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KRG

I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.

California | Member Since 2004

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  • 33 reviews
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  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5904)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2351)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Consumes you"
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    I'm loving this story. I just finished the second book and can't wait to listen to the 3rd & 4th ones. I'm not going to give away the story, but I will say that you will get so consumed in it that you can't either put it down or you will dream about it when the story starts taking turns that you didn't expect. Love this!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Catch the Lightning: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    Lonna says: "Lots of technology, lots of romance"
    "Reading in order? Chronological order?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catch the Lightning the most enjoyable?

    I wasn't sure I followed the story right off the bat. I had just finished listening the Primary Inversion which was about Sauscony (Soz) and Jabriol Cox, the first book in the "published order" per Audible, and I couldn't determine if I should listen to it in "chronological order". I did, however, like the characters and the story. I found the characters were interesting as well as the story line once I gave up expecting to hear about Soz & Jabriol.

    Since it involves a future traveler to Earth, I find it typical that Earth's reaction is a hostile one to capture the space craft and attempt to capture the traveler. Why is it always based on fear instead of mutual respect? If we are sending out invitations to other worlds to come visit us, then we have to have a better response than purely military and hostile. So dumb...I understand why Asaro went this route in the book b/c it is so close to what would happen in reality, but I still wish there were a better way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catch the Lightning?

    I enjoyed the suspense of the story line.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    I did like both Tina and Althor.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit confused by the time line and Jabriol Cox being one of the captives that the Skolian Empire was going to give up in order to get Althor back (was it a reference back to Primary Inversion?).....that didn't make any sense to me. Maybe I have to listen to it again, but it didn't seem right as I thought they mentioned him being the heir, was it during the time he truly was captive for a few weeks? I guess I need to listen to more of the stories in order to understand more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "first book - so far so good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Primary Inversion the most enjoyable?

    The characters interest me and the story line was very predictable at first but has since been less predictable to me. I'm a sci-fi fantasy fan and took a while to get me started on this audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am finding Cox's heir to be intriguing just because of the way the story line is going. I'm curious to see how this story plays out.


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

    She sounds similar to Ellen DeGeneres which was hard to separate at first, but now that I have heard her through most of the book, I quite enjoy her voice and voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Different narrator - still great story"
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    Where does Scattered Suns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is slightly above mediocre only because I dislike it when a new narrator takes over and botches most of the names. This is still one of my biggest pet peaves about a series. If a narrator changes, why wouldn't they listen to the previous books to understand how the other narrator used names.

    Other than that, he does a good job. Love the story still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm still halfway through. The storyline is fantastic. I enjoy each book and can't wait for the next one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Colacci’s performances?

    Yes but only if he does the "entire" series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sonia Choquette
    • Narrated By Sonia Choquette
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (99)

    In this breakthrough audio experience, which features a mixture of live and studio recordings, vibrational healer and revolutionary psychic Sonia Choquette reveals the secrets to awakening your intuitive voice and shows you how to "trust your vibes".

    Fallon says: "Must Read"
    "She has a lot of good ways to trust your vibes"
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    Where does Trust Your Vibes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like when an author is so passionate about what she knows.


    What other book might you compare Trust Your Vibes to and why?

    I could liken her to Doreen Virtue's work but not compare.


    What about Sonia Choquette’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It isn't really a book to film book.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this, you have to believe in more possibilities than our normal existence in this world. Where does intuition come from? And, know that we are more than just our bodies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (483)

    Kevin J. Anderson is the author of 27 national best sellers and several books in the popular Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files series. Forest of Stars is the second book in his acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series, which begins with Hidden Empire.

    Trish says: "Terrific characters"
    "Once you start this series, you won't want to stop"
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    If you could sum up A Forest of Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Action, suspense, anticipation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Forest of Stars?

    The story of Jess Tamblin, the story of Neera.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He is very animated. I like that his voice gets excited when the story is exciting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to spoil the story.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said in my title, you won't want to stop. This series is addicting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Drunvalo Melchizedek
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Every 13,000 years on Earth a sacred and secret event takes place that changes everything. Mother Earth's Kundalini energy emerges from its resting place in the planet's core and moves like a snake across the surface of our world. Once at home in ancient Lemuria, it moved to Atlantis, then to the Himalayan mountains of India and Tibet, and with every relocation changed our idea of what spiritual means. And gender. And heart. This time, with much difficulty, the Serpent of Light has moved to the Andes Mountains of Chile and Peru.

    KRG says: "No more doom and gloom about Dec 21, 2012"
    "No more doom and gloom about Dec 21, 2012"
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    I liked hearing the story of the Serpent of Light. It's truly fascinating, but more importantly, Drunvalo is the first person that didn't talk about the doom and gloom or end of the world scenarios since the Mayan calendar comes to an end on December 21, 2013. Finally, an explanation that is uplifting and inspiring.

    There is more to this Drunvalo than many of us really understand. I'm thankful for him and his book. I enjoyed the whole book which only took me a few days to get through as I was very eager to hear everything he had to say. Not narrated by him, but the Narrator was very good.

    I definitely recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2327)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "My favorite Narrator!!"
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    Love Emily Gray! She is fantastic. Something about the way she reads just sucks me into a book each time. Not only is there interesting characters, but the story is interesting and sometimes funny. Oh, and a little romance to boot. This all makes for one great, entertaining story. I'm starting the next book tomorrow. I can't wait to see where it goes next. Did I mention I already have all 5 books now?!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    "Hard to start at first...then grows on you."
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    It took me a while to start this series. I had to replay the first 30 minutes several times, because in my opinion, there was a lot of stuff going on and split stories that I couldn't grasp right away. I still don't remember the first part of the book, the character's names were sort of similar. Rugar & Rhokin when you are trying to figure out a story that's being told is a bit confusing (maybe reading it is different), but once I was past that and got involved in the story, it is awesome!! Love it and am on my 3rd book and have the remaining books in my queue which I'm about to purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Undermined

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson’s tales featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor are a perfect blend of humor, horror, and high fashion. In this 10th installment, Betsy finds herself puzzling over an unusual predicament. As the Vampire Queen, she believes she cannot die. So when she wakes in the morgue, it’s a bit confusing. Could it have something to do with her recent time-traveling excursion, or has a wicked enemy emerged who could be the end of Betsy once and for all?

    Laura says: "Utterly Disappointing"
    "I'm a die hard fan."
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    I have loved this series from the get go. This one is okay, not as good as the past one's that I've read. I think that the stories could be longer, but maybe I'm just wanting more of the story to unfold. It seems like being in the middle of a so so story waiting for the really good stuff to come along in future books, or it's just me. I will continue to listen, but this one was just so so for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4107)
    Performance
    (2955)
    Story
    (2991)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    I read a lot of series books and I found this one very charming. I try not to compare stories and keep an open mind to new stories and new story lines. I am really enjoying it so far. I'm listening to Book 3 now, and I can't quite put my ipod down. I finished Book 2 in a day. There is an element of the stories that makes you want to find out how it all ends, and I am looking forward to Book 4 which I just saw is available. The narrators change, but sometimes that's not a bad thing. I do like Ari and that she has a really young voice to mirror the voice of Clarie. I also am enjoying Natalie Moore also whose really good. I see on Book 4 that the narrators change again, which I'll just accept and move on. Sometimes I get irritated about the narrator changes, but sometimes they have reasons for the change...move forward. Check it out if you like series books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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