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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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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24441)
    Performance
    (18549)
    Story
    (18709)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "I cried. How else does war end?"
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    What do we expect of war? Why does every book have to have a happy ending? Because life does not. I can only imagine how people who have seen the starving, dieing and murdered end up living their lives. Loosing everyone they love, watching them die. Killing people they do not know.

    Though I would have hoped for a more happy ending, a better love story between the characters, we have enough romance novels out there to read to make up for this ending. This book is true to war. True to how people are used for a cause that can cause them to go mad.

    I am sure if they make a movie it will have a happier ending... Hollywood does that, rewrites the story. But this book though depressing, makes you think about life around you and how you might be one of the citizens in today. Which district do you live in? The Capital, never starving, always clothed and warm? How does this book help you see the world around you.

    The way things are portrayed via news and real life. What people see and how it's twisted and used for their own political purposes. How the Media easily manipulates the mind of the citizens and has for thousands of years in human history.

    The constant struggle between being in charge of your own mind, opinions or are we manipulated for entertainment?

    It just keeps you thinking....

    7 of 8 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
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1788)

    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
    (2449)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2245)

    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
    (203)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    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
    (1038)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (944)

    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
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1380)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Gripping and Tragic"
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    This was my first listen with Lauren Oliver and the book is great but the narration is outstandingly done. You get a very close actual feel for the characters, for their pain and longing. Excellent job Sarah Drew!

    I loved how this book reminded me of what it's like to be a young adult. Growing up believing that the system put in place is to protect you, for your own good. Then as pedals from a rose are picked away you begin to grow and see that not everyone is telling you the truth. Not everyone cares about your protection, they only care about the power they have over you.

    This book is that type of dystopian world where of all things, Love is a disease and you have to be cured of it. If you are not, you are a sick and diseased person who can't be relied to make good choices, those choices are taken from you when you are cured. If you are cured you are a good citizen and allowed to be part of the world that is functional.

    But not everyone is cured. Not everyone wants it.

    What I appreciate about this book most is the comparison to old literature. How society has re-written old stories so that people will not want to love and they are scared into obeying. The bible is even rewritten as the book of "Shhhhhh". So it keeps you on your toes trying to remember the same stories you grew up with and how they differ in this book.

    Delirium is well worth the credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ascend: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (294)

    Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind… even if it’s the only way to save them?

    Andrew says: "A Wonderful Book 3 of 3"
    "Excellent Series"
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    A very good series that has a spin that keeps you coming back for more.

    Once again the dialog between characters was difficult as it seemed they never get to the point but continue to talk in circles like everyone assumes everyone knows what is going on. Other than that I found the book delightful.

    Wendy is faced with the loss of her mother, the overbearing force of her farther killing off her kingdom and trying to please people who have no faith in her. Making sacrifices is not easy when the mass is not on her side. But running away is not an option anymore and she tries to figure out how to save her kingdom without the loss of life to her people.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Torn: Trylle Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she's a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…. She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to marry a powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits… and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

    Stephanie says: "BETTER THAN THE FIRST"
    "The Series Improved"
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    Most the time there is a dip in book 2 in series. There is a bit of story that is needed to fill the gap. But "Torn" was definitely an improvement to the series.

    (Spoiler ALERT)
    Wendy is forced away from her human home and taken to another kingdom where she finds that her dad is indeed not dead. Though stunned and happy to find out she has a father, she quickly learns that what he wants her to do with her life was no better than what she left when she ran from her mother.

    Rescued and taken home, she is now even more entangled in what she must do to save the kingdom her mother has protected and the lives she has come to know. Now torn between two loves and a man she doesn't love but is obligated to marry, her life is just a bit messy for a princess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity says: "Light and Fun!"
    "Very Nice Story"
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    If your between series and need to pass the time, this series was a good in between.

    At first I didn't know if I was going to like the character since it's starts off as her being a young and demanding child. But the story eventually explains her anger issues.

    I found the dialog between characters a bit dragging and felt like they talked in circles instead of getting to the point. I wanted to reach out and strangle them myself.

    But in the end I found it to be a very good book as Wendy adventures out to find out who and what she truly is and ensnared by her family lineage into giving up her way of life for her people.

    Loved the Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4860)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2533)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "I can't believe it took me this long!!"
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    I had no idea the book was even out there until the movie previews. I just didn't go searching through Meyer's book looking for something so note worthy. I have a respect for the author I didn't have before. Do not "categorize" her just as a teen romance writer.

    The book is totally unexpected, right out of the invaders side of the story instead of just the human side and point of view. It gives you a real feel of what hope really could be if we lived in their world and ours. Redefines what kindness and self-sacrifice is.

    Amazing book. Totally loved it and the narrator hit a home run with me!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1151)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "So Boring..."
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    I made myself listen to this whole book. I purchased it so I was going to listen! It was a battle. Not the narrators fault.

    It was just to soft for me. The book is cute but the way the men act in this book towards her is unreal. This book should be under fantasy and not just romance. I felt like I was reading a teenagers brain.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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