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Ayla

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 25 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
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  • Twilight's Dawn: Black Jewels, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (98)

    Anne Bishop's "darkly fascinating"* (SF Site) Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance. Now in Twilight's Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four all-new captivating novellas.

    Donna says: "A Sunset for the Dawn"
    "Enchanting end to a solid series of novels"
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    What did you love best about Twilight's Dawn?

    All of the mini stories not only filled in many of the details between previous novels, but provided a heartwarming end to lives spanning decades. While you know there is bound to be hardships within the realities of the main characters, this provides a necessary end to wrap up all of the main story lines.


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

    I love that in this novel John Sharian returns to using Jaenelle's voice without the lilting accent that I didn't like in a few of the previous novels.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2718)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Expect the unexpected"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book. Liane Moriarty never disappoints when delivering a seamless story that resonates with so many people. She talks about normal people with "normal" lives thrown into circumstances that always seem just a hop, skip, and a jump away from where you own life could end up. And then she throws in a twist. Her story then looks at a behind the scenes view of unfortunate events that test the best and worst of everyday humans. Little Big Lies is no different. Loved that just a couple lies here and there in different adult relationships can lead to such a cataclysmic event at the trivia night where all the adults are just a little too tipsy and the gloves come off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the slight twists at the end of the book. Who died at the trivia night??!! What lead to it? And I loved the organization leading up to the trivia night with the police inetrrogations from different parents at the school. Seemed realistic.


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

    Just like the other Liane Moriarty books!


    If you could take any character from Big Little Lies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Madeline would be a great dinner guest- such a hoot! And there would definitely be some wine involved!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3123)
    Performance
    (2917)
    Story
    (2906)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Nicole K. says: "Good but flawed."
    "What an amazing conclusion!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Life to be better than the print version?

    I love the way Jennifer Ikeda brings the book to life. So many accents and so many distinct characters- all performed wonderfully. One of my favorite audiobook series, and this served as a perfect conclusion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I've read a lot of series in my life, and usually the conclusion is always a little lack luster, or lets the readers down in some way. This book, however, seemed to fulfill all my wishes for the story line and characters while still leaving a few things to the readers imagination so as to not try and tidy up every little detail and force the conclusion of the book. I am so happy with this series.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16228)
    Performance
    (13489)
    Story
    (14114)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Does not live up to all the hype!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    In order for this book and series to receive better ratings the author would actually need to provide a plot. No plot and terrible writing do not provide for a good base for a good audible listen.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The lack of plot was originally disappointing. Then hearing "oh my" once every 10 seconds did not help either. Overall, the lack of creative writing and dialogue was boring and hard to listen to, and the voice of the reader made the characters seem immature and flat. Basically this book is not something you want to invest in to listen to. I struggled to get through the audiobook, and only finished since I had invested credits in these buys. The main character Anastasia is weak and a pushover, and because the story is written so poorly I couldn't even get into the main male character Christian Grey. Simply put this story is a bunch of S&M scenes tied together with bad dialogue and no major plot line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been made better by a more dynamic reader and someone who could at times convey maturity in her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. It is one of the worst books of my generation. I've read many romance novels and this is by far the worst.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy. Not all its cracked up to be. And if you do want to check it out- buy the book because the audio book presentation makes it even worse.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6679)
    Performance
    (5943)
    Story
    (5942)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Delightful Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I believe the performance with different voices and the accent amplified the already magnificent story.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Both Celia and Marco were portrayed amazingly by the narrator and I feel like he captured their personalities quite well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let the games begin...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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