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Rose

Glenwood Landing, NY United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The 39 Clues, Book 4: Beyond the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jude Watson
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    A Clue found in Book 3 sends Amy and Dan jetting off to find out just what's behind the fierce rivalry between the Tomas and Ekaterina branches of the Cahill family. Was a Clue stolen from the Tomas branch? Where is it now? And most important, can Amy and Dan get their hands on it before their rivals do? It's a wild race that will take Amy and Dan deep into the bowels of the earth... and right into the hands of the enemy.

    Armand says: "Great Light Listening Fun for Adults"
    "Great Find!!!!!!!"
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    Would you listen to The 39 Clues, Book 4 again? Why?

    I love the whole series, and I am not a kid. This is great entertainment for children or adults with lots of plot twists and interesting locales. You can learn things about the world from the 39 clues whether you are old or young.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are many interesting characters in this series, but what interested me was how the characters evolved and grew through the stories. It is hard to believe that there were so many different writers, it had such a smooth transition.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His performance was great!


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

    Around the world with the Cahills.....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very enjoyable series, I highly recommend all these books....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Potential that went to pot.."
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    This was an interesting concept, but I feel the author uses the rape and torture of women rather than search for an interesting and original conflict for her story arc. This same conflict is employed over and over in her work. It's too bad she can't seem to break away from the rape and torture conflict, the stories have some interesting magical concepts, and yet there was a lot of potential that was not realized. I've had enough at this point, I can't read any more of her work. Life is too short to read something that makes me want to cringe...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1063)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Need the old narrator back"
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    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the other reviewers, switching narrators was a bad idea and made it difficult to enjoy the book. Otherwise, the story was solidly written like all the books in this series. I love the characters Rick Riordan creates, each one has their own unique personality, quirks and all. I highly recommend this series, but this last one needs to be reread by one of the former narrators for this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5768)
    Performance
    (5382)
    Story
    (5403)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Solid Writing"
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    Brandon Sanderson is one of my all time favorite authors. I have read just about anything he's written, except the Alcatraz series. His fantasy ideas continue to amaze me and always leave me wanting more. I highly recommend his work, it is just the right blend of strong characters, action and a well thought out plot.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Currents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    Strong telepath Elle Drake has gone missing. Even her six magical sisters cannot find her. They all agree that she is alive and something terrible must have happened or she would have contacted them. Jackson Deveau, a deputy sheriff in the small village of Sea Haven, off the northern California coast, has known that Elle is destined for him. When she disappears, he gathers with his friends, Jonas Harrington and Ilya Prakenskii, and Elle's sisters to find her and bring her safely home.

    L. Claude says: "Perfect ending to a good series....."
    "UGH!"
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    Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    If you enjoy rape, torture, the after effects analyzed in painful detail and revenge, then this is for you. It's not my cup of tea, there was more angst than magic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Feehan again?

    I doubt it.


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

    I have and I can't say I care for her narration. To me, it comes across as too melodramatic and depressing, which I suppose is why she was chosen for this particular book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I could see.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't recommend it to fantasy/sci fi fans, they would be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (525)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Heroine has a whine-fest"
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    Would you try another book from Colleen Houck and/or Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri ?

    The readers were excellent, but the book itself nosedived in the second half to a whinny, self pity fest by the heroine. It reached a point where I felt like screaming, "what is wrong with you", to her.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Houck again?

    I doubt it, and it's too bad, because the book did have an excellent premise.


    What about Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri ’s performance did you like?

    I particularly like Jahveri's performance, he has a wonderful, seductive voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had a really interesting plot, if it had ended before all the pity and self doubt from the heroine, I think I would have loved it. Honestly, I couldn't see what was so wrong about trying to love Ren. It just felt like the author didn't or couldn't find a good way to break them up and create some separation drama.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5410)
    Performance
    (4644)
    Story
    (4654)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Blue Carbuncle Christmas Present"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great classical Christmas story by Arthur Conan Doyle, and a wonderful Christmas present from Audible. Thanks Audible!!!!!!!!


    What other book might you compare The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to and why?

    If you like this you might want to consider Conan Doyle's other works. If it is a classical Christmas story you want then you might like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens...


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

    I've seen Cumming on Masterpiece Mystery, and thought he was a perfect choice for this book reading.


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

    I don't think anything could compare to Jeremy Brett's Holmes in the Blue Carbuncle.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3630)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1133)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Holiday Spirit"
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    I can't thank you enough Audible, this really embodies the holiday spirit and shows what a company can do for it's loyal members.

    35 of 41 people found this review helpful

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