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RayRay1974

I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 31 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1884)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Very good but left us with even more questions"
    "I am Hooked!"
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    If you enjoyed the first book then you will keep on enjoying. Great for young adults and adults. The book is clean and well written. The story line captivates you and doesn't let you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unravel Me: Shatter Me, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her - people with gifts - and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

    Ginger-read Reviews says: "With all that I hated, I still loved it."
    "Juliet finally unravels!"
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    Yes, it takes this whole book for her to finally stop being sad, mopy and blaming herself but it's all worth it because the devil is in the house and he has her heart. Who doesn't like a girl who always falls for the bad guys. But this just means we see the other side of Warner.

    I couldn't stop listening, I got it done in less than a day. On to book 3!

    It's been a long time since I could brag so much about a narrator. They are so important!! Kate Simses makes this book amazing. I can't imagine how I would feel about this book if anyone read for me. She's perfect. Perfection.

    Favorite quote: Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

    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
    (746)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (683)

    "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.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "So happy I finally found the time to listen!"
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    Tahereh's writing is like poetry and art being painted into your brain. She is very descriptive and you can't be lost at all unless your mind is just to tired for this kind of active writing. Kate Simses voice immediately pulled me in, she was perfect for the main character and I really hope to find other books she has narrated. (Not sure if you are like me when it comes to figuring out who the narrators are but I recognized her voice and had to google her, turns out she was recently on a show called Mixology and I adored her character and her voice, more of her please!!).

    The obsession of the bad guy is a little over the top but hey, what are YA books for? :)
    I didn't know it when I first picked up this book that it would end up being like an X-men or comic book hero's. But hey, I can't wait to see where Mafi takes this.

    I am on to book two since I heard it was just as good as book one. Even though I was hooked on this book from the start, it was a little teeny boppy at times and made the book a little slow at points, but I figured it's because we are getting to know the characters. Hopefully the action is way better and more believable in book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (478)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Love the narration! Great Series!"
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    I have read so man who hated the narrations. I actually enjoyed them. I guess because I know who they are. Sophie Turner from Games of Thrones and Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars. I guess since I was already a fan of them, it made it easier for me to follow their voices. I tried to go back and listen to the book before this one and I couldn't. The narration was so different it made it difficult to listen to the book all over again. So the narrations are drastic differences.

    Finally we have come to an end and it's not disappointing at all. On top of finally finishing this story, you get some closure to The Infernal Devices and then of course we are being led into the next series. So it's not really over. The story continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (861)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Twisting Heart! Oh how I love thee!"
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    This book will wrench your heart out, make you mad and cry! What a beautiful set of characters and reflection of what it is to be a hero and a killer. Just an amazing book that makes it really hard to wait to get to the last book.

    The lesson Karou has to learn during this book is hypocrisy, but what does anyone and everyone want to do, when the people they love have died? Avenge them. So off she goes to avenge her family and remember who she is but sacrifice herself during it all?

    Just a true roller coaster rider. Amazingly written and perfectly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Ashley says: "ALL OF THE FEELS"
    "Thank the God Stars! This book was Amazing!"
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    First, yes, go back and listen to the other two books before listening to this one. I read a review where the girl did not and thought to myself, I need to reacquaint myself with the characters and I am so glad I did. Because yes, this book does introduce new characters that add a spin on this book that makes me wish it was already made into a movie. I really hope it does get made into a movie!

    I don't want to give any spoilers for the book but just want to say I love the narrator to death! She really made this book come alive for me, so thank you Khristine Hvam.

    I am so happy that the last book has come out after being with this series from the start, it's been a long couple of years waiting and for those who get to start with the first and finish within a week, I am super jealous. But happy my love affair with this series lasted so long.

    This was a great ending and maybe even a spin off to another series of books? Hmmmm?

    Great job, Laini Taylor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (411)

    If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

    Kimberly says: "Gave Me Shivers!"
    "Irrelevant and Redundant"
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    I found this book to be a total waste of my time. I bought into the high star ratings and totally regret the purchase. The book had more details than needed, more like a filler.

    I found nothing interesting about the story or the plot. It took over 2 hours just to get past the first part of the book.

    The narrator has a nice sound to her voice, but she sounds like a computer, so that may be why this book dragged on and on and on an on... and you know what's next? On and on and on and on... yep that's what the book felt like.

    This book is predictable, boring, slow and just one of the worst things I have wasted a credit on in a long time.

    I was really hoping for a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1999)
    Story
    (2006)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "I have GOOD NEWS and BAD!"
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    The good is that if you love these characters then you will love that the story is going to continue for at least another two books. We are not done with all the hot and steamy that has kept us captivated with Ava and Gideon.

    The Bad News is, well it's not much or really that bad, but this book is just a filler.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still good just does not pack the same punch the first two books did.
    It's a continuation of the story and other than the next step, there really isn't any cliff hangers or surprises. They do hint of things that could come to get in the way but now that the two are really "Entwined", we can take a breath and relax just like Ava and Gideon have.

    The only thing is you are in on their secret, Gideon and Ava's. While others flutter around them trying to drive a wedge between them, we know they are solid so we know there is no more running or chasing, at least in this book.

    The narrator is still wonderful but I think she's had too much time between books, the voices were off a bit. But she still has a sexy and raspy voice that I think makes the audible so awesome.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2494)
    Story
    (2500)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Charlaine put the final nail in the coffin."
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    I really felt like the author just wanted this series to be over. I guess she exited the best way she could. I don't mind the character she ends up being in love with, but this book could have been way more exciting than what it was.

    That being said, I have loved the series, loved the narrator of the whole series. If your like me, your going to have to read it just because it's the last one. But don't expect fire works because those move to Oklahoma.

    Au revoir to Sookie Stackhouse and the gang. I really wish she became a vampire and started an whole new series. But... that does not happen. :/

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everneath

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brodi Ashton
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (219)

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she’s banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.

    Kale says: "A Hauntingly Beautiful Debut"
    "Missing The Mark For Me...."
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    First off the narration was horrible for this book. So I had to imagine reading the lines myself to give the book feeling. The narrator sounds like a robot. I couldn't tell when we went from past to present. The words were all monotone, except in the male voices. But still, the jumping back and forth was lost on me because I couldn't hear the change that you probably can see in the actual book.

    That being said, I still kind of liked the book but hated it at the same time. I think the author had a great story line, it was just hard to follow the fact that the main character lost her mother and that tragedy was not conveyed very well. Nikki is gone for 6 months and when she reappears, it's all blamed on her being a drug addict. I am sorry, but if my kid were gone for 6 months, I wouldn't care if they were on drugs. I would be so happy at their return that I would be more involved in their life. This was the opposite. The dad just didn't seem to have enough to do with her. Her family ties do not feel strong at all yet it was her mothers death and her boyfriends so called betrayal that sent her into the Underneath.

    I do not know anything about the author but I felt like the story was written by my 14 year old daughter. Who spends to much time on details that do not matter and not enough on those that do. I felt myself giving up several times and thinking, "Get to the point". But then we all have to remember this is a book for YA and they may like the details of this book.

    I am still undecided if I want to venture on to the second book. I started this series because this book was on sale as part of getting interest in new series. I am not hooked enough to care about what happens in the second book. Maybe I will wait till the third one has released before investing anymore time in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1037)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Now and Then... great concept!"
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    Lauren Oliver knows your going to be on edge to see what happened to Lena and Alex. Instead of giving it to you in one big dose, she makes you sit and listen as Lena's adventures jump from the present to the past. From then when she first got over the wall to now.

    It might be hard at first to hang in there because really, it's your unending desire to get to the point that makes you want her to just tell you, but you learn about the life she has endured after crossing the wall. It's not a book that picks up right as she enters the wilds, but is almost a year down the road and how she has survived with the death of Alex. How she must go on without him.

    But then there is Julian, a new character who can't be cured and wants to be until a set of events pair Lena and Julian together. Without her knowledge Lena is used as a pawn in a game of politics. She leaves one society only to be caught up in another that is full of fight , war and survival. Just as hard as the world she left. But she is free, she is uncured. Her choices are her own and she is free to love again.

    Pandemonium is an excellent follow up to Delirium. I jumped from one book to the next, I am so happy the complete series is out because I get to finish the whole series in one week.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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