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Izi

I read for pleasure and knowledge. I listen to audio books to keep my hands and mind busy. Reading tendencies for travel, adventure, mystery and swashbuckling are coupled with audio tendencies specific sound spectrums in narrators, somewhat limiting the audio shelves.

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  • You Are So Undead to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Stacey
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.

    Penny says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Fun and Easy"
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    This is a fun zombie gore fest/ queen-bee mean girl coming of age story. Its also funny and heartwarming . . . somehow. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Strange things are happening: old friends disappearing, angels (or devils) clambering on the fire escapes of New York City. But for Pearl, Moz, and Zahler, all that matters is the band. As the city reels under a mysterious epidemic, the three combine their talents with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractured mind can glimpse the coming darkness. Will their music stave off the end? Or summon it?

    Izi says: "Love this book"
    "Love this book"
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    This is the first Westerfeld novel to which I have listened. I found it rollicking fun and an excellent escapist romance (in the chivalric sense of the word). From a distance, the premise is simple (music is the staff of life), but the presentation is complex (societal collapse). The author weaves plague, vampire, and scientific mythology throughout the story, along with his apparent love of guitar driven music. In fact, one of the aspects of the book which was most enjoyable was the character's interaction with music, and how the drastic changes to the environment around them (a plague, city abandonment, military rule) effected their relationship to each other and the music. They protagonists are teenagers, and somewhat lack in empathy and awareness. Nonetheless, they are compelling in their various reasons for being where they when their world changes. Another aspect which made the novel enjoyable was the use of place as a character. Authors and filmmakers love to destroy New York City. This novel was able to do so with gritty aplomb without a major natural disaster.

    The narrators characterize each individual very well. They are able to make each one shine as it's own individual entity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (234)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Enjoyed the narrator"
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    This book is a favorite guilty pleasure. It is part of the earlier Valdemar series and one of, or the, first of the ones depicting Queen Seleney's reign. The novel is a world builder, not bogged down in repetition that clogs the storytelling in this series. Familiarity makes it extra important to enjoy the reading. This narrator speaks in the cadences of the Northeast US. She bites the words and rounds the vowels in such a way that it may be disturbing to people who don't clip their words or rapidly tattoo a sentence. However, to me, it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience, as these are the tones of home. Many times I felt she was feeling compassionate and warm in her characterization. Overall, this audiobook will remain on the rainy day shelf.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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