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Megan

Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

Aurora, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2013

ratings
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REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
12

  • The Palace Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Weekes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

    Cynthia A. Thornton says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "I think I've read this story before.."
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Weekes and/or Justine Eyre?

    No. Thanks though. Was bored and didn't find anything new or interesting for that matter.


    Has The Palace Job turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I know there are better fantasy novels out there


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    No because had I known the story I'd never cared to listen in the first place.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fan. At all. Ridiculous story, silly characters, and few memorable lines. Not impressed.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (597)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "I really recommend this one"
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    Tim Curry is one of my all time favorite performers. He has such a distinct voice and character, I respect him and love most of his performances because of it. This is no exception! I have not experienced an audiobook to date like I experienced this one. I loved how everything he read had me enraptured. I find myself generally zoning out when a narrator is setting the scene, and have even used a few books as effective sleep aids. But oh my goodness, I made a mistake trying to use this novel as a similar aid. I couldn't fall asleep, it was too riveting. In fact, I felt my heart racing and found myself saying "No...watch out!" During a few particularly dangerous situations for Sabriel. So safe to say, I didn't fall asleep for a while after that!

    His reading brought this novel to life. I'd heard of Sabriel but had not given it much thought until I saw Tim Curry was the narrator. It is 100% worth a credit. In fact, I think I'll actually listen to this book again. Something I never do.

    Try it out. I'm not a YA reader, and this didn't feel like a YA novel at all. I previously read a review describing at such-- I thoroughly disagree! So don't let anything get in the way of you enjoying a fantastic experience in Sabriel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (506)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Marci says: "It was good, not great"
    "Worth it, 10x over!"
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    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    Probably. But the emotional roller coaster was exhausting-- so not for a while. The characters are built so well, that I even disregarded my totally irrational but debilitating fear of zombies, and listened to it all in ONE day.


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

    No, but I will be checking them out for sure!! The performance was astounding. I never got confused between characters, and she attuned to the emotional turmoil within each character flawlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    If anything, please at least READ this book. I felt that listening to this book made it resonate even more with me. I found myself feeling despair, disgust, overwhelming tenderness, and anger with every bit of this novel. I never saw anything coming, and that made the experience even more intense. I was disappointed with the ending, not because it didn't fit well, or was cut off too soon. No, I was disappointed because I loved and hated every character. I felt betrayed along with some characters too. If I have so many emotions throughout a book, I know that this is one I will recommend endlessly to everyone.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Daniel says: "Half good, half bad"
    "Great!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book had me the whole time. That seems to be happening more and more rarely, so this was a treasure. My only issue was Hannah Norris' frequent butchering of what sounded like it was trying to be middle eastern. Sometimes the R rolling was so atrocious I winced. If a narrator is able to maintain an accent, then by all means-- I love them! Differences in dialects welcome too! But Norris would drop, pick up, and overdo the accent frequently.

    Cartwright was fantastic in his narration so I gave the performance 3 stars solely for his ability.

    The rest was A+ in my opinion, so I was able to listen to the full book without losing all the ambiance of the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "I don't like writing bad reviews..."
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    Any additional comments?

    And in all honesty, it was a cute story. But that's just it-- a story. The novel didn't resonate with me, and in all honesty it didn't rate high for me. I felt I had heard this story before, and probably have with the cumulation of all the YA books I read as a young teen. I think I'd have really loved this book if I read it when I was 13 or so. It was easy to predict, and I found enjoyment in guessing whodunit and being right. So, I won't read the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stormcaller: The Twilight Reign, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Lloyd
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others.

    Mark says: "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
    "Very cool... Wait a second..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I was in to this novel. I really liked the magic system, and how the perfection if the Golds isn't overwhelming as the author unravels the dark underbelly of the class system. It's a great novel, and the fact that I felt I had just read a better hunger games didn't effect my overall enjoyment. I look forward to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1311)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Great beginning!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved the beginning but pre-climax to the conclusion of the novel, it became quite predictable. I found the premise intriguing but if the novel loses the intensity of the beginning of the novel-- I'm over it. I'll read her coming sequel and hope the story picks up again for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exile: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (810)

    Hostile in ways that a surface-dweller could never know, the tunnel-mazes of the Underdark challenge all who tread there. Among these souls are Drizzt Do'Urden and his magical cat, Guenhwyvar. Exiled from his drow homeland, Drizzt must fight for a new home in the boundless labyrinth. Meanwhile, he must watch for signs of pursuit - for the dark elves are not a forgiving race.

    Cyndane says: "Excellent as Always"
    "Great book just not for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    I did listen to this. I didn't end up liking it myself. I had a hard time keeping all the details of the novel straight. It may have been due to my gradual disinterest, or it may not. I appreciated the idea and plot, but just didn't like the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10067)
    Performance
    (7546)
    Story
    (7590)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Whaaaat.... Can't wait for the next!!!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Wow. I am so happy I delved into Sanderson's writing more. I really loved the setup of this book, the characters in this book, and pretty much all of this book. I had thought that this book would be a rehash of all fantasy clichés, but was exceptionally surprised!! I listened to this novel pretty much nonstop, and was so enthrall end that I found my heart ache a bit when it ended. If you're up for a long but fun listen, please try this book! The magic system is so interesting! I find myself wishing to try it firsthand!! I'm sorry Mr Sanderson, for not giving you a chance in the beginning. I've since learned the errors of my ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (472)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Great set up... But lacking some development"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Knight to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but may feel differently if I had.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was guessable. I could already see the direction the book was heading.


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

    I really like his narration, I feel he does a great job keeping the tonal inflections consistent between characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. As it wore on, I did listen in longer intervals, but in one sitting it'd be too much.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fun idea, with good characters. However the characters lack depth and their motives before and after their actions seems a second thought. The world building was not done very well. The different species and the idea of "thorn" is cool, but was not developed. I was left wondering why characters did what they did, and weary of the nonstop battle scenes that didn't allow for much character development.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (485)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Probably would have liked to have spent my time on another book, honestly.


    Would you recommend Dragons of Autumn Twilight to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not especially. I got bored with the story and honestly fell asleep often. At least the narrator has a soothing voice!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Both were slow, so I suppose so.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The relationships between characters seemed flippantly described and the characters had no depth to them overall.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my cup of tea. Main issue was with the character development. Severely lacking

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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