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Alexandre

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  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1403)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "The typical middle book of a series"
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    Im a great fan of Mr. Card's books for a few years now, being enthralled by Ender's Game in that 20th anniversary audiobook edition and since then sifting through his work.
    I confess that i was very intrigued by the idea of a prequel trilogy for the Ender books.
    The first one: Earth Unaware (a five star listen, by the way) deliver what I wanted. Earth Afire, however, is a lesser book, and I will risk to predict that it will be the worst of this trilogy.
    Don't get me wrong, it is a nice story and point to a interesting direction, but, as a middle book of a trilogy lack the feeling of fresh ideas and don't have closure.
    On the other hand, the performance is superb. The multicast voices (which is the norm for the Ender and Shadow series) is quite well chosen and add a lot to an otherwise just nice story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1534)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Be alert to the title"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a surprising book in many ways.
    It is not a typical sci-fi book, though uses time travel as background.
    And really narrates all the things that could happen in a day that is doomed, so be prepared for a downer.
    I am not particularly fond of this kind of story, but could not put this book down. Connie Willis really deserved the awards for this piece.
    And the performance was very good. Not being a native speaking, I was afraid at first of the British accent, but it gave a nice touch to this sensitive narration.
    Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Must Love Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy consists of juggling her job as a preschool teacher and the demands of her interfering family. Then her bossy big sister decides to place a personal ad for her, and the unexpected becomes a daily event. Everybody wants Sarah to put the past behind her and take a bold step towards a fresh start.

    Angie says: "must love the movie"
    "Nice tip"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got this book in one oh this sales that audible do sometimes and was quite surprise.
    The story is light, funny and easy going. Nothing extraordinary, but nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6744)
    Performance
    (3148)
    Story
    (3204)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Gran finale"
    Overall
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    Story

    This was a thrilling ending for a great saga.
    Both performers get the best of the book too.
    I've got quite sad when I heard "The End" and restart the first Twilight after a few minutes.
    I guess I become addicted to the story
    Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5992)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2442)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Recycling the characters"
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    Wow, I think this series is one that really uses all the potential of the characters. In the third book, I think there is only 2 or 3 new ones. This is not detrimental however, I had a feeling of greater immersion in the story, being with all this people for a while now...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6022)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2468)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Keep reading"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book was not my favorite of the saga, but nonetheless brings intriguing new elements to the Twilight universe.
    The performance gets better throughout the series, and is already quite good in the first book
    Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1054)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Compelling"
    Overall
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    A accurate description of the Japan of 1940's and compelling story to boot.
    The narrator give a nive "oriental" feeling
    Already listened a couple times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7652)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3120)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall
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    This was the book that I first listened to ever.
    Already listened to over a hundred books and keep turning back to this one
    For a first listener and not a native speaking English, I was amazed how clear was the performance (had a book in hand too, afraid not to follow, but put that away quickly)
    About the story: this was the book that made my wife a reader after 30 or so years.
    Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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