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  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (664)

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    "Eh, I wish this was as good as the first three"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Scott and/or Paul Boehmer?

    This series started off with a bang and has been slowly going downhill. The narration is fine but I'm starting to become annoyed with the plot points. This book expanded the number and complexity of the story lines being followed (and many of the new ones don't add anything). Nothing is resolved in this book and Josh (who was always a little whiny) becomes such an annoying little idiot that I almost don't want to listen to the next book despite how much I want to know how everything ends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "The first 8 hours are great, hour 9 too violent"
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    Having loved the Zombie Fall-Out books I was excited to give Callis a try. And I loved the book up until about the last hour or so. At that point the degeneration and violent acts of several characters became too morbid for me. I know teenage girls can be evil and I'm not squeamish, but I had to stop listening. There is a surprise pop-up of one of my favorite Zombie Fallout characters (and this book may explain his later unflappability) but this just wasn't my book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5373)
    Performance
    (4945)
    Story
    (4941)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "The first book is amazing! The second is eh."
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    I was engrossed by the first book. The characters are good men with just enough wickedness to keep things interesting. The plot moved well and climax was unexpected and brilliant. I haven't been able to make it more than 2 chapters into the second book. I'll keep trying because I enjoyed the first one so much but I just can't seem to get into the new characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10521)
    Performance
    (9397)
    Story
    (9371)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Unexpectedly well done"
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    I only bought this book because audible recommended it and it was on sale. I should have bought it much sooner! This is a new take on the fantasy story and the druid hero appeals to my Irish heritage. There is a rich cast of characters (although some remain, for me, underdeveloped) and the story is complex and intriguing. I will be purchasing the second book in the hope that it is as engrossing as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8722)
    Performance
    (7979)
    Story
    (8065)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Masterfully done, not how I wanted it but amazing."
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    I had reservations coming into this book because it utilized two narrators, one for Tris and one for Four. I don't tend to enjoy books from more than one perspective. However, I've waited eagerly for this book and I could not wait to see how the trilogy ended. I both loved and hated this book. It is just as well written as the first two, with depth of characters and plot. And Roth managed the dual perspectives adeptly, such that (while I did miss the Tris perspective that hooked me in books 1 & 2) when Four is the narrator I was satisfied.
    This book really does answer all the questions that remained for me (although I hope for more books set in the same world) but I hate hate hate the ending. Not because it wasn't well written or anything like that but because it was not how I wanted it to end. I was dismayed on an emotional attachment level by the way Roth ended this saga. It works, but I cried. On the whole though, I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoyed the first two books, and I would recommend the entire series to anyone who hasn't heard them yet.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Elliott
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming the cities. But the old ways do not die easy. Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?

    Robin in Vermont says: "Absolutely Brilliant Fantasy!"
    "I loved this book!"
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    What did you love best about Cold Magic?

    Cat is a smart and engaging heroine who isn't about to let her confused feelings keep her from protecting Bee (who might as well be her sister). With an unusual skill set Cat manages to keep ahead of the game in a world run by powerful mages that is in turmoil. Meanwhile, she doesn't let her romantic feelings distract her from her purpose. I can not WAIT for the sequel (this is a trilogy). I may just buy the physical book so as not to have to wait to hear the rest of the story. Intrigue, magic, and a dash of romance make this book just that compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11938)
    Performance
    (10848)
    Story
    (10872)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Wow, just. Wow."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this a million times over. This story takes an entirely unexpected twist less than an hour in and keeps you guessing until the very end. The sudden switch from normal life to an apartment that actually is too good to be true is believable and manages to pick up the pace of the book nicely. If you're a fan of sci-fi this is a book you'll want to read. If you aren't a fan of sci-fi this book is a good introduction to the genre without having to make too big a leap from reality.


    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
    (1421)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1257)

    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..."
    "Eh"
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    Would you try another book from Michelle Sagara and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I would be willing to try another book from this team however I wasn't a big fan of this listen. The plot had some extreme potential but the writing just failed to grip my attention. I found my attention constantly wandering while listening to this book (not a problem I normally have). This may be because of all the perpetually unresolved questions introduced concerning the main character. If you like waiting a LONG time to get any answers while being teased with more and more detail then this book may work for you.


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

    I didn't feel like the book resolved almost anything within itself. Granted this is a series but every book should wrap up something by the end and I felt that the ending really was just a place holder so the author could start on the second book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had a smooth voice and she did different plausibly different voices for every character which I appreciated. She did, however, have a tendency to sound whiny to me when the situation didn't call for it.


    Do you think Cast in Shadow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It definitely needs a follow up book to make any sense. In theory this is only the first book in the series but I won't be buying the second.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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