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Leila

DURHAM, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fury's Kiss: Midnight's Daughter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he's not an easy kill. It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab.

    omnireader says: "The word for Fury's Kiss is....awesome"
    "The best in the series so far"
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    Each book gets better as the characters develop and we get to know them better, the world expands and the challenges grow. These books are wonderfully funny, interesting and fast paced. I highly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (624)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "Adorable"
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    Even my husband, who would rather throw himself off something than read/listen to a regency romance, enjoyed the pieces of this he listened to on a car ride. A crisp story, entertaining Austen-y characters, well read, and very funny. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1535)

    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"
    "A long trip to nowhere"
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    I love time travel books and I picked this one up based on a recommendation from a friend. Lordy, its a rambler. Its not uninteresting per se, its just takes its sweet time going anywhere. Lots of detailed descriptions of the day to day stuff. You start getting annoyed that YOU know something has gone wrong, but that the author wants to keep throwing problems in the way of the protagonists so that THEY dont. I'm 6 hours in and finally gave up. I'm just not that interested in finding out what happens to tolerate 20 more hours of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1630)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Confusing"
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    I love love love this book but I didn't care of the ensemble theater version of this story. It was confusing and too short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7323)
    Performance
    (6647)
    Story
    (6649)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Meh"
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    The first one didn't blow me away - I thought it was rather silly - but I liked it enough to give book 2 a try, especially since lots of other people seemed to like it. I couldn't finish it. I just felt like I had seen all this before but done much better (The October Daye books for example).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Capture the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"
    "Very Masterpiece Theater"
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    Charming little British story that reminds me of something you'd see on Masterpiece or BBC. Would be a great book to study in class in terms of narrative voice and whatnot. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 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
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1353)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Same old, same old"
    Overall
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    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
    (843)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (798)

    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.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."
    "Ugh. Disappointing."
    Overall
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    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
    (1260)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (993)

    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
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    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
    (436)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    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
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (449)

    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
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    Story

    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

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