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Jess

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  • The Palace Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Weekes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

    Brent Auble says: "Fun Fantasy Heist in a Well Thought-out World"
    "Maybe this is just one you need to actually read"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listened to it.


    What could Patrick Weekes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Lock's true motives for robbing the official are only revealed towards the end of the book. I had a hard time caring about the characters or the robbery because it seemed like the only motive was greed. I feel like the plot was just poorly executed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice really got on my nerves. I wanted to slap her every time she spoke as the unicorn. I won't be buying any more books that she narrates.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment that I wasted $8 and 12 hours.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    As soon they are released, Amanda Quick’s romances shoot to the top of best seller lists. With over 22 million copies of her books in print, she is one of today’s hottest authors. Set in Regency-era England, Mischief offers a sparkling mixture of wit and intrigue that has become Quick’s trademark. Beautiful, headstrong Imogen Waterstone has recruited the darkly infamous Earl of Colchester to help her seek revenge for the murder of her best friend. As they set a trap for the villain, Imogen and Colchester fearlessly encounter the threats and dangers that come their way.

    Aryn says: "One of my favorites"
    "Not my cup of tea..."
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    What disappointed you about Mischief?

    The plot was utterly ridiculous with some smut thrown in for good measure. I thought this might be a murder mystery/romance kind of like Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. This book falls seriously short. Imogen assumes she knows who killed her friend, and proceeds with a harebrained plan to ruin him. I found it hard to believe that Imogen was such an incredible scholar when she was constantly making stupid decisions and assumptions. Also, why did Amanda Quick need to make up an ancient civilization? This time period was the birth of archaeology- surely she could have modeled that part of the plot after a real society? Britain was obsessed with Egypt at this point in history! Maybe she was too lazy to do the research...


    Has Mischief turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has turned me off of Amanda Quick...


    What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

    British Kirstie Alley


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mischief?

    All of the sex scenes. They were so poorly written that I laughed through them. Actually, I thought this book could have been 100-150 pages shorter.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't waste a credit. There are better regency romances out there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr g: A Novel about the Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr. g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter - then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

    Diane says: "The Universe: A Fable"
    "I daydreamed all of the way through it...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If they book had followed the creations more. Just hearing the Creator talking with his annoying Aunt and Belhor was boring. I also found it very repetative. Way too much description at times. I just could not keep my mind on it!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Lightman again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    He was fine. He did the best he could with what he was given.


    What character would you cut from Mr g?

    The Aunt was insufferable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeadly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michele Vail
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick, and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper - and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Life at Nekyia has its pluses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another.…Except there's something a little off about him.

    Elizabeth says: "Love the sweet bite of this book!"
    "Zombies and Egyption Mythology"
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    What made the experience of listening to Undeadly the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun listen. There is a lot of teenage slang, so much that it almost seems like the author is trying too hard- but I found that more entertaining than annoying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Undeadly?

    When Molly first meets Annubis.


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

    I don't think I have listened to any of her other performances, but I liked her. I would be willing to listen to her again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Molly is mature enough to admit that she made a mistake, and faces the consequences.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was a really fun listen! I loved all of the Egyptian mythology and I thought it was a really unique twist on zombies. Sometimes the author tried too hard with all of the teenage slang, but the main character is a 16 year old girl. I found it more amusing than annoying. I liked Molly and didn't find her to be immature. I tend to think that most YA heroines are a little too mature for their age. Molly is no Katniss or Tris, but she is very like able. I am excited for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (787)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Olwyn says: "Gasp! Freeze! Repeat. Gasp! Freeze! Repeat."
    "Am I the only person that hated this book?"
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    What would have made Shatter Me better?

    A less lyrical style. The author has a metaphor for every occasion- and while some of them sound pretty, most of them make no sense whatsoever. I would bet that she used at least five metaphors on every page. It ended up sounding like a 13 year old girl's fan fiction.


    What was most disappointing about Tahereh Mafi’s story?

    I despise nothing more than a weak heroine! If you loved Bella from Twilight, then you will love Juliette. She derives all of her self-worth from her boyfriend, and does nothing but whine and act like a kicked dog.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I normally love Kate Simses- she was a fabulous narrator for the Matched series. In this case however, her voice was too immature. Her voice lends itself well to the dreamy, lyrical style of writing, but it's just not believable that Juliette has been in prison for almost a year.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended. Other than that, no. I would have returned it, but I bought this a year before I ended up listening to it. At least I got it in a 5.95 sale...


    Any additional comments?

    The scratch-out sounds when Juliette is writing in the diary are distracting. Also, listening to an entire page of Juliette writing over and over, "I am not insane. I am not insane, I am not insane, iam not insane, I am NOT insane" was absolutely obnoxious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3663)
    Performance
    (3331)
    Story
    (3325)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Disappointing considering all the great reviews"
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    What disappointed you about Driving Mr. Dead?

    You know how when you were in elementary school how your teachers made you "outline the plot" of a story? Well this book had no rising action and certainly no plot climax. I just kept waiting and waiting for something to happen! I read a lot of Paranormal Romance, and this just felt like a watered-down romance novel with vampires thrown in.


    What was most disappointing about Molly Harper’s story?

    The whole thing was just so worn out. There are a million books out there featuring a snarky protaganist with an authority figure problem who attracts trouble like a magnet. The trouble she attracted was all perfectly mundane and boring- such as vandals drawing on the hood of her car, and a hotel clerk shredding the wrong credit card. I guess my expectations were too high.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator didn't do great male voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I will be returning this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely don't waste a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Castles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner - an actress - but the master of the troupe turns her away. Brilliant dragon Meenore takes her in, then sends her on a dangerous mission within an ogre’s castle. There, disguised as a kitchen maid, she plays the role of a lifetime, pitted against a foe intent on murder. Black-and-white cats, a handsome cat trainer, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon.... Elodie must discover which of them is kind, which is cruel, and, most of all, which is the one who deserves her trust.

    Jess says: "Good Story, Annoying Narrator!"
    "Good Story, Annoying Narrator!"
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    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Castles again? Why?

    I will never listen to this book again. I completely agree with the reviewer who said that the narrator's voice is annoying. She gives the main character a mangled, cockney sounding accent. This seriously detracted from the story. She also never quite settled on a single accent. Sometimes she pronounced words one way, then later she would pronounce them differently. It was terrible.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2780)
    Performance
    (2020)
    Story
    (2040)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Michael York can't do female voices"
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    Michael York is a talented reader for certain novels- but not this one. His female voices are whiny and creepy all at the same time. They grate on my nerves. I'm having a hard time finishing this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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