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  • The Opal Deception: Artemis Fowl, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (407)

    After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

    Kindle Customer says: "I Love Fairy Technology!!"
    "Fast-paced and witty!"
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    We were pleasantly surprised by this series! As Harry Potter lovers, it's hard to find anything that measures up, but this was completely original! It's also hard to find stories that are just as entertaining to the adults in the house, as the children. I found myself giggling, and wanting to find out what would happen next!

    First of all, the narrator is fabulous! He is nearly as good as Jim Dale, and that is high praise. He does all of these great accents, and gives the characters different voices.

    The story is basically faires meet Bourne Identity! Sounds strange, but you actually get so caught up in all of the scenes, that you forget that the characters are centaurs, etc. Since I love imagination, I was delighted, when litte tidbits were thrown in as you went along, that reminded you of the dilemas that these mythical creatures might face. I also love witty humor, and this book has it's share of that!

    Character/moral issues: Okay, so Artemis starts out a bad guy, and you really aren't entirely sure who to root for...but for slightly older children, it isn't that big of a deal....and I love how Artemis slowly gets a conscious, as the series goes along.

    The drawback to these stories: the language. Okay, so it's not horrible: a damn here and a hell, there...but honestly, I don't know why the author would include this kind of language, in a children's story! Not necessary.:(

    The characters are lovable! Butler is awesome! I came away wanting a "Butler"!
    Lots of fun, overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Many Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    A touch of computer keys, a blast of heat, and suddenly the Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are gasping in a shimmering desert land. If only the brothers had normal parents, not a scientist mother and a father who experiments with space and time travel. If only the Murry twins had noticed the note on the door of their mother's lab: Experiment in Progress. Please Keep Out....But it's too late for regrets.

    tracie says: "Love! Mildly suggestive material."
    "Love! Mildly suggestive material."
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    I read this series, as a child, and this was my favorite book of the series.
    It's so fascinating, to bring to life the story of Noah and the flood, and combine it with science fiction.
    Having said that, I would like to warn parents about a couple of "iffy" parts, that were mildly uncomfortable or suggestive. First, it talks about the girls being topless, and having "small, rosy breasts, which she covered". My boys were a bit embarrassed. It was handled as tastefully as possible, but...
    Next, there is some seduction, and also a part where it says that the main character "...knew what he wanted, what his body wanted, and that he was ready for it. But not with this girl....but with the other one..." This is while a girl is trying to seduce him.
    I am really picky, with my kids, and these parts, I would have preferred weren't there...but they did pass so quickly, that I am not sure that my kids really noticed. (My oldest is 12 1/2.)
    I just think it's fair to warn parents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half Moon Investigations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Sean Patrick Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And let's just say, it's not a skill that has been appreciated by many people, including his own family.

    Jariyaporn Prasopsorn says: "Extremly Funny..."
    "Pretty good, not as good as Artemis Fowl"
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    I have to say, I loved Artemis Fowl! It was entertaining enough, that the adult enjoyed it, too. This one, the kids enjoyed, but I got bored of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Begins: A Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Funny Business is based around the theme of - what else - humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you’re in store for: an hilarious story.

    tracie says: "Hilarious!!"
    "Hilarious!!"
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    I thought that this might be a real Artemis Fowl story; it isn't. What it is, is the real life story of Eoin Colfer...and it had us in stitches!! The boys and I weren't disappointed by this unexpected story, but actually listened to it again....to catch every funny little part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (508)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Interesting concept, but a little too much drama.."
    Overall
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    I like the idea that she has a secret love, and isn't interested in the prince, and questions herself...
    I definitely got whiplash, in this story, with the back and forth!! It's a bit over the top, with the "Oh! Now I love you!! No, wait..." It isn't, in my opinion, like Twilight, where you see why she is really in love with a character (he's a good friend, etc.) and it's a slow process....No...this one is a jerk...now this one. I suppose it would help, if the love interest was truly likable. But there was some behavior there that I wasn't impressed with.
    This whole love triangle drama got old...except--there was a subplot, that kept me curious! So I downloaded the next one, too!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (263)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "So very....Twilight"
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    I love Twilight, and I can imagine that it would be hard to come up with original paranormal ideas, but it was a little ridiculous! I am actually not a really picky person (give me some innocent romance, supernatural stuff, and I am good)....but I almost didn't finish listening.
    Not only did it remind me sooo much of Twilight (which I loved), I had a hard time with the believability factor. The main character is like, "Oh, you're a zombie? I can deal with that! Let's carry on..."
    The love interest is rich, has a large, lovable family, loves her in spite of how gorgeous he is (and she supposedly isn't), etc. etc.
    Having said that, the narrator saved the day! She was great.
    I did manage to make it to the end of this predictable tale, and even enjoyed the whole Paris theme....but just barely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1249)

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Great read!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, a lot better than the first.
    I loooove the old-fashioned setting, the imagination, the characters, and this second book is not as dark or creepy, as the first one.
    Even though there is a love triangle, it isn't awful, like some young adult novels. I like that the friendship comes first! This teaches a nice lesson about preferring others, above yourself, and the depth of friendship.
    Not a predictable story (at least, I didn't think so!).
    Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2109)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1554)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "A little creepy, but I scare easily.;)"
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    I feel like the good outweighs the bad, here....there are definitely dark and creepy moments!
    However, I looove the old-fashioned setting, and the characters were wonderful!
    I also love how the focus was more on friendships, than love.
    My favorite kind of book has a combination of romance or friendship (check), humor (check), a bit of suspense (check), and supernatural/imagination (check).
    I really enjoyed this (other than the gross parts)....and the next books are even better, and not as creepy.:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2235)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "Not What I expected, Not at all my style!"
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    Okay, so I didn't think that this would be Harry Potter, but really!! I didn't expect that this book would be filled with the worst language; characters that were far too "realistic" (I think that was the goal, anyway); who were negative; did things like masturbate, have creepy thoughts about girls, etc. A little too "real" for me!
    I didn't even finish downloading this story, which says a lot. I usually get into the story, but this one was too gross, and any possibly interesting parts weren't worth the trouble.
    Such a bummer, because I think that Rowling is a great author! It could have been a good novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firelight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (474)

    Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

    Cassandre says: "Overwrought. Overwritten. Vapid."
    "Hooked, but copies Twilight!"
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    I was totally into this story, but a little ways in, in seemed rather familiar....Almost word for word, it began to copy Twilight! Firelight, Twilight.....anyway, electric feelings, rushing from classrooms...you name it! There was even a bit of Last of the Mohicans thrown in..."I will find you!"
    Anyway, aside from that, it wasn't vampire, and the concepts were interesting...and at least, the "Edward" figure was switched to a female, this time, for interest.
    All in all, because I am a sucker, I am downloading the next book, to see what happens.
    The romance was great....there weren't any outright sex scenes, which I appreciate. No foul language, either...maybe a damn or hell...
    Even if somewhat predictable, it was a pleasant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (430)

    After being held prisoner for years, Artemis Fowl's father has finally come home. He is a new man, an honest man, much to Artemis's horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme.

    Kindle Customer says: "I hope this isn't the end!"
    "Fast-paced and witty!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    We were pleasantly surprised by this series! As Harry Potter lovers, it's hard to find anything that measures up, but this was completely original! It's also hard to find stories that are just as entertaining to the adults in the house, as the children. I found myself giggling, and wanting to find out what would happen next!

    First of all, the narrator is fabulous! He is nearly as good as Jim Dale, and that is high praise. He does all of these great accents, and gives the characters different voices.

    The story is basically faires meet Bourne Identity! Sounds strange, but you actually get so caught up in all of the scenes, that you forget that the characters are centaurs, etc. Since I love imagination, I was delighted, when litte tidbits were thrown in as you went along, that reminded you of the dilemas that these mythical creatures might face. I also love witty humor, and this book has it's share of that!

    Character/moral issues: Okay, so Artemis starts out a bad guy, and you really aren't entirely sure who to root for...but for slightly older children, it isn't that big of a deal....and I love how Artemis slowly gets a conscious, as the series goes along.

    The drawback to these stories: the language. Okay, so it's not horrible: a damn here and a hell, there...but honestly, I don't know why the author would include this kind of language, in a children's story! Not necessary.:(

    The characters are lovable! Butler is awesome! I came away wanting a "Butler"!
    Lots of fun, overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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