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Tawni Hanawalt

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  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (757)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "IT DIDN'T END. *spoilers...*"
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    What disappointed you about Requiem?

    The ending was wretched. The book needed one last chapter to resolve the lives of the main characters (Tak, Hana, Julian, Lena's family, etc). I felt like the way it ended actually detracted from the main message of the story, because many of those people's lives wouldn't have a dramatic impact on the new emerging society. Also, it ticks me off when a main character works to redeem themselves and then gets stranded in the damn woods to (maybe) die.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I heard that Gone Girl was good...


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

    No, but She was awesome. I thought she made the books exciting with the way she put sooo much feeling into her voice acting. 10 thumbs up!


    What character would you cut from Requiem?

    Coral... only because the author didn't use her character very well. Once Alex left camp, we realized that she wasn't really an obstacle for Lena after all... and then she simply faded away into the scenery. That actually saddened me, because she could have been a great character (either as a villain OR an ally).


    Any additional comments?

    GRRR. This series was too awesome to have such a let-down of an ending.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner, Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret - his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?

    Tawni Hanawalt says: "Standalone, but better after the series"
    "Standalone, but better after the series"
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    I love these two crazy love-struck idiots. :) I do want to say that while you don't NEED to have read the entire series to read this, and it won't spoil the main plot of the series..... I think that Sinner is better appreciated with the experiences that you get from the entire story. Cole and Isabel are different people than they were before they met in Minnesota, and I don't think it needs any more explaining than to say that the events of the main trilogy shaped the way that they think & act now... which makes it easier to love and appreciate them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (756)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Wonderful, but would spoil the Infernal Devices"
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    Firstly, I LOVED it. I had some trouble with accepting the male narrator, though. His parts felt very choppy & it somewhat dragged me out of the story whenever he began speaking... but overall, it was well done. Despite what the author claims, however, I would NOT advise anyone to read this book before finishing The Infernal Devices, as I believe that CoHF would terribly & blatantly spoil the end to Clockwork Princess. Some of the characters overlap, and I think it's fairly obvious what their identities are once you know anything about them from the prequel series.

    1 of 1 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
    (407)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (362)

    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?"
    "Give it a chance!"
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    This was recommended to me by a friend, and what she told me was that I would need to give the series a chance. It starts off slow, and then I had tons of questions that arose from the intricate time travel rules. However, if you DO give the author that chance, it will be well worth your while. By the end of the trilogy, she clears up all of the little oddities that occur along the way and provides a lovely ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destined: House of Night Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (609)

    Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

    Jamie says: "Destined to keep you guessing..."
    "Finally! Geez....."
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    I loved this series in the beginning, and then after Neferet was solidly on the side of Darkness, the series dragged on for about 3 books. All of that crushing boredom finally becomes worth it in the last 3 or 4 hours of Destined. I feel like the plot FINALLY feel like the plot got off it's lazy ass and started going again. I was going to quit, but now I feel invested again and will continue on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1168)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Least Compelling Installment of the Series. :("
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Honestly, I don't know what can fix this book. It's TOO... much. Unlike the other stories, This one had the heroes killing LEGIONS of monsters with relative ease... I lost interest in how things were going, because it didn't feel like it mattered. Yes, this is a book aimed at kids. That's never been a secret... but this one felt like Riordan wrote it too unrealistically for the world that he's created. What? you're nearly dead? Here, just wait 5 seconds and you can kill another 5 giants... no problem.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm very interested in how Leo and Nico's stories will play out. I won't add any spoilers, but they are the two characters who will have to have the most creative endings.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I've never heard this narrator before, and this is the first problem. I don't like when narrators are switched up in the middle of a series. Joshua Swanson & Jesse Bernstein felt nearly interchangeable to me because they did their voices similarly. This guy made all of his characters sound close to the same as each other, but also very pompous. I started to dislike the story because I disliked the narrator's interpretation of my characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. Movies have become an issue of how invested you are in the story, and I am no longer that invested. Obviously, I'm going to finish the series... but I am not a fan of the direction it took in the House of Hades.


    Any additional comments?

    House of Hades "should" have felt FAR more perilous than it did... I'm starting to believe that Riordan is afraid to kill off any characters. We can't go on believing that everyone is happy-go-lucky safe ALL the time.... it doesn't make for a good story. I'm not asking him to kill everyone off.... but I'd like to believe he'd do it to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1108)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Loved the Book, Hated the Narration"
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    Would you listen to Scarlet again? Why?

    Maybe....but only because I enjoyed the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarlet?

    It's not a major plot point, but my favorite scene was when Icho first "woke up" as the ship. I love her!!


    What didn’t you like about Rebecca Soler’s performance?

    Her complete inability to decide whether or not she was going to do a french accent for Scarlet (and all of the other French people, for that matter). I accepted the no accents for the Asian characters, so it would have been fine if she didn't want to do one for the French.... but the fading in and out DROVE ME NUTS.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to them at work, so I only get about 6 hr chunks. It might have been less annoying if I HAD listened n smaller portions.


    Any additional comments?

    Otherwise, I have no complaints. It took me FAR longer than it should have to realize that "Scarlet" was a red riding hood tale...but I didn't read the description before buying it. I loved Cinder so much that I just blindly forged ahead. lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6288)
    Performance
    (5831)
    Story
    (5852)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    ""The Shining 2: Regurgitation""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I expected this book to be scary and nightmarey like the original was.... only with a continuing plot.... That isn't what I got. The only "creepy" parts came directly from the Shining as flashbacks, and since I've read that book SO many times, they aren't even slightly creepy to me anymore.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably not anything new, and even then I'll be sure to read a million reviews beforehand. I certainly won't pre-order any of his upcoming books.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Will Patton?

    I don't know who Will Patton is without looking him up, but ass a narrator he did fine... I feel like it took a few hours to get a handle on his voices, but thereafter they are distinct.


    What character would you cut from Doctor Sleep?

    I wouldn't cut any CHARACTERS, per se.... but I would cut about a million pointless SCENES and flashbacks. Like I said above, it felt like there were long stretches of Shining replays that failed to serve much of a plot purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    While I disliked the book on the whole, there are some interesting character relationships and emerging details about Dan's life & his parents' lives that I'm glad to know... but he could have taken out about 10 hours of pointlessness & still said the same thing. I won't be listening to this book again.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gameboard of the Gods: Age of X, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military's most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger.

    Jayelle Borgella says: "Interesting!"
    "Very Confusing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried this new series because I loved the VA/Bloodlines books, but I felt like I was dropped into a world that wasn't explained or defined by the author. Also, Emily Shaffer is a fantastic reader, but these new characters very clearly have the voices that she used for VA/Bloodlines. I lost the thread of the story because I kept hearing Eddie, Rose, & Dimitri. I feel like this book needs a different narrator to even give it a chance.


    Has Gameboard of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I think the main problem is that Mead fails to describe her new world before face-planting the Reader into the plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Shaffer’s performances?

    Only if she can learn some new voices. The VA/Bloodlines characters are very distinctive, and should not be re-used in new books by the same author. It makes things confusing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gameboard of the Gods?

    To be honest... I quit. I have no idea what was going on, so I quit. If I were editor, I'd tell Mead to go back to the beginning and tell me wtf RUNA is.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm returning this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2837)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2594)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "serious letdown"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The series HAD to end... Therefore, we HAVE to listen to (or read) the final book. .. but no, I'm not happy about it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of who Sookie ended up with, a Harris failed to tie up all of the loose ends, and that annoys the crap out of me.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have tied everything up a bit better. The plot jumps around a lot, and with listening to it, sometimes it's tricky to figure out where we are. Plus, one of the characters appeared to be someone we KNEW, but then it wad never explained. We have to infer a lot of things, regarding character motives and actions, which could easily have been resolved at the end.


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

    I've only ever listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I thought she was wonderful.


    Did Dead Ever After inspire you to do anything?

    It makes me want to punch something, if we're being honest.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I think the book was too short for the route Harris decided to take for the conclusion. I may not be happy about the way things ended, but I felt like the direction it ultimately took had been on it's way there for awhile. What completely turns me off are the lengthy descriptions of mundane Sookie activities (like cooking breakfast) when what really needed to be explained was what the main characters were doing (and why). The action scenes felt very rushed, and not fully developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1116)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "<3 <3 <3"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clockwork Princess to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version would be better simply because I don't speak either Welsh or Mandarin Chinese, and Daniel Sharman does a great job at pronouncing those words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Princess?

    I can't say without Spoilering... But it was tragic & beautiful... and I was totally crying at work.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Sharman – was your favorite?

    I think he was MADE to play Will.


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

    *SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*
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    Poor Will. I have to admit... I will probably NEVER finish listening to this book again. I'm forever going to turn it off before he dies, because then he can be with Tessa until the end of time. That whole scene was so heart-wrenching.... I just can't....
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    Any additional comments?

    Extremely emotional, but it does everything I expect the end of a Series to do: End. I was not left with millions of questions about what happens to my beloved characters after the epilogue, and even though the story broke my heart, I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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