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T Higgins

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1801)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Enchanting"
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    What did you love best about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    This book was an overall win for me. Not only was the story enchanting and engaging, but the narrator was absolutely perfect! It is an urban fantasy, but the setting and the characters are not your usual run of the mill. I also loved that the author made the characters so complex, no one is entirely evil or entirely good. I hated it when I had to stop listening and now I can't wait for the next book to come out! I hope that they keep Ms. Hvam for the series - her narration really added to the experience and I don't think they could have made a better choice!


    What other book might you compare Daughter of Smoke and Bone to and why?

    It really is a young adult urban fantasy but it is so different that I can't really say it compares to the others I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where she sneaks into the Chimera's world and gets caught by Brimstone. It was very emotional.


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

    The author really makes you care about the characters. So there were times when I felt very sad for them and other times when it was comical.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (598)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "True Thriller"
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    What a great read! Once I learned it was a trilogy I quickly picked up book 2. Now that I've finished I just downloaded the last book. I have to know what happens next. Blake Crouch is a master of suspense. My only complaint is that he ended the book on a heck of a cliffhanger! Fair warning, if you get sucked into the story you will want all three books and you will definitely need to listen to them in the order they were written.

    This is not a literary masterpiece by any means, but it is fun, fast paced and never boring, making it a great car trip book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense or science fiction. It is a very enjoyable listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Top Notch Read"
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    I have become a huge fan of A.J. Hartley and David Hewson. Having studied Shakespeare as a student I am familiar with the stories, but this is not just another rehashed version. They take the story line and while remaining faithful to the basics, add life and depth to it in a way that is never boring. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read whether you are a fan of Shakespeare, historical fiction, or mystery. Richard Armitage was the perfect pick as narrator. Definitely worth it! I can only hope they will continue their partnership and bring more of Shakespeare's stories to life.

    If you like this - then you will love their version of Macbeth - don't miss it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Bride: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yangsze Choo
    • Narrated By Yangsze Choo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

    T Higgins says: "Delightful, Original, Well Done!"
    "Delightful, Original, Well Done!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghost Bride to be better than the print version?

    I would definitely recommend the audio edition over the print. I didn't have to struggle with pronunciations and could just relax and listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Er Lang - who turned out to be a surprise (at least to me). I really enjoyed his personality.


    Which character – as performed by Yangsze Choo – was your favorite?

    Yangsze Choo was an excellent narrator. I loved how she performed each character and made them different.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ghost Bride and why?

    Li Lan, of course, being the main character!


    Any additional comments?

    The author does a tremendous job of drawing the reader/listener in to her world. I loved the way the author described each scene in detail, It made me want to learn more about why the author wrote it and if any of the portions of the book were based on actual customs or folk tales.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1760)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Great Story - Bad Narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and Peter Straub and/or Frank Muller?

    I love Stephen King and Peter Straub - Mr. Muller however was not my favorite narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Talisman to and why?

    It is in some ways like Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" in that both include travel and alternate worlds.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    No. His reading was so off it was distracting. I had read the book before and loved the story, but his narration really ruined it for me.


    Could you see The Talisman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I am not sure -


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4141)
    Performance
    (2986)
    Story
    (3022)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Good for teens, disappointing for adults"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless it was a very young teenage girl. Not for anyone over 25.


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

    This was my first Cassandra Clare Book


    What didn’t you like about Ari Graynor’s performance?

    Unfortunately her performance made the material even more juvenile to me. I just couldn't warm up to her voice or her performance at all. She had an irritating way of almost slurring her words containing "s" in them that was very distracting to me. Audible definitely has better narrators!


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

    I did. It was okay, again a little more juvenile than I enjoy-obviously I am a little too old for the material, but usually I can enjoy young adult fiction.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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