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ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 9 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 364 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Whispering Skull: Lockwood & Co., Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Katie Lyons

    In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

    D. Watkins says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    no words for how awesome this book is.
    if you loved Bartemaus, you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"

    the writer obviously trying to have a story with a complicated plot actually made me pretty much work to finish the book.
    the characters were all so similar that it led to confusion. the villain was flat and not very believable as a villain.

    it was meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "The 10th Kingdom retold."

    if you ever saw the 4 episode miniseries 10th've already experienced this book.
    put that in a blender with the 1st season of ABC's 'once upon a time' tv plot for the evil queen.
    THAT is this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "engaging and entertaining"

    I haven't listened to such a good book in a very long time. believable characters and excellent writing mixed with a stellar performance!
    highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

    Dandylion says: "Brand new Daye"
    "really REALLY good"

    This author is amazing and this book didn't disappoint. I got Indexing last month , loved it, and decided to try another by the same author. I think I will continue to listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Childhood classic brought to life"
    Would you listen to Anita again? Why?

    I have listened to it many times already, I would listen to it over and over and over again!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita Is by far my favorite character. Not to say Granny Thompson isn't awesome too. But if you want to compare Anita to any modern character you would be hard pressed to do so. She is unique and fun.

    Which character ??? as performed by Nicola Barber ??? was your favorite?

    Nicola Barber is a really talented actress. I think one of my favorite acted voiced characters would have to be Vortigan. (the cat) the meow she did was absolutely hilarious. Vortigan is a great character in the books, but brought to life by Nicola and made to be absolutely unforgettable.

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

    I always loved this book. I loved it so much as a younger person that the school librarian actually gave me a copy to keep because I had checked it out so often. When I saw Audible had it I just had to get it! I was not disappointed. It is always great for a laugh, or just to make you feel good. The best part, you can put it down for ages and pick it up where you left off and never feel lost.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the works of Hayao Miyazaki you might really enjoy this audio book. It has very much a similar flavor as Howls Moving Castle, The Borrowers, Spirited Away, Totoro, and The Cat Returns. As you listen to it you can in fact almost imagine Hayao Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli producing it as an animated movie feature and it really isn't that far a stretch. It really does take you there.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Surprisingly good, awesome acting."
    If you could sum up The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    A really interesting new twist on an old theme.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the integration of old gods and deities into modern society. It was really interesting seeing this modern world with a twist of 'accepting' gods and demigods as the norm.

    What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

    The performance of Holter Graham was amazing. He really gave the Minotaur life. The way he moo'd and sighed and just existed around those who would take him for granted as the main Character was great.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the moment that moved me the most was when the Minotaur was watching the bull fight and seeing in that the cruelty of humanity. How terrible the race of man is and yet how he longed to be one of them desired nothing more then to fit in with these heartless savages. That they wanted nothing more then to beat down and kill something stronger then themselves in a cheating manner just so they could appear to their fellows a bit more brave.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamdark: Silksinger: Faeries of Dreamdark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell

    Windwitch, the Djinn King's Champion, is on their trail, intent on finding Whisper before the devils do. It's a desperate quest, because if the Azazel should die, the Tapestry of Creation will fail, and all life with it.

    Jennifer says: "Dreamdark: Silksinger worth EVERY penny!"
    "Dreamdark: Silksinger worth EVERY penny!"

    I purchased the 1st Black Bringer book because I had a spare credit and read the reviews. It sparked my interest, I was looking for something different, randomly typed "fairy story" in the search bar...and Black Bringer popped up. I used my spare credit, and WOW...I was actually surprised and QUITE happy. The book was captivating and the characters very well written. I hadn't had a delightful fantasy "romp" like that in a while. So enthralled was I with the first book that I didn't wait for a 'spare' credit...I spent my money on the next book right away! I was NOT dissapointed. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. Do not get me wrong, it may say "teen" in the section, but this story is delightful for all ages. I work in a factory and listen to audio books all day long to get me through the monotony of my job. These books had me skipping through my day! They are positive, up beat, and a REALLY good adventure. Both Narrators do a MARVOLOUS job.
    In Silk Singer especially there is a really emotional scene and you can ACTUALLY hear the narrators voice filled with 'tears'. The emotion is there and the acting and voices are fantastic. It stops becoming an audio book and really become an audio adventure. I recommend this book and it's predecessor for all ages! 5 Stars!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

    eastbayrae says: "The reader is horrid!"
    "Another Salvatore Masterpiece"

    R.A.Salvatore has enchanted readers for 20 + years with his tale of a rouge Dark elf (Drizzt do'Urden and his friends. This book is no different, action packed, exciting, and filled with romance, intreague and epic battle it once more leads the reader on a merry fantastical romp through the forgotten realms. Well written, and epic as always, This book is well worth the listen and definitely one of the best YET. The orc king says a lot about racial politics, war, and how misunderstandings start terrible conflicts. If you like Drizzt this is a definite, if your looking for something new and different from other fantasy worlds this is the best!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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