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Jenni

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  • Rapture in Death: In Death, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1105)

    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

    MARCIA says: "GOING BACK TO #4 AFTER LISTENING TO MOST RECENT"
    "Not Eve's most exciting case, but enjoyable still"
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    Eve Dallas is now officially married to the handsome Rourke, but despite a pleasant honeymoon, Dallas doesn't know how to tear herself away from work. This latest case actually starts during that honeymoon, and she becomes involved in investigating a series of suspicious suicides.

    I enjoy this series because of the psyche of the characters. There is a bit of that as Eve continues to evaluate who she is and how her past has affected her. For example, during this book, Eve offers up her first unsolicited "I love you" to Rourke, and it's a touching moment. The case itself is a bit odd and seemed pretty transparent to me, although it lead to a hilarious situation with two virtual reality lovers. I mostly enjoyed the story because I'm committed to the series already.

    I have read a few of these books, and this is the second I listened to. I'm disappointed in the narration now that a new character, Peabody, has been introduced. The narrator sounds so cartoonish in her dialogue as this character. It was incredibly distracting and I was disappointed to learn that Susan Erickson does all the narration for the series. It makes me think twice about going audible with any more of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11884)
    Performance
    (10894)
    Story
    (10955)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Beautiful, perfect and beautiful"
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    I have never read a book by John Green before, but had friends highly recommend him as an author. I decided to take the plunge with this audiobook. I was so impressed and so pleased. The narrator was excellent at revealing the heart of the main character, as well as her wonderfully sarcastic teenage voice. I laughed a lot, cried a lot, and was taken in by the mystery of this book. I honestly think, if you haven't read anything by John Green, check this book out and you will become a fan. It may be for young adults, but the story is beautiful and relatable for any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (996)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Not like any other romance out there"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Covet to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read this, only listened to it. However, Eric Dove was an excellent narrator. His voice is deep and soothing to listen to. I actually looked up other books narrated by him, which is something I never do. In truth, I found that the story got a bit long and I probably would have skipped ahead or lost interest as a reader. As an audiobook, it definitely kept my attention a bit more.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I recognize that this is the beginning of a series, so there is a lot of setup. My recommendation would be to space out some of the stuff that establishes the series. It doesn't all have to happen in one book!


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    His voice is soothing, deep, sincere and easy to follow. He changes voices for different speakers in a way that is believable and adds to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Redemption can come in unexpected packages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11817)
    Performance
    (10697)
    Story
    (10792)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Read Divergent and then get this immediately"
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    Insurgent is book two of the Divergent series. It starts almost immediately where it left off, in a dystopian world on the cusp of revolution.

    I loved Divergent and Insurgent did not disappoint. Emma Galvin narrates in a heartfelt, believable way. She is able to convey the aspects of Trice that are overly mature as well as less mature. The characters are complex, the action is intense, and mysteries are slowly revealed. There is alway something new to experience when listening to this book. The third isn't out yet, so I now find myself twiddling my thumbs in anticipation.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22671)
    Performance
    (14045)
    Story
    (14191)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Well-performed refresher of a classic"
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    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Poor young Ender!


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    It isn't really a fair comparison, but I could compare it to Hunger Games in a few ways. The fact that the characters are children is a really important factor.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is actually Colonol Graff. He is dynamic wih lots of sides to his personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One boy's fate is connected to the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually audiobooks with multiple casts distract me. This was the most seamless and well-performed multi-cast production I've seen. I read Ender's Game long ago and this was a great way to experience the story again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9985)
    Performance
    (7456)
    Story
    (7497)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "I'm so interested in parts of this..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the length of the book. Some people probably really get into the world that gets established and want to know who begot whom and what everyone's personal history is. I'm not one of those people. So that got long (if it weren't audio I'm sure I would have skipped a lot of paragraphs!) There are also many characters. Often I didn't realize that I should have gotten more invested in a character until suddenly he or she is a big deal and then I can't remember what I was supposed to know about that person.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Harkness? Why or why not?

    I really am interested in knowing what happens in certain parts of the series and halfheartedly would like to continue on, but my gosh it's just so long and so involved that I don't want to put my brain through that anytime soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene in the library, when both main characters were sitting silently at different tables and the tension was obviously building!


    Could you see A Discovery of Witches being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this happening, especially since there are so many throwbacks from True Blood or Twilight throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17972)
    Performance
    (16258)
    Story
    (16386)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Gives other YA adventures a run for their money"
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    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the pace of the story and felt like it slowly developed all the complexities of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt that it did a great job of looking at the emotional and mental aspects of the main character, while still keeping action and mystery going throughout. It was really good at keeping your attention!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin did really great with the internal dialogue of the character. She was a good choice in terms of the voices fitting the mood and the story. It took a bit to get used to her though, because she sometimes sounded like she was smacking her lips while speaking.


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

    I did cry at times during this story. I also often got very angry at situations and characters. I found myself talking to them while driving in my car listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish more people knew about this series. I recommend it a lot but I think there are people who have been burned by the pop culture of Hunger Games and Twilight. I think this goes deeper into the characters though and really look forward to the rest of the books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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