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Moonglotexas

South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 56 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Christopher says: "Superb and surprising"
    "What a twist! Thought provoking!"
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    Would you listen to Sweet Tooth again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely! Beautiful read and well-wriiten, it drove me into an almost trance-like hazy. The world so realistically sculptured by both Ian and Juliet, I began to feel like I came home to the story at the end of the day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Tooth?

    The ending was one of those, "oh my word, did I hear that right?" moments. Rarely do plots surprise me, this one did and for that I am grateful


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she is one voice that neither intrudes on the story nor fails to instil the necessary emotion - she is the perfect balance


    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous book from a great author, exquisitely read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

    Moonglotexas says: "Enjoyable escape to new perspectives"
    "Enjoyable escape to new perspectives"
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    What made the experience of listening to Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee always gets her characters' voices just right and paces her story so that the plots flies effortlessly allowing the great writing too shine


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple character views and the mystery! Yes you start knowing a key piece of the puzzle and spend the rest of the book trying to work out how it fits, one of the those "6 months prior" scenarios, but it is done elegantly and adds a level of excitement to the read that I don't expect from Liane Moriarty


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

    Definitely and one I'll be listening to again


    0 of 0 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
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1220)

    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..."
    "Cracker of a novel and start to a series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's interesting, fun, multi-layered and exciting. It combines many principles of fantasy in a new way.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She embodies Kaylin and brings the other characters to life beautifully!


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

    I devoured this book and have systematically consumed each of the subsequent ones!


    Any additional comments?

    Love this series - try it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1342)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Complicated but worth it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a very different world with a lot of different elements to take in. It is brutally detailed but the story keeps pace and it is thoroughly enthralling!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    Everything is new with no frame of reference to another fantasy realm, an unusual and interesting experience for the reader.


    What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

    She manages to bring each character out within few lines and makes the action pacy and enjoyable


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

    I wanted the next book...now! Fabulous story...more...more...more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27117)
    Performance
    (20951)
    Story
    (21156)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Satisfying conclusion to a challenging series"
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    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    The ending, phew, what a journey! It was a relief to know the ending!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Peeta is an awesome character and his interactions with Katniss are always interesting, this book puts a new spin and edge to this relationship.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She helps you savour the details rather than rushing through the action, making it much more interesting


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

    Without giving away details it is difficult to answer, but the end is lovely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

    Aimee says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Fast forward 10 years of your life, what a premise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Mind-shifting! Take a little time and walk in the shoes of the main character, it's a fun and moving read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise, you wake up from a head injury and you have forgotten the last 10 years - what assumptions about your relationship then would you make now! Beautifully written!


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

    Energy and fun! She brings the humour out fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    Love Liane Moriarty and this is a favourite amongst her novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

    Jodie says: "Original story idea, not enough chemistry"
    "What a different and awesome book!"
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    If you could sum up Daughter of Smoke and Bone in three words, what would they be?

    Eastern fantasy mystique


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so unusual in style and story line. I loved every minute and hungry for the next!


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    The accents and interpretation of lines brings the book to life brilliantly. She makes the story fly!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of Cake and Puppets: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Emma Hook, Sam Alexander
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this new stand alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor comes the story of a funny and fantastical first date. In Night of Cake & Puppets, Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy – the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Told in alternating perspectives, it's the perfect love story for fans of the series and new readers alike. Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity.

    Moonglotexas says: "Beautiful but I missed Khristine Hvam"
    "Beautiful but I missed Khristine Hvam"
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    What made the experience of listening to Night of Cake and Puppets the most enjoyable?

    The world created by Laini Taylor and who doesn't love Zuzu!


    What other book might you compare Night of Cake and Puppets to and why?

    There isn't anything like it but the mood is much like a Sarah Allen Addison novel


    Have you listened to any of Emma Hook and Sam Alexander ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't and unfortunately, having listened to three books of Khristine Hvam's magical representation of Zuzu, it was hard to adjust to a reading with a British accent and nothing like the others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Kristin Hvam
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz...something is happening.

    Moonglotexas says: "What a conclusion to an amazing series!"
    "What a conclusion to an amazing series!"
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    If you could sum up Dreams of Gods and Monsters in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, captivating and surprising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams of Gods and Monsters?

    The ending is beautiful and particular plot twist is so unexpected and such a happy idea, it sticks with you!


    What about Kristin Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Each moment and character is so well formed, one wants to remain tucked up in her world, it's very hard to leave!


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

    Of course, the tension of the last two books and the action packed nature of this one keeps one on the edge of one's seat


    Any additional comments?

    Here is hoping this isn't the last we see of this world, the end came far too soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (571)

    The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

    Fay says: "The Emersons and the mummy case - a must listen"
    "Ramses and The Master Criminal!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Everything, the story is great and the narrator Sesome!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have always enjoyed Egyptology, this combined with mystery and humour makes this a wonderful series for me


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Marvellous! Loved having Ramses and looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Alexia Tarabotti becomes the scandal of the London season. After being dismissed by Queen Victoria from the Shadow Council and attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, she flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they can explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than vampires – and they’re armed with pesto.

    Moonglotexas says: "Ruffled Parasol on the move"
    "Ruffled Parasol on the move"
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    What did you love best about Blameless?

    The indignation of Alexia, the adventure and Madame Le Foux!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every member of this cast of character is necessary to bring the humour and pace to the story, I love them all!


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

    Lord Maccon, she does to perfection!


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

    Definitely! And have done several times!


    Any additional comments?

    Get into this series now, Gail Carriger's book rock!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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