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  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (487)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Summer Camp for Supernatural Misfits? I AM SO IN!"
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    If you could sum up Born at Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    1. Fun
    2. Light
    3 Mysterious
    Great summer read not too intense. Like a chick-lit with a twist.... Well more than 1 twist!!!


    What other book might you compare Born at Midnight to and why?

    I never read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (I believe) but lots of reviews I read before reading Born at Midnight would compare both books.


    Have you listened to any of Katie Schorr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. But I enjoyed her.
    Though I thought her voice sounded just a little older that Kylie, the main character, but that only bothered me a little.


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

    Yes. I did!! I set the speed on 1.5 so it goes a little faster n went to clean my house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1808)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Cinderella with added parts n missing bolts <3"
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    Would you listen to Cinder again? Why?

    Yes in a few years when I forget the story!!! Cinder was freaking awesome!


    What other book might you compare Cinder to and why?

    Cinder reminds me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis.... They both are set in the future n bring this sci-fi element to the story without it being too much. They r both very well done. Even a person like me that doesn't like sci-fi all that much can enjoy the story without feeling overwhelmed with the futuristic aspects of the book.


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

    Yes, this book kept popping in my head every time I was away from it.

    <3 my Goodreads* book review <3

    To think that I almost ignored this book because to me it was just another over hyped book. A Cinderella retelling could not possibly be as good as pretty much EVERYBODY, that reads it, says it is. I thought... A cyborg-mechanic girl, who lives in a new version of Beijing, has an evil stepmother, two step sisters, round everything with some pretty shady people from the Moon with powers and a deadly virus that is killing humans n cyborgs.... How can that be any good??? HA HA! Little did I know... I was wrong!
    After reading Across the Universe (another sci-fi book I was hesitant about. What can I say? I am a little afraid of the sci-fi genre) earlier this year and loving it. I decided I was going to give Cinder a try. I guess I don't have to say that I am glad I did, right? But I will... I am sooooo freaking happy I gave this book a try. Cinder is one of my top reads this year and maybe top reads of all time!! I was not ready for how AWESOME this book was.
    Cinder was amazing. I really sympathized with her. Though she had many problems, like the way the humans, but specially her stepmother, treated her (to name one.), Cinder didn't seem like a "Debby Downer" character, she just woke up each day and did what she had to do to survive n maintain her so called family. I also loved her struggle with the Prince, she doesn't want to fall for him like all the other girls in the kingdom, at the same time she can't help it. Honestly?! Who could? Talking about the Prince... Kai was very good looking, by the way Cinder describes him, and he was very mature. Kai knows that he has some hard decisions to make, but to me he didn't seem afraid of facing them. I felt like I was reading about a man and not a little boy. And then there was Iko, Cinders little robot, at least I think she was little. Iko's personality n the way she brought out a softer side of Cinder made her a fun character. Im still not sure what is going to happen to her but I am hoping for an Iko comeback at some point!
    Besides loving the characters, the plot took me by surprise. To me there was a perfect dosage of action, romance, evil plots, politics and mystery. It never became too much to understand. Meyer does a great job in explaining her world from the Lunar people with their "today the earth - tomorrow the universe" ways to the hidden secrets of who Cinder really is. I never felt lost or confused, even though there was about a million things going on. I loved the parts that I could find the connection between Cinder and the original Cinderella version and I also loved the parts that made this book unique and different from the original Cinderella. I couldn't pick one favorite moment. This book was filled with them. The one negative thing I have to say about Cinder is that after I finished this book, I got into a horrible reading slump because I was feeling like there was no book that was going to be as good. LOL! I would love to be able to write more about my feelings about Cinder but that would be given too much away! I am sad that the next book isn't mainly about Cinder but I am very excited to see what Marissa Meyer has in store for us!

    Cinder gets a 10 out of 5 from me! <3


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1083)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "Fish-Human-Horse-Head?! Confused?... SO AM I!!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing wrong with the narrator. This story was not for me. Meghan, the main character, would often change her track of thought. She would be in the middle of describing what she was seeing n than jump to thinking about how her life was n how boring she is. I can't describe it.... The story felt choppy, like the author was too excited about showing the readers an amazing world n stumbled all over her words. Needless to say, most of the time, I was freaking confused. Anyways.... I think this would have made a much better movie than a book. It also felt, at times, a little juvenile.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer .... Something totally different from this.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Grim. He was the only character I liked. I only liked him because, to me, he was copied straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Grim was exactly like the Cheshire Cat.


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

    I was disappointed. I had high expectations for this book. At the end it was just an ordinary story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lauren DeStefano
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (196)

    Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

    FanB14 says: "Almost There..."
    "A little strange, but I could not put it down"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wither?

    The most memorable moment to me was the first few pages.... They grabbed me right into the story.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

    I think Cecily was my favorite character. Angela Lin really made her sound like the kinda person she was.


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

    Yes...., I almost did. It was actually 2 sittings on the 1.5 speed. I just needed to find out more and fast. And what can I say? I do loooove the speed option and am kind of addicted to it. LoL


    Any additional comments?

    Linden was just a wuss to me. I really did not like him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound: Vampire Academy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (672)

    After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "The gang is back together"
    "Dimitri or Adrian? Rose n I are simply confused!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Rose.... Oh Rose! I never related to a character so much. I've been taking my time with this book... With this series. It just can't end. Ahhhhhhhhh!!! What can I say? I just don't want it to end. Yeah, yeah this was a slower book than the normal action packed madness of the other books, but that change was nice. I got to fall in love with Adrian a little more n I think his a great guy and a sweet boyfriend. In this book he puts up with a lot of Rose's crap and its kinda sad when she just brushes him off, when he does everything right, but u know as girls n sometimes wanting what we can't have. Dimitri is precisely that person. The more he tells her no.... The more she wants him. That almost makes me feel like Rose is a real person. Yes Adrian, in my opinion, would be a better boyfriend but u can't decide who u love. Her heart belongs to Dimitri, and this book made me c that, before Spirit Bound I was still on the fence just like Rose.
    Another thing I enjoyed was Lisa and Christian. I dont really care for Lisa. she is kinda blend to me, specially compared to Rose, her n Christian together, or should I say apart?....... Their romance..., together or not, the way they tried not to care for one another but couldn't, their i hate u but I still secretly love u ways, it all felt real. I also love Christian, to me, his sort of the male version of Rose. And it's easy to see y Lisa fell for him, with Rose being more than her BFF.
    Like everybody says..... "This series only gets better and better!"
    * * * * * 4.75stars * * * * *

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcrossed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josephine Angelini
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Helen Hamilton has spent her entire 16 years trying to hide how different she is. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood... and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

    Judy says: "First novel of a trilogy?"
    "Kind of a roller coaster ride!!!"
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    Where does Starcrossed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't heard that many audiobooks yet, but I thought this one overall pretty good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about this story is definetly the ROMANCE!!! I really could feel their sexual tension. Some great stuff!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard anything from her before.


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

    I thought some parts were funny n the couple were very romantic. But no crying. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was very similar to Fallen by Lauren Kate. So if u like romance with some story line this is the book for u.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Lauren Ambrose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

    Kelli says: "Well worth the listen!"
    "Imagine a world without stars"
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    Would you listen to Across the Universe again? Why?

    Yes the plot was very creative. And I enjoyed the two narrators.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Across the Universe?

    There was so many but I think I loved all the twists and turns.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Ambrose’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    There were some funny parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first audiobook and my first sci-fi book. idk if it was the narrator or the plot or the world or a combination of all those things but I loved this book. will be checking the next one out soon! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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