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  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (692)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "WORTH IT"
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    I bought this book on a whim when it went on sale. It looked interesting, but not so interesting I started it right away. In fact I probably held on to it for 6 months before I ran out of another series and gave it a shot. That was a huge mistake, by far one of the best series I've listened to/read. Once I started this book I could not stop. I'm normally one who needs to stop and listen to a different book in the middle of a series because I get bored with the plot line, not so far with this one.

    Katherine Kellgren is amazing, they could not have picked a better narrator. She sings the songs and her voice lends so much life to this book series. I think she really adds a whole extra dimension to the books.

    To sum it up (TL;DR):
    BUY IT!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "She is a Master Storyteller"
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    I am in love with this book. The author did an amazing job of character development I felt like I knew them all personally. I was enraptured with the unfolding of the story and the internal turmoil of each character.

    This is not a wasted credit.

    The narrators did a beautiful job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9669)
    Performance
    (8863)
    Story
    (8916)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "I Pretty Much Bawled For the Last 2 Hours"
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    I could not put this book down. I saw so many good reviews I had to give this book a try, and I am so glad I did. I was entralled, this is one of those books you stay in your car long after you've arrived just to hear a few more minutes.

    As the title said, this book is a serious tear jerker. Keep the tissues close once you get near the end. I really wish the author went on a little bit longer. I did not want it to end, and I really wanted to know what happened to the characters after the story ended - which seems like a cruel joke from the author.

    Also the last 15 minutes of the recording is an interview with the author. I wish I would have known so I could have planned accordingly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1266)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "...Wait...What?"
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    I waited for this book to come out and was extremely interested in where it would go. It did not dissapoint, there is a serious adventure in this book. The book started right where the previous book left off, so there is no catching up to do, unless you need a refresher from the old book.

    My biggest complaint for the book is that the last hour left me confused. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me thinking I missed something and a lot of "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!"

    There is a lot of time traveling in this book and it can get a little confusing at times. So don't zone out for part of it or you may miss important details.

    Narrators were all spot on. No complaints from me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1065)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "High Hopes Left Me Disappointed"
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    I had really high hopes for this book. I am a big fan of YA Dystopian novels, and I'd heard this book was really one of the important ones in the genre.

    I felt like the beginning of this book was really good, I liked where it was going, it had an interesting setting...but about 3/4 through it felt like the author gave up and just wanted it to end. It left way too many loose ends, and just sort of ended.

    I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, but he did not bother me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4548)
    Performance
    (4167)
    Story
    (4189)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Wonderful Series"
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    I seriously love this series. But I suppose if I am writing a review for the 5th book in the series that goes without saying.

    I found this book to be reminiscent of book three. That is to say, it isn't my favorite in the series. But it is interesting nonetheless. It was very political and a lot of games were being played. Who was betraying who, who was in league with who? Although some things left me frustrated and confused...like why didn't he just take conventional methods to get to places he wanted to go, like a car or plane. It also left a lot of things unresolved.

    I hope the next book ties up some loose ends. But it was an interesting listen all the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

    Eileen says: "A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co."
    "...Continuing on..."
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    I took a bit of a break from this series because I was a tad afraid to pick it up based on the other reviews. Now that book 10 is out I decided to give it a try.

    As others have said this is a transitional tale, Jacky has a few escapades abroad and then is back in London to clear her name. Once again surviving only due to her friends and relationships that she has built over the last few books.

    Unlike the other reviewers, I enjoyed this book and thought it worth my time. The adventures back in London got a bit slow as she just seemed to enjoy playing around with her flirts, and nothing really ever happened. Then it ended on an odd note, so I look forward to starting book 10!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Pony

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Lawrence
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In The Winter Pony, Iain Lawrence pens the mesmerizing tale of a young white Siberian pony who escapes a group of cruel masters only to enter the company of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott. Joining Scott’s men and their race to the South Pole, the pony is soon given a name, James Pigg, as he and the rest embark on a thrilling race to reach the bottom of the world - a race in which not everyone will survive.

    Deanna says: "Not For Sensitive Audiences"
    "Not For Sensitive Audiences"
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    May contain slight spoilers

    I probably should have researched this book a bit better before diving in. While I really enjoyed the story itself, and found it quite interesting I was not prepared for the amount of death and killing of ponies involved.

    This is a novel based on a real event, a particularly disastrous one; it is the story of an adventure to the south pole, two teams racing to have the glory of being the first man there. One man took dogs the other dogs and ponies. This was written from the point of view of a pony named James Pigg, first from his birth and all the way to his death and the many things that happened to him, primarily in the Arctic wasteland of the most southerly contenent .

    If you are sensitive about real accounts of animals and people dying or being shot to death, you may wish to consider researching the non-fiction story and then deciding whether this would be a good book for you. While I learened a lot from this book and found the story to be fun, it does not have a happy ending.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (470)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
    "Powerful"
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    I think the synopsis gives a fine explanation of the book itself as far as what it is about, so I will touch on the emotional impact this book had on me.

    I had to read this in my 8th grade history class, now I don't know if I wasn't mature enough then, or I skimmed too much of this book, but I did not get nearly the depth out of this book as I did as an adult and in audio format.

    This is one of those books that when it is finished you need to sit in silence for a while just to absorb everything. It is deep, powerful and moving. It certainly gave me a whole new perspective of veterans, especially those who were on the front lines and I maybe grasped a bit better why some come back and do not wish to speak of their time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1089)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A Tale of War"
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    This book was a step out of my comfort zone, not something I would have picked up on my own. I was prompted to listen to Code Name Verity by an online book club, and I am glad I did.

    Pay attention during this book, there are so many small details you will miss that come back later if you don't listen. I think if I were to listen to it again I would find so many things I missed the first time around.

    My husband did not expect to like this book, nor did I to be honest, but we were both wrong. The book was only rated by 16 people when I picked it up, so while the reviews were very good I still had my reservations. It held both our attentions and the little details that were part of the parallel story were like hidden Easter eggs in the book to be found.

    As a side note: You may need tissues.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1033)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Never a Straight Thought"
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    I wasn't fond of this book. While the premise was interesting, and you really feel for each character as they tell their side of the story, what really got to me was the never ending flashbacks, and the flashbacks were not even told in any order one might be from 5 years ago, the next 10, the follow will be from a year ago. I don't mind a few flash backs in a story, or a story that is told purely through the flashback, but I have issues with stories not being linear. Every small movement forward forced a 30 minute flashback. It just took its toll on me. I want to know what happened next, not get bogged down in what happened 10 years ago that influenced the characters' perception today.

    I know there are huge Jodi Picoult fans out there, but this book alone convinced me that her writing style is just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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