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JDill

AR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Through the Ever Night: Under the Never Sky, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (331)

    It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

    Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

    Katheryne says: "Way beyond my expectations! Amazing sequel"
    "Lukewarm"
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    I read book one a while ago and just felt lukewarm about it. There was nothing that I couldnt stand. The realms were interesting and some of the ideas but the story never had me sucked in so much that I "couldnt put it down". I feel the same way about book 2. Overall listening while driving was enough to entertain me but it wasnt something that I was dying to get back to every time I was in the vehicle. I wouldnt say dont read it but I would say dont expect a riveting story. Its a good in-between book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reboot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amy Tintera
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now 17 years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies says: "Heart-racing, action packed - I'm ready for more!"
    "Maybe a boy would like this gory book?"
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    This was way too much fight/kill/shoot/beat the crap out of for me. Maybe a guy would enjoy it more? I found myself bored through the story. It took me about 3 weeks to finally finish. I liked the idea of the book but it never seemed to draw me in. Not girly enough I guess.

    0 of 1 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
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1106)

    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"
    "Maybe if you are a Harry Potter fan?"
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    I got of my typical genre for this one. I typically stick to dystopian. This reminded me of what I would expect listening to a Harry Potter audio. The voice was at time awful. Her "child" voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I'm sure its hard to do several voices of mythical creatures but it was just annoying to me. The book was mediocre. I finished it because I paid for it but I wouldnt recommend it, Maybe reading it instead of listening to it would be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jordana Frankel
    • Narrated By Merritt Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Set in a futuristic New York City after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, The Ward is the story of 16-year-old Renata Dane, a daredevil champion racer who will risk everything she has to take care of her sick foster sister, Aven. Ren's sister is suffering from the Blight, an incurable, deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution. The disease is ripping through the Ward - formerly known as downtown Manhattan - and since the region is home to the poor and the vagrant, little is being done to help the sick.

    JDill says: "It was just OK for me"
    "It was just OK for me"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt from the beginning I was thrown in not really understanding several things. It was like the author created a word but forgot to describe the things in it properly


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I welcomed it? I usually dread an ending because it means the end of a good book. This one I was ready for it to be over. I guess I never felt overly connected with the characters.


    What three words best describe Merritt Hicks’s voice?

    Fitting for the story


    Any additional comments?

    The twist didnt feel very surprising, the characters werent engaging. It was compared to Divergent in another review which is why I picked it. I didnt see any simulations. Its not worth an audible credit. Maybe if you can get it for a few bucks on kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graffiti Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cath Crowley
    • Narrated By Ben Maclaine, Hamish R. Johnson, Chelsea Bruland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere - spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night - and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city.

    Tabitha says: "Beautiful, Romantic Story & Excellent Narration!"
    "Great easy listen. If you like Art especially"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I love that it was read by 3 different readers. I would prefer that over a guy imitating a girls voice and sounding like Mrs. Doubtfire. Poets voice is my favorite. It was so smooth. I almost wish his voice was Shadow. There were times I wasnt sure that it sounded like an Aussie accent but its probably just me. Maybe I dont realy know what an Australian accent sounds like outside of Crocodile Dundee. The book was a great easy listen. The descriptions of glass blowing and the descriptions of the graffiti were interesting. I love the characters and their perception of each situation. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (588)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Norma says: "Great Listen!!"
    "Team Darkling"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I'm actually listening to it a second time. The reader does a wonderful job with the voices and accents. Leigh Bardugo is amazing. I cant wait for the next in the series. I love the Darkling. He is the ultimate bad boy. It makes for an interesting love triangle. All the characters are interesting. I love the description of the lavish parties at the castle. It was a book I thought about after finishing it which is always a good sign.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (666)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    KK says: "Loved it right up until the end"
    "Great Sequel minus the gay relationship."
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    I had this book on pre-order on Amazon but somehow I could listen to it on Audible before it was released. Sweet! Anyways it was a very enjoyable sequel. I enjoyed the equal mix of action and love story. June is a level-headed, intelligent girl who is easy to cheer for. Day is like a dystopian Robin Hood. The thing that irritated me about the book was that Marie Lu chose to add a gay side story in. I was very disappointed by that decision. Thats why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. I dont agree with add that into YA fiction and in no way enhanced the story. I hope she gets more negative responses for that decision and chooses to leave it out of the third book which I look forward to reading.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Deviants: The Dust Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maureen McGowan
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The end of the world has come and gone. The Earth is buried in asteroid dust that mutates human DNA, and 16-year-old orphan Glory and her brother are among those affected. Glory’s got a secret: once she loses control of her emotions, the intensity of her gaze can kill. If her Deviant ability is discovered, she’ll be expunged - kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal dust covering the planet.

    JDill says: "I'm hooked"
    "I'm hooked"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was recommended to me since I love Divergent. It said the two were alike. I see some similarities. Sometimes I got annoyed at the impulsiveness of Glory. Its played off like she is protecting her brother but really it just seems stupid and irresponsible. Not a typical response. I do love the way the bad boy was portrayed he kept me hooked. It seems they are getting more popular (Divergent, Shadow & Bone, Shatter Me). That appeals more to me than the perfect good boy lead male. I will be looking forward to the next book in the Dust Series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rootless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Chris Howard
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Seventeen-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using salvaged scrap metal, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree - they were destroyed more than a century ago - his missing father used to tell him stories about the Old World. Everything changes when Banyan meets a mysterious woman with a strange tattoo-a map to the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return.

    J-Mac says: "Original, Compelling and Action-packed"
    "Two different Authors?"
    Overall
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    The book in the beginning didnt feel like the same book at the end. Not because it had evolved but because it just went in a totally weird direction. Thinking back on the entire book it felt like such a long book and not in a good way. I did enjoy the correlation {I believe} between Monsanto (the agriculture business in the United States) and GenTech. Thats something that could very well happen and its worth writing and reading about. The other aspects of the story didnt entertain me. I will not be reading the next book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (810)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Jess Russell says: "Good story, but SO OVER DRAMATIC."
    "Wasnt sure at first but got into it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend who was interested in dystopian and enjoyed a book that deals with some physiological issues. In some ways it reminded me of Divergent in that way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shatter Me?

    The moment that stands out the most is when she says "I'm not insane" 250 times. I hate that that moment stands out the most, it was so annoying listening to it in audio format.


    What three words best describe Kate Simses’s voice?

    I'm not a huge fan. She does a great guys deep voice but her kid voices are like nails on a chalkboard. It was worse in "Matched". I was disappointed when I realized she was going to be the reader but I'm getting use to her.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started out a little slow and depressing. I wasnt sure what to expect. Then towards the end it really started getting me involved. Then reading the middle book that is from Warners perspective made me really get into it and almost makes me want to go back and listen to book 1 again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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