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Mrs. V

Mom, Author, Teacher, and Critter Lover

New England, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Spirit Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    No one ever saw Faolan as a leader. Banished as a pup, he survived and returned as a gnaw wolf - the lowest member of the wolf pack. But Faolan wasn't meant to be a gnaw wolf. It's not just his strange, splayed paw, or his uncanny connection with the bears. There's something about Faolan that inspires certain wolves...and leaves others deeply suspicious. Now, with a dangerous threat on the horizon, the pack must make a choice. Will they trust the silver outsider with the task of leading?

    Mrs. V says: "Dystopian Wolf Fantasy"
    "Dystopian Wolf Fantasy"
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    On the whole, I like this series... but this particular volume didn't really speak to me. I'm a fan of "furry fantasy" - but not a fan of dystopia, so this book, where the world literally crumbles at the main character's paws, didn't score high on my list. Add to that a focus on the very real death and carnage of a major geologic upheaval, and some parts are genuinely grim.

    Erik Davies does a good job with straight narrative, but I find that his voices can be a bit inconsistent from one book to another... the wolf Heep, for example. If the story were stronger - as the past volumes were - I might have not noticed so much.

    I'll stick with the series because I'm a huge wolf fan - but I'm hoping that this was an anomaly in an otherwise sound tween fantasy series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of the Wolves: Wolf Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Hearst
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
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    (1)

    The third and final title in The Wolf Chronicles: Kaala the young wolf fulfills her destiny - to either help humans and wolves to live in peace, or bring war that will destroy them all. Fourteen thousand years ago in southern Europe, a wolf cub named Kaala discovers that she alone can link wolves and humans, thus keeping humans from growing distant from and destroying the world around them. In Promise of the Wolves and Secrets of the Wolves, Kaala came to understand her role.

    Mrs. V says: "Loved the Series, Hated the Ending"
    "Loved the Series, Hated the Ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No... I feel the ending was horrible, almost a betrayal of storyteller/ listener bond. Hated it.


    What could Dorothy Hearst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Alter the ending. She could easily have maintained the ending she wrote with a little more exposition, giving the reader more sense of closure in regards to the other vital characters.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    I love all of Justine Eyre's characters. She is wonderful.


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

    It made me want to hurl my device through the window of my car. I was THAT angry. The ending was, frankly, awful... A horrible thing to do to readers who have given years of time and hard earned cash to an otherwise great series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1642)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "Love the Series, Love the Narrator!"
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    I'd definitely recommend this book to a student or adult fan of children's literature... the characters are engaging, realistic enough for the now-older fans of the original series to appreciate, but still wholesome and goodhearted. None of this "gritty preteen" nonsense with this series... the author manages to keep the tone both light and emotionally engaging, weaving in real-world teen issues (friendships, first romance, social awkwardness) with honest-to-goodness fantasy. The core of Greco-Roman mythology is spot-on, lending a trendiness to what, for some readers, can be dusty traditional tales.

    For the tween reader who favors (ugh) dystopian sci-fi, this series won't hold up - but for kids who are still allowed to be kids without the "edge" modern media tries to put on them, this is exactly the sort of romp to fill a snowy winter afternoon. Don't get me wrong - this isn't pat and bland. Percy Jackson's world is to, say, the dystopian realms of The Hunger Games what Spider-Man is compared to the X Men: more humorous, willing to laugh at itself, and definitely not into taking itself too seriously.

    Oh, and there are educational gleanings in there, too, from the best place to find whale sharks in captivity to what was going on as Fort Sumter was attacked... happy teacher, here. The best kind of learning happens when kids don't think they ARE learning.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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