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MelindaCogs

316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.

Wisconsin

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  • 16 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 416 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (4456)
    Story
    (4518)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Had to finish the series but it was painful"
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    What was most disappointing about Christopher Paolini???s story?

    The story went on and on in many places about nothing. Frankly, the author got too successful for his own good. An editor should've cut out a half of this book - at least, but since it's the eragon series, the editor probably was allowed to do little more than say whatever you think Chris. It's sad. There are elements that are entertaining, but only about one of every five minutes actually advanced the story.


    What three words best describe Gerard Doyle???s performance?

    He kept all the characters straight and remained true to their voices through out. The problem with this book is not the narrator.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was the last book in the series... So if you've invested the time to red the first three, you pretty much have no choice but to finish the series. I wish I had better news about the quality of the experience though.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1742)

    In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    AudioAddict says: "Very clever story (and series)"
    "fabulous! might be the best yet."
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    this book series is absolutely fabulous. I love the characters and the interaction between them. The addition of cress to the team takes this book to a new level. If you're already enjoying the series, don't miss this installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shannon Messenger
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Sophie befriends the mythical Alicorn - and puts her mysterious powers to the test - in this enchanting sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities. Sophie is settling in nicely to her new home and her new life in the world of the lost cities. And it helps that living at Havenfield means getting to spend time with rare and precious species - including the first female Alicorn, who shows herself to Sophie and trusts no one but her.

    MelindaCogs says: "Excellent Story—Horrible Narrator. Read the book."
    "Excellent Story—Horrible Narrator. Read the book."
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    The stories in this series are wonderful. I liken them to a rip off of Harry Potter books - but I really do mean that in a nice way – REALLY! (If you're going to rip off any book series - best to choose one of the best series in book history.)
    These books are very well written and creative. I love the characters and their charming, even touching, interactions. Like Harry Potter books, I wish I could travel into the elf world right along with the characters.
    All of that said - Read the book instead of doing the audiobook. This narrator is second-rate at best. She has about 3 distinct character voices and uses them for about 20 different characters. She rarely uses inflection, timing or emotion within her narration.
    I only suffered through her narration because as I was so into the books that I wanted to use ever spare second to continue advancing the story and, quite frank, the police frown on you actually reading while driving.
    So, if you can, read the book. If you're like me, however, and simply must use every spare second to read - do both. I learned from this that Audible and Kindle sync to each other! Really - I have no idea how they do it, but, seriously, how cool is that?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (418)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Just plain fun."
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    When you get tired of your own life and just want to escape into someone else's shoes for a bit, may I recommend this book?

    "Whatever You Do, Don't Run" is a series of many different little anecdotes and personal experiences from an African safari guide who I wish would be my friend. I could imaging many entertaining dinner parties with great conversation and lots of laughs.

    Yes, it's not very long, but the vignettes are easily split into bit sized chunks - perfect for making those afternoons spent running errands more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.

    D.R. says: "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
    "Great story but the narrator needs cold medicine."
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    I really enjoy Brandon Mull's stories. I think they're creative and fun -- everything you'd expect from a popular children's book author. But, quite frankly, despite the great story, the narrator almost made me give up.

    I'm not sure if she had a cold when narrating this book, but so many times I just wanted to scream at her to blow her nose or something. She was so very, very nasal in her delivery. Worse, she specifically chose to voice one of the main characters, Pigeon, as a nasally boy.

    It was awful. After a few hours of this, it was like fingers on a chalkboard to me.

    Please, please -- Mr. Mull, if create another audiobook for this series, choose a different narrator or make sure that this one is clear of her cold.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (352)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Princess Bride Meets Monty Python"
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    Other reviewers have compared this book & narrator to the Princess Bride. I think it's a brilliant and very apt comparison. But, I think one more needs to be added — the narrator has a definite Monty Python feel.

    Between the laugh-a-minute story, the humorously flawed yet oh-so-lovable characters, and the narrator's expert delivery of all the various characters (love the Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque delivery the most), I felt like crying when this book was done and I realized there was not yet a sequel available.

    PLEASE CHRISTOPHER & BRONSON - Get to work! We need another and fast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1108)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "What a life, What a Listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Who would imagine a life such as this could actually be real? I had to keep reminding myself that this was ot fiction. This was Frank's life. In addition to being a fascinating glimpse into life in the mid-1900's, it's just a joyful listen. You can't help but cheering for a criminal just to keep the story going. And, if you've seen the movie, do the book. There's so much more to frank's story than could be put into the movie. His experience in the French prison alone is worth adding the audio book to your movie experience. I wish I could listen for the first time again.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    I love learning about popular culture that is no more. Who writes checks anymore? Getting on airplanes without security checks that leave you half naked? Love it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21998)
    Performance
    (19703)
    Story
    (19868)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great book for fans the Hunger Games series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After finishing the a hunger games series I was left tight that familiar feeling of now what? Luckily, I came across this title. If you enjoyed the characters of the hunger games and could handle the brutality of that world, try Divergent. It starts a bit slow, but don't worry. It'll pick up soon enough. Then, just like me, you'll be waiting, if not very patiently, for the next installment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Villian. Frankly, you cannot achieve a great series without a great Villian. This series starts off on a great note because the Villian and crew have all the perfect mix of frightening motivation and will do do what needs to be done to make their visions a reality.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance gives greater depth to the voice of the main character than I think just the written work would.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3680)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1645)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Long, Long, Long, Long... And Dull"
    Overall

    I tried... really I did. I tried to like this book, but after about 10 hours, I gave up. The plot moves so slowly. The characters just aren't all that likeable. I like Jonathan Segundus, but he shows up in the first few chapters and no where else. It really reads like a long history textbook that you had to read in 10th grade. No thank you. Find enjoyment elsewhere.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Amy Povich
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

    Amy says: "Fabulous"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    If you liked the First "Traveling Pants", try the second volume. It's basically more of the same... same characters with the same youthful faults and the same predictable happy ending. With that said- this was a very entertaining listen. It was not heavy, which is perfect for the summer or vacation listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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