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KathyDB

KathyDB

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  • Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (633)

    When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina, was just the beginning.... In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times best-selling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners will witness Link's heart-racing transformation.

    KathyDB says: "Awesome story, but way to short"
    "Awesome story, but way to short"
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    What did you like best about Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story? What did you like least?

    The story is awesome. The story occurs between "Beautiful Darkness" and "Beautiful Chaos". A true Casters fan will definitely want to hear it, but don't spend a whole credit on it. Pay the $3.29 instead. Although it says it is 3:23:40 long, the actual story is only 1:15:30 The rest of the time is the first three chapters of "Beautiful Chaos".


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (707)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Needed a younger narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe in print, but not audio.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The itself was good and the ending worked everything out.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Someone with a younger sounding voice. The girl in the story was 15 and since she was telling the whole story, it needed a much younger sounding narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kim Wilkins
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Berlin in autumn: Christine Starlight lives in an artists' colony with her lover Jude, whose patience and beauty have eased her battle with chronic pain. But Christine begins to be haunted by childhood recollections of a little girl's disappearance and the flapping of a blackbird's wings. Then her world is rocked by the return of a childhood friend... Mayfridh rules over a land where a wolf is the queen's counsellor, fate turns on the fall of an autumn leaf and mortals feel no pain.

    KathyDB says: "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
    "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Wilkins and/or Richard Aspel?

    Yes, but never another book with this narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Emotion where there was none called for. He gave a lot (a lot) of words an "er" ending which were not "er" words.


    Do you think Autumn Castle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think the story was complete.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was wonderful. I liked the characters, I liked the way it flowed, but the narration is one of the worst I've ever heard. I would like to listen again, but with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (2384)
    Story
    (2385)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Best Zombie book ever."
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    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melody


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    Voice was perfect for the story.


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

    Yes, I did not want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Best Zombie book EVER, but I hope it is a stand alone. A series would just dilute the awesomeness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1338)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Dumb"
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    What would have made Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye better?

    For the main character to not be so stupid and self centered. The scene in the restaurant where she met Dutch is just dumb.


    Has Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read other books in this genre and they are much better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was ok.


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

    I was disappointed because the book started out pretty good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Off Dead: Lily Harper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Betsy Hogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it. Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be. First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.)

    Beatrice says: "Better Off Dead"
    "No!"
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    What disappointed you about Better Off Dead?

    The first part of the book was great. It was an interesting story. I liked the main character and then the guardian angel showed up. Crude, rude, nasty, foul language and on and on every time he said anything.Some of that in a novel is ok and it adds a needed element to the story, but enough is enough and this had WAY too much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Better Off Dead?

    I would have totally cut the guardian angel from the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish this one and will not continue with the series. I've read or listened to other books by this author and enjoyed them. This one was just not worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl of Nightmares: Anna Dressed in Blood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kendare Blake
    • Narrated By August Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live - not walk around half dead, pining for her. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare with the dead girl he fell in love with. Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong....

    Alysia says: "Not as Good as Book One"
    "Good story"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration for the most part was good. A few of the voices (Tom) is not really that good, but most are ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much use of the "F" word and other profanity for a young adult novel. As usual, it was unnecessary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1233)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Audiobook Addict says: "Starts off a Great Series"
    "Great story and a good start to a new series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Number Four to be better than the print version?

    The print might have been a bit better because most of the voices were not too good. They were not hideously bad, just not that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henri, he was the only one that didn't do stupid 15 year old things. Not to say that the 15 year olds were not in character because they were, they did exactly what a bunch of 15 year olds would do.


    Did Neil Kaplan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did really well on the main 2 or 3 characters, but the others were aweful. The adults other than Henri were especially bad. Sam's voice could have been a lot better. The girls voices were weak.


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

    Toward the end, after the bad guys caught up with them, it was hard to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I did not think the narration was that great, I will continue the series and probably on Audible. In other words, it was not so bad that I could not stand it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (277)

    She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Cat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Cat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the city streets: a shadowy madman without mercy or apparent motive. The police are sceptical. The mayor won't listen. And Cat's chief suspect is one of the city's most prominent citizens.

    Debbie Woodruff says: "You Should Know..."
    "Just not great"
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    Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I might read another book by Tess Gerritsen, but I don't think I'd listen to another narrated by Susan Ericksen.


    What was most disappointing about Tess Gerritsen’s story?

    The narrator was just not that good. There was not enough difference in the voices and I often got confused on who was speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was just ok. The main character seemed to have a big chip on her shoulder that clouded her common sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "Typical"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin McKinley? Why or why not?

    I normally love Robin McKinley books and yes I will try others, but I wish she would stick to regular fantasy with knights and dragons and not do vampire stories. It seemed to be just another teen vampire book and that is getting borrrrring.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I would have liked it better with a different narrator. I doubt I would have purchased the book at all had I seen who was narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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