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Jennifer

Los Angeles, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33938)
    Performance
    (25123)
    Story
    (25466)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Everything good Sci Fi should be"
    Overall

    I got this on the recent series book 1 sale, and within moments was completely hooked. The characters and world are carefully drawn, feel real, and ring true. This dystopia is oppressive and cruel in the extreme, but I think has flaws parallel to ours and therefore holds a mirror to our own culture's flaws. So as you read a gripping page turner, expect to need the occasional moment of reflection. Everything good Sci Fi should be!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Possessed: Dark Visions, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The second volume in the Dark Visions trilogy follows Kaitlyn Fairchild and her four friends as they listen to the psychic voices calling them and travel to an isolated house - where terror awaits.

    Jennifer says: "3 star book; 5 star reader"
    "3 star book; 5 star reader"
    Overall

    - I wish I cold give it 3.5 stars


    If you are a big Urban Fantasy fan, and don't mind more teen geared books, this is a good audiobook for you. If you are a very picky listener, and you only like the best the genre has to offer, move to something else.

    I like L. J. Smith (don't love). The recent books she added to the Vampire Diaries series are the only ones i think excellent. This series is above her average, but not all that memorable. I enjjoyed them, but I douibt I will listen to them again next year.

    I LVOE Kristine Hvam and any charaters she ever creates I inevitably love. Becasue of her, I found these books very enjoyable to listen to.



    This series is very reminiscent of old Lois Duncun Books (I know What You Did Last Summer; Killing Mr G.=riffin). L.D. had a book this reminded me of, where teens who found themselves being used for nepharious purposes by a boarding school for the "talented". But it was different enough that I wasn't bored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return: Shadow Souls: The Vampire Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan. In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul.

    Jennifer says: "This Trilogy is much better than original"
    "This Trilogy is much better than original"
    Overall

    I can't believe is it the same writer. Obviously, L.J. Smith has grown enormously as a writer. The characters are far more multi-dimensional and the plot is less predictable. World building is phenomenal. And I am officially kind of in love with Damon. Who would have thought!

    When is Midnight coming out on audio book? I can't even imagine it without Rebecca Mozo's terrific narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (482)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Starts off vapid, but good in the end"
    Overall

    I have been considering this audiobook (and book before then) for a while. I saw the film trailers and had resolved not to read listen to it until it went on sale for $5. I am very glad I changed my mind. The book seems little like the movie actually.

    Note that it starts off a lot more vapid ( and sometimes painful) to listen to than my typical threshold, but makes up for it by being always funny and eventually getting to a message that is both spot on and not overly preachy. So in the end, I felt less guilty for having read/ listened to it.

    This audiobook is a funny and a terrificly honest portrayal of the most acceptable vice in Western Culture, materialism and consumerisms. The reader, Emily Gray, has impecable comedic timing. I would love to listen to her read another book.

    Sadly, some of the narrator's unwise purchases and ways of thinking about spending have crossed my mind (e.g. seeing a great sale on an expensive designer it as "an investment" and "saving money"). Of course, it goes just over the edge of normal spending (though without realizing it I think Sopie Kinsella does a spot on portrayal of OCD).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Amanda Root
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (57)

    One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

    Joseph R says: "The Governess, Beast, Love, Mad Woman, Missionary"
    "I LOVED this"
    Overall

    The reader sounded just like I imagine Jane would have. Truly remarkable audiobook. I had tried to read this a few times, but never got far. Within minutes of listening to Amanda Root, I became wholly lost in Jane's character and surroundings. I could';t put it down.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Code

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    When Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of 10, the only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher. Nostradamus turns to his able apprentice, the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth.

    David says: "Slow start--keep going"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    I just couldn't get into this. I gave it a fair shot. Maybe 1/4 of the book? I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, the plot, or even the setting, which should have been at least moderately interesting. Oh well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7305)
    Performance
    (2742)
    Story
    (2797)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Books 3-4 are worth listening to books 1-2"
    Overall

    I think the appeal of these to adult readers starts at book 3. I think Book 1 is a bit overrated by itself. There is little to no plot until the last 1/3 of the book The major mystery up until then is "what os Edward?" and we all know what the answer to that is form the first page, so... let's just say it is a bit dull and derivative for a while.

    But books 3 and 4 are really fun and well worth the reading of the first two, slower books. I overall give the sires a 4 star rating, with 3 for 1-2, and 5 for 3-4.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14610)
    Performance
    (9011)
    Story
    (8882)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Engrossing, Detailed, Dark and Romantic"
    Overall

    I love this series. I am almost done with book 2 and can barely put it down. It did take some doing to get through the first 3 chapters, but it is well worth it.

    It is a lot more graphic in the sexual content department than other adventure novels I have read, but it still is a far cry from being a prototypical "bodice ripper", as another reviewer quipped. The plot, setting and characters make this a terrific novel in its own right. I am not a fan of the romance genre in general, but am not opposed to romantic content, (which this does indeed have in spades). However, it also had adventure, political intrigue, and the Sci Fi genre's favorite paradox - time travel, which turns out to be more than just a method of getting a modern woman into historical Scotland. As other Sci Fi stories in this vein, it grapples with issues like "if you could go back and change it, should you?" along with delving into the potential consequences of doing so.

    If you plan to take a trip to Scotland, or have any other particular reason to learn more Scottish history, this is one of the more interesting way to go about it. I certainly am absorbing historical details better than I have in any history classes.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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