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Greg

The Perfect Storm! Audible, a great Audiobooks Reader and an adventure/romance in my little green iPod...

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Teresa says: "Fahrenheit 451 or Celsius 232.778."
    "Had to read this book for middle school"
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    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I don't believe so... I don't think these books are exciting for kids my age.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Grace says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"
    "More Of A Teen Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was recommended as being like, "A Discovery of Witches" or "Outlander" but it's nothing like either. These two book are two of my all time favorites and I'm not sure this book would even be in my top 25. The ending is definitely set up for a #2. I think this book is more for younger readers (teens) than adults...On a more positive note.. the audiobook reader (Alyssa Bresnahan) was GREAT! I thought she did a fabulous job with both male and female characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (201)

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Very Informative!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stolen Innocence the most enjoyable?

    I mostly listen to books for the entertainment value, but this was a heart wrenching true story and had my attention from the beginning.


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

    Neither... but I couldn't wait to find out how she finally got free. I found myself looking up pictures on the internet to learn more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (617)

    With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

    Kestrel says: "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"
    "Descent fast teen read!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe... it's not a bad story, but nothing really exciting either. I wish there would have been the same story with a bit more attention paid to the love story!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The love story between the two main characters... he's in charge of her life and she's in love with him. But there was not enough of a "pay off" in the end.


    Was Magic Study worth the listening time?

    Half and Half... I've heard better and I've heard worse.


    Any additional comments?

    I did finish the series... More of a teen book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

    Paisley says: "Lots of potential..."
    "Marisa Calin (the Narrator is AMAZING)."
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    What could Paula Brackston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The "meat" of this story seems to be retold 3 times with 3 different names. I wish there would have been more to the different stories told about Elizabeth's life. Different endings. It annoyed me that the word Bess was used so many times. I don't know if the book had a different narrator if i would have finished it or not. It was like, she falls in love, he turns out to be Gideon, something bad happens... over and over.


    Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favorite?

    Marisa Calin did excellent voices. She switched between man, woman and young teen with ease. Marisa's accents were fabulous. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and she is definetely in my top 4 favorite readers.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the narrator and cover of the book. I never had that feeling like I couldn't wait to listen to the book again. Although, my mother read it and she enjoyed it. To each their own!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7377)
    Performance
    (4593)
    Story
    (4561)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Diana Gabaldon + Davina Porter = Pure Heaven"
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    What made the experience of listening to Voyager the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the Outlander Series yet, you are in for a treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3152)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    jerry says: "Unabridged!"
    "Diana Gabaldon + Davina Porter = Perfection"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Breath of Snow and Ashes to be better than the print version?

    The Outlander books are written with Scottish and English words. To read them is fun, but to listen to Davina Porter read them is outstanding! Davina Porter brings Diana Gabaldon's amazing characters and books to life! These two women are something special!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter has the most amazing accents, she reads flawlessly. I just can't say enough good things about her!


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't started the Outlander Series... Start! Do yourself a favor and get the audiobook though, it's completely worth the $$!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10482)
    Performance
    (9520)
    Story
    (9537)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Really?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    I can't believe this was a real story. I looked at all reviews and thought i would step out of my comfort zone and try a new type of book... that was a bad idea.


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If there was a follow up book, it needs to be a love story between the two main characters and leave all the flying tentacles and whales alone!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to ask for a refund.

    0 of 0 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
    (5511)
    Performance
    (4938)
    Story
    (4931)

    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"
    "If You LOVE Vampires & Witches"
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    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    History... Romance... Fantasy


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the story moves at a good pace, just enough of each different thing but not enough to overwealm the reader.


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

    I have never heard Jennifer Ikeda's audiobooks before, but she does a phenominal job! I couldn't imagine hearing Matthew and Diana any other way!


    Any additional comments?

    The author uses a lot of homosexual characters. The fact that she kept pointing out the fact that these characters were homosexual seemed forced instead of necessary.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3068)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1968)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Moral Jewel"
    Overall

    These books are like a "romance" version of Twilight with an R rating! A tad "cheesy" but still with a plot! I recommend them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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