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cmclien

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  • Faefever: Fever, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1627)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (893)

    On a quest to find her sister's killer, Mac is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it. What Mac soon discovers is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing: as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

    cmclien says: "Wow!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    Thats all I can say about this 3rd installment in the Fever books. I love this series. A little romance but mainly suspense and intrigue. Many more questions were answered in this book but not enough and I suppose my only complaint would be the major cliff hanger at the end. Now I will have to wait for the fourth book to be published hopefully sometime in 2009 to find out what happens to Mac (and others). It will be a long wait!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1128)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    S. Csorna says: "Listen to this now!"
    "Have a box of Kleenex handy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, well first of all I love the style of Jodi Picoult's writing and the research she puts into them. Also, I love the thoughtfulness of topics. The first book I read of hers was "My Sisters Keeper" probably my all time favorite. Her endings ALWAYS surprise me. A tragically sad story but worth listening to I thought.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably everything I learned about Elephants which I did not know. Her research really showed and she says in an interview that the stories were based on the real life stories of the elephants at the sanctuary in Tennessee. Also she spent time in Botswana learning about elephants in the wild. The story itself was also good and I liked how it in a way was approached from opposite of what I expected. The stories of loss of the elephants paralleled the loss of the mother and daughter, Alice and Jena.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know if I've listened to any of them before. Some people complained about Alice's performance because they felt it was read to slow. I think this was on purpose giving her chapters a sorrowful, heavy, melancholic feel as she described the lives of the elephants. I also really liked Jena's performance and did not find her whiny at all like some others.


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

    She is one of those writers who always surprises me and her books almost always make me cry. I cried alot in this book, mostly about the elephants and their own stories. Also the ending which I only half guessed really got me and I had to walk away from my headphones until I could handle the story later on in the day and not walk into work crying!


    Any additional comments?

    I am donating to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and also to the anti-poaching movement that is going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3989)
    Performance
    (3460)
    Story
    (3497)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Great first book...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really enjoyed this book and the story line was different from anything that I have ever read. I would not compare it to The Hunger Games at all as some others have other than they are both dystopian trilogys, the former is one of my all time favorite reads (listens?) of all time. I wish there were more answers at the end as really nothing is answered here and so on to book 2 I go ha ha

    I know Mark Deakins is a great narrator but I have to admit I had a REALLY hard time listening to his middle age voice for a teen voice, it wasn't even close. It left me feeling like I was being read to instead of feeling like the character was speaking to me which is how most good narrators make me feel. It improved a little by the end of the book because I probably, finally got used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2055)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1797)

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "Where are the answers???"
    Overall
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    Story

    Ok, I know its a trilogy but I feel like all I did with this book was run across a desert and learn nothing really. Of course this will make me download the 3rd book which is now in my cart....I'm really hoping it clears up the many questions I have or I will be so disappointed.

    The book did have not stop action and was faster paced than the first book. I can't say I like one more than the other as I liked them both and they were hard to put down. Mark Deakins is a good narrator but I just can't get past him and his voice for teenagers. It distracted me in the first book, was a little better in the 2nd book probably because I just got used to it ha ha. He does do a good job differentiating the characters with his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20914)
    Performance
    (18753)
    Story
    (18820)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "So disappointed in the ending...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved, loved, loved this story. The first I've listened in quite awhile that had me listening every spare moment I could and would go get on the treadmill just so I could hear more. Storyline was fantastic, characters complex though dark, loved the twists and turns, couldn't wait to get to the end. The ending for me was SO DISAPPOINTING, which is why I gave it one star less. I was hoping for something big and not where it went. It just fizzled out and I was hoping for something good, a gotcha of sorts.
    The narrators were both engrossing to listen to and really made the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8493)
    Performance
    (4923)
    Story
    (4980)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Better than Enders Game"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    To be honest I'm more of a fantasy than a science fiction fan. I loved this second audio book and it had less of the sci-fi feel to it which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preference. I could hardly put it down and would would listen to it for hours a day. I liked Enders Game a lot and gave it 5 stars but this book touched me more. It was captivating to me and I thought the questions posed about human kind and alien kind were of a deeper nature in this book. I'm sad the story ended and I will be thinking a lot about it in the days to come.
    I can see why this was the book Orson Scott Card intended to write and only wrote Enders Game so he could write this one.
    I liked the narration though I agree that the weird musical note inserts felt oddly placed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (28331)
    Performance
    (22065)
    Story
    (22286)

    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....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Bittersweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't know what to expect from some of the negative reviews so I tried to prepare myself for the worst. This may have proved to be my favorite book perhaps because of the inner turmoil the characters go through. Yes, it was dark, sad and bittersweet. But it was realistic I thought in how it portrayed war and the moral lines that get crossed. If you are looking for a happy story, this isn't it, but it is a great story. Not everything in war is black and white and this last segment of the trilogy had a lot of irony in it.

    I thought the ending did get tied up nicely and I was happy there was an epilogue which I thought to be a realistic and bittersweet ending to the story.

    I thought Carolyn McCormick did an outstanding job in all the books but especially in this book with the emotional turmoil that runs throughout.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1216)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Rollercoaster ride"
    Overall

    Alls I can say is OMG. I think I walked around with my mouth hanging open half the time while listening to this book because of all the twists, turns, and unexpected events. I went back to the beginning and started with Book 1 and then each book in succession until Shadowfever. It was so excellent hearing the story unfold back to back. Very satisfying. All the questions are answered.

    This book will make NO sense if you haven't read or listened to the first 4 books. A couple people have complained that she whined alot in this book and yes in the beginning she does but you have to take it in context knowing what happened in the previous 4 books.

    This is by far my all time favorite series. The Sookie Stackhouse series would be my 2nd all time favorite series. I am sad to be leaving it and have NO idea what to listen to next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Mine: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1288)

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    Patsy G. says: "MMMMM WOW..."
    "Another great book, just not my favorite BDB book."
    Overall

    This was a good story about John and Zhex. I have to be honest, I was a bit turned off by the homosexual line that ran throughout this book. It just left me with a "ick" feeling. A few of the books have hinted in this way but this one was way too out there for me anyways. Other then that I enjoyed the story line and as always J.R. Ward puts out a great story.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Light My Fire: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    Katie MacAlister, best-selling author of paranormal romantic comedies, ignites a devilishly lusty story with Light My Fire. The gorgeous Aisling Grey, introduced in You Slay Me, juggles being a demon lord, a Guardian, and a wyvern's mate all at once - though not always successfully. Recently relocated to London, Aisling and her doggie demon sidekick, Jim, are eager for a fresh start. Drake the hunky dragon, however, has other plans for her.

    Deb says: "Hot and sexy but where's the rest of the series?"
    "Aisling is definitely in trouble this time"
    Overall

    I do really enjoy these books. In this 3rd Aisling Grey book she really gets herself into some hot water and I wonder how she will remedy this. In each book things seem to get worse and worse and this book is no exception. The romance scenes don't do much for me in this series and I fast forward through them. I'm not sure if its the narrator whom I actually like or the scenes themselves though there weren't many in this book. I am hoping in the 4th and final book some things get wrapped up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Enjoyed this book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this listen and plan on downloading the next book. Its a little cheesy here and there but I still liked it quite a bit. I liked the narrator though others are right you can hear her swallow here and there. Any decent editor should be able to get rid of that! Usually I am working out when I'm listening so I didn't hear it much and it didn't bother me but it is there. I thought other then the swallowing bit she had a good voice and it was clear between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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