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Cassandra

Ballard, Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

    Felicity says: "Prepare for Disappointment!"
    "Not the ending I expected!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a little sad that this series is over, but I'm happy to say that it was not predictable. Usually I can see the conclusion from a mile away, but I have to say that I really didn't know what the crap was going to happen until I got to the last chapter.

    Rebecca Lowman is awesome. She has a pretty distinct voice (I wanna say mid-west-ish...?) and she really breathes life into the story. I think she's one of the reasons I enjoyed this series so much.

    Andrea Cremer weaves quite a story. There's action (scuba diving), romance (love triangle) and multi-dimensional characters. Usually, in a series, the author feels the need to re-explain some of the basic plot twists that took place in earlier books and I always find it kind of annoying... I mean, if I'm reading book three I obviously read books one and two. My point is that Ms.Cremer does a minimal amount of backtracking, which I find refreshing.

    I officially recommend this book, NAY- this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8679)
    Performance
    (6247)
    Story
    (6282)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Liz says: "Not as good as the hype suggests"
    "Good, Not Great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think this book was a smart take on a very trendy genre.

    The narrator is great, she switches from one accent to another effortlessly and her cadence makes listening a pleasure. She is definitely one of my favs.

    The premise of the story was great, and for the first 3/4 of the book I couldn't stop listening... but then I got a little bored with all the logistics. I'd still recommend this book, and I'm sure I'll make time for the sequel- it just wasn't a five-star listen.

    In short- the writing was great, the narrator was marvelous, the story was just trying a little too hard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • She's So Dead to Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kieran Scott
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs, Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled. So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing.

    Cassandra says: "Really Great."
    "Really Great."
    Overall

    I loved this book! It was fun and entertaining. The narrators where fantastic which was refreshing because an annoying narrator can really ruin an audio book- no matter how good the story is (and this story is pretty great). I'm anxious for the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Amy Efaw
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Before that morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby.

    Cassandra says: "Waste of Time and Money"
    "Waste of Time and Money"
    Overall

    I don't know what made me buy this book in the first place- but I'm sorry I did. The main character is whiny and unrelatable and the writing is choppy at best. The writer just focused on the wrong part of the story; I know the book is called "After" but I think it would have been semi-readable if she'd given us a better idea of what came "Before". I get the sense that I'm supposed to like the main character but everything the writer tells us about her is absolutely unlikeable. I think the author's editors did her a disservice- this story had potential but it flopped.

    Better luck next time!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22344)
    Performance
    (9021)
    Story
    (9095)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Not what you expect"
    Overall

    I suppose I'm with the other reviewers who said this book wasn't exactly what the media hyped it up to be. I guess my assumption was that this would be a straight-forward murder-mystery with all the applicable twists and turns, but it wasn't. Actually, I found this book to be surprisingly intellectual (over my head at times, but the author makes catching up fairly easy w/o being obvious) and riveting. The story is involved to say the least- it's obvious that the author put a lot of time and thought into the characters and story that haunt this book, and his efforts don't go unnoticed as he pulls the reader in and really forces you/me/the reader to identify with the who, what and why of this novel. The book starts off slow (all the books in this series follow the same pattern) but keep reading and I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

    Honestly, I think the narrator (Simon Vance) bumps this audiobook from a 4-star rating to a 5-star rating; the voices he does are subtle but effective and his inflection is spot-on. If you like this installment, I encourage you to listen to the next two- you won't regret it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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