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Christine

MINNEAPOLIS, KS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Perhaps the most haunting and tragic love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of Heathcliff, a brooding, troubled orphan, and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. His desire for her leads him to madness when Catherine is made to marry a wealthy lord, sending Heathcliff on a lifelong quest to avenge himself upon those who stole his only love and his life.

    Tracey says: "Wuthering Depths"
    "Not what I expected"
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    For being called a classic and a must read by many, it was not quite what I expected. At least as far as the story is concerned. I didn't feel like it was really a love story. Yes, there were some parts about love, but to me it seemed more a story of hate and revenge for being supposedly denied the love long wished for. Quite frankly I think both Heathcliff and Catharine were being petty and foolish. Heathcliff especially. He goes around blaming others for the consequences of the choices he makes. That just isn't right. I did not sympathize with him at all. Nor Catherine or any of the other characters. Maybe it's just my own taste and view of what love is. But like I said, this story is more centered around hate and revenge than it is love. At least now I can say that I have listened to one more classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10446)
    Performance
    (8730)
    Story
    (8806)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Extended Fantasy"
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    I have yet to write my review of the first of these two books, but I will soon. This second book is just as good as the first only extended. In fact I was quite surprised to find out that it is about twice to three times longer than the first. Despite that though, it is a marvelous read and really holds your attention. Am going to have to research as I'm sure there is more coming just likely not published yet? Am eager to find out what happens to young Kvothe and his Denna and even Bast and Chronicller. Loved the character Tempe as well. :) A must read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Riches

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (215)

    When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

    Heidi says: "YES YES YES"
    "One Tiny Thing Bothered Me"
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    Absolutely adored this book! It was true Nora Roberts in every aspect. You could really get into the characters and the plot and it was quite interesting to see where things went in this book. Only one tiny thing bothered me though. A slight grammatical error that kept popping up. Every time it was mentioned that one of the characters lit a cigarette, it was said, 'lighted'. Now in some instances saying that someone lighted a cigarette might be possible, however, my brain kept insisting that it should have been 'lit' instead of lighted. Since it seemed to be past tense. But I could be wrong. Grammar is not one of my strong suits. Not sure how it is written on the page, but this kept popping up and annoying me. Otherwise, true and classic Nora Roberts. A must listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Transformed: Book Three of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    With more than one twist in the telling, centering on a magic-plagued journey across a blistering desert, The Phoenix Transformed is the stunning conclusion to Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's Enduring Flame Trilogy.

    Katja says: "Disappointing"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
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    I honestly don't agree with many of the other reviewers for this book. This book was a very good ending in the trilogy. I absolutely loved the feelings and sensations I got while listening to the book and the two before it. You can truly feel what the characters feel. Their conflicts of emotion and sense of duty. Their fear and trepidation yet desire so strong to keep an evil from harming others that their dedication to stopping it is beyond what I personally might have.

    In this book I connected even more with the main characters than I did in the previous two. It was almost as if I was them and Dufris did an even better job in this book with his narration than he did in the other two.

    Admittedly there were a few things that seemed to be left unsolved and I would have liked to known what happened between two of the characters. However, I'm wondering if this was deliberate and might transition into another trilogy that takes place further down the road in the timeline so to speak. I suppose we shall see.

    I definitely reccomend that you give this book a try, especially if you want to find out what happens after reading the first two. It won't let you down. It didn't me. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4569)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2687)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "The Story Continues"
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    This book has always felt a little rushed for me, even when I held it in my hands and read it as well as previously listening to it. Still though, I love it, I have always loved the WoT series and I always will. This book does an excellent job of continuing the story of our main characters, though like I said, it seems a little rushed. Still it was awesome and already I am listening to the 7th book.

    One thing that pleased me was that the interview with Jordan that had been done for the previous books, was not repeated at the end of this one. I had heard that same interview so many times with the last several books, that I knew it's contents as well as the books themselves, so it was good to not have that once more.

    All in all, excellent read as Jordan is an excellent author. Definitely continuing my listening of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Endangered: Book Two of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power - and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.

    A User says: "Give the kids a break!"
    "Wonderful Descriptions!"
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    In the first book there were a few things that confused me for awhile before I got further into it and finally understood things. Now in the second book, things seem to be getting even better. The more I listen to the words of the characters and the tones of voice that the narrator uses, the more and more I like it. The narrator and the author do a very good job of protraying that Har and Tear are really just kids, albiet nearly adult kids. The things they say and do, the way the complain or try and reason things out reminds me of the way I thought about and did things when I was their age. The author has captured well the thinking, logic, and everything else that perfectly describes and portrays children of this age. I do think it a little odd that they are thrust into such adult concerning adventures and the like, but I understand that this is part of the story, part of the world that was created for them and it fits.

    One problem I have had both in the first book and in this one, is that it is difficult for me to tell precisely when the narrator is speaking and thinking as Har and when as Tear. It sounds to me as if sometimes the narrator uses the same voice for both characters and then suddenly realizes it and changes to fit the voices he has set originally for the characters. So often I will get confused as to which one is talking or thinking until a name is actually mentioned. The narrator does do a wonderful job though of voices for the other characters. Those voices are quite distinct.

    The other thing I have noticed in this book and not quite so much in the first one, is that this one, the descriptions seem much more vivid. The fighting scenes are so well described, and the feelings each character faces equally well described, makes you see and feel everything the character is feeling. You start to sympathize with them and you want to comfort them or fight along side them, or even go so far as to feel as if you might feel the same way were you thrust into the situation.

    Now perhaps, though I'd have to listen to it again, this is the same in the first book and I just did not notice it because I was too busy trying to figure out what was going on and what certain words meant. But, I am enjoying these books and I look forward to listening to the third. I am anxious to see what the conclusion to the story is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6661)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3127)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Captivating"
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    As I have said in other reviews, when you observe things in different ways, you gain different perspectives and pick up on things that you likely didn't before. I physically read this book many years ago and enjoyed it quite completely then. And when the movie came out, both parts, and things had been shifted just a bit to make the movie more entertaining, I noticed things that I had not upon my first reading of the book. And now, having listened to it, another new perspective has been gained, and just as in the book and in the movies, the listening of it has captivated me and entertained me beyond imagination.

    Were it the book in my hand, I would not be able to put it down, just as I was unable to put the book down back in the day when I first read it. A must read that will keep you captivated throughout it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (585)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Seriously In Love with Robert's Work"
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    This is the third book of Robert's that I have listened to thus far and I am falling head over heels in love with this author and her work. The stories she writes continue to amaze, inspire, enthrall, captivate and every other possible word out there. I have added many of her other books to my wish list and look forward to listening to those as well when money and or credits permit the purchase of them.

    I do notice though, this being the third book of hers that I've listened to, that of these three, all of them have very strong male and female characters coming together. Which is nice, it gives the reader/listener, something to dream about and hope for.

    Though I can't help but wonder, what if one of her main characters was weak. Not necessarily in physical strength, but otherwise. Perhaps someone who is indecisive, more introverted, or even a bit of a recluse. What kind of story would that make? And what about a different twist to the plot. Instead of the male 'saving' the female, what if it were the other way around? Or what if the male was the weaker of the two and the female the 'heroine' of sorts? Perhaps though, this is not the way that Roberts writes. I do not know, though it is interesting to ponder.

    Regardless, I highly recommend this book and others of hers. I intend to listen to more of her books in the future. The classic tale she tells and spins out in a variety of ways, does not get old and will forever remain a classic in the heart of all women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "Slow to start but highly entertaining!"
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    I have read this author before, many of her past books, but never had I read this particular trilogy. In fact, I had asked for it for Christmas one year, got it, and still had not read it. Physical reading has become difficult for me as it puts me to sleep these days. Which is why now I listen to books instead of read them.

    Anyway, this was a very well written book. It seemed to start off a little slow for me. Likely due to the length of time in between my listening of this and my reading of past books. I got hung up on such words as bells and sennites and moonturns, not really figuring out how these things marked time until further into the book. But as I said, it's been a very long while since I last read this author.

    At first, the book felt a bit juvenile, though that was nice in that it brought back memories of when I was younger and of the previous books. As the story progresses though, you start to recollect things from previous books and begin to put two and two together.

    Towards the end it got more and more exciting and entertaining. It was funny and delightful and I am anxious for when I have the money or the credit to get the second book in the trilogy. I suspect the second and third books will be even better.

    I say, give it a go. It is in my honest opinion, definitely a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1220)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Beyond Amazing!"
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    I've never read Roberts before and had only heard of her, the extent of my knowledge going so far as to know she wrote romance. I've been off of romance for many many years now, hating how the gener had seemed to change from when I was first introduced to it.

    This though, is way beyond amazing. It was funny, suspensful, romantic, had mystery, every element I could possibly dream of was there. In fact, I'm going to go so far as to say that this is far better than the old fashioned Harlequin's I read back in the day. Never, in my wildest dreams did I expect Roberts to write such an amazing story. And Lowman's narration was excellent. She and Roberts brought the characters to life, the story, everything. I felt as if I was right there with Rowan and Gull and all the other fire jumpers. I felt the suspense when they jumped fire, the passion that ignited between a rookie jumper and one who had been doing it for years. I was as surprised as the others to learn that the culprit was not whom I had thought it was.

    I just do not have the words adequate enough to express my sheer delight with this story. I am for certain in search of more books by Roberts and am anticipating them, being just as amazing and thrilling as this one has been.

    A must read for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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