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  • Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green has crafted numerous acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Blue Moon Rising, Blood and Honor, and Shadows Fall. In this first installment of the Ghost Finders series, JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer are agents of the Carnacki Institute - a place where the sole purpose is to “do something” about ghosts. But what exactly?

    A. Hogue says: "I LOVE Simon R Green. But...."
    "No Real Connection"

    I've never read one of Simon R. Green's works again, and I'm a bit hesitant to give his work another try.

    Despite this books' place as the first in a series, I never really felt like the author helped me connect to the characters. Although they each had their own little quirks, all of the characters seemed to fit types from previous books that I've read. JC, Melody, and Happy never really seemed real, so I wasn't as concerned about what happened to them. In all honesty, it seemed like a first draft of work that never really got revised. The plot seemed a bit repetitive and since the character development never really happened, the plot didn't ever really seem to pull me in as much as I'd hoped. The narrator/performance was fine, but not memorable.

    Overall, I was hoping for something better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, The Goose Girl has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Magical Listen"
    "A Magical Listen"

    This was one of my favorite books and I couldn’t wait to hear the audio version. I had high expectations, but they were most definitely met.

    Based on the original fairy tale The Goose Girl, the story revolves around the crown princess Anidori-Kiladra of the kingdom Kildenree. Ani is not the swashbuckling heroine like some in other Young Adult fiction, nor is she swift-thinking or fast-talking. Really, we start with a princess who is not comfortable in her own skin or in her role as princess and future queen and who has much opportunity for growth. In order to appease the war-like kingdom of Bayern, she is sent to marry their prince. Near the end of her long journey, she is betrayed by her own lady-in-waiting and guards and barely lives to tell her story. Living in a country that is not her own, and disguised as a goose girl, she must find a way to survive long enough to save herself and her kingdom.

    As the original book itself had more than 380 pages, I was curious as to how it would adapt to being read aloud, especially as done with a full cast. I must say that it was done very well. The readers were marvelous. The narrator had a pleasant reading voice and the other actors and actresses, unlike in several audiobooks I’ve heard, really sounded like they were living out the story. Full Cast Audio did a great job on this wonderful audiobook.

    An amazing book with vivid, realistic, and relatable characters and a riveting plot, it is a magical read (listen).

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Charmed Life: The Worlds of Chrestomanci, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Delightful Read!"
    "A Delightful Read!"

    I grew up reading the books of Diana Wynne Jones as a pre-teen and teenager and it was most wonderful to be able to return to her work as an adult.

    The story has twists and turns, secrets and spells. Here is the story of Cat Chant and his sister Gwendolyn. After barely surviving death by drowning and losing their parents, they are sent to live with the dashing (and remarkably well-dressed) Chrestomanci at Chrestomanci Castle. Gwendolyn sees an avenue to really show off her witchcraft, but Cat is somewhat disappointed to leave Mrs. Sharp on Coven street. At the castle, Cat has to learn the secrets of what his sister has been plotting, discover the true nature of Chrestomanci, and learn who he really is. There are many suprises in store for the reader and most will enjoy the well-developed characters and interesting plot.

    The story is well read by a very talented narrator. The inflection for each character is very well defined and the pace keeps the reader (or listener) interested. I would recommend this to adults and children alike. Originally published in print in 1977 followed in 1988 by its prequel The Lives of Christopher Chant (about Chrestomanci's childhood) is likely to become a classic, especially as most of the author's works are being re-released.

    If you like J.K. Rowling, you'll love Diana Wynne Jones. This is a most remarkable read.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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