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Bluemoon

I am addicted to Audible! I spend many hours listening while knitting or bonding over a great story with my family.

PHOENIX, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11621)
    Performance
    (10481)
    Story
    (10545)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Interesting plot and a likable protagonist. This book is yet another good addition to the futuristic dystopian fiction trend. Even though this book has a lot of action, it balances it well with satisfying characters.

    The idea that society is broken up into five different factions is fascinating, however, I would have liked the author to have taken this idea into more depth. Only three of the five factions really play a big role in the first novel. I am hoping that the sequel, which has just been released on Audible, further establishes the other two.

    My husband also listened to this with me and he is eagerly awaiting the next installment. Overall, this was not my favorite story but I think it was well worth a credit.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (568)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Five stars is not enough!"
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    This story strays quite a bit from what most people would expect from a Stephen King title. It is told in the third person and is reminiscent of a time when great storytellers were revered for weaving tales around a camp fire.

    The plot focuses around the lives of two very different brothers, one of whom will inherit the throne. While the elder is noble and can seemingly do no wrong, the other bumbles through adolescence and vies for love and recognition from their aging father. Throw into the mix a scheming magician that wants to control the kingdom behind the scenes and you have the premise for a remarkable story.

    While the writing itself is enough to make this a five star listen, Bronson Pinchot did an AMAZING job at narrating! He breathed life into every character and the voices were extraordinary. I am thinking about getting more books narrated by him just because he is such a pleasure to listen to. This is Stephen King at his finest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (534)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Penny says: "Beautiful."
    "Great story... but not for kids!"
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    I originally purchased this story for my twelve year-old daughter and I to listen to together. We didn't even make it through ten minutes before I realized that this was not going to be an appropriate choice for her. There are far too many references regarding drugs/drinking and sex (and not in a don't do them sort of way). Nevertheless, I decided to give this book a chance on my own, mainly because I didn't want to waste a credit, and was very happy that I did.

    Despite the "older audience" themes, this story did offer some great life lessons. The main character is forced to re-live the same day over again, and in this process, discovers some great insights into how her and her friends actions impact those around them. It is also a story of self discovery. Lauren Oliver writes this in a way that is very human and believable and it feels like she may be drawing from some of her own past experiences. Not only does this story offer some great messages, it is also very entertaining. The narrator sounds very young and fits this role perfectly. She is also very expressive and a joy to listen to. I would recommend this story, but only for a 15+ audience!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Those Across the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate - the Savoyard Plantation - and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

    Barbara says: "Recording glitches, but a great gruesome tale"
    "Alright story, great narration!"
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    I was hoping that this story would be a little more suspenseful. The tension eventually starts to build about a third of the way through the book, but towards the end, lets the reader down with a bizarre and implausible (even for fiction) plot twist.

    Although I found the main premise to be somewhat flawed, the author makes up for it in part by building intriguing characters and beautifully delivered descriptions. The prose are rich with imagery and painted a great picture of a small, southern town. Mark Bramhall was an excellent choice for narration and really captures the main character. While I didn't fully love the story, I found it a pleasure to listen to due to the rich details and excellent story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5780)
    Performance
    (5130)
    Story
    (5123)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Mesmerizing!"
    Overall
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    This story captivated me from the beginning and kept me going until the end! It has a very ominous tone throughout which was masterfully paired with Jim Dales narration. The concept of The Night Circus is very original and I don't think that it falls neatly into any one genre. The characters are intricate and the setting is imaginative and greatly detailed. If you are looking for something different than the" tried and true" story lines of many novels, give The Night Circus a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (661)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "Wake me when it's over..."
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    Being a huge Anne Rice fan, I was very excited to purchase her latest release but wound up being highly disappointed. The story was unbelievably slow and the characters lacked depth. I kept waiting for the moment when my interest would be sparked but had to call it quits when I found that I was two-thirds of they way through the book and still had no attachment to the characters or plot. Also, I know that Anne Rice is well known for her erotic horror, however, at times this story came off feeling more like a cheesy Harlequin romance.

    On a positive note, the performance by the narrator was not unpleasing and if you are determined to have every Anne Rice novel, then this may be worth a credit to you. Otherwise, I would advise sticking to one of her greats such as The Witching Hour (only available as abridged version on Audible) or the Vampire Chronicles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5384)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2234)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Favorite Book of All Time!!!"
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    I purchased this book many years ago when I found it at a library sale for twenty-five cents. Since then, I have read and reread it, given it as gifts to friends, and listened to it on Audible. It truly is my favorite story of all time and I can't stress enough the merits of Neil Gaiman's brilliance which is captured at its best in this novel!

    The story is so inventive and original and I found myself being drawn into a rich fantasy world where the unimaginable can and does happen. The hero of the story begins as beyond average, but through the trials and tribulations he faces throughout, he finds that he is much more. The antagonists are so vile that they are almost likable and, in the end, a surprising twist happens that ties everything together. The bonus of Neil Gaiman narrating this himself is also a huge plus! He does an amazing job at preforming the characters and lends the story a great feel. Also, I think that when an author preforms their own work, they are able to fully develop the tone the way that they originally intended.

    Overall, this is an amazing "feel good" book that left me wanting more. My only disappointment was when it ended, but alas, all good things must come to an end.

    1 of 1 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
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1561)

    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!!"
    "Nice Escape..."
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    I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. The pace seemed slow, however, I never found it to be dull. The story unfolded nicely and was easy for me to visualize because of the vivid descriptions. The characters were intricate and eventually a love triangle unfolded that is dealt with more heavily in the following book, "The Clockwork Prince". I really enjoyed the London setting and the British accent that the narrator adopted for several of the characters. I was greatly disappointed when I found that she did not perform the second book in the series, and found that this abrupt transition disrupted the overall feel of the story. I don't believe the third book is available through Audible yet but I hope that when it is, they utilize the talents of Jennifer Ehle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32567)
    Performance
    (23893)
    Story
    (24217)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Gripping and Poignant!"
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    Suzanne Collins has created a real gem! My daughter originally talked me into getting this book because she had read and enjoyed it. I must admit, I was reluctant at first because this series is aimed at a younger audience. After I started listening to this, my doubts quickly faded. The plot is well structured and, at times, somewhat disturbing. Although the book deals with the dark subject matter of kids being forced to fight to the death, the author tastefully navigates the story in a way that makes this appropriate for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

    The characters are very human and are easy to relate to. The main character, Katniss, is especially likable because she is not the "super hero" that many books try to create. She has many fears and insecurities which bring great depth to this story. At first I didn't care for the narration by Carolyn McCormick, but after listening a while longer, her style seemed to enhance the Audible experience. She really illuminates the inner conflicts that Katniss wrestles with in a way that I doubt many narrators would be able to pull off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (532)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Very Suspenseful!"
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    This book is a great read! The story is well paced and kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are well developed, which is not always the case with supernatural thrillers. As an added bonus, Robin Miles brought this story to life with her superb narration. She gave each character a unique voice and made me believe that they were real. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes this genre!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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