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Ruth

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  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17615)
    Performance
    (15966)
    Story
    (16056)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    John says: "Thank goodness - finally"
    "It's Worth the Read....My Preciousssss!"
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    Ok, here we are at Book 2 of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy! New readers beware that the characters from Fellowship of the Ring have split up and moved on to fulfill their own parts of a save Middle Earth campaign that will lead to the great climax of the Return of the King. If you haven't read this book before, beware of the ending and don't tear out your hair. Just remember you don't have to wait until the next book comes out. It is already here! So calm down My Preciousssss and get ready to meet more cool Middle Earth characters that make the journey more interesting. Being a horse-freak and a lover of trees at heart I was especially fond of the Riders of Rohan and the Ents. Faramir is also an unexpected highlight in this book...unless you have read it before like me. This is a good read and is kid friendly for about age 8 and up.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (50388)
    Performance
    (45547)
    Story
    (45346)

    As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

    Erin says: "I'm so sad it's over!!"
    "The best ending to my favorite series!"
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    Better than the movies by far. So satisfying! Harry Potter is the best!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That Glitters: Stavin DragonBlessed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Loren K. Jones
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    This is the story of Stavin Kel'Aniston. A boy trained as a warrior, he serves his people as a caravan guard to obtain gold for their community. Stavin earned dragon-scale armor from the dragon on the mountain for his bravery, but the gift of the dragon comes at a price. Thieves, brigands, and ne'er-do-wells of every kind are attracted to Stavin. As the summer passes, Stavin fights for his life and the honor of his name.

    Mike Morrow says: "I've always loved this book."
    "Great beginning but what happened to the climax?"
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    I loved the first 1 1/2 hours. We were listening in the car with my teens, one 16 one 13. We were fine until the character got married and his hand reached between her legs. Off went the book and we were all disappointed. That part in the book is very mild but we felt it inappropriate to continue. I finished it to write this.

    The book reads like a fairy tale. I have no idea regarding trees or how things looked. There is so much description left out. However, the character belongs to a war-like polite society? Talk about weird! Then the book turns into a travel log about how many men were killed, how many honors were awarded because of that, and what plunder and gold they got. There were several things mentioned that I thought might have given the character development, but no. I thought there might have been a climax at least, but no. They went home and bought presents for their wives. The only real description was about how they killed each man. One mention of that would be enough, but no..... they had to relive their kill in gory detail.

    I did not like this book and will return it. I don't want my teens to hear it. So sad with such a great start.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Dragon: First Book of The Evertide

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Todd Lockwood
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (705)

    Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon - one of the rare and mythical High Dragons - makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.

    Allison says: "5 star plotline, 2 star main character"
    "Bleh. Lots of potential wasted"
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    I will say first that I adore fantasy. I adore dragons and this had some great moments. I liked the main character and Loved her dragon. The book was clean.

    My real beef with this book is with the plot. In really great fantasy you see the evil, know that your main character is going to have to defeat it. It will foreshadow and there will be the development of skills or abilities that you can see might be able to assist the character in accomplishing that goal. Sometimes there is a love interest. I had to force myself to finish this book.

    This book tried to pit 2 religions against each other. Two I didn't care about. Two that had gods that didn't help their followers. One had really bad priests. My children and I had some great discussions about religions over this book. All of those plot points mentioned in the above paragraph are missing in this book. I don't know why the gov is being stupid. I don't know if the cool thing that happened to the main character is important? Why would an ancient religion exist in any form if it didn't give help and substance to its followers. It wouldn't. Love interests extinguished. I just have no idea where the author was even going.

    Also there is almost no magic in this book. Dragons without magic are just cool-looking beasts.

    The first part of the book was pretty good but the last part stunk. The whole thing was very violent which I can tolerate
    if you see an overall arching goal or some hope or light at the end of the tunnel. As far as I can see there is no hope. No real light-hearted happy parts to offset the misery.

    Ugh. I am done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Camron Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1492)

    Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

    Kari says: "5 Star Worthy"
    "Amazing tale of Love, Loss, Miracles & Reunions"
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    I thought this story was just so compelling I could hardly put it down. I could hardly wait to get back to the story.

    Simon Vance is a brilliant narrator and did a flawless job of navigating all the accents amazingly.

    I knew from ads that the main character found his family again, but I could just never imagine how it would all happen. I have seen the question on reviews sometimes: Was this a book you wanted to listen to in one sitting. The overwhelming answer to this question is YES!! When I had to go back to work it was a burden and I could hardly get back to it quickly enough. I bought it on the Kindle and Audible and switched back and forth so I could finish it more quickly and still be with others. I avoided co-workers to keep the story going through lunch. I so enjoyed it.

    I wish such wonderful endings for all lost children or parents with lost children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (33620)
    Performance
    (30851)
    Story
    (30822)

    When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

    Gretchen SLP says: "The Threat From Within"
    "Favorite book in the series."
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    This book is totally worth it just for all of the times Harry manages to infuriate Severus Snape

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5786)
    Performance
    (5247)
    Story
    (5244)

    In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    kathleen says: "An Electrifying Continuation"
    "Awesome fun!"
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    This book was a great third installment to the ongoing saga of The Lunar Chronicles.

    I don't generally like science fiction, but these books are great. I like fantasy adventures and this one has a fairytale theme. Some really important things happened in this one that advanced the overall story. My daughter recommended these books to me and I avoided them for months. I finally started telling myself that I could always stop if I didn't like it. Now I'm anxiously awaiting book 4.

    These books are very clean. You can share them with a teen or your mom. I think they are very well-done. I have been pleased, surprised, enthralled, and very entertained. Well worth my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longing for Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sarah M. Eden
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
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    Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper - despite her Irish roots. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on ash is housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk.

    Sheila says: "A sweet love story."
    "A wonderful Historical Romance with a cliff-hanger"
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    This is a new series for Sarah Eden and a great love story about a town with wonderful characters. I cared about the characters so much in this story. You ache over the losses of the 3 main characters, Tavish, Katie and Joseph. They have all been through personal tragedies and have come out scarred. They each have secrets and a desire for a mended life. Their little town on the frontier has its difficulties. It is a very well-written love triangle. I will say that you have to have the 2nd book to know who she ends up with but the second book is written and available. Ms. Eden's books are so good, all of them, that I buy them the first week they are out and pay full-price. Not only that, but I purchase them in audio, for kindle and in paperback. Most of them are friends I will read again and again. She writes clean romances which is an absolute rarity. This is clean and with only a mention or two of prayer or Church.

    Combine the fiery Irish tempers with the calming influence of an arbitor, as well as love for land and country and severe prejudice and you have a story of the old west and passionate story of a frontier town. Add to that a sweet Irish lass terrified of children, with an influential east coast businessman turned farmer with 2 children needing care, and a handsome Irishman farmer trying to win the only girl that's caught his eye since his love died years ago and you have a poignant, sweet and joyous story of the old west. These characters are so well-drawn that you love and care for them immediately.

    If you haven't read any of Sarah Eden's books before, start here. In her series she will take peripheral characters from the one book and make them major characters in her next book with glances at the original characters from the previous books. You might want to look for The Kiss of a Stranger or Seeking Persephone. Both are award winning books and excellent. My sister is reading some of these books for the first time and loves them. My father picked up Seeking Persephone, it was something my sister brought to read, and read it through. He really enjoyed it. Sarah Eden is an excellent author all the way around. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sorceress: Spirals of Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    A mysterious force has separated Kayleigh Reese and her battle unicorn Majherri, who now find themselves on opposite sides of a war, each fighting to survive without the other. For Majherri, the unicorn is now controlled by his deranged first rider, and must find a way to free her mind in the hopes of bringing the woman back to the light. Majherri is forced to pick and choose his battles, both physical and mental, if he is to succeed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Change in Narrator"
    "Just finished and WOW!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sorceress to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Don't know. Have only read it in audible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite new character is Ashlyn Thomas. Favorite older characters are either Kayleigh or Majherri. Love them. Ashlynn is so bizarre she brings some lighter moments to what was a book with some really dark patches. Nasty villains can be so annoying!!


    Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time with this reader and I liked her a lot better than the one for the first book. The other was such a dead pan read, that it drove me nuts. It was jolting to go from the 1st narrator to the 2nd, but I was happier with the overall outcome.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I surely wanted to. I couldn't but it wasn't for lack of trying.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the 2nd book. I'd waited so long for it that I was worried I'd be disappointed. Some series fall apart or have no character development. Things ought to grow and change. This one excelled in that. It was great. Even the very last sentence fulfilled things I wanted to have happen. Much more bearable ending than the last one. Introduction of a love interest and startling changes for many different characters. I love the unicorns. I love Kayleigh's abilities with them and I love discovering her abilities right along with her. Awesome story line with so much room for more story. The only bad thing about finishing is having to wait for the next book. Please Mr. Bernheimer, don't make us wait so long for the next one. This is a great series. Don't stop and if possible continue to keep it pretty clean. LOVE that. It is adult themed, but not objectionable. Awesome!! I only gave it 4 stars because I HATE torture. Although those scenes are short and not too graphic. I guess villains have to be villains.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Another trademark Elizabeth Peters slam-dunk."
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    I love this whole series. Every book is a masterpiece. Please read them in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (3753)
    Story
    (3783)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    Paula says: "9 year old cried about how bad audio is"
    "Great Solid follow-up to Mark of Athena"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have recommended this series many times. It is fun for many ages of people who enjoy fantasy adventures. My whole family is reading it. It has a much better satisfying ending than the last one, but there will be one more book. My main reasons for recommendation would be humor, adventure, imagination, character development. Riordan is a really great author. I am so glad he started writing these books. this book does give you something you may need to talk to younger children about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like the character development in Frank and Hazel. They grow a lot. Piper and Jason both discover things about themselves or their powers. Reyna and many other characters, especially villains come back to make a reappearance. Leo even gets to have a bit of a romance. Loved it. Percy and Annabeth have a tough time just hanging onto life to do too much more than they did in the last book.


    What does Nick Chamian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job with this series. I especially like his cheeky voice for Leo and his solemn funeral voice for Nico. He does the women's voices well too. Coach Hedge is a crackup!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I especially was moved by Percy and Annabeth's escape through the doors of Death. Also Frank and Hazel in the House of Hades. Great ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I maybe didn't like it as well as some of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus books, because it was so dark, but it was still good. I'm really looking forward to the last book in the series. Three of my family members have read it now and my two youngest (9 and 12 years old) are still in process. I've got one that refuses to read it because the last book was too much of a cliff-hanger. He wants to wait to read it when the next book comes out to complete the series. Great book for the families. Does have one issue that you may need to discuss with your children, but nothing that shouldn't be discussed anyway. Still clean overall.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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