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Malia Nash

Malia Nash

Hawaii | Member Since 2010

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  • 41 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 393 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.

    Donna says: "Be Warned!"
    "One of the few books"
    Overall

    that grabs my attention and KEEPS it. The time just goes by too quickly and I'm left trying to figure out when the next one is coming out...and can I wait?

    My only complaint is I heard the movie version will have an adults playing Tom and Alice...NO, NO, NO!

    This series was recommended to me by someone who thought it better than the Potter books--and I agree.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8723)
    Performance
    (7980)
    Story
    (8066)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "They should have fired the editor"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better ending and a much better adherence to the story. A major inconsistency reared its ugly head and should have been caught.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Nope


    What does Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think they were fine; I just didn't like what they were reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    They really should have fired the editor who should have said; "ah Veronica, there is no way that Tobias could NOT be Divergent. Did we forget the shot that was given precisely to weed out normal from Divergent? It wasn't just his ability to keep his fears to four that made him Divergent. Tobias DID NOT turn zombie. I get that you need some reason to have Tobias throw his lot with the normal people, but this ain't it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of the Seventh Son: The Last Apprentice, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    He's the seventh son of a seventh son. He's the only one who can stop the greatest evil. Tom Ward, the Spook's last apprentice, has everything he needs to vanquish the Fiend, once and for all: the three blades recovered from the dark, the gifts from his witch mother, and the skills he's learned from Master Gregory. And Alice, the one he loves most, is willing to sacrifice herself to fulfill the spell. Or is she? Racing against time, all of Tom's old allies - and old enemies - return. They will clash in a final battle more epic than any he has fought before.

    Rickie says: ""What The Frak""
    "Fitting end to a great series"
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    This is the Harry Potter for grown ups. A series so good I've tried buying new releases from England (who gets it first). One of the first thing the cover of the book advises is to "not read it after dark". That advice makes me smile because this describes the series perfectly. It is so fun creepy, that you never want the book(s) to end.

    In this the 13th and last book, it was wonderful that Tom shed the old issues and people and paves the way for a new series. A new apprentice that is the 7th DAUGHTER of a 7th DAUGHTER. How cool is that?

    There are some that lament the lost of Alice to the dark; but I for one was getting tired of the inner fighting of Alice's soul. I mean, enough already. I even got bored with old Gregory's preaching.

    This was a book that had Tom finally grow up. He understood his role and came to appreciate his powers without being torn between Alice's and Gregory's vision of his place in future events.

    Tom is ready to move on--and so am I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2485)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "If you like instant justice, you'll love this"
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    Would you listen to The Target again? Why?

    I HATE stories that make you wait for justice; it encourages me to skip chapters. This had evil torture but almost instant "get you back", cool. LOVE that kind of stuff.


    What other book might you compare The Target to and why?

    I'm not sure there is another book that has 3 bad a$$ people that no one should mess with. So very cool.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    The North Korean Assassin. Hands down. I kept wanting more chapters on just her.


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

    Oh yeah. absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1627)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Could have been cool"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. It started slow, picked up, then the ending was like really stupid.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    This had a truly horrible, silly ending. The "What??" kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hacking; always wish I could do that. (For fun, not illegally, lol)


    Did Missing You inspire you to do anything?

    Try to stick to my rule, if the story doesn't grab you in the first chapter, dump it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "Truly messed up plot"
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    What disappointed you about Joshua?

    I have never been one for torture and I hate unfairness. This was an extremely unfair book, with no redemption or satisfaction for the reader.


    What was most disappointing about John S. Wilson’s story?

    First rule of creative writing: make the reader care about the characters. Second rule: don't make your readers angry. Third rule: If you must make your readers angry, give them satisfaction. Wilson succeeded with the first, bombed with the last two.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The county fair.


    What character would you cut from Joshua?

    Michael.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had written the man's reply to the woman who was trying to defend Michael, I would have said this: Laws and rules are there for the SURVIVAL of society. I stole so that Joshua and I could survive. Michael told me I had broken the rule of trespassing but that I had been forgiven because of the circumstances and yet even though he knew why we stole, he punished me for a crime that I had committed out there were there was no society and where he had no jurisdiction over. And while I'm at it, where did you guys get YOUR food and guns? Your medical equipment? Did you buy it from the government or did you just take it?

    I am leaving because of Joshua, because one day he is going to break a rule that someone decides needs punishing. I need Joshua to learn and understand rules that don't change on a whim of whomever is in power.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "An overused storyline"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who read the first 2 and didn't mind an ending with no surprises.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She should have worked on a better ending, something that hadn't been done a thousand times before. I would have also liked a real connection between the 3 ladies and their burdens.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    Suitable, easy switch between female and male tones.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pagan Stone?

    Everything between Gage and Cybil. There was just nothing between them or from them to reader. I found the whole thing boring and if I had not invested time with the first 2 books I wouldn't have continued on to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The pairing of men to women was rather silly and so predictable. I really wished they all could have remained friends with love blooming slowly and with great reluctance. Perhaps if they had changed attractions between couples between books and back again or one loving but the other not returning that love. I don't know, something that would make the whole couple thing more realistic.

    I also wished Nora would have taken a page out of other horror talents. Ever notice how most successful books begin with children doing ordinary things? It is a trick authors to get the reader to recognize and accept the world being shown so when the scary stuff happens, the reader believes.

    Nora started right but STOPPED right after the big bang. If she had taken the story to weeks after the first incident so that the reader would get into it and root for the boys and then jump to the first 7 years when it was starting all over again. THEN jump another 14 years, the reader would have been invested in the storyline.

    Going back and "telling" what happened seems like it happened to someone other than the boys and the reader no longer has a vested interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2819)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2387)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "A good idea that didn't quite deliver"
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    The biggest problem I had with this book was that I was expecting Shep to be the equalizer and get the bad guys back, a sort of "now you're gonna find out what fear is". Instead Michael didn't really seem to need him.

    And the whole reason behind the terror was kind of lame and unbelievable.

    But I liked the going back in time and how the relationship with Shep came into being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (358)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Good characterization"
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    I loved the characters as children; true to nature of boys of 10, yet not stereotypical. I didn't care for how there just happens to be one gal for each guy when they got older nor that it took 21 years for them to get serious relationships.

    Some parts dragged on far longer than it should have, but in all, it was fairly good reading. I am buying the rest of the set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban family, headed off to college next year with hopes and dreams. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst. Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who investigates.

    Malia Nash says: "Caught me"
    "Caught me"
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    I truly hated/loved this book. It was the first mystery I can remember where I just had to skip to the end to find out who did what, when and how. I loved everyone even the so called pedophile which I KNEW was innocent--right? I rooted for the broken hearted father who killed the bad guy because the guy was a pedophile and we all hate pedophiles, but then I thought what if the guy was set up and was not a pedophile, so maybe the vigilante didn't really kill him--huh? I was on the side of the cheesy tabloid "reporter" whose "caught ya" journalism I hate in real life.

    By the fifth chapter, I HAD to stop and check out the end to confirm that my values had not changed--and the bad guys really was good and how and why they pulled it off.

    Doing so ruined the book for me because I just couldn't go back and subject myself to more disorientating emotions toward people that if they knew what I knew wouldn't act the way they do...even though I knew that they were acting perfectly normal for the information they had at the section of the book.

    Confusing, yeah, now you know how I felt.

    One of the truly best mysteries for someone who ALWAYS knows who done it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2622)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "His worst yet"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???


    28 of 39 people found this review helpful

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