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I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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  • The Burning Bridge: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    Will, a promising Ranger apprentice, will need every ounce of his courage to thwart the evil lord Morgarath. With the help of his Battleschool friend, Horace, he pursues a desperate plan to save the Kingdom of Araluen.

    Emily says: "Sequel even better than the FIrst Installment"
    "Burning Bridge"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book esp to families with preteens. It shows a young person starting road to development. His hesitation, then decisions are made logically with emotions and doubt coloring decisions.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    He read the narrated the story excellently. It was easy to follow the story. He added the tension at the right spots.


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

    I did not plan on listening at one sitting but....John Keatings voice kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is book 2 of series. I got it first then was motivated to get books 1 & 3 which led to me getting entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Rush says: "More good than bad"
    "Speakable"
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    The reader did an excellent job with this story. I listened to it 3 times this week! I wasn't sure what to expect from the story & I was pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bastion: Collegium Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings--his included--about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now.

    Robin says: "Emo Mags finally grows a backbone."
    "Disapointing ending."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was disappointed with this book. It didn't hold up. The main characters & story line go along at a good clip. Then suddenly comes an old stand by with a mysterious family member showing up out of the blue to help save the day. There are no hints to this person showing up. The main character's ability to sense mental energy is touted from book 1. That this mysterious person shows up, is a 'family' member with a totally simplistic view of life and goals is annoying. I got the feeling as in book 3 of this series the author is trying to fill pages, not write a novel. The ending of this book would have fit book 3 better. Do away with Book 3's ending and the remainder of book 4 or make them a series of short stories.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listen to a variety of things, sci fi, horror, mystery, urban fantasy and so on. There is no way to predict what I will listen too next.


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

    He characterises the main character well from book 1. I enjoyed his reading. His reading helped bring out things about the main character that I wouldn't thought about with reading alone.


    Was Bastion worth the listening time?

    The book was good until the halfway point. There it started to struggle to stay together. The last 1/3 of the book was a big disappointment. Nick Podehl's reading of the book is what kept me listening till the ending.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Price: Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

    Jennifer says: "Off to a Good Start"
    "Not the usual vampire tale."
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    I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was was good. My only complaint is that this reader's voice didn't show any type of voice change for the flashbacks. I had several listen overs. I came the the conclusion twice that the download from audible.com to computer or computer to iPod got messed up. Due to the number & variety of flashbacks used to explain character's background & such I would suggest a brief music score to differentiate them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (719)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Vinity says: "Wow!"
    "The Story Continues!"
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    Would you listen to Magic Rises again? Why?

    Yes, I am listening to it again now. There are all elements that make a story good plus the introduction of new characters to the mix, showing change tho the old and so on.


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She continues to give a good preformance for the main characters. Her voice reflects action going on. The author has continued with her characters development & she does it smoothly. There are vague references to the other books her voice stimulates curiosity about them without interrupting the current story. She continues to reflect character interaction smoothly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts of the story that made me very sad. Parts that led me to thinking down the wrong path as was intended. There were many parts that had me laughing. My main reaction was trying to figure out the character changes going on & where they were leading. Trying to remember the vague hints of character changes to see if they would lead any where in THIS book.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many times this far down a book series the characters start to become weak or change oddly in relation to the story. The supporting characters from previous books didn't take over parts of the story to fill in space. The book also didn't start to change into a series of vaguely related short stories or a novella trying to pass off as a full novel. That DIDN'T happen in this case. This book can be read alone as very excellent reading. The references to the other books are vague. There isn't a lot of time wasted on these references. Just enough time and reference to alert you to the other books & motivate one to investigate if interested. I have discovered many series that way. I enjoyed this long book so much that I started it & didn't finish it until 18 hours later. I had to pause for errands that I couldn't put off or delay. It isn't common for a book to keep up that long at my age. I also wasn't tempted to skip ahead. This episode in our main characters ended. Now I want the next book to hurry up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Law of the Broken Earth: The Griffin Mage, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Neumeier
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In Feierabiand, in the wide green Delta, far from the burning heat of the griffin's desert, Mienthe's peaceful life has been shaken. Tan - clever, cynical, and an experienced spy - has brought a deadly secret out of the neighboring country of Linularinum. Now, as three countries and two species rush toward destruction, Mienthe fears that even her powerful cousin, Bertaud, may be neither able nor even willing to find a safe path between the secret Linularinum would kill to preserve and the desperate ferocity of the griffins.

    mary says: "Storyline a disappointment"
    "Storyline a disappointment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to others. It detracts from first two books badly. The main character Mienthe, has degenerated into an obviously mental case! The review implies that she, her powers and friends save the day, but... In fact other characters take over the storyline. It seems like the book should be billed as how these others are trying to keep Mienthe from destroying the day. It was a big disappointment in character developement. . It was like reading a headline about any misguided teen who feels their way is not only the right way but the only way & reguards to others.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Looking back at book one, it is easy to see how Mienthe degenerates as she did. More of book two should have been spent in her development. I felt like I was reading about a spoiled teen, with few limits & great power


    Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

    She did a fair job with all the characters. It was her narration quality that had me listen thru to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "Fairy Godmothers revisited."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fairy Godmother the most enjoyable?

    This story is an enjoyable twist on Fairy Godmothers helping "living happily ever after" endings.


    What other book might you compare The Fairy Godmother to and why?

    I revisited the Hans Christian Anderson & Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I paid more attention to the Fairy Godmothers. It was fun comparing them.


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s performance?

    I can't think of just three words. Gabra Zackman seemed a little hesitant the first few chapters.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter S. Beagle
    • Narrated By Peter S. Beagle
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (153)

    A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

    Phil Sutherland says: "Delightful classic"
    "Unicorns rediscovered!"
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    If you could sum up The Last Unicorn in three words, what would they be?

    A great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the music lead at each chapter. The music reflected how I felt when I read this story so long ago. It also brought back to my mind scenes from the movie. The story is as appropriate today as it was when first published.


    What does Peter S. Beagle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter S. Beagle's voice sounded a lot like I mentally visualized the wizard's voice to sound like. I enjoyed his reading very much! I was a little reluctant at first due to having been put off by other authors reading their work.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4714)
    Performance
    (4275)
    Story
    (4285)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Hard Magic"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is a little hard to rank. It starts out with several sub plots with several characters each. It is hard to figure out what is going on and with who. In the first several chapters I would rate this book less then two stars. Then all of a sudden the plot comes together. That caused me to rate this book higher @ four stars.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    I have all Mr Larry Correla MONSTER HUNTER audiobooks. I enjoyed them very much. It was my previous purchase of those books which prompted me to get this book.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed young Miss Faye (spelling?). i also enjoyed the 'bad man' in the form of J Sullivan's older brother.


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

    The first few chapters didn't hold my attention very well. I was lucky that I was doing my walk while listening to it. I listened long enough to where all characters and sub plots came together. Then I didn't want to stop (and I didn't). I finished the book. I then re-listened to it with the purpose of hearing what I missed.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook starts slow and is a little confusing in the beginning. It makes the storyline appear weak. Then it gets into the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2692)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Entertaining mosters"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Fun & interesting.


    Would you recommend Monster Hunter Legion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook. The only problem is that this a series that follows each other kinda close. It should follow book 01 for better understanding.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His voice fitted the main character as I imagined.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed this book,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By G. A. Aiken
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author G.A. Aiken is widely celebrated for her compelling Dragon Kin series. In The Dragon Who Loved Me, Rhona the Fearless, first daughter of a proud warrior family, resents that she’s not respected for her battle prowess by the male Northland dragons. But when one barbarian dragon becomes enamored with her, she begins to relish her influence over him.

    marlene says: "Entertaining!!!! But the not first in the Series"
    "Boring Dragon"
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    What disappointed you about The Dragon Who Loved Me?

    The story line sounded good. That was why I purchased this audiobook and it's sequel. There were too many characters so development was poor. As a result of too many characters there was a lot of sub plots. This led to my being confused as to what was going on. I frequently had to repeat and back track in my attempt to get thru this story and understand it. Some of the sub plots were boring I wondered what the author was tryng to write. It was difficult to figure out what was going on. The way this book was written made the subplots very incomplete. I found myself assuming things not named.There was a lot of naming of a male and female sexual parts. The reader and wording made this sound like a group of junior high boys locker room talk.


    Would you recommend The Dragon Who Loved Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book to any one. Boring story read by a boring voice.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Morgan Hallett?

    I don't know. I would have to read the book to think about this. I definitely wouldn't recast this reader for this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really can't see any redeeming qualities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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