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  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Enthralling - whispersync ensured my understanding"

    As with most books this days I listen to them while at work and when a book is interesting enough I read on my kindle app at home. I'm thankful for the feature because it allowed me to understand and correctly pronounced the Scottish /Irish chat. The performance immersed me in a different time and place; understanding that this is touched by actual historical characters and places makes the story even more magical. The characters are easy to like and you keep coming back so you can find out what happens with both of our heroines, Ana (from the past) and Nicola (present). The story transported me to lands and places I wish to yet explore and I can't help but realize how different the world is nowadays - less trusting, more isolated but still growing and fascinating.

    0 of 0 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

    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.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "An Ending"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

    I would most likely never read another Veronica Roth Book I will most definitely listen to the performers again.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may relisten to Garth Nix Abhorsen series next to restore my faith in series. And revisiting hunger games is definitely in my near future in preparation for catching fire.

    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    Aaron Standford made Tobias real for me and made the only 3 seconds of heartfelt emotion in the story. Emma Galvin was lively as would be expected.

    Do you think Allegiant needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Most definitely not. Overall I found the book lacking depth and originality in the conclusions that were drawn and the morals that were being communicated as it tried to connect to the reader and provide substance that would reverberate within your own self. It was very predictable and again sentiments are too mundane& superficial. But is is an ending and now this is done.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An Ending to WoT"
    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    As with each one of Brandon Sanderson's WoT books there are parts that genuinely belong and others that feel a bit foreign but overall a good read.

    Did Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some of the voices got a bit mixed up for some characters which threw me off a bit after having listened to all of the WoT books.

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

    If you have been a long term fan of the WoT you will laugh, cry and at times be infuriated. You will feel the overall sadness of bidding goodbye to this long time friend of ours and the emptiness that it will leave behind.

    Any additional comments?

    First I must say that next time I know books are making excerpts available (with the exception of the prologue), I will probably abstain and simply wait until the book comes out. Talmanes heroism, a la Matt, was by far my favorite scene. Including the part he played with Nynaeve and I read that before the book came out. 

    Overall, I liked A Memory of Light a lot but there were also some obvious plots that at the end left me dissatisfied. I'm one who has read each one of the WoT books multiple times and I very much appreciate Brandon Sanderson, Harriet and Team Jordan's effort in bringing this glorious series to the finish line. I know the WoT is not everyone's cup of tea, but those of us who love the books celebrate the great books and the not so great books, which in my case was book 10 CoT. 

    I would say that my two biggest disappointment was first, that min's viewing of Morraine playing a significant role or being key to wining the last battle, was portrayed as a role that could have likely being played by someone else and not very significant. What happened was the logical turn of events and in my opinion didn't require Morraine to play any role. On the same token I would have preferred her to play a more significant role in Rand's fight in Shayol Ghul. Secondly the defeat of Fain was too abrupt to my liking and appeared to me as a simple afterthought. 

    The two things that I loved the most was first, after books of being irritated with Perrin, I actually love his final story. And secondly that Matt was as funny as he has ever been, it felt like he was once again himself, so that above all made me happy. 

    I think this was an ending to the wheel of time. It did not necessarily provide all the answers, or tie up the stories as I would have liked it to. In my opinion the end story to the male lead characters was by far more satisfying than those of the female ones,  Nynaeve being perhaps the exceptionwith. The story itself left a lot of lose ends , such as the Seanchan, the wind finders, the black tower itself. 

    The story was gripping, engaging and some parts, at least for me, are unforgettable. 

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Teenager - Groundhog Day"
    What disappointed you about Before I Fall?

    I despised smoking and the fact that this book glorifies bad, out of control youngsters, made it extra hard for me to get into the story. I can't identify to the high school experience described in this book. My upbringing & school experience was very different. If nothing else I hope that this book teaches those who chose to continue to populate the earth how important it is to care and to connect, to understand the challenges in your children's life and the need to guide and challenge the status quo in order to break the horrible pattern depicted in this book.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending to me was confusing and left me feeling empty after I was able to force myself to not abandon the book.

    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Kent is probably my favorite besides Sam herself.

    Any additional comments?

    I hated this book and I liked the book. I did not in any shape or form love the book. The story is infuriating most times but touching other times. A reminder of how our actions make a difference in other people's life, whether we acknowledge that or not. It was also yet another reminder that life is too short.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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