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Marcelle

Goonellabah, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • The Twelve: Book Two of The Passage Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.

    Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick.

    Marcelle says: "'Viral' post-apocalyptic adventure #2."
    "'Viral' post-apocalyptic adventure #2."
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    At the end of reading 'The Passage', part one of Justin Cronin's triology, there was no doubt that I would immediately buy 'The Twelve' and I was not disappointed. The Twelve picks up where The Passage left of and continues the adventure at the same pace and excitement as the first book. This time the story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, or more accurately, a satisfying resting point, while setting the scene for the finale, 'The City of Mirrors'. I'm waiting impatiently...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (94)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    A User says: "Tops"
    "'Viral' post-apocalyptic adventure."
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    For a book to get five stars from me, it'd have to be good. So far in my audiobook journey, 'The Passage' and it's sequel, 'Twelve' come the closest. Not a vampire story as such (thank goodness), but the fresh and innovative take on the vampire myth is compelling. While the character development is a bit hollow and predictive I really enjoyed this action packed adventure. Don't however, read The Passage unless you also plan to read the sequel Twelve. The Passage does not conclude at all, but leaves off in the middle of the story. Twelve is just as good as The Passage and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion but with hints as to how the story will continue in the third book 'The City of Mirrors' - can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2669)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "This is no Swan Song"
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    I picked this book because I so enjoyed another of Robert McCammon's books, Swan Song. While it held enough of my interest for me to finish it, it was a definite let down as I was expecting the character development and suspense that I experienced in Swan Song. What kept my interest was the historical setting, but apart from that the story and characters were just OK. I don't think I'll be bothering with any of the other books in the Matthew Corbett series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3218)
    Performance
    (2805)
    Story
    (2849)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Loved it, but..."
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    I loved this book, couldn't put it down. Post-apocalyptic stories are perhaps my favourite genre, particularly long, sweeping stories like this one. I fell in love with the characters right away, held my breath for them, laughed and cried with them. I finished listening to Swan Song over a month ago now and have listened to two other novels since, but I still find myself reflecting on Sister, Josh, Swan and the others from time to time.

    But? But... disappointingly the plot has some serious problems. So as not to be a spoiler, I'll just say that some of the very well developed threads in the story seem to fizzle out without explanation.

    Nonetheless, while these problems definitely weakened my enjoyment of the book leaving me feeling somewhat unsatisfied by the conclusion, I still highly recommend Swan Song for those who love this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Ho hum, somewhat tedious"
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    For some reason, this book was highly recommended to me but I found the story tedious, the characters hollow and the unfolding story unsatisfying. Most frustrating was my expectation that the book would actually be about 'the girl with the dragon tattoo', but her story is presented like an aside to the main narrative which is pretty much all about pompous men & their money (yawn). To add insult to injury, the girl's story, which has the potential to be really mysterious and interesting, is left undeveloped. Perhaps her story is further developed in the 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' and 'The Girl Who Played with Fire', but I won't be reading them to find out. This unnecessary detail-heavy style of writing is just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.

    Ada says: "highly recommended"
    "The Da Vinci Code does not dissapoint"
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    I'd been wanting to read the Da Vinci Code for a long time and after all the hype, was not disappointed. Jeff Harding does a first-class job of reading this expertly woven tale by Dan Brown. Like Angels and Demons, history, theology, mystery and suspense make The Da Vinci Code a compelling listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6404)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (2007)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Read this before you read the Da Vinci Code"
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    This was my first audio book and at my daughter's recommendation, I read this before the Da Vinci code. I'm really glad I did as it provided the background and context. This book has all the ingredients of a great read: mystery, history, well developed characters, romance, suspense and perhaps most importantly, a fast-past, heart-thumping and satisfying conclusion. A great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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