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Jana

Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (516)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Paul White says: "Not a full story."
    "Enjoyable but doesn't give any answers."
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    I enjoyed this book and liked getting to know the characters, but it's obviously the beginning of a series. We are given lots of mysteries (like, how did Maya's best friend really die? What's the mystery the medical testing facility is hiding? Why are the high schoolers being investigated? etc.) There's also lots of intriguing information given about the characters and a good build-up of romantic tension between Maya, her best friend, and the new bad boy, but there's absolutely no resolution to any of the questions posed in this book - only further mysteries and questions. I'm with the other reviewer. It's probably best to wait until the other books are out so you can get some answers.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • By a Thread: Elemental Assassin, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (805)

    "When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation. Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis, Mab Monroe, a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco."

    Cheri says: "Donovan Caine - UGH!!!"
    "Disappointing addition to the series"
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    I really enjoyed the first few books in this series and so was looking forward to this installment. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations. I actually contemplated stopping listening a number of times but the story held my interest just enough for me to finish it.

    I had three main problems with this book: 1) The narrator irritated me with some oddly placed emphases and unbecoming characterazations (especially of Finn). 2) The amount of time and energy spent inside Gin's head dealing with (and stressing out about) relational difficulties left me feeling annoyed rather than compassionate (too much "telling", not enough "showing"), 3) Gin's interactions with the villain were painful and distressing without being compelling.

    Overall, I appreciate the way the characters were developed, the choices that Gin made regarding Owen, and the battles and struggles Gin faced, I just feel like the level of the writing wasn't as high as in the previous novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1690)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Excellent reinterpritation of a classic fairy tale"
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    If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, gripping, enjoyable,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of integrating the elements of a favorite fairy tale into a larger-scale story; translating the story into a futurisitc, sci-fi setting and adding larger scale plot elements (making me eager to hear the next installment).


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

    Ms. Soler does a great job in voicing the characters and gives Cinder a great attitude and lots of spunk! I also love her interpretation of Aiko (Cinder's android companion) and the doctor.


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

    This is an emotionally gripping story and I found myself tearing up a few times at critical moments. Ms. Meyer really pulls you in to Cinder's life, allowing you to feel her emptional ups and downs.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1432)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "This series just keeps getting better!"
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    Where does Fair Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm an avid audiobook listener and this book is near the top of my favorites list. I have loved this series since I first started "Cry Wolf" and I have devoured everything in the series since. I love the emotional interplay between the characters and how much they are willing to fight to overcome their personal demons in order to support their partner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fair Game?

    It's hard to answer this without giving spoilers, so if you don't want to know, don't read. At one point Anna is taken by a group of killers who rape and torture their victims and Charles is helpless to locate her. This capture brings back, to Anna, memories of her life in her first pack and tortures Charles with his failings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler! I think the most moving scene was when Charles was finally able to work through his guilt and overcome the spirits that were haunting him in order to re-connect with Anna and go to her rescue.


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

    While I didn't specifically laugh or cry, this story is powerful and emotionally gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    Holter Graham's narration is excellent. He does a great job giving each character a specific voice that helps to define them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4156)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2703)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Drew me in fast and kept me hooked!"
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    Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

    Yes. It was an intriguing story that had strong and interesting characters and a complex plot that brilliantly wove together multiple themes, including love, politics, religion and the heights and depths of the human character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elantris?

    The opening of the story stands out to me; Raoden, the prince (and heir) of Arelon is taken by the Shaod and turned into what most of the world considers a monster. He's thrown into the once grand, now despised, city of Elantris and must come to terms with his new life. At the same time, his fiancee, Princess Sarene of Teod, arrives early for the wedding - hoping to spend a few days getting to know her fiance a bit better, to see if Raoden will be the man who will be able to see past her focused, political exterior and actually love her or if this will be just another dry, arranged political marriage. Upon her arrival in Arelon, however, she is told her fiancee has died and, according to the marriage contract, she is now the new princess, a widow before she ever had a wedding, and forbidden (by that same contract) from ever straying from her dead prince and having another love.


    Which character – as performed by Jack Garrett – was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose my favorite character as they were all interesting, well written, and well performed. Since I'm required to choose, however, I'll say the prince, Raoden beacuse he was strong, noble, and caring with a deep love for his people and a good sense of humor that helped him to overcome his circumstances.


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

    There was a lot of emotional play in this story and I felt hope, joy, sadness, and revultion at various times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "Glad it's finally on Audible!"
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    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    quirky, hilarious, screwball


    What other book might you compare The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to and why?

    "Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians" by Brandon Sanderson. Both are easy to read yet have a strong undercurrent of dry, deeply intelligent humor that made me laugh out loud.


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

    A rich British intonation (always a bonus!) and a knowledge that the author is giving you his interpretation of his own story.


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

    I love Douglas Adams' books but this is my personal favorite. Makes me laugh every time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (767)

    Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

    Connie says: "Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!"
    "Good but not great"
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    I liked the premise of the book (a woman who was struck by lightning and now can sense the presence of dead bodies and know how they died) and found the characters interesting but the "mystery" was too predictable. I enjoy mysteries and know I'm not really good at solving them, so it was a bit frustrating when I had the "whodunnit" figured out around the middle of the story while the main character (who is supposed to posses a considerable intelligence) is still befuddled until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2023)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Great book, not my favorite narrator"
    Overall

    This was a great book: good characters, strong plot, lots of action. The only problem I had was the narrator. He wasn't bad enough to detract, necessarily, but his accent and attitude reminded me too much of a goodfella and distracted me. I think I would have preferred to read it in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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