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Beth

Santa Rosa, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Fallen: A Fallen Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (424)

    There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

    Jennifer says: "This again?"
    "Looking forward to the next one"
    Overall

    I will have to admit that I was drawn by the cover art. The story was not a let down, I felt that the narrator was good. The story line was interesting although sometimes frustrating, and not in a "love angst" way. I am looking forward to the next one, and I believe that is the sign of a good book. I would recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (431)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "I think I see a movie in the making"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Partials the most enjoyable?

    Very detailed, great plot building, many characters easy to keep up with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Partials?

    The evolution of humanity even in a sterile examination room.


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

    Yes, she rocks again. Her range is subtle when it needs to be , distinct when appropriate, wonderful emotive range and when she does male voices, I hear male characters.


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

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Divergent, or Hunger Games, or Darkest Minds... Well this isn't like any of them except that it is based in a dystopian society and you will love this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (824)

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "Such promise..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Gary Littman?

    No- his voice range for the male characters was good. HATED his female voice. Couldn't take them serious.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only with a female narrator. I even feel a little horrible for saying it feels so unfair, but, ugh... Very distracting and grating.


    What didn’t you like about Gary Littman’s performance?

    I was caught up too much on his voice in the female role. Couldn't forget the voice was coming from a male.


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

    Yes... Maybe... The scenery would be great and bush pilots and mountain climbing interesting. I felt that the two main characters "jumped" into their relationship too fast.


    Any additional comments?

    I might read the hard copy. I haven't finished the audio and not sure that I will. The female lead voice is just grating. I like more of a build up on a love story and didn't find Megan very likable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

    Jeff says: "Well written and wrenching"
    "It has it all!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Minds to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time to read, so couldn't say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chubs was superb, although... So hard to choose just one. The author through character development and spot on dialogue makes you care about all of her players, including the darn minivan! I found myself looking for more from all of them, craving their next interaction, the same way her main character Ruby did.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many t choose from, but if I were to pick just one it would have to be the big "reveal" 3/4 into the book. Or maybe the first action scene where we meet Liam and Chubs...


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

    I laughed out loud several times, and my heart squeezed painfully through much of it too.


    Any additional comments?

    I find myself migrating to the YA series more and more, caught up in the dystopian worlds that seem to be spinning in ever widening directions. This is not Hunger Games or Divergent or Enders Game, this is truly like no other currently out there. Likable, believable characters, a smart story line and thought provoking big ideas. Oh and did I mention the slow burn love story that wove its way through out? And Chubs... A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known.

    Beth says: "What happened???"
    "What happened???"
    Overall
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    What would have made Sea of Shadows better?

    A different story line? The characters were so flat and uninteresting, I had zero attachment to anyone even three hours in.


    Has Sea of Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It might have turned me off of epic YA, hard to tell just yet.


    What three words best describe Jennifer Ikeda’s voice?

    Slow, dull, bored- with that being said I normally really enjoy her.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No- and I have loved all of This authors other YA books.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally finish books, it's a matter of pride, even if I don't thoroughly enjoy them. I tried so many times with this book and finally just gave up. Thank you Kelley Armstromg for giving me so many hours of enjoyment with your other work, this one is just not for me. I will be on the look out in the future for other stories, but won't continue on with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "Good story, narrator not so good"
    Overall

    As a recent connoisseur of young adult fiction, mainly the para romance type, this book was recommended to me. As I am a 30 something mom of two, the only way to "read" a book is to have one read to me. I found the narrator distracting, and sometimes horrible. At one point she had to demonstrate an Irish accent that was just this side off laughable. With that being said, I thought the story itself was pretty good, although I was having a hard time relating to the main character at times, I will chalk this up to the fact that I am not 15 anymore. I would recommend this book to others, but probably not the audio version.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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