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Wendy

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  • The Icebound Land: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (487)

    After a cataclysmic battle against the evil Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are abducted and bound for Skandia. Now Will's loyal friends Halt and Horace must rise to the occasion and liberate them before it is too late.

    Annemichelle says: "LOVE THIS SERIES! Only regret that Audible doesn't"
    "Inspiring people doing exciting things."
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    Would you listen to The Icebound Land again? Why?

    Yes, because the creative, good-hearted, and courageous young adults inspire me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Will because of his non-stop pursuit of perfection at his trade, and because of his love and gratefulness for the people in his life.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciate his talent with the voices. The recording is a little unprofessional as you hear him swallowing and breathing at each new chapter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The battle, when Will was diving and firing and picking off the enemy.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, I love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World After: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (580)

    In this sequel to the best-selling fantasy thriller Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody?

    Katheryne says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!"
    "An Exciting Sequel"
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    World After is a satisfying second book. It is exciting, funny, and kept my interest from beginning to end. The tension between the lead characters is charismatic and believable (for a young adult fantasy novel). The author develops the characters in a way that keeps them likable and keeps you rooting for them. Although the book may not appeal to someone looking for a steamy romance, it is acceptable for mid to late teen readers. The narration is excellent, and I am looking forward to the third book. FYI, I read that a movie is in the works for this book trilogy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8915)
    Performance
    (8148)
    Story
    (8236)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Unexpected, Thought Provoking, Dauntless"
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    *spoiler alert*
    I looked forward to this book like Christmas. I've read all the other reviews and although I agree that it could have been written with a happy ending, I did like the book. I wish I could have experienced Triss in a non-stressful, post-apocolyptic relationship with Tobias. I can imagine how it could have been written with her helping "fringe" people adjust to New Chicago. That being said, with the situation presented as it was, I thought the author was true to Triss' character. She wanted to live for "the people" and the only way to accomplish that was to do what she did. No one else, as they were developed could have filled that role. This was where the author took this story. It is her story; her art. I'm glad to have experienced it. I really enjoyed the narration. I remember voting for Aaron this summer and happy to report that his voice was perfect for me. It was fulfilling to experience Triss', Tobias' and Evelyn's growth. I feel as if I've grown from experiencing these characters. I think Veronica was brave, dauntless...because based upon the reviews and disappointment, it will be a tough sell in Hollywood. I for one, will see it and enjoy it as much as I can. The movies are not ever as good as the book, and I did love this trilogy and I'm glad I listened to it. I still put it in the top trilogies I've read. I don't always get what I want for Christmas, sometimes I just get what I need.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1059)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Listened to it four times and still love it!"
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    After reading the other reviews, it's about 50/50 on people loving it or leaving it. That's why I'm grateful for the return policy at Audible. I'm willing to take a risk. I have to say that I loved this book. The characters are interesting and I can't comprehend the imagination that could conceive of this story. The story slowly unwinds but as the characters' personalities emerge you are entertained by all their idiosyncrasies. Yes, there is much detail, but I prefer detail. The narrator is slower (but not painfully), and she has appropriate and believable voices for all of the characters, which I find to be rare among narrators. I love fantasy because the stress of a fantasy character's life stays with the story and it doesn't build in my mind and add to my own stress.

    I love how the author wove different people in all through the book, built suspense and then tied it neatly at the end so that you are not completely hanging while waiting for the next book (which I really hope will be as good as the first). I love Meg Corbyn's character because the author really made me feel like she was someone who never got to live a real life, and then made her evolvement believable. The way Meg looked at the world made me remember to try to treat people, all people, with kindness. She has no prejudice and it's inspiring.

    This book is not a romance, but there is a potential and a leading towards a romantic relationship between Meg and Simon. It is definitely not for audiences under 15 or 16 because of theme, but I think that all adults that enjoy fantasy would like this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (545)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Emotional roller coaster of love and betrayal."
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    First of all, as a mother of a teenager, the romance level was difficult to enjoy. I would not tell my 16 year old teenage daughter to read it, but I would tell my daughter to read it when she turns 18.(I know it's just a number, but it's a number that says you are an adult and legally and fully responsible for your actions). It is easy to portray in a book that sex is an emotionally binding act between teenagers, but the truth is that boys are usually not able to respond in a way that supports a teenage young woman. In this story, Holder is amazing; better than any adult male I've ever encountered!
    Putting that aside, it was a heart-wrenching story, and very well written. I laughed and I got teary. It actually helped me clarify my own issues with a heart-wrenching teen experience. For that I am truly grateful, because now I can work on letting it go and moving on from that pain and betrayal. It always feels like karma when something like that happens when I read a book. That could not have happened if the writer was not so talented. I've read all of Colleen Hoover's books and have enjoyed them all. I would strongly recommend this book and all her books.
    The narrator is very talented and adds depth to the audio-book. There is nothing worse than in inappropriate narrator to ruin a great story. Fortunately Angela Goethals has an appropriate voice and speed for all the characters and timing of the story. I would listen to other books narrated by her in the future. Definitely worth the credit and the time. I could not stop listening to it!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1129)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "A good start to a great series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended it already. I bought this book during an Audible sale. The one reviewer thought it to be mediocre. Since it was on sale, I thought it was a safe bet. I was surprised how much I loved it. By the end, I could not wait to buy the rest of the series. They are even better the second time. There is so much detail, you really need a second listen. It's not boring the second time, I think I liked it even better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was "Puck" or "Robin Goodfellow" in the first book. I loved the sense of humor of this character. The author did a good job of portraying the affection and love he had for the main character.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she is excellent. All the characters had a personality and life of their own. She does an amazing male voice and Grimalkin the cat was perfect! Her voice makes this book special.


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

    Twilight in the Never Never!


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was good, and the next three got better and better. The story really grew in complexity, imagination, and magic. The way the friends come together for each other is a good experience. It makes you really miss them when the book is over. It's a surprisingly good love story. It's like Twilight, but with faeries instead of vampires.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (558)

    "My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…."

    MAB says: "Unexpectedly pleased"
    "Super exciting 4th adventure!"
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    Where does The Iron Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Iron Knight is in the top 20 of all fantasy/sci-fi books in my library. It is the fourth book in the series which tends to be boring and overdone by that time. This one is very different because it comes from a different perspective. There is much feeling and growth in the characters and you are cheering for how they come together as friends. I am actually on my second listen and it is better the second time. The voice performance is good, but it is a little difficult at first to get used to because the voices have all been done by a female(who did a great job) in the previous three books. I love it and I know I will listen to it again. If you love the Twilight Series, I think this one is just as good and maybe a little better.


    What other book might you compare The Iron Knight to and why?

    I would compare it to Harry Potter in the 6th and 7th novels, with a mix of "The Mummy" and "Indiana Jones." It is also a love story and I'm not sure what to compare it to, but it was a very good love story, not too mushy but the end made me teary and that doesn't happen very often. It is also very funny.


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

    None that I know of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could not stop listening to it. In fact, I am exhausted from staying up late trying to finish it (for the second time).


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series is fantastic. I love it. I'm so happy I own it and know that I can listen to it whenever I want. I know I will want to listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (2009)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "You need to listen to all three to find closure."
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    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book ranks in the top 20. It is not as good as Tolkien or Paolini, but there is much wisdom woven into the story. The main character has much growing up to do, so he is sometimes annoying, but you really care about the characters.


    What other book might you compare The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice to and why?

    Somewhat like Eragon in Paolini's books, but more whiny. The magic isn't as prevalent and the wisdom isn't as strong, but I liked it. I definitely wanted to finish all three to see the outcome.


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

    I don't remember if I have listened to him before, but he did a good job. The characters stood out differently and the women were just a little annoying as it has to be when men perform their voices. I've listened to books where I could not finish it because the performance was so poor. Fortunately, these books do not have that problem.


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

    This book was emotional because so many horrible things happen in it and the people are pretty mean. I did laugh and get angry, but I don't remember crying. I felt sad sometimes, too. There were a couple wise parts that made me write down the lines to think about. The amount of growing that the main character has to do made me reflect on my growth.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I listened to it. I cared about the characters and missed some of them when it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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