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cmclien

Illinois | Member Since 2006

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  • 42 reviews
  • 208 ratings
  • 296 titles in library
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  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2129)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Mishel says: "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    I liked the second installment in The Mortal Instruments trilogy I think better then the first. Lots of action, twists and turns as Jace and Clarey try to stop Valentine. Can't wait to listen to the third.

    2 of 3 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
    (18270)
    Performance
    (16303)
    Story
    (16355)

    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
    (8270)
    Performance
    (4730)
    Story
    (4786)

    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
    (27597)
    Performance
    (21399)
    Story
    (21607)

    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
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1181)

    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
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1247)

    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
    (380)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    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
    (606)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (344)

    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
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1361)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Jodi Picoult never disappoints"
    Overall

    Like all her books, this one did not disappoint. I love the layout of the way she writes giving each persons perspective as the story moves on. The audio was really well done with 4 or 5 different narrators. Yes, I had it figured out early on but I think maybe she meant it that way? She gave a big hint early on. Maybe it wasn't about whodunnit, but more about why they dunnit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1968)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "Great books"
    Overall

    This is the 4th book in the Mercy Thompson series and it didn't disappoint. I love the narrator Lorelei King and unfolding story from book to book. This was as good as all the rest but there is more that happens with her relationship with Stephen the vampire. Her relationship with Adam grows too as Mercy finally learns to rely on someone else. We find out more about her walker abilities in this book. These books are non-stop action from beginning to end and I really enjoy them. But audible where is book #5??? Where is Silver Borne?

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Kissed: Mercy Thompson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1841)

    When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

    Deborah says: "Iron Kissed"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    Another fantastic Mercy Thompson book! When Mercy's friend Z gets arrested for murder she does everything she can to find out who the real murderer is but this time gets herself in even deeper then usual and gets hurt physically and spiritually. Mercy finally comes to a decision between Samuel and Adam and who she really wants to be with long term. I love how these books are non stop from beginning to end. I actually really like the narrator Lorelei King. I don't find her breathy like some listeners and really enjoy her as Mercy. Maybe if I had read the books first I would feel differently. This is the 3rd Mercy Thompson book so if you haven't read them yet you definitely need to start with Moon Called the 1st book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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