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Michelle

san diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 51 reviews
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  • 368 titles in library
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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18219)
    Performance
    (14290)
    Story
    (14329)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "In need of a good editor"
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    This is a gripping tale and a good continuation of the story, as others have mentioned I think Roy Dotrice is one of the most talented narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to - he makes each character come to life. However this book is probably 30%+ longer than it needs to be - I listened at 2x speed and still found it to be plodding at times. That said, I will continue on to book #3 to see what happens with the Starks, Lannisters and Tagaryans.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "Meh, just ok"
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    This book started out strong, just riveting and I couldn't put it down. Reminded me of how the Passage started - it grabbed me and did not let go. About 1/3 of the way through however it became extremely predictable, I lost interest in the characters and in the end only finished as I had used a credit and didn't want to waste it. There are so many other better books in this genre, I wouldn't use up a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Utterly predictable"
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    Deb Calletti is a strong writer however in the end I grew tired of Dani's internal ramblings and just didn't care what the outcome would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (439)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "Frankly, I could care less about these characters"
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    While the writing is excellent, I found myself not caring what happened to either self-absorbed sister and while yes, the author does perfectly capture what it's like to have a sister you both love and hate - in the end I just couldn't wait for the book to end. Narration was monotone and off as others have mentioned, it frequently took me out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (943)

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    FanB14 says: "E + P 4-ever!"
    "I absolutely loved it"
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    Eleanor and Park perfectly captured what it's like to be madly in love at 16 years old. The narrators did an amazing job of capturing the tone, nuance and inflection of both characters. I couldn't stop listening and it was one of the few novels I didn't zoom right through at 2x speed. Beautifully written and a total gem

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2249)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Just terrible...."
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    I bought this on the recommendation of the Kindles & Wine blog which have been dead on with authors like JoJo Mayes, Charlaine Harris and Karen Moning - this book however they were dead wrong. Uninteresting story with a lead character I didn't like, I had to struggle to finish this one (not wanting to waste my credit). Unlike Johanna Parker whose smooth southern accent accentuated the True Blood story and drew me into the world of Bon Temps - I did not care for this narrator at all. Waste if a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    Overall
    (4458)
    Performance
    (4042)
    Story
    (4057)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Unabashed rip off of Fifty Shades"
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    What a total disappointment... This is such a clear and obvious copy of Fifty, down to the exact storylines, characters and sex scenes. I wish I could get my credit back, total waste. A tip to Sylvia Day - come up with your own, original storylines don't recycle others!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (770)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Not his best work"
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    I've read pretty much everything Stephen King has written, but it had been over 20 years since I had read Salem's Lot so I decided to revisit. As a kid, I remember it scaring the bejesus out of me but it has not withstood the test of time. King's writing has definitely improved over the years, and as one of his first novels the story is full of inconsistencies and plot holes. After reading novels like Justin Cronin's The Passage, this just didn't scare me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8724)
    Performance
    (7981)
    Story
    (8067)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Completely disappointing ending"
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    I struggled to get through the third book in this trilogy - the first two I couldn't put down. The 3rd introduced characters that were irrelevant to the storyline, changed the tone of the narrators and in the end I just didn't really care what happened to Tris.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2981)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2726)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Total cop out"
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    After following this series for the last 3 years I couldn't be more disappointed with how Charlaine Harris chose to end the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (332)

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    David says: "Zombie. Grizzly. Bear."
    "Very average end"
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    I really enjoyed the first two books in the Newsflash trilogy, they were fast-paced and kept my attention, the first I read in about 24 hours. The third book fell flat - one-dimensional characters who resembled Scooby Doo's posse - always seeming to find the bad guy at the right possible moment. Nothing really held my interest and I ended the book very disappointed. The narrators I thoroughly enjoyed, they brought life to these flat characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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