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Marc

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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1621)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "I wanted more from this book!"
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    This series started out great, with lots of time spent getting to know the characters, original ideas and intricate plots, but this book is more action centered and a lot more predictable. As the demigods travel to Rome, monsters pop up constantly and they have to use their wits and battle skills to survive. Point of views change often, giving us insight into the main character's minds (Anabeth, Leo, Piper, etc), but I did not feel as close to them in this book as I did in the two previous ones. The story is great and there are lots of good laughs, as you would expect from this author, but the fast paced action felt a bit more artificial... as if it were made of a series of mini-stories strung closely together on the story timeline.

    In the end, I was left hungry for more development. The love stories evolved, yes (mainly Anabeth and Percy's), but the main quest (finding the doors of death... and saving Nico), is only partly finished by the end of the book. However, Anabeth's side-quest (following the mark of Athena, avenging her mother), which takes up a lot of space in the story, does reach it's conclusion. Still, very little progress is made in this installment of the series, and I must admit that I was a bit disappointed.

    Also, the narrator is a great voice for the series, but I agree with other critiques that say the way some of the characters are interpreted makes them sound dumb. Octavian sounds cartoon-stupid, which is a bit much, and Frank sounds like a big thug, which is flat-out wrong. Even Percy sounds a bit weird in this book (!), and all that makes the listening experience a lot less interesting.

    In short, this book is a must for all fans, but I will probably go for the paper version of the sequel, and I am now certain that this series will (unfortunately) not surpass the Percy Jackson series.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3590)
    Performance
    (3105)
    Story
    (3109)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Such a fun listen!"
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    Nice story, fresh and so funny! A great listen for anyone!!!

    Wil Wheaton does a great job reading it, and I will certainly listen to this book more than once (which is rare for me!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (695)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "Great new series (for teens and adults too!)"
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    I am a fan of Kresley Cole's work, so I did not think twice before purchasing this audio book. I was not disappointed!

    Of course, this is not the usual adult fiction that you might expect from this author: this is obviously meant for teens (some romance, some 'heat' here and there, but markedly toned down in comparison with, say, the Immortals After Dark series).

    I loved the story. The fantasy world woven throughout is captivating, the characters are interesting, and I could not predict most of what was going to happen in the story. The writing is excellent, and even though there are some 'teen story cliches' in a few places (some 'Twilight' flavor at the start), you forget it as the mysteries unfold. Kept me hooked from beginning to end!

    Best of all with this audio book: the narrators. The novel is split into parts that are alternately narrated by the main character (Evelyne) and a vilain (Arthur). Each is read by a different narrator, and both do an AMAZING job of it! I am convinced that though reading this novel on paper would be great, the narrator performance makes this an audio must!

    In short, I can't wait to read the sequel!!!!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (3199)
    Story
    (3206)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Fell in love with this series all over again!"
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    I loved this series so very much (read the books), and then it just started falling flat. Seemed like the author was writing the newer books too fast, or something like that, because they got less and less interesting.

    Until this one came out!

    I enjoyed this one so much, I listened to it twice within the first week after buying it! A true first for me. I had already listened to some of the earlier Sookie books, and I always loved the narrative work, so I have now decided I will treat myself to the entire audible series sometime in the near future ; )

    Alll the fans out there who have thought of letting go... DON'T!!! Get this audio book right now and ENJOY!!! If you read the book, then get this audio anyway to relive the fun in the wonderful narrator's voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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