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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
    (2282)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2059)

    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.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "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
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4096)
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    (3674)
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    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Great addition to the post apocalyptic genre"
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    Fantastic author. Absorbing story. It was perfect. I didn't want to stop listening! If you love a well written horror story this is the one for you.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1198)
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    (1190)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Not worth it"
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    Ugh, This is a long book. It needs to be because it takes forever to get to any kind of a point. I found the main character to be arrogant, judgmental and rude. I just couldn't warm up to her. I am definitely returning this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Number9Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By William Rycroft
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses - through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck - a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father's identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer.

    Darwin8u says: "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé"
    "Outstanding storytelling"
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    Number9Dream starts abruptly and takes you on a fast paced trip through many different scenarios. I have found that you need to really stick with the author as his beginnings have at first confused me a bit. The thing is, the more I read, the more I become immersed in the story, the more I love his writing. I don't normally gush about an author, but David Mitchell is by far one of the best modern writers out there. His stories are so complex, layered and full of meaning. Do not pass up the chance to listen! Once you give Mr. Mitchell a chance you will become hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Natalie S. Harnett
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the black lung-stricken Gramp. Tragedy is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American clan who takes strange pleasure in the “curse” laid upon them generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the Molly Maguires.

    NHull says: "Disfunction makes a good read"
    "Excellent Story"
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    What did you love best about The Hollow Ground?

    I loved the complexity of the characters in The Hollow Ground. No one was all good or bad. Love doesn't necessarily conquer all, but hope can survive and thrive in terrible circumstances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brigid embodies determination, unconditional love, and hope. She faces the truth down and still is able to hope. I also loved the character of Gram. But really all the characters had depth and complexity. When you wanted to hate one for what they had done, they would should another side which made you change your mind, along with Brigid.


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

    No, but she is a wonderful narrator and a perfect fit for this story.


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

    It would have something to do with fire obviously and survival.


    Any additional comments?

    An engrossing story, interesting characters and a great narrator makes for a highly recommended choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (817)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Mel says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "Truly Original Storytelling"
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    This is the second book I have read by David Mitchell. I am so glad I stumbled upon his work. The Cloud Atlas, for me, was so inspiring and moving. I have re-read it and it is one of my top ten books of all time.

    His new book, The Bone Clocks does not carry the same feeling for me, which was initially disappointing. Yet as I stayed with it I found I loved this one too, just in a different way. I would recommend his books to anyone who truly enjoys a good story, but would caution to them to be patient and stay with it as it is a large book that builds slowly. It is a true joy to see the bigger picture begin to develop. His characters are so rich and varied you begin to really get to know and love (or hate) them. The time spent with this book is truly worth it in the end. Stick with it and enjoy the storytelling. This will appeal to readers who are interested in fantasy, sci-fi, or just good storytelling with depth.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1549)
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    (1369)
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    (1360)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Diane says: "Incredibly disappointing"
    "Engrossing, masterful storytelling!"
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    From the first book, I have been hooked this author. She has a way of telling a story that slowly, almost imperceptibly pulls you in until you don't want to leave. Each book seems to build on the one before even though each story and each main detective is very different. I love the look she gives us inside the internal life of each of her characters. She switches effortlessly between the mind of complicated teenage girls, to the minds of the detectives, building up to a surprising ending. The narrators perfectly complemented the story. If you are looking for something that will draw you in and stay with you after it's finished then please do not pass this up!

    0 of 0 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
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1127)
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    (1130)

    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.

    General Zod 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
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1236)
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    (1229)

    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 3 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
    (127)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    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.

    Janice says: "Fell just a little short of my expectations"
    "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
    (4076)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2096)

    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

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