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KRG

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

Member Since 2004

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  • 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
    (4319)
    Performance
    (3136)
    Story
    (3180)

    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
  • Shadows Return: Nightrunner, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan. After their victory in Aurnen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregils homeland.

    Audrey says: "I love the book, but..."
    "When Narrator's go bad..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Narrator should have listened to the 1st 3 books. Saying the names unlike those of the 1st three is very distracting compared to the other books. It's one of my biggest issues with a series that goes on for multiple books, if they kept the same Narrator, this wouldn't happen. I'm barely 30 minutes in and find that I'm having such a hard time staying with the story because this Narrator keeps saying the names wrong. Ugh!! Why did I get the whole series?!??


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows Return?

    Not sure yet, if I can get past the character's names being said wrong, I'll let you know.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As mentioned above. He didn't follow the original narrator's pronunciation of the names. VERY distracting.


    What character would you cut from Shadows Return?

    Not sure yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us the option of the original narrator. I can't say it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12086)
    Performance
    (10398)
    Story
    (10417)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "More sensuality and Christian - yum"
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    Becca really goes beyond my expectations for a narrator. I feel the emotions and desire that pours through Anastasia. It's awesome. Onto the next book (3rd round).

    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
    (20531)
    Performance
    (17082)
    Story
    (17690)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Oh my...."
    Overall
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    On my third round of listening. Each time I love it more. Becca is really great at this narration. You won't be sorry. A must have, along with the other 2 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21226)
    Performance
    (15127)
    Story
    (15030)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Fascinating tale of love in another time"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes and no. I'm actually watching it on StarZ network as it has been turned into a Series which is blowing my mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Fraser. He's got a lot of depth to him and he's sexy as hell.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I do like her portrayal of Claire, her voice makes the character really come to life.


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

    I had moments of pure sadness and pure joy. It was a combination. Hard to put the book down didn't know where it was heading in certain places.


    Any additional comments?

    Watching the Series now has put a fire back into me about this story. I never did go beyond book 1, but I'm intrigued now, so I just might start it very soon.

    0 of 1 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
    (244)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    (403)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    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
    (831)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (415)

    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
    (279)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (114)

    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
    (1320)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (570)

    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
    (74)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    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

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