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Deanna

I mostly listen to Fantasy and Young Adult Fiction, sometimes Humor or just plain old Fiction. I have a long commute and listen to a lot.

Lake Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 3 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 218 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11805)
    Performance
    (10687)
    Story
    (10780)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Continued Excellence"
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    I thought this book was fantastic, it really developed the other factions and gave you a taste for their lives. I wasn't always agreeable with Tris' choices, but I won't give any spoilers. Also the author made a few mistakes in the book that left me going "what?" until I realized they were mistakes (noted on the author's blog) and not my comprehension of the story. Most notably she says Zeke instead of what I assume would be Uriah once, which left me completely confused.

    My husband wasn't as thrilled about this book, although he enjoyed and couldn't put it down. He said his issue with it was that it is just a really long and round about way to get to the original mission. I can understand his point of view, but I felt that because the action never stopped and I felt like it developed a lot of characters and gave a start of a new story line that it was a worthwhile read.

    Both my husband and I finished this book in 2 days, independently, as neither could put it down.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1247)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Get on with it already"
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    I felt that the narrator for this book was a perfect choice, she sounds like I would expect the main character to speak.

    The book was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I had a few issues. First the author would get on tangents. I don't need a 35 minute explanation of how she walked to the office and the people she met on the way (seriously). Then she would get going on a story line and then abruptly halt it and move onto something else, I take it multiple things were happening at once, but it was annoying that the main character would be on her way to do something and then all of a sudden something else needs to be dealt with. I would just be getting into the story line when they would completely change what was going on and start on a new path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mississippi Jack: Bloody Jack #5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (311)

    In Mississippi Jack, the fifth installment in the Bloody Jack series, the intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Kellgren does it again!"
    "Love the series, not keen on this book"
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    I LOVE this series. I can't get enough of Jacky Faber and her mischievous ways, and Katherine Kellgren does an amazing performance. I've not heard any other narrator actually sing the songs, and she really puts her all into these books.

    That said this was probably my least favorite book in the series to date. The adventure seemed pointless, dry and long. By no means was it bad, just not L.A. Meyer's best work. Definitely don't skip it as there are some important plot points that occur in the book, but I have to say the book after this one was a whole lot better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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