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Young Professional

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  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6533)
    Performance
    (5915)
    Story
    (5916)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "If Atticus is Real, Give Him My Number"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus is so likable and I do like Granuaile's zest for life and learning.


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

    I listened to the other books and was pleasantly surprised I have other books waiting for me in my library that he narrates.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7370)
    Performance
    (6603)
    Story
    (6615)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "The Continuation of a Really Bad Couple of Weeks"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hexed the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy how the author weaves lore in with modern day so it takes superstitions or old beliefs and forms them into a sensible story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9529)
    Performance
    (8493)
    Story
    (8468)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "A Truly Enjoyable and Likable Story"
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I truly enjoyed the story, writing style, and narration. All together they make for one likable Druid.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels does a wonderful job doing voices, including voicing Atticus' thoughts.


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

    This book made me laugh. I love the concept of a nerdy Druid and someone so ancient being so agreeable and modern day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1704)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Weakest Story and Narration To Date"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    I find it very distracting that there is little continuity between the narrations of this series in regards to pronounciations. I thought Ed Westwick did a good job and Molly C. Quinn gave it a valiant go to do accents, but it was ultimately very distracting.


    Do you think City of Fallen Angels needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I will keep listening to the series, I find it to be an interesting concept.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2375)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1709)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "Terrific Imagery"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't believe the narration aids the storytelling, but still better than having to read it on my own!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the plot twists this book held and enjoyed traveling with our beloved characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2589)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1889)

    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.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Very good but left us with even more questions"
    "Solid Continuation of the Series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Ashes to be better than the print version?

    I found Natalie Moore to be better than Ari Graynor, but compared to other audio book recordings I still feel it is someone reading, not someone telling the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3947)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2855)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "YA Series with Rich History and Realm Development"
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    What didn’t you like about Ari Graynor’s performance?

    I like Ari Graynor as an actress, but she merely read the book instead of performing it. At times when there was mass dialogue I had trouble discerning who was talking when and when it switched between characters. I got used to her voice halfway through (and when I checked to see if Book 2 had a different narrator) and didn't mind / thought she got better by the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (1965)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1259)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "Powerful Insight"
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    Any additional comments?

    What I like about Jim Collins' books is that they are research projects and he is delivering findings and insight. He is not trying to sell you services, he is delivering information he is deeply passionate and involved with.

    Narration from Jim Collins was incredible with his delivery and emphasis. It felt like I was in a powerful seminar all in the comforts of my office, car, and home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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"
    "A Good "Listen" Even If You're Over 16"
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    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time with this narrator and he did a great job voicing all of the characters and giving the big names their own voices where they were immediately recognizable even if they hadn't appeared in a few hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of the book prior to seeing the trailer and while I've joked with friends that it's like Twilight, it's not. While the plot centers on Lena and Ethan it isn't purely about them trying to figure life out around who they are as a couple and both are very developed and vulnerable.

    I love the other rich characters in this book that also provides insight on the two main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sean Covey
    • Narrated By Sean Covey
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    An insightful new work from the multimillion-copy best-selling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization, based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies. It unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.

    William says: "Excellent information"
    "Whirlwind of Execution"
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    Would you listen to The 4 Disciplines of Execution again? Why?

    Yes, this has valuable information of how to execute key strategies on a small scale (departmental) and large scale (company / brand) basis which is invaluable. They talk about the strategy practically so that anyone who works in a team environment can see the value of the scoreboard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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