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Jodi

Since having kids - the luxury of sitting down and reading a book is out of the question. Now I can put on good book for just me, or one for the kids while driving and everyone is at PEACE and no one is YELLING. Life is good.

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  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "A very good book for kids and parents"
    Overall

    Great story! My 6 year old and I really love the story. We forget sometimes that they are owls but then the owl facts are put in the story so nicely! It's a great mystery book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (476)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Felt like going home."
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    Would you listen to Gods in Alabama again? Why?

    This was an extremely funny and heart wrenching book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aunt Florence. She reminds me of almost every woman in my family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3411)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2267)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "A Lesson in Egyptian Legends that kids will like!"
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    Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

    We will be putting this book on our - Will Listen Again, section. Bought this book for a two day (6-8 hour drive each day) car trip with the kids. It was such a good book, that my 8 yr old daughter would be angry when we had to stop for gas/bathroom breaks. As soon as the car started back up, she would start demanding that we turn the story back on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story starts with characters that don't look like everyone else. Carter and Sadie are siblings, but they are different. Their family is bi-racial. Carter looks like his father, dark complexion with dark eyes. Sadie looks like her mother, pale skin, her hair the shade of caramel and pale eyes. No one would ever consider them brother and sister and it makes them angry when people ask. Their mother was killed in a mysterious way and the kids were raised apart and very differently. Carter was raised by his father, a historian, and has to travel the world, always moving, home schooled and doesn't have any friends. Sadie is raised by maternal grandparents in ENGLAND. She never gets to go anywhere, she becomes rebellious preteen, goes to a boarding school and has several close friends. Carter and Sadie only see each other for ONE DAY twice a year. All of a sudden something happens to their father.

    So now we have two siblings, who are sort of strangers to each other, nothing in common, who have to try and stop an Egyptian God. Oh yea, and he wants to kill them (forgot to mention that earlier). Just because someone shares your DNA, does that mean you can trust them - with your life?


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Kevin Free book, but I am great fan of Katherine Kellgren's work on the "The Bloody Jack, tales of Jackie Faber."


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

    Yes, we do want to listen to it all at one time. We are on the second of the series right now. I had to promise my child that I would not listen to it until she gets back from school. This is also I book, she can not listen to at bedtime, not because it's scary, but because she would NEVER go to sleep until it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the story would have sounded different (better or worse), if the characters would have been able to read their parts they were playing all through the book. Right now Kevin reads his chapter as Carter and changes his voice for Sadie and Katherine Keller does the same in her chapters as Sadie. Would it not have been better if Katherine could have read Sadie's part throughout.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17230)
    Performance
    (15305)
    Story
    (15258)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "What if?!?"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there in the top 5 books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the action and reaction aspects. Everything you touch, say, do - every action has a reaction. What if you decided to wait 5 minutes? I think every single person has a point in their life where they think, "If I could only go back and change this one thing in time.."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6306)
    Performance
    (3092)
    Story
    (3108)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Not just for kids!"
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    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative - Spooky - Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    One of my favorite parts of the book is when Scarlett and Nobody (Bod) meet. Little Scarlett tells her parents that she's made a new friend in the graveyard. "What's his name dear?", "Nobody" . So her parents think that he's an imaginary friend. Then Scarlett thinks that Bod has imaginary friends too - the ghost in the graveyard, which she cannot see, so they must be pretend.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not had a chance to listen to other stories, but I will soon.


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

    Yes! I was hooked into the story from the beginning - When the man name Jack, murder's Bod's family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    The Invisible Order is the first book in an amazing new series by Paul Crilley, skillfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie—a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan.

    Sheri C says: "Fun and Imaginative"
    "For Kids and Adults 8+ - Magical Mystery"
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    I will listen to almost anything that Katherine Kellgren reads. She is wonderful! I hear the voice and can clearly imagine the character. This story beginning reminded me of Jane Eyre or Oliver Twist character. Then the magic happens! Are they good or are they evil? Who can you trust?

    I think this story might be too scary for a child under the age of 8 because it does deal with abandonment of parents and some scary creatures.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14506)
    Performance
    (11904)
    Story
    (12528)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "The written version is better."
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    The story starts off a little slow and repeats several phrases over and over. But overall it's erotic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Invisible Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jeanne Ray
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    >A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she's only really missed when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she's invisible - truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she's been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover immensely.

    Pete says: "Surprising."
    "Very Good Mom Book -"
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    I really liked this book. Even from the beginning when she's first discovered that she's become invisible and trying to figure everything out. I'm right along with the character thinking "Hey - I feel that way too." The story is well written. I wish our reader would have used just a touch more voice differentiation during the sarcastic remarks, but over all a good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1778)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "So bad I couldn't finish"
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    I tried hard to like this book. I listen through the first part thinking that I just needed to get into the characters. But the longer I listen to it, the more depressed I became. This story doesn't pull the reader into the story, it just pulls the reader down.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9179)
    Performance
    (6702)
    Story
    (6742)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Harlequin version of Twilight"
    Overall

    I am very surprised by past reviews. I have listened to the entire book hoping that it would pick up or get more interesting. The basis theory of the story is almost identical to the Twilight series, but none of the grab your attention sections. I felt like I was reading a bad version of a Harlequin Romance novel. It was one of those books that make you think that a publisher said - "It has to be longer - you need X number of pages" So let's keep repeating the same thing over and over again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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