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Arwen

PAYSON, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18431)
    Performance
    (16668)
    Story
    (16801)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Definitely a book for YA thrill-seekers!"
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    As a connoisseur of dystopic, YA Sci-Fi novels, I can say that after reading many similar novels in the past, this one really stands apart from the crowd. There is something special about the way Roth portrays her strong female protagonist. You find yourself worrying about Triss and wanting her to succeed. I love the underlying themes of this novel, about identifying and acting-upon the qualities each of us values most in our dealings with our fellow man, and how those values can be warped when taken to extremes. It is both a mature and introspective novel as well as a thrilling, action-packed sci-fi. The romantic elements feel natural and engrossing. I would definitely recommend this book to all lovers of young adult fiction.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18479)
    Performance
    (16448)
    Story
    (16408)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A methodical, exciting, utterly engrossing listen"
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    I hugely enjoyed listening to this novel. The narration and the prose were both fantastic. I enjoyed the way Stephen King could immerse me in an account of the past that was simultaneously exciting and rustic. It takes a talented author to construct a novel that can follow the quiet, introspective moments of its characters as well as their heart-pounding, exciting ones. I would recommend this book to anyone. Romance, action, sci-fi, suspense--once again, one of the greatest authors of our time is able to skillfully combine them all into an absolute gem of a novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12187)
    Performance
    (11032)
    Story
    (11129)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "An engrossing sequel to an exciting new series"
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    This was a satisfying sequel to a gripping new series about a futuristic, dystopian society. I think fans of Scott Westerfield's "Uglies" series would enjoy these novels, as they both focus on strong female protagonists and fast-paced action. One of my favorite elements of this novel is how naturally the romance is incorporated into the story, I hate books that focus on the romance and add the plot in as an afterthought--skillfully avoided here. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment. My favorite part of this production was Emma Galvin's performance. Her delivery of each role is so intense and skillful that I couldn't help but hang on her every word. Definitely an exciting book and equally as engrossing, if not more so, as its predecessor. A great read for teens or any lovers of young adult science-fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1084)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "A feel good, flirtatious chick-lit"
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    I have markedly dichotomous taste in books, but sometimes you just need to lighten things up with a feel good romantic-comedy-type book. I love Kinsella's works because the dialogue is always witty and fun, and the narrator did a great job of delivering it. I often found myself laughing out loud listening to this book in my car. Kinsella's characters are charming and you want all their foibles to work out into a happy ending, to which the author always delivers. (I can't believe I just used the word foibles...) No, it's not some deep, literary masterpiece. But it was a lot of fun, and I'd recommend it for an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (685)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "In homage to Spinal Tap, I'd rate this 6/5 stars"
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    Sabriel could stand alone and be a deeply satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable read (although two mind-boggling fantastic sequels do follow). The Old Kingdom and the world that Garth Nix creates are such deeply magical, mysterious places that they have lingered with me more than a decade after I first enjoyed reading Sabriel. It was delightful recently rediscovering this series with Tim Curry's excellent narration. If I were stranded on a desert island, I would take Sabriel and its sequels with me. I don't think I could give it higher praise than that. I know that any lover of fantasy who gives this book a chance will be more than rewarded, both by the poignancy of Sabriel's story and by the quality of Tim Curry's narration. I wish it could go on forever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confusion of Princes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    You'd think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets, particularly when Princes are faster, smarter, and stronger than normal humans. Not to mention being mostly immortal. But it isn't as great as it sounds. Princes need to be hard to kill - as Khemri learns the minute he becomes one - for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor, and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor.

    Dave says: "A Rollicking Space Opera From Beginning to End"
    "A unique and entertaining YA Fantasy"
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    Although this novel started off a little steeply by introducing the listener to the plethora of almost overwhelming sci-fi and fantasy jargon comprising Nix's empire, I was soon hooked by my desire to see the flawed, but sympathetic, Khemri succeed as a Prince. Although not as ground-breaking as some of Nix's previous works (such as Shade's Children or the Abhorsen series), I enjoyed the unique world and characters portrayed in this book. With plenty of exciting action and a smattering of satisfying and believable romance, this book has a healthy dose of everything lovers of young adult fiction could ask for in a novel. Overall, it was entertaining throughout and a good use of my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (468)

    Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

    Cher says: "Stands alone"
    "Artfully crafted coming-of-age fantasy"
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    It was delightful to revisit the series that my twelve-year-old self counted as my absolute favorite of all time. I cannot think of a more talented or appropriate narrator for this book than Tim Curry. Between the excellent prose and Curry's performance, this familiar coming-of-age tale took on a new level of greatness. What I love most about Lireal is Nix's ability to portray a strong, but fallible human being who goes through the same insecurities that we all face while taking on impossible odds. The world of fantasy constructed by Nix is further explored and illuminated in this novel, and if anything, this sequel is better than its predecessor, Sabriel, which is also excellent. I would recommend it to readers of all ages because this book, and series, is one of the most artfully crafted, enthralling, and lingering fantasies I've ever encountered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1949)

    In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

    Dana says: "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"
    "Great Story, Great Narration"
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    I love Rick Riordan's natural style. His action is perfectly plotted and his dialogue sparkles. His characters are believable and endearing. The narrator did a great job giving voice to Percy, a daunting task when so many of us have a preconceived notion about what this awesome hero should sound like. This book was another great installment in a series I've grown to expect only the best from. The audiobook is excellent, and I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6658)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3445)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Wonderful and Whimsical"
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    I cannot begin to rave about how much I love Neil Gaiman's book and narration. He is a fantastic author and performer. These productions are also kind of special because they augment the story by incorporating a little music into thematic portions. This story was wonderful and whimsical, a true representation of what great children's fantasy should aspire to be. I still find myself wondering about Nobody and Silas. This book lingers on long after the final page. Highly recommended to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3557)
    Performance
    (3211)
    Story
    (3244)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "This is how Westerns were meant to be!"
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    Wow, this audiobook was absolutely phenomenal. The narrator was perfect, with a gritty, emotive, and versatile voice, I don't think they could have picked anyone better. The story took my breath away. It was so exciting and suspenseful! The action was described so perfectly that I could imagine all the bullet bending action in superb detail. I am never going to be able to watch a Western where bullets fly uni-directionally and gravity has a hold on its hero without extreme disappointment. Stop reading this and buy the book so you can get started! I loved this even more than Sanderson's Mistborn series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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