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Ms. Hoh

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  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1382)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Satisfying Conclusion--For Now"
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    What did you love best about The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3?

    How the kids were finally able to rally the magicians and gods to fight Apophis.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators, especially the male. His portrayals of the characters were so good. The female narrator was also good, but of the two, I prefer the male's portrayals.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think so...When things got panicky, the narrators got panickier. When things got sad, the narrators got sad. When things sped up or slowed down, the narrators matched.


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

    I laughed a lot, but I wouldn't say that it was "extreme". So, no, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1604)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Throne of Fire the most enjoyable?

    Having two narrators to tell the story...I like how they play off each other's energy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For some reason, I liked Bes. Not sure if it's his attitude or his willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good, but I liked him the best.


    Did Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes...They did a great job with their voice tones and speed of talking for each character.


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

    How can you??? It's too long to listen in one sitting, but I would have loved to be able to hear it in all one sitting...I guess if I had 12 hours of uninterrupted time, I would have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3632)
    Performance
    (2458)
    Story
    (2464)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "The Red Pyramid..."
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    What did you like best about The Red Pyramid? What did you like least?

    BEST - the fact that a male and female narrators were used...the Egyptian theme of the book

    LEAST - I would have liked to hear more of a contrast between characters' voices.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rick Riordan before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Rick Riordan audiobook I've listened to.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrators could have had more contrast between characters' voices. I couldn't tell what gender the character was if I was just listening to the audiobook, but luckily I was reading the e-book at the same time so it didn't matter.


    Do you think The Red Pyramid needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As it is part of a series, this book doesn't need its own follow-up book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28337)
    Performance
    (22069)
    Story
    (22291)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator...The whole series would have benefited from a different narrator...One that has a talent for voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author places doubt in the heroine's mind about every single thing...from herself to her mission to her friends.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    NO!!!I thought her portrayal was one-dimensional...undramatic...overdone... As you can tell, I'm not a real big fan of hers.


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really. Sorry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5725)
    Performance
    (4912)
    Story
    (4920)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle the most enjoyable?

    This is the first Sherlock Holmes story I've read/listened to. Also, Alan Cumming's reading of it was very engaging and easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole mystery.


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

    I have never listened to any of Alan Cumming's other stories...I would like to, though. He's a very gifted reader of audiobooks.


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

    Yes...it was short and sweet. I enjoyed listening to it all in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35914)
    Performance
    (26917)
    Story
    (27301)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator...I think the whole series would benefit from a different narrator...one that has a talent for different voices and moods and would inject some suspense and adventure into the story.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    No book comes to mind. Sorry.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    one-dimensional...undramatic...overdone...


    Was The Hunger Games worth the listening time?

    It is if you like Carolyn McCormick's portrayal of the characters. I am not a real big fan of hers, so no, it was not worth the listening time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30592)
    Performance
    (23648)
    Story
    (23835)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    Yes, I would try another book from Suzanne Collins. I'm not too thrilled about Carolyn McCormick's rendition of this story or the others in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action sequences...the relationships between the characters...


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    overdone...undramatic...one-dimensional...


    Do you think Catching Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Catching Fire already has a follow-up book, as it is part of a series. I don't think it needs a "Part 2" if that is what is meant by this question.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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