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Heather

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 16 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2727)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "refreshingly unique"
    Overall

    Beautiful Creatures was unlike any other book I've read. It had so many twists, turns, and surprises that it was impossible to guess anything right. Just when I think i've figured something out I get thrown a curve. And that is so refreshing. It's mind boggling in the best way. YA fantasy stories don't usually take place in the South, but this book was spot on. The audiobook was amazing. It was performed unlike any other audiobook I've heard. It comes complete with rain sounds, singing, & much more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Home at the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child.

    David says: "Great book, excellent recording."
    "This book did stuff to my heart."
    Overall

    There are books you don’t like, books you like, books you love & then there are the books you fall completely in love with. The latter is where I’d place this book for me. Never have I come across a book so realistic yet captivating. I can see these characters so clearly in my mind. I can believe everything that’s happening. Jonathan, Bobby, & Claire present an unconventional way of living that just felt so real to me. This book will not be for everyone but, you know, I kind of love that about it. The story stays strong from it’s beginning to it’s beautiful ending.
    The audiobook itself is amazing. Read so perfectly by the four narrators.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia, enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity. Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable, until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection....

    Heather says: "Based on TV show not the book"
    "Based on TV show not the book"
    Overall

    So, I was nearly finished with this book when I started to get a bit confused. The events in this book are different from what we were told in the first Vampire Diaries book. Only to realize that this book is based off the TV series and not (as I thought) the book. It was still good though. And if you're a fan of the TV series then definitely check it out. I'm not sorry I read it, just confused. Enjoy. Also, Kevin T. Collins is a great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (389)

    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "For anyone who wants more 10th & Rose"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It was clever and fun with some very sweet moments between The Doctor and Rose. Besides who wouldn't want to hear David Tennant talk for nearly 2 & 1/2 hours? You don't have to worry about this story going against cannon or being unfaithful to the Doctor Who series. I too enjoyed the author interview at the end. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and this was my first Doctor Who audiobook and I'm so glad I gave it a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound: Vampire Academy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (630)

    After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "The gang is back together"
    "Best VA book yet!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Blood Promise bored me a bit but Spirit Bound more then made up for it. Full of surprises, twists, a love triangle & even a couple of cliffhangers. Rose Hathaway is a kick-butt narrator and Adrian Iashkov can make a girl swoon. You're left wanting the next (and last) book. The narrator was good, not as good as Khristine Hvam but good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (834)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "I appreciate you Tiny Cooper!"
    Overall

    I can't even think of what to say that would be worthy enough for this book. It was amazing. It's funny, sad, and thought-provoking. A true to life coming of age tale about learning to be happy with who you are. If you want to discover a little about yourself and your relationships with the people around you or just want to laugh out loud then have a go.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2279)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    Overall

    I loved the Percy Jackson series so I knew this would be good. But I didn't know just how good it would be. Turns out it was full of surprises and twists that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Just like with the Percy Jackson series you get a refresher course in & learn more about mythology; this time Egyptian. Both Carter & Sadie Kane are fantastic main characters. Both strong and smart for their ages of 14 and 12 without being unrealistic. The Red Pyramid is not only captivating but hilarious too. You shut the book wanting more. This is definitely a book for all ages.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (316)

    Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

    FanB14 says: "Inventive Wolf YA Drama"
    "A different kind of love story"
    Overall

    Shiver gives a fresh new take on the werewolf genre. It's a beautiful love story with a lovable hero and a strong independent heroine. It will make you laugh and oh yes, it will make you cry until the very last sentence. Maggie Stiefvater's writing shows that she's not afraid to make her story different from other stories. You'll understand what I mean by that when you begin to read Shiver.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (583)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "A story that will stay with you always"
    Overall

    It was brilliant, haunting, tragic and beautiful all at the same time. Unwind will keep you on your toes until the very last scene. If you're a fan of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series and Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Series then you will love this book. Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator with a voice that really draws you into Neal's wonderful book.

    9 of 11 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
    (3979)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2884)

    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...."
    "So in love with this series"
    Overall

    It's the first book in an amazing series. Cassandra Clare has a wonderful writing style and a large wonderful unique cast of characters that I haven't seen since I read Harry Potter. We get fresh story-lines in a world so full and magical that there's room for everyone: the shadowhunters, humans, vampires, faeries, werewolves, warlocks, demons and more. And what a relief it is to have a strong main character, Clary, that is likable from start to finish. And best of all is that Cassandra Clare is not afraid to take shocking "oh no she didn't" risks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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