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F. DesBouillons

Wife to a wonderful husband and mother to four children, ages 17 to 9 (boys and girls). My husband and I are avid audiobook listeners along with all the kids. Between all of us we have a very eclectic library and try to rate or review as many books as we can.

Colorado Springs, CO | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
  • 258 ratings
  • 732 titles in library
  • 77 purchased in 2014
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  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1314)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Satisfying Conclusion--For Now"
    "Wonderful kids book!"
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    Would you listen to The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3 again? Why?

    The third in a series and full of adventure. My kids love listening to audio books and this series brings in hints of Percey Jackson (which the kids love). The story is full of adventure and I love the narrarators. The narrarators brings the story to life with the side remarks to each other just like true siblings would do, it makes you laugh. Rick Riordan does a great job of going outside of the box in a world full of witches, wizards, and vampires.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2896)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2646)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Love the series but this was dissapointing..."
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    I love this series, but this book by far was my least favorite. I felt that the book was forced to finish the series and it didn’t leave you wondering about anything and not because the story had a great ending. When other series are finished they make you wonder what if…. Not this book, the beginning started out OK and the tie in with past characters was fun other than that the book felt like it was rushed to be finished to meet the publisher timeline.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turned: Book #1 in the Vampire Journals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Brianna Knickerbocker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18-year-old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing....

    Captdoherty says: ""Twilight" meets "The Outsiders""
    "Slow..."
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    Great story line but the narrator Brianna Knickerbocker was so slow in speaking that I had to turn the speed up to 1 1/2 times just to get through the book. Her voice just dragged and dragged plus I have never met a teenager who spoke that slowly in my life (having two teenage girls). After turning the books speed faster I could finally enjoy the storyline and it had some great twists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27137)
    Performance
    (13758)
    Story
    (13805)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "This book was great!!!"
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    This book kept me rolling all day long!!! I was laughing and mad all at the same time. The performance made the book even better. I liked the movie but it did NOT do the book justice... If you liked the movie then you will love the audiobook.

    0 of 0 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
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1215)

    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"
    "Great YA book!"
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    This book was a chance purchase. I really didn't know what to expect, but I was greatly surprised. My 15 year old daughter also listened to the book and the first question out of her mouth was "When does the next one come out?" Very rarely will she ask that about an audiobook. The Selection is like a cross between the Hunger Games and Delerium just without as much action. We are looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1160)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "This is one of my favorites!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love this book. I have listened to this book multiple times along with reading the paper book. The book has a great story line, that brings in history and present events to light.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Voyage: Tiger's Curse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

    Arwen says: "Big-Time Quest Adventure and Heartbreaking Emotion"
    "Love, love, love this series!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tiger's Voyage to be better than the print version?

    I love this series and buy it in both hard back book and audio. The third book in the series and it just keeps getting better!!! When ever someone asks about a good book to read this series is always at the top of my list. It breaks out of the vampire, witch, wizard mold and goes in its own direction. This book is full of adventure and suspence along with the love triangle wich keeps getting better and better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6027)
    Performance
    (5414)
    Story
    (5410)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Great Book..."
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    What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

    I fell in love with the first book and was waiting for this book to come out, now I am waiting for the third book. I love the historical characters that were brought to life in this book. The book did a great job picking up where the last book left off. This book was a little slower than the first book, but was still full of story and life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Quest: Tiger's Curse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger's Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

    Arwen says: "Compelling Story!"
    "Keeps getting better!!!"
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    Sequel to Tiger???s Curse (read my review), this book takes off where the last one left you!!! The writing only gets better and the plot thickens??? This is a must read for those who love action, adventure, foreign places, and a little romance. My whole family loves this series and we can???t wait for the next one to be released.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (564)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Great Book!!!"
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    I read this book first on my Kindle, loved it and had to get the second on right away! Soon, my teenage daughter had to read a book with foreign influence for her English class, but she was paired with 3 guys who didn???t want the sappy love stories; they wanted action. I recommended this book (it has both and would make everyone happy). To my surprise I ended up getting 5 copies of the book because the guys fell in love with the book and were excited to finish reading the book as fast as they could. Then they had to read the second book too???they fought over the Kindle version just to read it. This is a great book and I love all the attention to detail, makes you want to go and see all the places described.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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