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Jovia

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Wings of Wrath: Magister Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Kamala, a peasant woman, has claimed the powerful sorcery of the Magisters - the ability to draw on the power of the human soul without dying for it- as her own. But in her rise to power, she finds herself hunted by the brotherhood, and flees to a land where spells are warped by a fatal curse. It is a land that even Magisters fear.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great follow thru!"
    "Not as good as the first one"
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    If you could sum up Wings of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    continued, slow, lost me for a bit


    Would you recommend Wings of Wrath to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, as long as they read the first one and REALLY liked it. I think this book is a bit slower and you really must be invested to finish it.


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

    she gives emotion, dont really realized that i'm listening to someone telling a story, feels like I'm just reading it in my head.


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

    Not particularly. The first one was, this one I didn't connect with as much


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (741)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Entertaining!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam the most enjoyable?

    It kept moving, and never stayed in one place too long


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I felt surprised each time they discovered something, I coudln't easily predict where the book was going


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the reveal!


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

    Laugh, no tears though


    Any additional comments?

    A good way to spend your time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3921)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1331)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "exciting followup"
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    If you could sum up The Subtle Knife in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Explaining, Complex


    What other book might you compare The Subtle Knife to and why?

    Um maybe the Lion the Witch and the Wordrobe, but more exciting?


    What does Philip Pullman and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its cool to have different voices to recognize. But it made it hard to listen to the 3rd one because I was so use to certain voices, that when they were different in the last book I became a little confused at first.
    It was a little corny though with all the dramatic music.


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

    I gasped out loud at some deaths I was not expecting. Glad that I didn't have to wait to listen to the thrid


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I would have read it long ago, but glad I'm getting to it now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1015)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Super good!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Will Grayson, Will Grayson to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book in print but I did appreciate that the characters perspectives were from different voices.


    What other book might you compare Will Grayson, Will Grayson to and why?

    Um, Not sure its pretty different. Its about high school and friendship so any book slike that but it tells it in a different way


    What does MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a lot of comic tones.


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

    yes! 100% both ways


    Any additional comments?

    loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4389)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2097)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Very Interesting"
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    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I loved getting the insight into the mind of someone who obviously processes the world differently


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the same question as above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For the most part.


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

    I was confused at the beginning but that was because I had no idea what it was about. The further I read the more I wanted to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be weirded out about the chapters! I thought it was broken at first, but they're suppose to skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Kings: Magister Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.

    Terri says: "Dark and Enigmatic ... Yet Powerful and Willful"
    "So sad its over!"
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    If you could sum up Legacy of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, engaging, great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legacy of Kings?

    the final battle!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes revealing connections between magisters and soul eaters


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

    both!


    Any additional comments?

    loved it, thought the book wrapped everything up nicely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1885)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Kayla says: "Good series"
    "Good but left me wishing for more"
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    If you could sum up The Death Cure in three words, what would they be?

    DON'T END YET


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finally getting some answers, and seeing the characters moving forward


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any with Newt


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

    Cried a lot, it was a rough one


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if I'll read the prequel or not, because I'm not sure if I want to open that can of worms of reading what happened directly after the flares. Maybe it's time to just let this live the life of its own and give me some time to mourn the ending of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2130)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Helpful!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I like the step by step fashion the book follows, where every chapter gives you a break and a chance to start applying these new techniques.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Very much so. It presents a new way to think about will power


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    YES! lots of examples


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing, it was fine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13318)
    Performance
    (12191)
    Story
    (12260)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Amazingly Heartbreaking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, I enjoyed listening (although I think I may have gotten a little more emotionally attached had I read it myself). Regardless, it really makes you think about things that make people (or maybe just me) uncomfortable, in a way that makes you feel safe while trying to figure out what you believe.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    I'm not quite sure. It was different than a lot of books I've read before...


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Agustus Waters


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

    They are making a movie of this and the tag line is some infinities are bigger than others. I think I related to that and to the thing about pain is that it demands to be felt.


    Any additional comments?

    keep a box of kleenex near

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23506)
    Performance
    (14825)
    Story
    (14982)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Really Cool Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    The fact that I found a Science Fiction book that I followed quickly, which is not normal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creation of a whole world, and a war. And the idea that the story depends on a small boy. Very much use to the hero being a full grown man. it changes the nature of the story quite a bit. Harder to guess what the kid is thinking which makes the book more interesting to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    Yes, although it was funny to hear a grown man voicing a 7 year old boy


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

    No but I did react in a surprising way! The ned caught me off gaurd


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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