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  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (498)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "Not worth it if you've read Poison Study"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nope, because the main themes and even major parts of the story seemed to be repeats of "Poison Study": heroine about to be put to death, love-hate relationship between the two main characters, there was even another hide-and-seek game in the forest... all of which I enjoyed the first time I listened to Poison Study.


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

    I love Gabra Zackman and she's pretty much the only reason I was able to finish listening to this book. If it was anyone else I would have given up about halfway through.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because I loved, loved, LOVED "Poison Study" and thought this book would be as entertaining as that series. It's not as good - the story isn't as fleshed out, and frankly Avry was a little dense and her love interest wasn't that much better. All in all it’s a pretty meh read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (945)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "Not a great audio book"
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    What would have made A Beautiful Friendship better?

    Less over explanation of every single scene. More info on who Fisher/his group was, it felt like they popped up out of nowhere.


    Has A Beautiful Friendship turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still love Sci-Fi I just don't think this book is the greatest example of the genre.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She definitely sounded like a young girl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust? I got really annoyed when Fisher's grand solution to the Treecat's being sentient was to basically put them on reservations instead of actually trying to work out how to give/co-exist on a planet with a dominant, native, intelligent species. Sci-fi is supposed to show humanity how to better ourselves, and that storyline didn't.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1762)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Perfect start to Halloween"
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    This book works so much better as an audio book than a normal book.

    There is no way that text could make you feel the growing unease, questioning the little boys intentions towards the narrator, making you think about every little detail and sound (yes - it's one of those audio books)...it was perfect.

    Add to the fact that Neil Gaiman has one of the best voices for storytelling and everything ever written should be read by him, this was a great way to start off my Halloween season a few days early.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4439)
    Performance
    (3236)
    Story
    (3257)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Interesting blurb, AWFUL book"
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    Did you love Ender's Game?

    Are you interested in seeing what the YA/fantasy genre has to offer?

    Do you love stories about tricksters?

    Are you interested in seeing people and creatures from myth living and interacting in the modern age?

    Do you want to read a book that makes you think or keeps you on the edge of your seat?

    If so...DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

    Seriously you guys, I'm finally done with the thing, but the whole my face has looked like I was sucking lemons and smelling sour eggs. It was just a weird weird book. I really wanted to like it, and I did until Danny ran away. Once he left the compound he turned into a raging asshole with sex issues.

    This book has a lot of gross underage sexual stuff, and not like "Oh he kissed a girl and that was nice" or "She was in a bikini and it made him feel strange" but Danny legitimately gets molested by an older lady when he's around 12(?) and NOBODY CARES. They tease him about ‘liking’ the fact that she started trying to have sex with him and in the same passage they talk about how inappropriate it was that she MOLESTED HIM. Combine that with Danny’s constant worrying about pedophiles, taking off his pants whenever he gets in trouble (wtf?!?) and Wad’s whole mess of a sexual/baby-making storyline and this book just has more issues than even Kinsey could figure out.

    I've been listening to this book at home in the evenings and my husband will start bitching about how awful this book is, so you know, it's not just 'cause I'm a ~lady~ and have delicate sensibilities or anything. It has serious problems with the way sex and puberty is discussed.

    *From a classroom point of view, what grade level is this? I wouldn't even read this with high schoolers due to fear of parent outrage.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Paul says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "Great stand-alone intro into a interesting series"
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    This book was a fun read, even if it was fairly predictable. I knew what trope-tastic things were going to happen, but it was an enjoyable journey thanks to Shinn's descriptive and engaging writing. I really liked this first book, but as the rest of the series seems like stand alone novels set in the same world, I may have to pass on finishing the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Best listen of the year!"
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    Where does Seraphina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the best books I've listened to all year, the narrator was great and the story was fresh and new.


    Which character – as performed by Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    I liked the uncle the best, he was very dry and witty which I guess is common for a Dragon in Seraphina's world.


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

    If I had the time, sure! I listened to it over about 3 days while doing a bunch of filing at work, and it's pretty much the only thing that kept me sane during that time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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