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ya romance junkie

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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3398)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2874)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Good book, good narration"
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    This is a love story, a Southern gothic involving a young boy named Ethan (who is desperately looking for meaning and a way out of his mundane life in the rural town where his ancestors are rooted), and a girl named Lena (who has been different for her entire life, and has supernatural powers). I really did like the story, and I thought it captured many facets of the south really well. The authors tapped into the south's potential for a lovely gothic setting.

    There were only two gripes I had with the book/audiobook, and they are minor. I will explain them.
    I live in Georgia, and grew up in a rural southern town, and so there were some times where I felt that this book overemphasized the "same-old sameness" of small rural towns. Let's just say that there were many examples of things that people "never" do, like spend time in the town library or something, and examples of things that certain people always do. These notions were a bit cut and dry for me for several reasons, the main reason being that it's not very realistic (there are always exceptions to the rule, besides the protagonists); I found that a wee bit distracting. That is my only gripe about the story. The audiobook did the southern accents fairly well, but there were a few times that grated my nerves a bit, but there are variations of southern accents, so maybe I am just being picky (non-southern people may not even notice, I don't know). On the whole, though, definitely worth purchase or credit!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (601)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "An amazing ending to a great trilogy!"
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    While listening to these books, I became attached to the characters, especially to Bartimaeus and Kitty. Some parts of this story were truly heartwarming near the end, and there's enough action and suspense throughout to keep you listening when you should be doing other things... highly recommend. And the narration is one of the best I've ever experienced by a single narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula (Blackstone Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (196)

    In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international and lasting fame.

    Katrina says: "Still Scary Two Centuries Later"
    "Love this classic!"
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    I love to read Dracula, and it is just as fun to listen. This story is very entertaining. The only thing that got on my nerves after a while was the accent of Van Helsing. It may be correct or good or whatever, but I didn't enjoy it (but this is a petty gripe). Other than that matter of preference (you may not dislike it at all), this was an amazing narration and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: ace detective, snappy dresser, razor-tongued wit, crackerjack sorcerer, and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton, as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgely, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone stand in the way of an all-consuming ancient evil.

    Keith says: "This is more than a 5star book"
    "Great fun!"
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    During the first minute of this recording, when I heard the very first depiction of Skulduggery's character, I knew I would love listening to this audiobook... and I did. It was an entertaining listen, the narration was good, and the characters are likable (especially Skulduggery). This story can be good for kids and fun for adults too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1036)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Bloody Jack"
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    Great story and narration, meant for adolescents or teens, but very enjoyable for adults too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6665)
    Performance
    (3433)
    Story
    (3453)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "the graveyard book"
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    This story was well-developed and well-written. I also liked the narration, as well. I recommend it to anyone at all, period. I loved the characters in this book even more than the plot (the villain, the guardian, the witch ghost, the poet ghost), and I love how this audiobook led me to a new version of _Danse Macabre_, done by Bela Fleck and Ben Solee. You can find the MP3 on iTunes or Amazon MP3 store; I think it was done especially for this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (680)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Lovely prose"
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    Great story, really good narrator. The rich prose and good writing are a real treat, it was all in all a very satisfying listen. Though I sort of didn't like the heroine in the beginning because of the way she acted with the servants; one other reviewer didn't think her behavior was realistic, and I might agree a little. I think I had more propriety as a child than this heroine did when she got married. And it wasn't as though she had never been in the company of wealthy people, to see exemplary behavior toward household staff. Also, she was constantly daydreaming about the way things would be, or the way things had been, and daydreams are described in detail. There were so many imaginings on behalf of the heroine that it really staggered the plot a bit, but it didn't prevent me from enjoying this audiobook. I recommend it to anyone; it's a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faerie Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Herbie Brennan
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (75)

    Henry doesn't think he'll ever be able to get his mind off his parents' divorce. That is, until he meets Pyrgus Malvae, prince of the faerie world. Now Henry must help Pyrgus return home to fight the evil Faeries of the Night.

    Gurmukh says: "One of the best books I've listened to!"
    "great book, loved all the characters"
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    I really enjoyed the reading of this audiobook, and I also have the print version. The narration was well done.
    I really enjoyed the story line as well. Many other reviewers fail to see how any of Henry's stories about family life have to do with anything, and most people question the lesbian affair that his mother is having. I would like to be very clear on this point: there is no real portrayal or depiction of any lesbian love affair, only mention of it, with minute details. I personally don't believe that the knowledge of the existence of gayness is damaging to children. I enjoyed this glimpse into Henry's family life, as it let me get to know him and what he has to come home to, and sort of shows that there is turmoil on all fronts for him. It was interesting to see the way he deals with it all, and to see the contrast between the way he becomes a hero in the faerie realm, and how helpless to control anything that happens to his family in our world. I for one can sympathize with Henry's situation, not that my mother had an affair when I was growing up or anything like that, but that my parents made a lot of decisions that changed my life totally and I had absolutely no control over them because I was just a kid (I am speaking of divorce, remarriage, divorce again, overprotectiveness, etc). I suspect that others can relate to some of Henry's problems, as well as his outrage at some of the decisions his parents made in this book. I only say this because several reviewers wondered why the detail about his home life was there, and thought it came out of nowhere. I thought it was fine.
    I thought the rest of the story was also intriguing as well, and got attached to many of the characters. I recommend this audiobook to anyone; it is very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes Like Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Mantchev
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (“Bertie” for short) consorts daily with fairies, spirits, pirates, kings and queens. Left in infancy on the doorstep of the Theatre Illuminata, Bertie’s confidants and acquaintances step from the pages of plays. When the Theatre decides to evict her from her home of seventeen years, Bertie fights to stay where she is as the curtain goes up on a drama of longing and discovery- with Bertie searching out the well-concealed secrets of her past.

    ya romance junkie says: "I love this book!!!"
    "I love this book!!!"
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    The story is original and fun, and centers around a young girl's life in a magical theatre. The narration is amazing, Full Cast Audio did a wonderful job, and it was very entertaining. I had already read _Eyes Like Stars_ when I bought this audiobook, but the dramatization of it is a real treat, just as I hoped it would be. I am currently reading _Perchance to Dream_, which is the sequel to this book. I hope to get the audiobook for that as well, and I hope it is as good as this one :).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin Brande
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Cat smart, sassy, and funny - but thin, she's not. Until her class science project. That's when she winds up doing an experiment - on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living - and eating - like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.

    ya romance junkie says: "very enjoyable listen"
    "very enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    The main character, Cat, undergoes some important changes in this book, and it was a pleasure to listen to her journey. I listened to this audiobook in the span of two days and I loved it. I loved the romantic element, although I wish I had seen more of it at the end. I love the inclusion of Einstein's quote about being a vegetarian, and the fact that the author researched the topics discussed in this book in depth, and that writing this story changed her life. I think that's a testament to how great the book is, that it could possibly impact the readers'/listeners' lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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