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A. Quintero

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  • Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    The faerie Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, flies over the ocean with her small flock of crows. Ill-advised sailors all too often open bottles floating near their ships, and Magpie has vowed to recapture the devils released upon the world from their sea-borne containers. But there is one bottle in which a great menace was trapped by the ancient Djinn King, and when this bottle is opened, the evil of the Blackbringer threatens to engulf the world.

    April says: "Splendid!"
    "An amazing story."
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    Would you listen to Faeries of Dreamdark again? Why?

    Definitely. The story is meant for a younger audience but it was wonderful to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their personalities. They all had their quirks and the narrator did a wonderful job at bringing that out.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3023)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Not exactly hooked."
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    What would have made First Grave on the Right better?

    If the threat of rape wasn't the first encounter the two love birds had in the story.


    What was most disappointing about Darynda Jones’s story?

    The relationship between Charly and Reyes is superficial and without depth. I don't see why you want them to be together.


    What character would you cut from First Grave on the Right?

    The main character, Charly, she doesn't have any depth to her and wines about everything, I'm not sure if that was the point of her character or if the narrator did a bad job of interpreting the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't impressed with this love story part, the paranormal part is a great concept. I didn't feel like Charly and Reyes should be together and that I should root for them. The author tried to make Reyes an unlikely hero, the bad guy that is really good. I don't like Charlies first encounter with Reyes and I don't see how she can be head over heals for a guy who threatened to rape her when they first met then just basically did via her dreams. I don't know if I want to see how their story pans out, the beginning is bit to nuts for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27262)
    Performance
    (21003)
    Story
    (21085)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Did not grasp me like other stories :("
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    **SPOILERS BELOW*** I was really looking forward to this book. The story is definately unique, I mean "winter is coming"..... I loved the mix of magic into the stories and the complexity of characters and their lives. For some reason the story did not grasp me like others I've listened to/read. I lost interest when Ned Stark was killed. I realized in that moment that any characters could be taken out at any moment, especially the ones I liked the most. Most women in this book are decently smart but as in most stories are not taken seriously much, which is a disappointment.

    I had issues with a 13 year old girl being sold off to marriage. Daenerys is much more mature that most modern 13 year old girls that I would forget she was only 13 years old. I understand this kind of thing happened back in the day, but I wouldn't be so issue ridden if she would have been say 17 or 18.

    There seems to be a huge underlying story about bastards, everyone seems to hate them. I suppose it has to with King Roberts son being his brother-in-laws (the Queens brother) bastard and in later books it might have even more meaning but it's just plain weird how "bastards" are emphasized and needlessly pointed out all over the place.

    The whole incest thing was a major turn off. Really? Is that necessary? I mean really???

    The only characters I really liked were Ned Stark, who was killed off. Jon Snow, who is Ned Starks "bastard", Arya (Neds younger daughter) and Daenerys Targaryen who is the rightful heir to the 7 kingdoms. I was hopping to have been enough curious about Arya, Jon and Daenerys' futures to want to get the next book but that was not the case. Maybe I will grow curious later but from what I understand in the reviews for the other books...the "good" guys just don't get a break and I'm a softie at heart...I need something to root for and if my favorite characters are either killed off or constantly getting the short end of the stick then there's no point. The series is too long and possibly too painful to get through for a slight possibility to a glimpse of a light at the end of this tunnel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1769)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "I expected more."
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    I have to admit I saw the movie before listening to the audio book and even though I expected differences I was a bit taken aback. I was a bit annoyed with Pat seeming child like with his thinking, I don't know if that had to do with his mental illness or what but there was a great deal of effort into writing about his thought process, perhaps I missed the point of the story. Overall the story was fine, I didn't like the narrator too much though. He seemed very monotone no emotion. Again, perhaps that was the books tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3232)
    Performance
    (2410)
    Story
    (2436)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Very witty."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrator does an amazing job and the story, although not entirely "adult" is very witty and kept me interested.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soulless?

    The moment when Alexia is told that she is being told that she had been told for far too long that she was unworthy. It was very touching.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favorite?

    She did a great job with Alexia and Ivy. They seem to be two extremes in that day and age. Alexia so very intelligent, sarcastic and Alpha female and Ivy who is dense, a bit slow and prone to faint.


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

    It made me giggle and laugh. I really enjoyed the interaction between the Earl and Alexia, their playful bickering like a couple who has been together for years and then being caught in compromised situations, for that period of time was really entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (952)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "Wish Phil Gigante was here!"
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    Would you listen to Bloodfever again? Why?

    No, I really really disliked how the narrator portrayed the male characters voices. Jericho Barrons is supposed to be this hot, strong, masculine man every woman fantasizes about...the fantasy died with Joyce Beans version of his voice. I'm still pushing forward because Phil Gigante is in the last two books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So far Jericho Barrons, he's mysterious, strong, smart...what's not to love about him?


    How could the performance have been better?

    OMG It could have been a million times better with Phil Gigante doing the mail voices. I would purchase this audio book and listen all over again if Phil Gigante narrated the mens voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I started out listening to ICED and fell in love with Natale Ross and Phil Gigante. This narrator was a disappointment but knowing Natalie and Phil are narrating in the last couple and hopefully all future, books, I'm willing to listen to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4019)
    Performance
    (3704)
    Story
    (3724)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Wish there was more to the ending."
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    If you could sum up Heir of Novron in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, fun, enjoyable.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personalities he attached to the characters was great. I loved listening to this mans voice.


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

    Yes, I couldn't wait to work out or drive long distance so I can get my listen in.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great ending to the series. The end was a surprise to me there is part that just brought tears to my eyes and I wish it could have been different. And I wish there was just a little bit more in the end...a sort of "10 years later" kind of thing. You see all the characters in their final evolution in these books and you see the strength in the friendships and bonds. In general the book, even though it is fantasy, gives a great message about friendship and society. This series is on my top ten favorite books and the author is on my top 3.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (3916)
    Story
    (3941)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "Worth it."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think the narator did an excellent job of playing all the characters, the story is interesting and the characters in general kept the story alive.


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    Maybe to the golden compass, because of the threat of a power hungry, self righteous "authority" who wants to dominate the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Morbidly, I liked the scene when Haydrian and Royce reach the princess after they find out they were tricked. How Haydrian comforts the princess. You begin to realize that something is there even though they themselves are not aware of it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    The series in general is great. I've read some negative comments about the characters but in this set you start to understand them much more. You see them change, evolve and grow into real heroes...something they were not expecting of themselves.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5529)
    Performance
    (5093)
    Story
    (5089)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "My favorite heros!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but the audio was wonderful.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    It doesn't really compare to any other book I've read yet. This is a great adventure story which made me giggle, warmed my heart and at the same time made me root for professional thieves, of all things :)


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the different voices and how he brought forth the characters sense of humor. He did a brilliant job.


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

    Most definitely yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how the author focused on the adventure and even though every character was real and human in their own way he didn't write this book like others taking place in similar "times". There are many authors who, with the understood attempt of making their characters "realistic" to the period or situation, write hard moments and make many characters, especially men, into pigs. I like that this book is very "grown up" but it was tasteful when it came to "adult" situations. Can't wait to listen to the others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1186)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Dude, it was awesome."
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    What did you love best about Iced?

    The snarky remarks. Sometimes the characters down right made me laugh out loud.


    What does Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their voices and interpretations of the each characters personalities. I LOVED the narrators, they did an awesome job!


    Any additional comments?

    At first, you'll want to give up on this story. You'll question the author writing about a 14 yr old, hold on and keep listening. It makes sense and you'll not regret it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6748)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3207)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Ends with a bang."
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    If you could sum up Breaking Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Relieving, Engrossing, Awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Bella and Edwards relationship became kind of normal after everything they went through.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It had to be the scene when everyone sees how powerful Bella really is. It was jaw dropping great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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