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Susan

Sunland, CA, United States

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  • Shadows: Ashes Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (191)

    The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive....

    Aser Tolentino says: "Your Mileage Will Almost Certainly Vary"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    I disagree with the other reviewers who said the story has split up into too many new characters. In fact, there were only a few new characters added. I found this second installment of the story to be just as compelling as the first and could not stop listening until I reached the end. I would have rather this installment had a little more satisfying ending, but overall I was very happy with the story. I can't wait for the final book, because, yes, there were a few cliff hangers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2753)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1946)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Highly Entertaining! Couldn't put it down."
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    I really loved this book. Lots of action, enough romance, mystery, twists, heroes, heroines, magic. This book has it all. The setting of the book was foreign to me because I had never read any of Brandon Sanderson's other books, so it took me a while to comprehend the world, but that was part of the entertainment. I really liked the way Brandon personalized the main characters of the book. By the last 4 hours of the book, I just couldn't stop listening.

    The narrator was very good at keeping all the voices distinct and conveying emotion. I wouldn't say it was the best narration I have ever heard, but I would rate it pretty high.

    I recommend this book and I wish there was a sequel. I would definitely read it if there was one. Is there any chance Brandon? I am planning on starting on one of Brandon's other books very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (580)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "Enjoyable Story."
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    I was entertained by the story and did finally get emotionally caught up in Sonea's welfare. But it took a long time before the story really exposed any emotion from Sonea for me to connect with. And many parts of the story seemed to go on forever, instead of moving to the event that the story was leading up to.
    The narrator did an excellent job. I could easily differentiate between characters, and enjoyed the smooth, entertaining narration. I probably will eventually invest in the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (442)

    Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

    Timorell says: "I didn't love it"
    "Was not that entertained"
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    The concept of the story seemed intriguing, and some parts of the story were entertaining, but the majority of the story was boring. I felt like I was back in school and learning all kinds of boring historical facts. The interesting parts were the character relationships. The narrator did not do a great job of differentiating characters. There were many times that I could not tell the voice of one character from another. But the narrator did have a pleasant, entertaining narrative. I won't be listening to the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3038)
    Performance
    (2343)
    Story
    (2349)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Loved, Loved, Loved It!"
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    This story kept me entertained from beginning to end! I thought the narrator did a great job keeping the characters distinct and conveying all the appropriate emotion with his voice. I don't normally like stories that jump back and forth in time, but I really enjoyed the intricate weaving of time that was done with this story. I highly recommend it. Very satisfying story, that leaves you wanting to hear more. Thankfully there is more to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14865)
    Performance
    (9239)
    Story
    (9115)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I would give this series a 20 if I could!"
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    This is my all time favorite audible series. I LOVE the story and there is no better narrator than Davina Porter. I love the way Diana Gabaldon intertwines real historical events and characters into this series. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I am waiting anxiously for the next installment. I originally bought this first book because it had high ratings and it was so long. I felt like I was getting alot for my money. I was not disappointed.

    The only negative I can say is that (for me) all other audio books that I have listened to since these have failed to stand up to the excellence of this story, this narrator and the great length of each book in this series. That and the fact that waiting for the next book in the series is agony. But, if you started with the first book today, the ninth book may be out by the time you finish the eighth book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (685)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Kept me reading, and left me wanting more!"
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    Loved this book, and as always, loved the narrator. I mainly bought this book because Katherine Kellgren was narrating it, and I was not disappointed. It is a strange dark tale that is surprisingly very entertaining. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (2664)
    Story
    (2700)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Wonderful Series!"
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    I have just finished listening to the final book in this series and I can happily say I am very happy with the entire series. This first book is a bit slow to get into because the world of Alera is new and different and it takes time to comprehend all that is being described. Overall I loved this series. There is so much to this series. Lots of action, great battles, many different characters (that you will grow to love), impossible odds and satisfying conclusions at the end of each book. I have listened to all of the Game Of Thrones books (that exist to date) and enjoyed that series, but I enjoyed this one more, especially since all the books in the series have been completed.

    The narrator does a great job with this series and remains the same narrator throughout. It did seem odd to me at first that a female narrator would be used for a story where the main character is male, but it works because the main character starts out so young, and by the end of the series I had become so used to the voice, it just felt natural.

    Treat yourself and start listening to Tavi's story today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viva Jacquelina!: Bloody Jack, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    The vivacious Jacky Faber return in the 10th tale in L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series! Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the crown during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jamie Fletcher.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Back on Course"
    "Great, but left me wanting more."
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    This story was as great as all the previous ones, with one exception. The ending. I felt a little cheated. I think the story should have continued for one more chapter. But it does leave me breathlessly waiting for the next book, as ususal. Katherine Kellgren was awesome, as I have come to expect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5623)
    Performance
    (5044)
    Story
    (5035)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Kept me wanting to hear more!"
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    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Satisfying, Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that once the couple got together, they stayed together to face all adversities together.


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator. She did a really good job of voicing all the different characters such that they were readily recognizable as the story progresses.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    The main character because of her down-to-earth quality and compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story was somewhat predictable, it had enough surprises to keep me entertained and continusouly wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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