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Melissa

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  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3866)
    Story
    (3867)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Now with more Oberon"
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    So, you know how you wait and wait for a book to come out, only to be slammed with the realization that you now want the next book even more than the one you just finished? Yeah. That.

    I've enjoyed this series immensely, everything from the fresh characters and interesting plot to the epic narration. (yes, epic) This installment takes Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon on a run for their lives as Artemis and Diana seek revenge in typical Hearne style. And all the while, Loki and Hel are working up a good Ragnarok (the burning of the world) in the background. Granuaile is not my favorite character, so I wasn't in love with the fact that she has her own first person chapters in this book, but it was nicely done and I got used to it pretty fast. Oberon, however, is one of my all time favorite characters, so I was thrilled he got to come along in this adventure. He was actually a huge player this time, and though I was right there with everyone else yelling "more Oberon," when I listened, I was seriously worried that too much of a sidekick, comic relief (and let's face it - dog) character would be too much and ruin it for me. But that wasn't the case, because all I found myself doing was laughing. I can honestly see how an Oberon led short would work now. (hint, hint)

    This series gets better and better. Had I any doubts about continuing the series, the epilogue would have crushed them, promising nothing but awesomeness for the next round.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (572)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "One of my favorite series"
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    I listened to this book straight through, which is probably a little unhealthy. I loved it, as I did the rest of the series, but I'm not going to do a full review because there are a few things I just haven't processed yet (I'm looking at you, last two hours). I will say that these stories have given me chills, literally, like no other books I've read. The narration is flawless, or possibly some fictional word that surpasses it. Khristine Hvam is going on my all-time favorites narrator list.

    If you haven't read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, do it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night of Cake & Puppets

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her "rabid fairy," her "voodoo eyes" are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or "Violin Boy," her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself!

    Amy says: "Rabid Fairy + Violin Boy = Magic"
    "A treat."
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    Night of Cake & Puppets is a dreamy, adorable short chronicling the first night of Zuzana & Mik's romance, which only makes me more impatient for the next book. The narration is perfect, as always, and the story is charming and fun. While you could probably enjoy this without having read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I can only recommend devouring the entire series in its proper order.

    Five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2749)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "A light, funny read, as always."
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    This Audible freebie is a fun little Christmas tale centering on Gigi that includes all your favorite Half Moon Hollow characters. I normally don't enjoy holiday shorts, but this isn't your average season-themed special. This is Molly Harper, who always manages to include some form of hi-jinks, minor disaster, untimely nudity, and a random possum or two. In this edition, Gigi comes home from college to see her newly turned vampire sister for the first time, and Iris is determined to throw a traditional "human" Christmas for her. The entire crew is called in for support, so expect a good helping of Jane's snark, Jolene's appetite, and Dick's T-shirt humor. I will say that this is a short, and as such will only leave you wanting more of Gigi's story.

    As always, Amanda Ronconi nails the characters with a perfect performance. Five stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1262)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Exceptional."
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    Ender's Game was one of my first audiobooks and I'll admit, I was a little attached to it. So I was equal parts excited and nervous to hear this new take on the story. First, let me just say that I'm one of those people who abhor sound effects in my audio. I will shut a book off and walk away. Forever. So when I read "audioplay" I was skeptical. But the effects here were perfectly done: the whoosh of a door (sci-fi doors do that) to let you know when someone is entering or exiting a room, the echo of a large space, and music between scenes or to indicate time passing. Not once did I cringe. And I truly enjoyed the way the "play" was performed, each character given their own voice by an amazing cast of talented narrators (some of whom you may remember from the older editions) seamlessly moving from scene to scene.

    Whether you're a fan of the original or new to the series, Ender's Game Alive is a wonderful way to experience the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (706)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Rhythm and Bluegrass"
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    Molly Harper is one of my favorite authors. Though the titles in the Bluegrass series don't have people staring at me because I'm snort-laughing and wiping tears from the corner of my eyes like the Naked Werewolf books do, they are still authentic Molly Harper and are wonderfully light, funny, and entertaining.

    Rhythm and Bluegrass follows Kentucky Tourism Commission's Bonnie Turkle as she tries to salvage historical treasures from a once famous music hall that's scheduled to be demolished (and replaced with a factory site that might just save the town). Mud Creek mayor/volunteer fireman/occasional damsel-in-distress rescuer Will McBride doesn't have much love for the music hall and what it's meant for his family, but he still doesn't mind Bonnie ... until she registers it as a historical site and halts not only the negotiations of the new factory, but also the hope of recovery for his entire town.

    The story is peppered with the main character's love of history, wonderfully crafted "locals," and Harper's trademark wit, not to mention a satisfying dose of romance. You don't need to read My Bluegrass Baby first in order to enjoy Rhythm and Bluegrass, but I do recommend reading both. And everything else Molly Harper writes. I'm just saying.

    P.S. Amanda Ronconi is INCREDIBLE.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Thieves: Raven Cycle Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (392)

    Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

    FanB14 says: "Expanded Characters in Raven Boys Book 2"
    "I took Chainsaw out of my dreams ..."
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    The Dream Thieves is the second book of The Raven Cycle series (following The Raven Boys).

    In the last lines of book one Ronan says, "I guess now would be a good time to tell you. I took Chainsaw out of my dreams." It was a great teaser, and book two completely fulfills the WTF that statement left us with. You might think you don't want to read about Ronan, but he ends up being a surprisingly great character, alternately fire/danger and the boy who was crippled by the idea of this strange power and the events of his youth. I love that he's conflicted in all senses - and I love that his dreams and nightmares reveal more than he'd ever let on. There's a particular scene that gets so intense, you can almost feel him on that edge. And even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, if I'm honest, I'm in this for the story of Blue and Gansey. Fortunately, though the main plot focus is Ronan and the dreams, the story does include all of the other characters. Stiefvater's writing is beautiful and haunting and so incredibly interesting that sometimes I want to stop to write some of it down. The characters move forward seamlessly and develop subtly and then, quite suddenly, you realize that Blue and Gansey are in love (I don't really think that's a spoiler, right?) or that Adam is heading toward something great and terrible, or some such spoiler-type thing. This book didn't really "end" for me, but I'm so ready for the next in the series I don't think I mind.

    Will Patton narrates.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12153)
    Performance
    (8977)
    Story
    (8977)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Solid Start"
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    I liked it. Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire who turns detective when a damsel in distress and a brutal murder cross his desk while his rent is past due. Already under probation, Harry's seat-of-the-pants investigative work gets him into more trouble than he can handle, even with the help of a few fairies and a skull named Bob. Read by James Marsters of Buffy fame, this is a quick and easy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5961)
    Performance
    (5411)
    Story
    (5426)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Cool fun."
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    I think I could listen to Bronson Pinchot read the phone book. I particularly enjoyed his performance of the character Faye, who seems to take over the story despite the synopsis focusing on the main character and tough guy, Jake. But this book repeatedly surprised me, in the best way. It was nothing I expected, creating its own ninjas and zombies and zinging one-liners from nowhere. Hard Magic is an excellent read. It was just plain fun, and I think I could recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy or action or ... books. Five stars. I'm already downloading the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4449)
    Performance
    (2602)
    Story
    (2602)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Flawless Narration"
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    Matterhorn is so completely not in my "usual" genre. But I like to read out of my comfort zone every now and then and when I see reviews like Tour de Force, I'll take the chance. It's a longer novel and I listened over the course of several weeks, but I was always glad when I returned to it from whatever paranormal fantasy I'd been reading in between.

    Clearly it's a war story, but the characters were what made it for me. Bronson Pinchot was absolutely amazing, somehow able to master more characters than I can count, and every single one brilliantly done. This is possibly the best performance I've heard. Ever. Between that and some great writing, I think I could recommend this story anyone and they wouldn't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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