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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35649)
    Performance
    (26666)
    Story
    (27044)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Riveting, but violent"
    Overall

    I was spellbound by this wonderfully written book. The only reservation is that it is so violent, whether "PG-type" of violence or not, as noted by other reviewers. I wish I could offer equally as engaging, quality reading to young adults without the premise that all teh kids were required to kill each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (651)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Well written, but really stupid in a few ways"
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    I guess I can't go with so many anachronistic elements in a so-called Victorian story, even a steampunk one. Inviting a gentleman from work to breakfast while she bathed before him, all the so-called upper class men's abuse of their wives in front of others. I almost decided to give it up, but decided to listen while in bed and not feeling well. As I said, it was not poorly written, just stupid in parts. Plot okay, sometimes drags, other times exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Just okay"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wasn't impressed with this, my first book by Cherie Priest. It was fine and I finished it, but won't read another. I had trouble buying in to a vampire who was supposed to be the best thief ever, but suffered from the cold, had panic attacks, was clumsy at times and made some pretty dumb decisions. I did not find the humor that others wrote about. The narrator did well and had a pleasant voice, which helped. A bit too much ruminating on the part of the heroine, and some odd lines like this metaphor, "slick as whale s**t through an ice flow." Huh?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (588)

    It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

    Lisa says: "Still good, but a letdown from book one"
    "Wish they hadn't changed the narrator"
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    I love these stories. A fantastic, fun yet riveting with danger at times. But the narrator in this one is not as good as the one for Magyk, He was able to catch the mood and inject fun into the funny parts. This guy reads everything as though it were all the same dour stuff. Disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1147)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Fun stuff!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When the opening scene had the protagonist battling his own clone, I knew I was going to like this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1417)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Subjective review - not worth finishing"
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    I realize that this is not my kind of book - much action, not much character development, not much dialog. I like action and swift moving stories, but have to have a bit more than sequential acts to captivate my imagination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cheyenne Raiders

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan writing as Jackson O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Thomas McCabe is on his way to a brilliant career as a lawyer when, in 1837, he gives everything up to take a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sent to live with a tribe in the wilds of Missouri, McCabe soon saves the life of a young brave. Subsequently, yet grudgingly, he is accepted by the Cheyenne, until he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, and betrothed, Night Bird Woman. Determined to marry her, McCabe must prove himself to the tribe.

    Jim says: "LOVED IT!"
    "One-dimentional"
    Overall
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    Not sure why this has received such high ratings. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is okay, but nothing special. The main character, though in the 1800s, has the ideas and sensibilities of a modern person, which strikes me as inauthentic. This is the kind of story I would have enjoyed when I was in the 6th grade - Indian lore, black and white morality, a succession of events in which the hero is always always strong, brave and is invariably triumphant against all challenges. Makes it seem sophomoric to me as an adult, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Notorious Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Manning
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning's My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie's story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

    FauxFurBezoar says: "Axie's quest"
    "Narrator drives me nuts"
    Overall
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    The story seems fine, but I can't get past the narrator. She uses the same inflection for every single sentence. That is, she sounds resentful and angry, regardless of context. A reader who varies her expression according to the story might use such a voice to actually sound ominous. I realize the character was angry and scared for the first part of the story (I never got past that part,) but a bit of variation would have made this story bearable for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5961)
    Performance
    (5411)
    Story
    (5426)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "One of my favorite series in Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great series. It is like a traditional, hard-boiled film noir plot with a tough, but often down on his luck detective. Except there are complicated magic elements. Fully fleshed, it starts small and develops into a fight to save the planet. The characters, their magical qualities, the foes and the personal stories are all developed beautifully. Lots of excitement, and yes, violence. But it all serves this story of this alternate world, which is one that we can all recognize, at least for the most part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (536)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Because I enjoyed the author's other 2 books, Can You Keep a Secret and especially, The Undomestic Goddess, I took a risk on this one. I also loved Emily Gray's narration of Soulless. However, this protagonist is so dumb I finally had to stop listening before I had finished part 1. Maybe other people who shop for entertainment or escape or a thrill can relate more to this one. Emily Gray's narration did not impress me, either. Not this time.
    Oh, well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Diane Warren
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (139)

    Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl, is pleased with her new home. Life in Istan is certainly easy, but a voice in her ear whispers that the home of her heart is among the Hillfolk, among the descendants of Lady Aerin, who once wielded Gonturan, the Blue Sword.

    Carol says: "Groundbreaking, interestingly dated, & odd"
    "Narrator drives me mad."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unlike others who have a sentimental attachment to the book from having read it in the past, this was the first time I read or listened to The Blue Sword. After reading that it was published in 1982, I got some insight into why I am so unimpressed.

    The story is slow and repetitious, yet abrupt in some ways. For example, there isn't much justification for the main character, who was drugged and kidnapped, to feel "safe" almost immediately with her abductors.

    But the real problem is the excruciatingly slow pace of the narration. For the first time ever, I had to raise the speed on my player. Even at 2x, it was easy to keep up. Long pauses between sentences, listening to the reader draw breath, the slow enunciation and lack of expression made for an aggravating listen.

    I am very disappointed in this audiobook, both from the story and the reader's presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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