part the irritation sets in. Drew out for ages and apart from relationship building, nothing much happens. Things do finally get going again near the end only – it finishes! Leaving you going ‘what da’!!!!!!

    The end is my only major complaint! It’s like the author wrote the chapter and when it was being published, it got slice at the wrong spot. I suppose for this book, no end is a good end. You just want to keep reading. Highly recommended and hope we don’t have to wait for a year to find out what the empress decides. I have my own guesses and think the dormant card is predictable but we’ll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10799)
    Performance
    (9784)
    Story
    (9860)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Surging to the third"
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    As soon as I finished Divergent, I was straight onto Insurgent. It is predictable as others have said and you do get over the romance scenes. However, it is still awesome and I’m counting down to the third. The only thing I didn’t see coming. Even though it was in the back of my mind was the betrayal of one of the characters and the shocking cliff-hanger. If you’re not already a divergent fan, now is the time to start! It’s a book for all ages. It’ll keep you on your toes every moment and keep you awake all night. It’s just go the entire time and just wicked! I’m counting down to the next release to see what happens next! I hope they don’t kill off any more of the good characters and that the pace and story is just as good as these two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (715)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Getting an old car started"
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    The best way to describe this book.

    You’re determined to drive this car so you twist the key a couple times and nothing happens. When it finally gets going it plods along for abit then kicks in and you’re gliding. You suddenly run out of gas and have to go through it all over. When you eventually reach your end destination, you’re glad you got there but disappointed you wasted your time on this car just to get to a place you’re not quite satisfied with.

    Yeah I know, it sounds like I didn’t enjoy this book but the truth is, I did. I’d recommend this book as a good night time reading before sleep. While reading enchanted, I had a couple weeks of awesome sleeps as I wasn’t in any hurry to finish it. I was contended to leave the next chapter for a another day and happy to pick up where I left off. However it took a long time to get into it and to know the characters because of the continuous switching point of views.

    I was also disappointed by the end. There were still questions which went unanswered. One of the reasons I kept reading. To see what happens but it just fizzled and it was like what? Is that it? What bout…? What happened to? Or what about?

    TO sum up, it’s an interesting enough epic adventure read and worth hanging in there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (464)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Worth reading"
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    I’m not sure exactly why but this book rminded me of the fifty shades series except a seriously watered down version. Nevertheless I did enjoy it in all it’s teenagy glory…, although probably more for the more mature teen or older.

    Good story, great writing and nicely unravelled as the story progressed. It’s one of those can’t put down until the end books so naturally it took a couple days to finish it. You’ll be humming and harrring throughout and guessing of course until October 28 where the story does a full circle. Although it got pretty grim, I really liked it and was nearly not disappointed. The one thing I’d say about this book is the dialogue. Some of it was like listening to one of those pathetic teen dramas but hey because its good, I overlooked it. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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