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AudiobookWorm

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  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (691)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "waste of a credit"
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    Has Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love dystopia, but not this book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was very obnoxious. I read other reviews that said the same beforehand, I should have listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike other books of this genre, the characters do not draw you in. I found it difficult to care what happened to them.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Investigating the Hottie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Juli Alexander
    • Narrated By Rachel Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.

    AudiobookWorm says: "Narration Enhances The Wonderful Story!"
    "Narration Enhances The Wonderful Story!"
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    I'm a big fan of Juli Alexander's work. My favorite thing about her stories, is she creates great female characters who are strong, know who they are, and ultimately great models for young girls to look up too, while still having a fun entertaining plot.

    This book is no exception. Enjoying reading the book, I was delighted to find there was now an audio version of it.

    Listening, made the story even better. The narration brought out the fun loving humor in the book in ways I hadn't thought possible and made the story come alive.

    I highly recommend this book. The story is fun… almost an older Harriet the Spy, going through the trials and tribulations of high school. Rachel Jacobs' narration is fabulous. Perfectly suited for Amanda Peterson.

    I hope to hear more audiobooks from Juli Alexander's collection. It is a wonderful enhancement to her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7512)
    Performance
    (6891)
    Story
    (6961)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Very Disappointing"
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    The first two books in this series were so amazing and exciting, I couldn't wait to read this book.

    It was a major disappointment. It feels as though it doesn't belong in the series, it just happens to have some of the same characters.

    I think one reason why it is so strange is the style of the books changes. In the first two books the story is told from one perspective. In this book it changes to a dual narration. This sort of change doesn't work for a trilogy when the style has already been established.

    It was a hard hard book to get through.

    It didn't have the same intrigue and tension that the other two did.

    Other reviews have said the book was depressing. I don't know if I agree with that. It's fine for a book to be dark especially these dystopian ones.

    Its just boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4648)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2706)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Captivating"
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    A book that you can't stop thinking about once you've finished. If you liked Gone Girl or The Secret History, this would be a good one to add on to your list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it, especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada.

    AudiobookWorm says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Horrible Narration"
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    SO MUCH MOUTH NOISE. You can't concentrate on the story because you hear this person's spit swilling around in your ear.
    Narrator is way too old to be reading the part of an 18 year old girl. It sounds like the character's late middle aged mom or a teacher is reading the story. The language of this teenager sounds absolutely ridiculous.

    Bad production choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8162)
    Performance
    (5617)
    Story
    (5653)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Read it"
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    I loved the book, it's a very different spin on magic. The other reviews definitely have it right there.

    I unfortunately did not like the narration. It took me 4 or 5 tries to start listening to the book because the narration could not bring me in. I think its rare to find a male narrator that can do female voices well. They always sound weak and annoying. Jim Dale, is an example of one who reads very well, and character voices do not bother me. I think a different narrator would have changed the whole experience in a better way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All These Things I've Done

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the 16-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned....

    Samantha says: "Can't wait for the next one"
    "Ridiculous Premise... but enjoyed it nonetheless"
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    I actually purchased this book because I enjoy Ilyana Kadushin's narrations, and she didn't disappoint. She has a voice that is very easy to listen to and she brings you into the story flawlessly. I'd suggest purchasing anything she narrates.

    Despite the fact that chocolate is a banned substance but beer is not...the characters are well rounded, the story is intriguing, it left me wanting more and I was happy to discover that it's a series. It's a very creative look at future of our world and it takes familiar things and twists them in a surprising way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1173)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Divergent meets The Bachelor or ANTM"
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    Fun interesting listen. HUGE cliff hanger at the end. The title of this review very much describes the book. If you liked Matched you'd like this book. It's a little "girlier" than Divergent or Hunger Games, but if you're a fan of the YA dystopian genre you'll enjoy the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wintergirls

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives.Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way - thin, thinner, thinnest - maybe she'll disappear altogether.

    RaisinNut says: "Opens up you heart while breaking it..."
    "Haunting"
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    Laurie Halse Anderson is a phenomenal story teller. I read her book Speak in 1 day, one of her best. This story was intriguing, disturbing, and heartwarming.

    The one thing I didn't like is how they audibly handled what I assume are cross outs in the written from of the book. There are beeps and odd volume adjustments. I think I'd rather hear a vocal change rather than an "editing" change. I think Jeannie Stith could have acted the "cross outs" without the annoying beeps. I personally don't like that directorial? choice. I'm curious to see how other audio productions handle that challenge

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allusive Aftershock

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Griscom
    • Narrated By Rachel Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times! Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because... well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can't quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

    AudiobookWorm says: "Great Story, Great Narration"
    "Great Story, Great Narration"
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    Yes, this is yet another teen book with a female lead with 2 teenage boys to choose from. But this time, we get to hear 2 different perspectives. The girl and one of the guys.
    It's an amusing teen romance. I'd suggest the listen to those who love horses and those looking for a lovely light summer or even school year read.
    Wonderful narration. I prefer female narrators and usually dislike when the narrator voice keeps switching. It was an interesting choice to have the narrator (Rachel Jacobs) reading both the female perspective and the male perspective. There are some very amusing vocal interpretations of some of the characters which made me laugh a loud. In a good way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (575)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Trish says: "Full of Slapstick and Fun!!"
    "A Great Sophie Kinsella Fix"
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    Any additional comments?

    A typical Sophie Kinella book, told this time from different character perspectives. An enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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