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Amanda

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  • Once Dead, Twice Shy: Madison Avery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Madison's prom was killer - literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper - yeah, that kind of reaper - intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she's stuck on Earth - dead but not gone.

    Stephanie says: "THIS BOOK WAS JUST OK KIND OF BORING"
    "Teenager Fiction"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Once Dead, Twice Shy?

    The story was poor, what else can I say, I had to force myself to listen just to get to the end, as I hate not finishing a book.


    Has Once Dead, Twice Shy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was really good, it was the best thing about the book.


    What character would you cut from Once Dead, Twice Shy?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1451)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Took a whilst to get into it, well written story"
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    If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

    Original sci-fi dramatic


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just so very original, well developed story, took a whilst to appreciate the story, but in the end was a good read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle scene


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

    Don't be scared of the future


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Awakened: House of Night, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Zoey and the gang are back fighting evil (well, duh, that’s what being a High Priestess is all about) but with a variety of romantic intrigues to distract them, it’s a wonder they can get anything done! Zoey’s got some serious work to do at the House of Night if only she could concentrate....

    Amanda says: "Not bad, turning point for the series"
    "Not bad, turning point for the series"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a good read very easy but not captivating


    Would you recommend Awakened to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they already enjoyed the series


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    performance was average


    Was Awakened worth the listening time?

    Yes to see what happens in the series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

    Janie says: "King's the best story teller in the world."
    "Loved it couldn't put it down"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    The writing style. The story was also pretty good


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    None that I can think of


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    Loved Devon the main character and the Carnies


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

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Could not put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: House of Night Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (451)

    The good news: Zoey's friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren't Neferet's secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose - that and various other nasties (whose faces aren't so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let's face it - Zoey's whole world is in trouble!

    Malachismom says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Love the series but this wasnt one of the best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Story was interesting a bit confusing not big on character building tried to make it about the love triangle but didn't work still enjoyable read


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (328)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Easy reading enjoyable"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Gemma Halliday and/or Caroline Shaffer?

    Yes, she is similar to Janet Evanovich, whom I love and I will purchase the others in the series.


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

    Very predictable but that's why you read these type of novels


    What about Caroline Shaffer’s performance did you like?

    great performance, consistent throughout


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7624)
    Performance
    (6641)
    Story
    (6633)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Really enjoy this, one of my favourite Nora Robert"
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    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    maybe top 20


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    hmmm too many to list not a unique story but well written and has a bit of everything


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

    she is one of my favourite narrators well read


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

    I loved the end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: House of Night Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (560)

    Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird's adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.So begins the gripping third installment of this series in which Zoey's mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity.

    Miranda Hill says: "Love the story, Love the narrator"
    "Enjoyable story line, getting sexier"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast and/or Edwina Wren?

    Yes, I really am enjoying this series, looking forward to the next book.


    Would you recommend Chosen to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is easy to read and hooks you in as the characters are very easy to relate too.


    What three words best describe Edwina Wren’s performance?

    Clear and characterised


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

    Yes there is a lot still to be written or said


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    The death of Anna's old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions - questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sudden discovery of a slew of drained bodies near the Mexican border brings an old flame back into her life and with him, a new challenge. Then, some stunning news from an unexpected source sends Anna and her friend Daniel Frey on a journey that may change both their lives - forever.

    Joan says: "Can't wait for the next book!"
    "One of the best yet in the Anna Strong series"
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    What did you like best about Crossroads? What did you like least?

    The story line was really good, enjoyed this much more than the others so far.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not sure if you could it was very clever


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

    Yes, as good as the others.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bed of Roses: The Bride Quartet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Since she was a little girl, Emma Grant has always loved romance. So it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. She couldn't ask for a better job. And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. The last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is.

    LeftyMom says: "Very Sweet!"
    "Predictable but an enjoyable read"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Bed of Roses? What did you like least?

    I feel as if I know these characters, which is the only reason to read this book. The story is just so predictable but you continue to read it as the characters are like long lost friends.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not sure, this is just a pure romance series, no twists and turns.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is very professional and consistent


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably, just to see who they choose as the characters as I love the characters in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed: House of Night Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (629)

    Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs-like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

    A User says: "Great Series"
    "I really enjoy this series"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is not a bad story, a good narrator, you don't have to think too much. Enjoyable and full of action.


    If you’ve listened to books by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoy the writing, very simple.


    Did Edwina Wren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her accents are well executed between the characters, she is one of the better narrators.


    Was Betrayed worth the listening time?

    Yes, worth a listen, not as good as the first in the series but good enough taht I will continue with the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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