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Whitney

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  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (563)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Skip if you're looking for more Hunger Games"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book because I loved the Hunger Games so much. However, this book is aimed at an audience that is significantly younger and just isn't as gripping. It's not a bad book, but it's nothing that exciting either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (374)

    Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

    Michele says: "Loved it! Loved them all."
    "Best since Bloody Jack"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the Jackie Faber books and have enjoyed each of the books in the series. This one was my favorite since the first in the series. It brings the characters from the Lawson Peabody to the sea and allows for excellent character development, particularly of Clarissa Howell and her friends. The plot is more focused than some of the other books have been and seems to have more new elements than the second and third books in the series did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Cayla Kluver
    • Narrated By Anna Chlumsky
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack. Across the land of Hytanica, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from a great enemy.

    Jenny says: "Interesting Paradox"
    "Skip It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very disappointed in this book. Although there is supposed to be some mystery, intrigue and romance, there isn't enough character development or action to give the story any momentum or to give the reader any stake in what's going on. The book is primarily filled with descriptions of rooms, clothing, and court events. Also, this is apparently the first book in a series, so there isn't any closure or resolution for readers who wouldn't read another by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (790)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Great narration, creative take on old tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like the narrators on Orson Scott Card's Enders Game and Enders Shadow, you will enjoy listening to this tale. The tale is a unique take on an old tale everyone is familiar with and has a good pace throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (792)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Book Professor says: "Such a fun book!"
    "Lead character needs more substance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main character, Betsy, is so shallow and so one dimensional that the book is quite slow. It was hard to engage with the characters until about 2/3 of the way into the book. Even then, the characters still lack dimension, but at least a plot begins to develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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