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Victoria

Ashburn, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Problem Child: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    The Sisters Grimm books are hits with young readers and critics. In their third outing, Sabrina and Daphne confront the menace behind the family's troubles, Little Red Riding Hood. After meeting their recently returned uncle Jake, the girls embark on a harrowing quest to reconstruct the mythical vorpal blade, the only weapon capable of killing Red's pet and bodyguard, the dreaded Jabberwocky.

    Tina says: "Love it, major cliff hanger series."
    "My daughter and I LOVE this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Problem Child to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The Narrator was GREAT! The voice of Granny and Puck made the characters extra special to me. I know I wouldn't have felt the same way about them if I had just read the book. I loved the way he would have Puck say, "Old Lady." He delivery was spot on.


    What other book might you compare The Problem Child to and why?

    All the Sisters Grimm books. We read/listened to them in a week.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices! His delivery of the dialog was perfect. I KNOW we wouldn't have gotten as much enjoyment out of the series if we had just read them. I really enjoyed his narration


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. I was enjoyed this story and these characters so much, I couldn't wait to read the story and get to the next. I was sad when I reached the end of the series. I didn't want to "say goodbye."


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  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1849)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "Should have kept series as a trilogy"
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    Where does City of Fallen Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle ground. Not the worst, but definately not the best


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unfortunately - Book 5. I'm committed now, I am not especially interested in Clary and Jaces' drama, but I would like to see what happens to the other characters - Simon, Magnus, Alec, Izzy, etc.


    Did Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I could listen to Ed Westwick all day. I loved his voice. He does need to practice a bit on female voices. I was bummed when I read that Molly is narrating Book 5 alone. I think I might have to read Book 5 instead. She isn't horrible, but there is something about her voice that just bugs me a little. In fairness, since the story was annoying me, I had less tolerance.

    I did listened to Book 5 a bit this morning, she is getting better - but I think I will read the novel instead.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This was my least favorit book of the series. The Clary drama was a little over the top. Some of the comments she says, I think, "come on! They have known each other for BARELY two months! I feel like the author wrapped things up in book 3 (because it was supposed to be a triolgy) and then was pressured to continue on, so she whipped something together. I do like the some of the twists with the sub characters, but she wrote in several references to her other books and added so much melodrama to Clary and Jace, that I found myself rolling my eyes and commenting often while listening. I was going to take a break between this book and the next, I became so disinterested, but decided that I might as well see this series through. I am curious how the other characters fair in this series.


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  • The Curse of Wendigo: The Sequel to The Monstrumologist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Rick Yancey’s first gothic suspense tale, The Monstrumologist, earned him a prestigious Michael L. Printz Award. The second installment of this acclaimed series, Curse of the Wendigo, finds young Will Henry on the hunt for a supernatural beast plaguing New England in the late 1800s. Will and his mentor, the domineering Dr. Warthrop, are enlisted to help the doctor’s former fiancée. It seems her husband has been lost in the Canadian wilderness.

    Anthony says: "A great book for fans of monster horror books"
    "The narrator "made" the story for me."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Curse of Wendigo to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I trudged through the first book and purchased the 2nd & 3rd books without much enthusiasm. After a few chapters of the second book, I started to lose interest and putt the book back on the shelf, doubting I would pick it up again.

    Recently, however, I was in need of a new audio book, so I decided to give the audio version a try. SO much better! Steven brings the Monstrumologist to life in a way that is wittier and more "human" then the character I pictured in my head. He delivers the dialog and banter perfectly.

    I now eagerly await the rumored 4th book when last week I was debating if I wanted to finish the 2nd! I will say.... if Steven isn't able to narrate, I don't think I would try the audio version of any new books in the series. He read it so perfectly, I don't think I could listen to the characters being read by anyone else.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok. I was a little shocked at some of the events that took place.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the book as a whole. I listened to about 70% of this book and 50% of the third while doing work around the house during one weeked, so the books run together in my mind. I can't really pick something out of one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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