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Amy

Centennial, CO, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (337)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "I liked this story against my will..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only because I think it is going to get better now that the characters are established. I think that this book places too much emphasis on sex and drugs/alcohol. The plot would have been just as good without them. I know for a fact that teens will read a good story without so much gratuitous use of those elements. Like I said before, this is a good plot and could have stood on its own feet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can not answer that question without spoilers.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was a little too snarky and jaded for me at first. I didn't like the character and how she was being represented. But as the character grew and changed, the reading did too. At the end of the story I understand why the performance was the way it was. Now I say Bravo!


    Could you see Touch of Frost being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Too early to tell...


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to say again that teen/YA readers are smart. It has been proven time and again that they will read a good story and buy a good story without the overuse of sex and drugs/alcohol. Most of the teens I know are actually turned off if there seems to be no point for it. But, the plot and the characters here did a wonderful job standing on its own without all the smutty fluff on the side.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4245)
    Performance
    (3916)
    Story
    (3915)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Very Cool and makes you wonder about writers..."
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    There is very little I don't like about this series yet. I love the way the characters are growing, I love the writing style. I love the Mystery itself! After it is revealed who the killer is, I have gone back not only in this book, but the first book too, and there are some pretty clear breadcrumbs that made me smack my own forehead! I can't wait for book number 3. I think Strike is going to be quite a Hero once he finishes getting his stuff together.

    But what makes me think hard about this book is the way writers and the publishing industry in general is portrayed in this book. I've never seen that kind of cruelty in the writers and editors I have known. But it makes me wonder if it changes the higher you climb in popularity.

    This book is a great 2nd edition to the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    SC in SC says: "Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive"
    "So much fun and so interesting"
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    I am having such a great time listening to this. I actually stopped JUST to write this review and say anyone who is interested in learning how to build a great unforgettable character needs to listen to this! And trust me on this, you will have a great time while you learn! He is all my favorite college professors rolled into one!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Half-Blood: Covenant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: Become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway.

    Deborah says: "Problem with Narrator!"
    "Now THIS is how you do it!"
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    Loved this book. Kick butt heroine. The world the author built was believable and the Heroine goes through a pretty great character arc. (I know everything in the world...oops...maybe not.) Loved it! She stands up and takes responsibility for what she does. I am hooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Shadow: The Underground Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anna Kyss
    • Narrated By Meghan Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Meghan's graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and is introduced to a strange society hidden beneath the streets of London. The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals... When Meghan's life is threatened, she flees the city and seeks sanctuary in a distant village: a place unseen by human eyes for over one hundred years.

    Amy says: "The heroine killed this book"
    "The heroine killed this book"
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    One of my problems with this book is that the heroine was never made real to me. The author only gave her as much development as you would give a passing secondary character. At the beginning, I honestly thought the heroine was a secondary character who was about to be killed or something before we met the actual heroine, because I was never given any reason to sympathize with her or to care what happened to her.

    Not only was she not very well developed, but she was stupid. She never acted with any sense and she just kept going along with what the guys wanted while her only worry seemed too shallow to fit with the plot in the story.

    And the one "guy" she is pining for is really kind of a jerk and has no redeeming qualities. He is too busy feeling sorry for himself and throwing tantrums to make himself likable.

    And what qualities does this heroine have that makes all the guys want her except that she is pretty and will follow them dumbly wherever they lead? I wouldn't recommend this book to any Young Adult girls because I would frankly demand that they have more common sense than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (665)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Loved It!"
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    I totally loved this book from beginning to end. The way I would describe it is...it is written in the style of a classic Sherlock Holmes book being told from the perspective of Dr. Watson. Except Sherlock is a politician in Ancient Rome and Watson is his slave Tiro. I am not especially knowledgeable about this time period. My daughter is and a few parts left her "spluttering". But, I would tell you what I told her...This is a work of FICTION my dear and the story itself is totally worth suspending your disbelief over. My favorite part was comparing it to politics today. Can't wait to hear the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1278)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Love, love, love"
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    This is one of the few book series where after I was done with it I actually tracked down the author on Facebook to tell her what a Goddess I thought she was. (She wrote back and said thank you. She was so nice!)

    The first book drops you so completely in the middle of everything you will think there is another book a head of this one, and you are a little lost. But, hang on and listen closely because there is a method to the madness that totally pays off in the end.

    I would actually classify this series as "New Adult Fantasy". I enjoyed all the books...so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1312)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "The Farseer Series as a whole"
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    It was a good series from beginning to end, although there were one or two things that made me roll my eyes and go "Yes, yes...tortured soul...I got the gist...move on with the plot please". I really wished it had turned out differently at the end, or maybe I just wanted more resolution? I will tell people to check out this series. Do I think it holds up to Robert Jordan or George RR Martin? Not quite, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite Narrators, so no complaints there at all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice in Zombieland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real.

    Linda B says: "Fun! Actually something new!"
    "Loved this book! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED!"
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    If you could sum up Alice in Zombieland in three words, what would they be?

    I just couldn't...I tried...but no. Too many good things to say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is what a teenage girl book should be. She needs to be able to pull herself up and fight. Not just sit and wait for a guy to save her, although it is nice to have one fight next to. I am going to be waiting with baited breath for book 2 in September.


    What about Natalie Gold’s performance did you like?

    She was really good. I knew who was talking and when. I liked the quality of her voice.


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

    I cried at the beginning.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (361)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "I have listened to this story so many times..."
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    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times YES!


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

    None, you can not compare this book to any other book. It is so fun and thought provoking. Smart, brilliant and deserves to stand out for all time!


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

    No. But it is a privilege and an honor to hear a story performed by the author and an additional treat when the performance is excellent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is no specific part...but then again...I think digital watches are still a pretty neat idea...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that will make you see the universe from another point of view, and it will make you laugh while doing it. Do yourself a favor, listen to the story and hear a master storyteller at the top of his game. 42

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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