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Allison

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  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1191)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    Overall

    Harry Potter fans would like this book, I think. There's the magic of Potter, but most of it takes place in present day California. Lots of action mixed with a mystery about the past. The narrator's ability to create different voices is amazing!

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (691)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Bloody good fun!"
    Overall

    I love a spunky, independent, female character, so of course I immediately became attached to Mary "Jacky" Faber. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's street-English (Cockney?) accent for the main character. The author explored may issues that a disguised female would have aboard a ship filled with hundreds of male sailors. Plus, there are pirates! More action, adventure, and humor than The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I plan to listen to the sequels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Along for the Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sarah Dessen
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce - or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac.

    Julie says: "Not a romance story"
    "Not Just "Chick-Lit""
    Overall

    I've read several books by Sarah Dessen, and this one is my favorite so far. The main character, Auden, is smart, and I love intelligent female characters. She's decided to spend the summer between graduation from high school and her first year at college with her father in a beach resort town. This new location and the people who come into her life there make this summer one of change and transition for Auden. Usually a loner, she starts to reach out and make friends, including a boyfriend. She's forming new relationships with her stepmother and step sister. Most important, she's confronting her own feelings about her parents' divorce.
    This book has realistic characters and situations. It gets the reader to consider relationships among family members and friends, as well as how people can or cannot change.

    2 of 2 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
    (26439)
    Performance
    (20348)
    Story
    (20536)

    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....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "A Satisfying Conclusion"
    Overall

    Of course, I won't say how it ends, but I will say that the ending made sense and definitely finished this story. I still like the complexity of Katniss's character. Even Peeta takes on some new, surprising characteristics. I felt that there was excessive violence in the middle of the book where one horrific scene followed another. At this point the violence seemed rather pointless - like the author was writing the book for people who like Grand Theft Auto video games or slasher movies. Otherwise, I would've given it a 4th star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4511)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (1978)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "I Couldn't Put It Down"
    Overall

    I don't know which male narrator was the voice of 5-year-old Jack, but this little boy's voice was perfect for this book. I'm sure that I enjoyed the book more because of it. The author has a wonderful ear for words that kids will use to say things or think about things and an excellent sense for how young people view the world. I felt like I was truly seeing things through the eyes of a young boy. I also liked the mother's voice, but "Old Nick" didn't sound mean enough. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling the suspense. Don't miss this one!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18267)
    Performance
    (8157)
    Story
    (8185)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "We learn more about the girl with the tattoo"
    Overall

    This book started slowly and with a gazillion characters / names that were difficult for me to keep track of. However, after the crime occurs, the story gets increasingly interesting. This book reveals a lot of background and history behind the most interesting title character.

    0 of 1 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!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    The best audio book I have listened to - both for the story and the narration. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. The characters will never leave me. I plan to give it as a gift to friends and family. It's that awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossroads

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By J. J. Myers
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father's hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since..

    John says: "Great story for listeners of all ages!"
    "The ONLY audiobook I couldn't finish"
    Overall

    I know this is a book for children, and some children love it. A seventh grade student of mine had recommended it to me. The characters are one dimensional - they are either good or evil. No in-between. The plot is simplistic (I know, I know - good for younger readers.) There is a lot of repetition of facts and stating the obvious. Truly, I think our young readers are smarter than this author gives them credit for.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Lubar
    • Narrated By Ryan MacConnell, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the author of Dunk comes this sparkling new novel that covers a year in the life of high school freshman Scott Hudson, who is sideswiped by the unexpected news that his mother is about to have another baby.

    Misty says: "Pick Me! Pick Me!"
    "A Must Read (Um...Listen)!"
    Overall

    I felt an immediate connection with the narrator, Scott Hudson. The thoughts and feelings of this young adult boy felt "true" to me. The Full Cast Family brings the book to life. There are also cool sound effects. My 11-year-old daughter has shunned audiobooks since her school experiences with textbook produced audio. I couldn't even sway her with Twilight. Ten minutes with this book and I have her hooked!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peeps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.

    S. Ayrish says: "A Very Different Vampire Romance/Medical Thriller"
    "NOT another Twilight"
    Overall

    Finally, a different twist on vampire myths. Westerfeld's vampires are a result of parasites that enter people through the sharing of bodily fluids. Even though this is a fictional parasite, it still provides another caution to teens to have safe sex. Westerfeld also provides us with interesting blurbs about real parasites and their effects on humans and the ecosystem. He used the behaviors of real parasites as a foundation for his fictional one. Then the traditional vampire myths are explained by connecting them with the behaviors of parasite-carrying vampires in the story. So I find this vampire story to lean more toward science fiction than fantasy.
    One thing that bothered me was that the complete absence of all parental figures is never explained to the reader. How does a college aged girl disappear for 6 months and her parents aren't looking for her?) Of course, I'm a parent. I doubt that young adult readers will miss them.
    There's enough action to keep the vampire fans happy. An added bonus is that the narrator is male, so I think the story will appeal to both boys and girls (unlike Twilight - which is very much a romance and favored by girls in my classes.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead and the Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event - an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of 17-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales.

    steve says: "A pretty good book"
    "Interesting companion to Life As We Knew It"
    Overall

    The moon has been hit by an asteroid and is now orbiting closer to earth. This causes on-going tidal waves and volcanic eruptions which wreak havoc on the earth's environment. In Life As We Knew It we see the effect on a family living in a suburban community. In this book, Pfeffer shows us her vision of what would happen in New York City. Interesting, but long. The narrator has a very deep voice that reminds me of an undertaker - appropriate with all the death. There is a hopeful ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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