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Nicole

Feel like I have been with Audible since the beginning, I listened to books about 2 hours a day and love each and every minute!

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Midnight for Charlie Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jenny Nimmo
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.

    Nicole says: "Adults Take on Charlie Bone"
    "Adults Take on Charlie Bone"
    Overall

    I read a lot of this genre, having a seven year old son who loves mystical, fantastical tales (Harry Potter, Dragon Rider, Eragorn) and I have to say that I enjoyed book better then most. It has the right amount of suspense and magic for the age group but also has one thing that I am partial to; hope.

    I have been yearning to find a children's novel of this calibre that provides it's readers with something to look forward to in the next book, not dark forbodings but enthusiastic hope for the future.

    Charlie also has the support of a family unit which also seems to be missing from other books. This helps my son associate with the character in a more substantial way.

    All in all one of the best finds on Audible, the narration is superb and easily followed by children.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1690)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Explosive? More like a slow burn..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Explosive Eighteen?

    As always, the interaction between the characters is what draws us all back, time and again, to this series. Who isn't secretly wondering what Lula will be wearing or if Stephanie will make the


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending to the novel was logical but not inspired or as hilarious as past Jersey adventures, frankly I missed the fireworks.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    I love this actress, Lorelei King does wonderful renditions of all the characters (prompting me to buy other titles read by her which I had never heard of!) but I love the way she inflects Lula's mannerisms; the dejected


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What Happens in Hawaii Gets to Jersey Eventually!


    Any additional comments?

    I really wondered about Janet Evanovich releasing two books in a year, a strange occurrence for this series...then I realized that One For the Money hits theaters soon and my confusion evaporated. Good marketing :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Colony: Artemis Fowl, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (442)

    Thousands of years ago, fairies and humans fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear that they could not win, all of the fairies moved below ground, except for the 8th Family, the demons. Rather than surrender, they used a magical time spell to take their colony out of time and into Limbo. There they have lived for decades, preparing to exact their violent revenge on humans.

    Nicole says: "Artemis Unbound"
    "Artemis Unbound"
    Overall

    I had wondered just how Artemis, Butler and Holly (not to mention Folly and Mulch) could be engaged once again in planet saving mayhem. Book four seemed a fitting book end, but it seems that the glut of fan mail Eoin Colfer received changed his mind.

    So Artemis is at it again, and this dimension is not big enough to hold all of the action. Imagine Demons, time travel, life and death action! This installment is a thrill ride, and more mature then previous endevours. Colfer is allowing for his readers aging along with his characters, as a parent, I appreciate that.

    I loved this book, listened to it in three days, and can't wait for my son to finish it so we can discuss it in great detail.

    Caution: Some of the scene depicted may be too graphic for younger sibs to hear/read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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