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Hello, I'm Adrian. I'm engaged to Nichole Braddock and love books! Though I don't have much time to sit and read so I listen... But audio books whole new universe! They make old books new and new books classics! I myself get into some moods and don't write the greatest reviews. Forgive me. I like to review books but it just feels too much like work to me :p

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  • Pride: Shifters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (325)

    "I'm on trial for my life. Falsely accused of infecting my human ex-boyfriend - and killing him to cover up the crime. Infecting a human is one of three capital offenses recognized by the Pride - along with murder and disclosure of our existence to a human. I'm two for three. A goner."

    Kerry says: "Fantastic read!"
    "Good story. But a bit Annoyed..."
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    This one started out ok and ended ok. (**Spoilers***) But the only thing that sticks out for me right now is how annoyed I was with how Faith handels Kaci... I feel more motherly than Faith by far! And this is a book about turning into a cat and having instincts of a cat even in human form. So it's odd that the main character would have the complete lack of protective instincts. But the author doesn't point out any instincts in this case... If the author meant differently I can't see it. And this is the most annoying thing about Faith. She thinks of herself way too much when I can't stop worrying about Kaci. And in response I begin to hate Faith. It's a very bad idea to make your readers dislike your main character for half a book! And I might as well go ahead and say the same thing goes for the next book (Prey)... I feel like the author is actually trying to make it understood that Faith doesn't have a motherly instinct at all. You might have thought she showed some with her younger cousin in the cage (whichever book that was...) But in book 3 and 4 faith clearly doesn't worry or help Kaci enough! So I can only assume this is the authors intension. But for what reason I just don't know, besides making some unknown point at the cost of losing some of her audience... Whatever the thing is she is trying to tell the readers, she is trying too hard...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Blood Approves: My Blood Approves, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Hannah Friedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood....

    Oli says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Is this a joke?"
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    Story

    Right from the beginning it acts like a mystery that just screams - He's a vampire! It's so generic. The generic names really aren't so bad, but the story is so unbelievably plain and obvious. Add this to the slow and boring narration and all I want to do is fall asleep. Though the idea is interesting enough to keep me listening. After trying another book by Amanda Hocking narrated by someone else, I wonder if someone is telling these girls to narrate it in a way that makes you want to fall asleep. The book Switched is even more soft spoken and slow. Like they wanted to suck all the life out of the main character at the very least. Though the other characters, mostly the guys seem to have more life to them than the girls… And worst of all it sounds like the author is just trying to remake Twilight… Without the mystery, even obvious as it was, this one sounds like a joke playing off of Twilight. Its clearly not over the top with character development… But that actually makes it seem very normal. The very plain normal like reality TV without the drama. So for that reason its pretty interesting.. Just like a train wreck...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2751)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1520)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "great family fare"
    "A simple filler..."
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    A bit more like a filler than a real part of the overall storyline. Only parts of it really move the story along. Makes me think of the second book of the Harry Potter series. I wouldn't have called that one a filler at the time. And I still probably wouldn't. But that could be because it advanced character development. Were as this one doesn't do that much at all. And really thats what fillers should do. They should get you to know the characters better. But even though there is an attempt at that I don't feel it in this book. This story is made for more of the preteen audience. Even so a good story doesn't have to lose the more complex storyline and character development tools that adults can understand and children can look around or even learn from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (702)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "More of a good thing!"
    Overall

    Amazing how his books all seem to have one idea. Or maybe one big group of ideas that end up taking many forms throughout all his books. Ender's Game was the first book of his I read, like many others, and ever sense I've somehow found him to be one of my favorite authors. You may read one of his books and hate it. But if you can read many of them then you may change your thoughts of that first book you hated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10007)
    Performance
    (7475)
    Story
    (7516)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Very good! Hope to see the story complete one day!"
    Overall

    This audio book was surprisingly good. The first 8 hours of listening was very satisfying. I think it was about there I though I could just stop reading a let my imagination complete it and make it perfect. I hate endings. This feeling went away for a bit but came back once more later on. Toward the end I didn't want it to stop. Though I hate endings, I hate when a book stops before the story has ended... And ends as it may never be complete... Wish I had ended the book myself and chose to one day finish it. I sometimes do that to let my imagination and hope live on. Though the ending doesn't kill the story. But it defiantly doesn't complete the story! So lets hope there will be a sequel!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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