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Leila

DURHAM, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (376)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Cerebral"
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    This is an idea book. And there are lots of good ones. The world building is amazing. Not a ton of action an adventure and the main character is not terribly likable. I was tempted to quit reading at one point because I wasn't sure if I cared what happened to him, but I did finish and was glad I did. I think I will try a few other books by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1232)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Same old, same old"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Basically, its The Bachelor set in a fantasy setting. The story talks a lot about clothes and the friendship and cattiness between girls. Our hero is fairly admirable and likable. She's torn between two boys (so tired of this) and since I had a hard time liking one of them so I was always vaguely irritated by her indecision. Her mother is awful. I wont continue to the next book. I don't care enough to spend a credit on it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (643)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    A Frayed Knot says: "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    "Ugh. Disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really excited about this one since so many people seemed to like it. I checked out a few bad reviews but I figured it was the usual overly critical people. But actually, they are right. The story idea is fine but it is poorly written. There are so many times when characters say something or do something that is out of character. Our main character is a highly-trained, bad-ass assassin (which requires self-discipline) but then she speaks and acts like an impatient 12 year old. She loves fancy clothes, but then complains about them.
    The end result is that you don't really care about any of the characters - they're shallow and unreliable.
    You can tell the author is not writing about things she knows about or has done research on because the scenes lack depth of detail and in some cases, sense. And there are lots of missed opportunities to add action, danger and interest.
    To top it all off, I think the narrator really messes up the intent and delivery of a lot of the lines so that everyone sounds spoiled and melodramatic all the time. I seriously considered dropping the audio to actually read the book to make sure the reader wasn't the one ruining it for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (955)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Great idea!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, beautifully narrated. Second, well-written with a lot of really interesting and charming ideas. Third, a lot of action to move you through the story. Overall, a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Charming series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I've finished the whole series and can say that they are all quite fun, well written, and interesting. The author handles time travel in a very intelligent and unique way so you're not spending too much time in your head working out the paradoxes. The rest of the plot isn't groundbreaking, but its sense of humor and well-balanced romance make it a worthwhile listen. It's very British and the romance scenes are fairly chaste so it's a good listen for most ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (416)

    In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

    Katheryne says: "Thrilling!"
    "I may die"
    Overall
    Performance
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    from anticipation waiting for the next book to come out! Everything I loved about the first book - real danger, real choices, real dirt and grit. Nobody is perfect and the situation is awful. But there are moments of fun, and laughter and sweetness. We are taking the journey with Evie and I enjoy the heartache. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempt the Stars: Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you're only a half goddess, you only found out about it recently, and you still don't know what you're doing half the time. And when you've just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss. Yeah, that part sucks. But that's just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world.

    Marianne says: "Still Good, Even with the Narrator Change"
    "Good story! Good narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wasn't sure how I felt about the change in narrator initially because I have become attached to Cassie's (and others) voice and cadence, but I very quickly forgot about it as the story moved along. This narrator may even be better! As for the story, it's pretty much what you can expect - lots of action, humor, and sexy teasing. I don't want to give anything away but we learn a lot more about Cassie and Pritkin. Nothing gets tied up, but its really more about the journey than the destination!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    Growing up in the dangerous world of the Iron Seas, the mercenary captain of the airship Lady Corsair, Yasmeen, has learned to keep her heart hard as steel. Ruthless and cunning, her only loyalty is to her ship and her crew-until one man comes along and changes everything.... Treasurehunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair - just the captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him.

    bluebelle says: "Brilliant!"
    "Excellent! And very steamy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I continue to be impressed with these books and this author. This is SUCH a fun story - a good balance of likeable characters, story, and smoking hot sex (but not every 5 seconds - it supplements the story). It is less weighed-down then the first one with world-building details. The story is not silly, or shallow or coarse and I never rolled my eyes. I even got a little misty-eyed over a few scenes. I will absolutely re-listen to these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England.

    Marcheta says: "First steampunk book for me"
    "Great world building and steamy sex scenes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first chapter is a little dense with details, but stick with it. She has a lot information to convey for you to understand the story, but once she gets past that, you are off and running! Its a really interesting world with all the wonderful little steampunk details to make you smile. And the sex, good heavens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (676)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "I've been telling everyone to read it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just loved this book! It's excellent. Author balances the elements artfully - story, danger, romance, reality. It's very cleverly executed with some surprises.

    The performance, especially our hero's accent, is swoon-worthy.

    So glad I don't have to wait a year for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1211)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "Too short!"
    Overall
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    It seemed like this book had so much going on that it rushed passed! I enjoyed the character development - people are not static in this story. They are perfectly imperfect and they grow. An excellent addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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