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Melissa

Medford, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fuse

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (154)

    To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the Earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back. At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined.

    Karen says: "ichi - ni - san - shi - go"
    "A Fantastic Story"
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    I really enjoyed the story, and adore the characters and the writing. It is quite a fascinating plot.

    My one complaint is Casey Holloway, as a narrator in this one, she was far too robotic, the way she read was choppy and lacking inflection. I had a hard time paying attention to the parts she read because I was so bothered by her(though it wasn't like that in Pure).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taste of Darkness: Healer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.

    Melissa says: "Well"
    "Well"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While I definitely enjoy Maria V. Snyder's books, and I loved this series, this one for me fell just a bit flat in comparison. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, if you've listened to the others in the series, definitely listen to it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maria V. Snyder? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, I've thoroughly enjoyed every single one of her other books.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    I don't think I could pick a favorite, I think she's a wonderful narrator


    2 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
    (6872)
    Performance
    (6314)
    Story
    (6374)

    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"
    "Meh"
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    Personally I wasn't expecting much. I enjoyed Divergent, but thought Insurgent was just flat filler and didn't do much to move the story along. So going into Allegiant, I only wanted to know the ultimate outcome. Which I got(was expecting such an ending after the brouhaha the fans were in the first few days after it came out), and I can't say I felt much for the major characters. I was more moved by the minor ones.

    Overall, I feel indifferent. The series fell flat and ended without a bang.

    Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford did a fantastic job narrating it though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (1933)
    Story
    (1935)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Couldn't get into it"
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    I can't say if it was the story, or my mood. I just couldn't get into this one, I'd been wanting to read it for a while, and after thoroughly enjoying another Kresley Cole novel I went for it. But just didn't grab me like The Arcana Chronicles.

    It may have been the overbearing, possessive lead male character that put me off. I normally have no problem with that sort, but this time it was too much.

    With three hours left I turned it off and haven't returned. I may go back for another try at a later time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robyn Schneider
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

    JTony says: "Loathing and Annoyance"
    "Skippable"
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    What would have made The Beginning of Everything better?

    A somewhat less predictable plot, perhaps? Or maybe a slightly more likable love interest. Generally I think you're supposed to be rooting for the couple to be together, not hoping the girl would be ravaged by Coyotes.


    What could Robyn Schneider have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It really started strong, Ezra's thoughts on how everyone has their own tragedy and the story of his best friends, and his own, and well into the first few chapters I really was enjoying it, but then it just became a predictable Coming of Age story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller?

    Personally I'm not a big fan of male narrators, so I can't name any off the top of my head. He did fine with the male voices, but the female voices were pretty rough to listen to. But it could also be that I couldn't get into the story enough to ignore it.


    What character would you cut from The Beginning of Everything?

    Cassidy. I know that she is a main character, but I really did not care for her. Her personality was too uppity, judgmental and condescending.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book, it was suggested as an 'If you liked The Fault in Our Stars -- You'll like this' and I felt this was a poor imitation of John Green. Striving for a touching, intellectual story but it just fell short.

    While I didn't absolutely hate the story, it was an evenings entertainment, I rather wish I hadn't opted to get this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • About that Night: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face to face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she's stunned. More troubling to the beautiful Assistant U.S. Attorney is that she's still wildly attracted to him. Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn't thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile case....

    jodiod says: "Wow!"
    "A bit Anti-Climactic"
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, and am fond of Karen White's narration. But I found this one to be lacking a bit compared to the others. I suppose I liked the suspense of the other two and this one was more of just your standard romance novel feel.

    Still very enjoyable though! I will continue with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jess Rothenberg
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart - literally. But now that she's in heaven, Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend knows a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost - and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul...

    Doha says: "Excpected better but it was a nice story"
    "love is like being eaten alive by a grizzly bear"
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    This book is about Brie, who dies, literally, from a broken heart. Brie isn’t quite ready to move on, and meets Patrick in the space between moving on, and the real world.

    I liked the very beginning of this, thought it was amusing, Brie is talking about love, and claims love is like being eaten alive by a grizzly bear. I’ll admit, that was the reason I got this book, THAT LINE.

    Then I got a little ways into it, and was enjoying that chapters were named from song lyrics. But at the same time was thinking ‘What the hell did I get myself into, this is freaking depressing.’

    Brie was 15, almost 16, so there were mentions of school, and dances and general teenage life stuff that totally had me going back to those horrifying moments of my teenage years best left forgotten.

    Overall, predictable. As far as the basic plot line went. Why Jacob broke up with her, who Patrick really was. There were some amusing parts, cheese themed nicknames, I like! Parts that were really depressing, the people left behind dealing with the death, too close to home for me thank you very much. I can’t say I didn’t like it, but I’m not sure I really liked it either. I think I’m mildly indifferent to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    "I drew a deep breath. I’d spoken more in one burst to this stranger whose room I’d invaded than anyone else in weeks. And with a single word he could alert the Pop Cops and send me to the Chomper. We stared at each other for a few heartbeats. Before I could retreat he said, 'My name’s Riley Narelle Ashon. Any time you need peace, you’re welcome to use my hideaway.'"

    k says: "Interesting world"
    "Inside Out"
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    Trella is a scrub, and she lives Inside. There are rumors of The Gateway, a way to get Outside, and Trella is looking for it.

    I have become quite the fan of Maria V. Snyder of late, and this story didn’t disappoint. The people live Inside, and there are the Uppers, and the Scrubs. Scrubs are the work force, the people that do the cooking, the cleaning, the maintenance. They don’t grow up in families, don’t know who their parents are, and are told that the Uppers live in lavish apartments, and have all they could possibly want, or need.

    This story had its moments of sadness, of laughter, of wondering just how the hell Trella was going to get out of the mess she had gotten herself into. I definitely enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hereafter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tara Hudson
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life - or her actual death - she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

    Arwen says: "Enjoyable, Entertaining"
    "Ghostly Love Story"
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    Amelia is dead, and every night ‘relives’ her tragic drowning. Only this time, it’s different. She isn’t drowning, a boy is, and there is nothing she can do about it.

    I thought this one was a sweet love story. Because of course, she saves the boy. The other players in the story, a well-meaning grandmother, and another ghost, kept things interesting as they struggle to figure out who Amelia was(because she has little to no memory of who she was before she died), and how to make an impossible relationship work.

    I am looking forward to the sequel, and seeing where it takes Amelia and Joshua, and the unlikely love between a ghost and a human.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outside In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    "Me? A leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside...."

    Christina says: "Boring in the beginning and then picks up"
    "A Great Sequel to Inside Out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This picks up right where Inside Out leaves off. They have figured out that Outside is Outer Space, and they are aboard a space ship. Not everyone is happy with the way things are being run in the wake of the rebellion, and there are forces rising against the people making the rules. There is also something on the Outside, that wants In.

    Trella is overwhelmed by her new responsibilities, and has a tendency to get herself into a lot of trouble.

    I found myself wondering constantly through this one just what exactly would happen, and how they could possibly manage to work things out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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