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Sharon Blakely

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Whittier, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Night World: Spellbinder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The series takes place in a world similar to our own, but one where vampires, witches, werewolves, and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: (1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence, and (2) Never fall in love with one of them.

    Sharon Blakely says: "Introducing the Witches of the Night World"
    "Introducing the Witches of the Night World"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book if you have read the first two. I know they are completely different characters and a completely different setting but you do have to know a thing or two about the Night World in order to understand some of the plight that these two sister cousins go through.


    If you’ve listened to books by L. J. Smith before, how does this one compare?

    Wow, true to form Smith introduces you into a whole new realm of the Night World whereas the main focus was vampires in this book you are getting an introduction to the world of the dark witches of Circle Midnight and the Light-good witches of Circle Twilight. You are also introduced to a third and upcoming Circle Daybreak but this is only touched upon briefly.


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

    There are three main characters in this book Thea, the "good witch" of Circle Twilight, Blair the "bad witch" of Circle Midnight and David the human boy. All three are very different and Jeannie Stith really did a good job in keeping them different and making sure each character kept their own personality during the book.


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

    Only if the first two books would be involved as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned that the last book "Strange Fate" has been "lost" LJ smith has written it but for some reason or another it has not been published. To my understanding this has been the case for close to 10 years. I am sad to say that at this point, you will be enjoying the Night World stories and characters without the closure a reader, a customer or a fan would expect.

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  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1739)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Bibliophile Mom says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Excellent"
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    I was hesitant to begin listening to this book, after all the negative reviews I read about the bad narrators and the direction of the story. But I decided to put on my big girl hat and just see it through. I’m happy I did. The moment I heard Ed Westwick’s voice I freaked out! OMG It was THAT Ed Westrick! The lead singer of The Filthy Youth!! I agree that this was not the best choice for narrating this story, I think he needs a story line with a tormented male hero to really take advantage of the deep sexy accent that seems to spills out of his lungs just to seduce female ears.
    Ok, my listening preferences aside, I liked the book. No it didn’t follow the usual Mortal Instruments story line, the whole inappropriate sibling in love scenario is over and story follows Simon’s adventures as he discovers the true power of being a day walker that bares the mark of Cain. Best of all Simon ends up being the real hero of the book. Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for Simon (and Ed Westwicks sexy voice) but so far I have found this book the most enjoyable so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1743)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "Oh my ..."
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    Natalie Moore is an outstanding performer! I think I can honestly say that she made this entire book worth listening too. City of Glass picks up right where the strange City of Ashes left off. The same complex web of relationships is further expanded with the introduction of a new villain, Sebastian (the real Jonathan) and finally Jace and Clary find themselves in a situation where they are free to love one another. I know that there are more books to come in the series but I little reluctant to continue. There was a lot happening in this novel and most of the loose ends except for Sebastian’s death have been tied up. Over all, lots of adventure, good twists and pretty complicated story line. I try not to judge YA books too harshly but I don’t feel this series is appropriate for children under 15.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1930)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Very good but left us with even more questions"
    "Creepy"
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    Oh what a tangled web we weave! Maybe it’s just me or maybe I’m just a little closed minded about these kinds of things but the “love” story between Clary and Jace is a bit unsettling to me considering the circumstances of the story. I’m pretty confident that there is a plot twist somewhere that will make everything seem normal again but the underlying incestuous tone of the relationship is a just a bit um, gross. On a lighter note, let me just say that I love Simon, he’s geeky and strong a perfect sub hero. I would love to see a spin off series with his adventures as a fledgling vampire. Natalie Moore, gave a five star performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2887)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Differrent"
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    First things first: The narrator was fantastic! Ari Graynor really brought the entire story and the characters to life. She was well paced and consistent with her vocalizing of each persona. Over all I found the story amusing and different a double plus since most paranormal romances and urban fictions are strictly about vampires. I think Clare built a fantastic and interesting hidden world. I lowered my overall score because I found the "twist" in the story was odd and unsettling. No spoilers will be given but ... Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26755)
    Performance
    (13392)
    Story
    (13437)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "No question about it!"
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    ALL THE HYPE ABOUT THIS BOOK IS TRUE! The first thing I have to say about this book is it is one of the best written pieces of fiction that I have ever read and this is by far the best audio book performance I have ever heard. The multiple stories weave together seamlessly complete with excellent quirky character development as well as an unconventional friendship based love story between three women bonding over the massive racial injustice of the 1960’s. I can’t stress enough that the performances on this audio book were phenomenal. The narrators will keep you intrigued through the gut busting laugh out loud parts of the book and in some cases leave you in tears in the absolutely heart wrenching moments of the story. Over all, I’d say this book is an instant classic in both print and spoken word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (197)

    In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world - no matter how out of place they feel.

    Anna says: "Lovely"
    "A food lovers love story!"
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    Now, I am not a big fan of reviews with spoilers, after all they are reviews, not book reports. With that said I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, I was a little skeptical. I was looking for something different, something to pull me out of the murder, crime and paranormal romance books that I’ve been reading for years. So when a friend of mine suggested I read this book I made the leap and purchased the audio book. WOW is all I have to say. The story line is simple and beautiful; there is magic, love, loss and oh yeah …. FOOD, OMG I think I gained 5 lbs while listening to this book! I would go home everyday craving BBQ sandwiches and I even logged on line to find some of the cake recipes mentioned in the book, which author’s website so graciously provides! With excellent attention to detail and description the end of the book left me feeling satisfied and very food passionate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "I am now a life long fan of Becca Fitzpatrick!!!"
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    Caitline Greer was phenomenal! I am so impressed; I can't believe that this was Becca Fitzpatrick's first novel! I love the intrigue and unfulfilled romance in this story. Patch, a fallen angel is desperately in love with human, Nora. His love knows no bounds and he does everything he possible can to keep her safe and alive. Nora being a very prudent and somewhat obtuse young woman is desperately fighting her feelings for Patch until she learns about his secrets and can rationalize everything. This story is about love that can overcome all obstacles and about compromising yourself for the one you love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2738)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1100)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Dragging"
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    I am not going to lie, this is an interesting story, but it was just way too long and dragging. These poor performers must have been there for hours and hours wondering when these sessions would end. It just felt like an unknown history lesson during some parts, which is excellent, I love learning new and strange things but this was just a little too much for me personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (209)

    A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

    Renee says: "Pretty bad"
    "I love Dean Koontz, but ....."
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    I love Dean Koontz, he is the only author that can get me so involved into a story I just can't seem to put the book down. This was no exception, I loved this book it was creepy, suspenseful and action packed. BUT the one thing I HATE is that he never finishes his books!!! He leaves everything up in the air, I appreciate the open ending but please feel free to close them up every now and then even if it is a sad tragic ending it would be an ending none the less. This was a great book with a very disapointing nonending. Yes I said non-ending, as in non-existing ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (898)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Good, could have been better."
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    This is the first Michael Connelly book I have experienced and since I am writing this review in hind sight I have to say it could have been better. He is an excellent writer and this book just lacked some of the fire I know he posses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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