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Grace

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3190)
    Performance
    (2683)
    Story
    (2696)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Beautiful Creatures"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Creatures the most enjoyable?

    Defiantly the narrator. Kevin does a good job with the characters and keeps your interested through the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    The sound effects and the music. It's unusual to find an audiobook that incorporates sound effects without being a dramatized, abridged recording. Some of the effects are a little messy, but it added an interesting level to the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting story. Granted it is a YA book and the story is a little cliche and predictable. But I liked the twist on the idea. I've gotten so sick of love sick vampire stories that seem to prevalent right now. The love story doesn't get as sappy as most YA stories. I downloaded the book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I'm interested to see how the story conveys to the big screen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Summer Comes: Whiskey Creek Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news… She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good. Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town.

    Penelope says: "Very enjoyable book"
    "Eh...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is slow and amateurish. It feels like at 16 year old view of the world and love. Calli acts like a selfish 18 year old and so do her friends, their relationships superficial and weak. Levi is almost as bad, running off when the going gets really tough. All in all, badly written and the story line is weak with only the occasional interesting moment.


    Has When Summer Comes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Romances are hit a miss at best. This is defiantly a miss.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She's got a very young voice and takes a teenager's tone through the narration. I often forgot that the characters are supposed to be in their late twenties not their teens.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was just glad when it was over, willing to finish it but glad when it finally reached it's cliche ending.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like superficial and bland stories this will work for you. But don't expect much, it doesn't have much to give.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1614)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Demons and Angels"
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    It's a twist on Romeo and Juliet. I liked Karou, she's such a refreshing female lead. She's fun, sassy, capable, and she has blue hair. The setting just adds whimsy to this book. I'm eager for the next book to see where it goes. Until than I guess I keep reloading it on my phone as my backup book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (723)

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "Am I the only one who wanted a better ending?"
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    Am I the only one who wanted her to dump Seth and go to Vegas? I get the ending and I get the reason Richelle wrapped it up like that. But she had such a good set up with the Vegas storyline I wish she'd gone with it rather then going the way she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Could be better"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book


    Would you recommend Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a warning that the book is rather lacking in originality and gets rather boring after a while.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love James so much. This book sadly is far from his best.


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

    Nope, at best I got a little sick to my stomach when the book got a little overly graphic while the main vampire was drinking blood. It bordered on pornographic at times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good example of a good attempt failing to impress. As others have said its a book with vampires and steampunk. I would add that it also has element of Disney Beauty and the Beast thrown in. Sadly it gets a little drawn out and not even one of my favorite narrators could save it.

    The main character while a little whiny at times is a decent female lead. But the main vampire is depressingly mainstream and moody. But I'm a fan of the Dracula era vampires over the twilight era we're currently living in.

    To sum up; not anything out of the ordinary. Gets a little lovey dovey and graphic at times. James Marsters rocks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnought

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure, but that's just the beginning.

    Eivind says: "Mercy Lynch: nurse extraordinaire"
    "Steampunk Civil War"
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    It's an interesting twist on American history. It does get a little rambling at times and the ending does leave something to be desired. It's all build-up build-up and ending with little closure. But an interesting one maybe two time listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gentle Rogue: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    Heartsick and desperate to leave her sorrows on England's shores, innocent Georgina Anderson seeks passage on the "gentleman's ship", Maiden Anne, disguised as a cabin boy. The captain, however, is no gentleman; he's the ex-pirate and irrepressible rake, James Malory.

    Maureen says: "Great love story."
    "Quite Fun"
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    They story is quite fun and the narrator is quite nice to listen to. At times my mind began to wonder and I got a bit lost when I tuned back in. But all in all a nice book to listen to if your not doing anything to distracting. Her male voices all tend to sound the same which also can be a bit confusing. But if you like romances you will enjoy this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salamandastron: Redwall, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    While the good creatures of Redwall Abbey relax during the hot summer, the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron is under siege. Ferhago the Assassin and his band of vicious weasels throw all their fury against Lord Urthstripe the Strong, Badger Lord of Fire Mountain and ruler of Salamandastron. When a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, young Samkin begins an adventure that leads him toward the battle...and toward the ultimate triumph of good.

    Kendall says: "AWESOME"
    "All thats missing is Brian Jaques"
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    I love this series and have read the books since I was young. One of the things that I loved about the audiobooks was the Brain Jaques read the stories himself. For some reason he isn't the narrator of this book. If you've listened to other books in this series you'll recognize most of the same actors. Still a wonderful story and well done. I just missed the voice of Brian Jaques

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A forgotten wardrobe becomes the pathway to adventure as four children step into another time and place. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover Narnia, they find talking animals, an evil White Witch, and a majestic lion named Aslan. They also find danger, betrayal, and wonders beyond imagination. This epic audio adaptation has become a favorite of families worldwide.

    Shane says: "Out of this world....through a wardrobe!"
    "Wonderful"
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    A great story to have while your working or doing stuff around the house. I've read these stories since I was a kid and love to be able to listen to them while I'm filing papers at work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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