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Mila

piedmont , CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 219 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sea of Trolls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nancy Farmer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In the year 793, siblings Jack and Lucy are captured by fearsome Vikings with a thirst for battle and pillaging. Taken to the court of Ivar the Boneless, Jack and Lucy are sent on a perilous journey - full of dragons and giant spiders - deep into the magical kingdom of the trolls!

    Holly says: "Engaging fantasy at its best"
    "Fun read"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Sea of Trolls?

    My son really liked this book, so I decided to give it a listen. I liked it well enough to go on to books two and three. Three is the most complex in terms of character, but that is also because the protagonists are older in that book. It's a strong series by a very creative author. Fun for young and old
    alike.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Scorpion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nancy Farmer
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    When El Patrón dies at the age of 146,14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.

    Allison says: "Don't let the back dissuade you!"
    "Ambitious, complex, and satisfying"
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    Story
    Where does The House of the Scorpion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a superb young adult novel that is a fun read for adult adults too. The narrator is wonderful, not surprising I guess since he is a Tony Award nominee. I was fully absorbed in this novel from the beginning. The dystopian world is fresh, and as the plot unfolds, new dimensions reveal themselves. I highly recommend this book!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (475)

    It is 1758, and the flames of the Seven Years' War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history. Blending war, family secrets, and forbidden love, Gabaldon crafts a suspenseful novel that loyal fans and newcomers alike with find irresistible.

    Dina says: "A Vital Link"
    "Diana Gabaldon gets better and better"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. Even having read An Echo In The Bone, I hadn't experienced Lord John as a fully realized character. Here, he is complex, commanding, sexy and sexual, and the narrator is fantastic. My only complaint was with the plot complexities, which left me baffled at the end. I couldn't remember who some characters were, and didn't understand their motivations. I also didn't care about the storyline involving John's father much. I was far more interested in Percy and John. Really liked Jamie's cameos and John's perspective on Hellwater and Geneva, which were far different than Jamie's in the Outlander series. In my opinion, the Outlander series has gotten better and better as the books have continued, with the characters gaining depth and shadows. This Lord John tome adds to the mix. Gabaldon has created a world I love dipping into vicariously!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8815)
    Performance
    (5484)
    Story
    (5508)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Really entertaining"
    Overall

    A wonderful, escape with a great reader. My only complaint, perhaps, is that Jamie is undeveloped as a character. He is perfect and strong throughout, and would be more interesting if he had foibles. Still, the book is an awful lot of fun. Davina Porter is my favorite reader. This series is pure entertainment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Villa

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (443)

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "Terrible reader"
    Overall

    This book isn't marvelously written, as one can tell by the stilted dialogue, which feels anything but real or conversational. My main complaint is with the truly terrible reader. Her voice is both too mature for any of the characters (she sounds as if she's sixty, and is reading the lines of 20-somethings), and she has no feel for the acting side of her job. At times, her inflections are so off-base one loses the sense of what she is reading. She just makes all the dialogue melodramatic and false. And she reads the male voices with angry or curt monotones. As a result, Tyler is just unlikable, a negative whiner, and David loses the humor Nora Roberts attempted to give his character. Pilar sounds completely phony...I'm sorry, I'm 51 and I sound younger and peppier than this 48 year-old! Skip it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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