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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
    (26763)
    Performance
    (20632)
    Story
    (20830)

    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....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "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 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    VanDelay says: "Cheap Trick"
    "Very conflicted about this book."
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    I want to say it was good but I can't say it was great. I liked it but I didn't like it too, because the book kind of dragged in parts and I listened because I purchased the credit.

    It's weird being in a half way spot on a book. I am either all in or all out. But this book was like a maze and I like a good maze. Though parts of it were predictable and I would like to say it never hinted toward the end, but it did. If you pay attention to what her father has to say.

    All in all I liked the different character voices but when they each had to imitate the other voice it was a little weird. The detective's voice reminds me of an old classy movie voice.
    Something out the Twilight Zone.

    I think what annoyed me the most is the mother is a submissive house wife who never stands up to her husband. When she finally does of course all the damage has been done years prior.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (262)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Ford K. Thigpen says: "LOVED this book!"
    "Great BOOK!"
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    I love Moriarty's book. They are so close to things that could actually happen. This book just makes me think how adults never really grow up from being little kids. Our drama is just packaged differently.

    This was a good book, hooks you right from the start and rolls out the story to you slowly, giving you clues you think you can guess but never seeing the ending.

    This is my second book by Moriarty, the narrator was perfect for both, couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Heir: The Bane Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (124)

    Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans - involving her beautiful young ward - are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man... the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

    Linda says: "Just kind of leaves you hanging."
    "Very Interesting"
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    It's always cool to get a back story or more information on past and present characters. Being a fan of Tess and Will, I really enjoyed this one. It gives you glimpse into their son, James.

    0 of 0 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
    (397)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    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.

    Black Heart Reviews (formerly GingerRead) 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
    (796)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (729)

    "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.

    Jess Russell says: "Good story, but SO OVER DRAMATIC."
    "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
    (805)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (744)

    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
    (990)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (913)

    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
    (462)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    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.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "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
    (471)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (419)

    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
    (2289)
    Performance
    (2123)
    Story
    (2128)

    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.

    Katheryne says: "Steamy Conclusion to a Popular Trilogy??? what?"
    "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

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