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Kimberly

Cardiff, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bearers of the Black Staff

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (466)

    Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.

    gardener97 says: "hard time finishing"
    "Will not be reading book number 2"
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    My first introduction to Terry Brooks and I was underwhelmed. The characters were likable but forgetful. Also, this first book fails as a standalone read; so unless you're willing to commit yourself to the series, I would not recommend this listen. The narrator was fine, but unspectacular. Overall, while the listen was fine I would not recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1776)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "Interesting but depressing"
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    This book was an interesting concept- real world people becoming magicians, getting bored with life and seeking happiness and purpose. But my god was it depressing. Also, while generally well read, it drove me a little crazy that the reader pronounces the h in wh words(really reminded me of family guy discussion between Brian and stewie re: wheat thins )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (874)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Another good one"
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    While karou's naïveté gets a little annoying, overall this was another captivating story. I was especially impressed with the story as a second book. Didn't feel like a "middle" and had a well- conceived plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1636)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Great story"
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    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While not the best writing/prose, the story was interesting and fun. Well read too. Overall I would highly recommend if you are looking for an entertaining story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7619)
    Performance
    (5835)
    Story
    (5853)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Loved it so much I bought it in hardback!"
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    This was the best book I've read or listened to in a very long time. The author does a simply phenomenal job of making the reader fall in love with words again through both a beautiful story and perfectly descriptive writing. The author conserves his words, and in doing so is better able to use them than any work I can remember. He also somehow manages to create characters so real and beautiful, I was moved to tears at the end.

    The reader also does a fantastic job giving life to Himmel street, despite his role as death. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

    An aside: it turns out this book is in the teen section of the book store if you're like me and keep favorite books in old fashioned paper. However if you think teen and twilight or hunger games, this book couldn't be any farther down the spectrum, and has won awards for excellence in young adult literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17214)
    Performance
    (15293)
    Story
    (15246)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Felt like running a marathon...LONG and SLOW"
    Overall
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    First, Craig Wasson was an amazing narrator. His range of character voices is astounding, even if I didn't love his voice for Jake/ George, the main character, as it seemed a bit old.

    That said, this book felt endless. I have enjoyed several 30-40 hour plus books on audible but with this one, I found myself repeatedly saying, "Oh my god, how many hours do I have left? Is it ever going to end?" The story could have been about half the length. The story follows the time travels of Jake/ George for five years, culminating in 1963... It felt like 5 years of audiobook.

    To me, the problem was that for those 5 years of audiobook, not much happened. Jake/ George met people and developed friendships. Every once in a while the "obdurate past" a phrase I will probably hate but remember for a good long time, stepped in and something happened, but the scale was wholly unbalanced for the amount of activity compared to the amount of downtime.

    I did finally make it to the end, and remained disappointed. Even the wrap up took about 4 hours... and then was followed by an afterword by Stephen King about writing the book that was 20 mins. If you want to know what the changed future is like, I think that only comprises the last hour of this 30 hr book.

    Huge disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (595)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    Ted says: "Flat,Dull, Sophomoric, Absurd... Unlikable"
    "Had to try it..."
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    After years of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar novels I had to try this, even though I haven't loved since they switched readers from Jonathan Marosz, and since the plots and writing have inevitably declined. Not a bad purchase, but I did not like the fact that while it stands alone it definitely benefits from having read the Myron-based novel as well. Also, while "Mickey" is not "Myron" the kid says some things that no child today would ever utter. And background facts are randomly strewn about to fit the plot, making it all seem a bit forced and written under a deadline.

    Nevertheless, the mystery element of the book was fine, the characters were likable, and it was well-read and enjoyable. So 3.3-3.5 stars. If you like Harlan Coben, you'll like this (not love it) but listen to it anyway :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3967)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2678)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Not bad but forgettable"
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    I enjoyed this book but was not wowed by either the story or performance. Overall it was a mediocre, run of the mill fantasy story with a decent performance.

    If you're looking for somewhere to spend your credits there's much better out there. Try "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss for a good (and lengthy) epic fantasy novel (though the finale isn't completed yet), or anything by Brandon Sanderson or Neil Gaiman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (931)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Insightful, witty, creative, laugh out loud funny!"
    Overall
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    Rob Reid writes a witty and clever novel with Year Zero which is well performed by John Hodgman. This book caused me laugh out loud moments, lots of smiles, and an eagerness to get in my car and make the drive to work. It was also quite insightful, in that, after finishing the book, I'm pretty sure it's a true and accurate factual depiction of at least Microsoft* and lawyers :) If you're looking for something light-hearted and enjoyable that still retains great writing, a plot, characters with some depth (and some shallowness), and a lot of witty banter, take a listen. You won't be disappointed!

    *Note: Word crashed on me while I was 5 minutes from project completion the day I finished this book. Listen and you'll understand why this was AMAZING, proves this book to be entirely factual, yet was nonetheless hairpullingly frustrating.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1063)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "I don't know what all the fuss is about"
    Overall
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    While Justin Halpern's dad is funny and seems like quite a fantastic parent, I just don't know what all the fuss was about with this book. It's just not that funny to me; seems like normal witty banter between family members.

    With regards to narration, I felt that Sean Schemmel dropped the ball a bit. The delivery worked in most places, but there were some stumbles. Overall, I'm not sad to reach the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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