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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2396)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Excellent Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Casual Vacancy to be better than the print version?

    I think the narration of this book was excellent. I also think this is a silly question.


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

    Being an American, I think that actually hearing the book in the British accent really made it more authentic.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Casual Vacancy and why?

    Chystal Weedon was the most memorable character. Her life was so tragic.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was excellent! Rowling has no problem writing for an adult audience... can't wait her next book!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6805)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3178)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Great Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

    I used the whispersync option so I combined the audible version with my kindle version. The narration was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really didn't have a favorite character. I felt like the characters were all very well developed and I enjoyed all of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1257)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Couldn't finish!"
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    What would have made The Magician King better?

    Nothing. This book was so bad. The characters were shallow and although they were supposed to be elite genius's... their vocabular was lacking and dull. I expected that the characters would have grown enormously from the first book... considering all they had been through. It seemed as though they regressed into a bunch of shallow, lazy, morons.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lev Grossman again?

    Probably not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices for the characters... especially Josh... made them sound like 12 year old boys. At this point, these characters should have been mature men and women.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Magician King?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    I really really wanted to like this book. I was so hoping that it would be better than the first one as the characters aged... it wasn't. I could not even finish the book... the characters were just so spoiled and shallow and silly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mine to Possess: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (511)

    Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed... and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

    Elantra says: "Not one of my favorites but, still good."
    "Sooo disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Nalini Singh and/or Angela Dawe?

    Maybe. I got the 3 previous books and felt that each book became less and less enjoyable. This book was my "last chance" to save the series for me... but it was awful. It's almost like each book follows pretty much the same storyline... distressed woman, forbidden love, hero, true love forever... it has gotten pretty sickening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mine to Possess?

    I hated the scenes that, in my opinion, were abusive


    Any additional comments?

    I am soo disappointed. I really loved the first book... the concept and the idea of the psy-changeling world was such an exciting idea... but unfortunately, this is just a redundant love story being rewritten over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (2185)
    Story
    (2176)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Not as good as I've come to expect"
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    Would you try another book from Jeaniene Frost and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Absolutely. Tavia Gilbert is always exceptional and I love Jeaniene Frost. This book was good... the story wasn't as developed as most of her other books... a bit disappointing.


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

    She is able to really bring the emotion of the characters to the story. She is an excellent narrator.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If the story were longer and better developed. It felt a bit rushed... most of the stories I've read from Jeaniene Frost have been significantly longer. Still worth the ready, especially if you've been following her storyline...


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to purchase her books as she writes them... I really love her stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14369)
    Performance
    (11780)
    Story
    (12409)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Frustrating... I wanted to like this book!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well, I don't know that it would have been a 5 star rating regardless... the writing is just not 5 star. However, I would have rated it much much higher if the narration had been better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    I will probably make a paper purchase for the second book rather than an audio purchase. I feel that the narration destroys the story.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    She was way too young for this genre. Her performance was more suited for a teen. Very bad... especially the male voices... This book should have been narrated by Tavia Gilbert... she is exceptional and with the popularity of this series, I am shocked that more effort wasn't put into ensuring that it was read by a suitable narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The storyline pulled you in...


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (737)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Game Change the most enjoyable?

    Although this was written from true events, it was as exciting and fascinating as fiction. A truly enjoyable story... Highly recommend... especially to those who closely followed the race.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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