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Susan

FREDERICK, MD, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Beautiful Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1204)

    Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks.

    Teddy says: "Better than the first...."
    "Truly a unique and intriguing story."
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    I really liked the book. In fact I am finding I truly am liking YA books much more than traditional fiction.

    This book is about a young man named Ethan, and a young woman named Lena.

    Lena is from a family of Casters. Ethan is mortal. Together they struggle to enter each others world, but the universe has other plans for them.

    The story and the characters are well developed, and it was a pleasure to listen to the audio version of this book.

    Off to listen to the second book in the series........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Best book I've read all year"
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    What did you love best about Great North Road?

    First of all for me, Peter Hamilton is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. But I have to say, this book might be one of my all time favorites by him.
    I loved all the clones, and a murder mystery that took place on two different planets. I loved the main characters, and how fleshed out they were. Of course this is easy to do, when the book is Ginormous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great North Road?

    Just finding out all about Angela.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favorite?

    I don't think I had a favorite character, however Toby did a great job with the accents. Even had the vowel sounds, spot on for an American midwestern flat accent.


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

    Angela, and Rifka.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (868)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Great Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Riot the most enjoyable?

    This book is as great as all the 5 star reviews says it is. Very funny and extremely well written and well performed.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

    Peter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bridge of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

    Shellbin says: "absorbing, excellent narration"
    "Such an Interesting book"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Bridge of Years the most enjoyable?

    I believe in any audible book that the narrator can make or break a book. Jonathan did a fantastic job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all of the books I've read by Robert Wilson, his main characters are well thought out, and are believable.
    The story was great! I love the concept of having a home, that is in fact a time machine.
    Also, when Tom went back to 1962, I really felt like I was in New York 1962.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


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

    Yes. But I have a life, and have to quarantine time to listen to audio books :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I read or listen to books for fun. I am able to dispel my reality, and get into stories that are as good as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2288)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2130)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Exciting ride the whole way through......"
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    I've been waiting awhile for this book to come out, and I was not disappointed.
    Kate Mulgrew was excellent in her performance of each character in the book.

    Get ready for a wild ride, and keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold and Lonely Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sara J. Henry
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body. Troy's assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack village. And the deeper Troy digs into his life and mysterious death, the murkier things become.

    Howard says: "A strong story of family, loss and redemption."
    "Meh"
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    I loved Sara's first book, Learning to Swim. However, this book I can barely get through.

    I'm just finding it boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "NIce change for a Rollins book."
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    I really like the book. It was a very nice change from reading the Sigma books.
    I really enjoyed the archaeological parts of the book, as well the puzzle solving. Think Sigma, only replace the team with vampires. These vampires are not like the ones in Twilight, or Vampire Diaries.

    I personally thought the narrator did an excellent job. His accents were spot on. The audio editor might have done a better job by increasing the volume, as sometimes the narrators voice became very soft while reading the story.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8834)
    Performance
    (7852)
    Story
    (7825)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "A mix of Dresden and Urban fantasy"
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    I like the premise of this book. The main character reminded me of the wizard Dresden, and the story itself reminded me of Urban fantasy (sans the romance).
    Fun story all in all, and it has intrigued me enough to read the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (522)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "A very good listen"
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    I wasn't quite sure if this was a young adult book or not. I tend to think it is. However, even adults can enjoy this one.
    If you like paranormal, ley lines and mystery, you should like this book.
    Each major character is fully fleshed out, which gave me a reason to keep listening and rooting for them through out the book.
    Will Patton does an excellent job of narrating and bringing the characters to life.

    Have fun listening......

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9803)
    Performance
    (8906)
    Story
    (8918)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Love love love this book"
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    This is one of the best books I have read all year. It is a really good mystery, wrapped in Science Fiction.
    The writing was excellent, as was the narrator. I have listened to this book 3 times, I just can't get enough of it.
    I loved all the main players, every one was unique, and brought something special to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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