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mavram

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  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "No gimmicks, just the facts"
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    Would you listen to Mortality again? Why?

    Yes. Well written, expresses the reality of the battle of the human spirit when faced with its mortality, specifically cancer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very factual and real. I could feel his pain and his anguish.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very well done, cognicent of the late writer himself.


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

    The afterward by Christopher's wife.. very difficult not to break down with her. My heart goes out to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am in the medical field and was moved and enlightened by Christopher's ability to express and describe his emotions and consequences. He is a huge loss to talent.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Secrets: The Phoenix Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (818)

    Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

    Falon says: "It was more couples therapy then action..."
    "Great romance with a twist of resistance!"
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    Where does Carnal Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is hot and fun! The story is really good and keeps you on the edge, consistently wanting to know what happens next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the developing relationship between the two main characters, There was a lot of depth there and the twists and turns in the relationship kept it interesting.


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

    I have and just as good. Great for audiobook.. really brings the book 'to life'.


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

    ***Spoiler alert***: When Shai confronts Nick as he is trying to leave again, tricks him, and begins to claim him... so emotional and very intense.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook if you love paranormal romance. Very fun, keeps you on your toes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1443)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Julius says: "Missed Kat and Bones"
    "I've heard this story before..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure. I loved The Night Huntress Series due to its originality. This story had the same story line as 'Underworld: Awakening"... The fact that this is the last book in the series does not make sense... the ending feels incomplete, like the author just ran out of ideas so decided to end it with book 7. I am disappointed with this one. Once again, weird similarity to a Vampire movie in the Underworld movie series.


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

    The most interesting was the experimentation on subject A80. The least was that Cat and Bones were boring as so predictable.


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

    Just as good. She always does a great job.


    Was Up from the Grave worth the listening time?

    It was as it was a little over 8hrs and not longer, yet not an original story... very disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    The series ending now is very disappointing and does not make sense. Soooo many unanswered questions at the end of this book. Sad.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6795)
    Performance
    (6239)
    Story
    (6297)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Where was she going with this???"
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

    I am hard pressed to say no, yet this third book was ALL over the place and the plot is downright hypocritical and ridiculous.


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

    Most interesting: The idea of genetic damage was intriguing, yet the way it was written about was overkill. Least interesting: the story itself, with poor character development and little sense.


    What does Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well narrated with good emotion. Easy to understand.


    Was Allegiant worth the listening time?

    I am not sure... this story picked up from two great books and just went downhill. Without giving away much, I did not expect a fairy tale, yet what does happen is downright hypocritical and foolish. The plot is ridiculous and overdone, as if one did not know what to do with this story. Terrible end to a trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that this book will bring sadness and to many, disappointment. I am not sure if the author knew what to do with the third book as the plot is all over the place and more annoying than interesting. The last two hours of the book are gut-renchingly unexpected and leave me feeling empty with more questions than answers at the end of the trilogy. I am really disappointed with the third book... this trilogy went out with a flat tire!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (795)

    Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

    Angela says: "AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD!"
    "Macrieve.. Yes please!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Great read and great story. Characters are well developed and you can't put the book down once you start! Very hot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chloe.. strong female. I love that she is a tomboy yet also very feminine, and she is anything but helpless.


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

    He brings the story 'to life'... he manages it really well.


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

    Hot and Hotter!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Immortals After Dark book up to now. Very fun and hot story! Highly recommended for those that love paranormal romances.

    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
    (3977)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2882)

    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...."
    "Nice story, for adolescents."
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    What did you like best about City of Bones? What did you like least?

    What I liked best: Story line interesting, esp. with variety of faeries, vampires, werewolves, shadowhunters, etc. Cool world of 'magic'. Jace is a very cool character, Clary grew on me a little. What I liked least: this is a great book if you are simply looking for adventure with mythical characters, yet what this is not is a paranormal romance. I never saw the familial relationship between Jace and Clary happening, and was disappointed by it due to the build-up of a romance between them. Author makes Simon seem like a major geek.


    What other book might you compare City of Bones to and why?

    It is in the genre of movies like Harry Potter, yet is several notches below the excellence of the Harry Potter series and still a different storyline with different characters.


    Did Ari Graynor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Monotone. By listening to the story is how I differentiated the characters.


    Did City of Bones inspire you to do anything?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for young adolescents, yet not so great for those that love the world of paranormal romance. I only listened to this book as movie coming out. I will only read next book if the next book is made into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (781)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Karen says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "Hot!"
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    What did you love best about Kiss of a Demon King?

    Great story line that keeps you drawn to the story, wanting more. It has a good deal of adult content yet does not step over the boundary into the porn realm.


    What other book might you compare Kiss of a Demon King to and why?

    Thea Harrison's elder series is the closest for me, yet still very different. This story line was its own and therefore keeps you interested.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Well done! He carried it through nicely.


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

    It was hot hot hot with a great love story that starts off in a devious manner. I laughed a few times, I did not cry... yet there were moments where I can say my heart was aching for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Great paranormal romance. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2539)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Slow finish...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I expected more. I found this a bland book, esp. for what may likely be considered the last book in the series (Book 12). I wanted more action and a thicker plot. Instead, I found events to be predictable and boring. The person Sookie ends up with was obvious, and I found it difficult to get through the book to finally get there. I found this to be one of her weaker books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charlaine Harris before, how does this one compare?

    The same. Very good reader. She is an excellent narrator.


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

    Sookie's southern charm and lots of great emotion.


    Did Dead Ever After inspire you to do anything?

    No...


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing, I wanted more action and interactions between characters. There were not many exciting ones and I found this to be bland and predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1368)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    bluebelle says: "LOVER AT LAST!"
    "It was good, not great..."
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    Where does Lover at Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average. My 2nd least favorite of all the Black Dagger brotherhood books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quinn... complex yet fun.


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

    Clear audio


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

    ...would not make a movie of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the next book. I miss the themes of the first five books... those were so hot!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1530)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Better than the first!"
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    Where does Twice Tempted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High up with the best. Great story and great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vlad: cunning, powerful, clever, and very funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler alert: Too many. When he finally tells her that he loves her and when he has to turn her were up there with the best. Yet so many phenomenal scenes!!!


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

    Loved it!!! Better than Once Burned and that was an amazing book. I did not cry.. but I am so happy at the turn of events. Lots of funny moments! I could not stop until I got through the whole story!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. J Frost seems to get better with each story she writes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (329)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "Hot!"
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    Would you listen to Edge of Dawn again? Why?

    Yes. Great story! Very sexy. Keeps you on the edge.


    What other book might you compare Edge of Dawn to and why?

    The black dagger brotherhood series: can't specifically compare to another book, yet similar to this series. Really good story, great action and twists that you do not necessarily see coming. Hot male vampires!


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

    Similar


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

    Love Lost Found


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. One of the best books in the midnight breed series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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