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holley

pennington, nj | Member Since 2005

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  • The Traveler

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By David Carradine
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    holley says: "Not sure why this is a bestseller..."
    "Not sure why this is a bestseller..."
    Overall

    I ordered this book because it sounded interesting and it was an Audible Bestseller, which is usually a reliable recommendation. I have to say, though, that this was one of the most unsatisfying books I have ever read/listened to. It was very long, and after some 15 1/2 hours, I would have liked the story to tie the details together. Instead, it left so many loose ends it seems like the author just wrote what he did to coerce us into buying a sequel. It took a while to care about the characters, too, and when I finally did, the book ended without telling me what happened to them. I would not recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5842)
    Performance
    (5243)
    Story
    (5234)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Amazing, just amazing--"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really didn't think this could possibly be as good as Discovery of Witches, but it was! Just amazing-- and now I am crying over having to wait a year for the last book. Don't miss this series, it's really wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods Without Men

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Lorelei King, Trevor White, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    2008. The California desert. A four-year-old boy disappears, plunging his parents into the public hell of a media witch-hunt. But the desert is inexplicable and miraculous, and the family's fate is bound up with that of all those who have travelled before them through this brutally powerful landscape.

    holley says: "Confusing and the ending is not enough"
    "Confusing and the ending is not enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Someone recommended this to me, and though I typically like this kind of story, I found this one very confusing and hard to follow. I agree with the other reviewer--there were parts that made me want to keep listening, and some parts that were so dull or confusing I'd find my mind wandering.

    I found the end very disappointing. I really wanted a lot more information about the characters.

    The performances were all excellent.

    I don't think I'd recommend this book, and I'm pretty generous usually with recommendations.

    4 of 4 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
    (26911)
    Performance
    (20767)
    Story
    (20964)

    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....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "So well written and nicely concluded"
    Overall

    This series is so clever and interesting. In between books 2 and 3 I pondered the end and Suzanne Collins still surprised me! I really loved it, even went back to listen to the last hour again after I was done because I was sad it was over. I really appreciated the epilogue that gave the listener/reader an insight into the future. I would have liked a bit more information about some of the others.

    The series as a whole is pretty violent and Mockingjay is the most. I heard recently that 5th graders in my town are reading it and I think it's too violent for that age. But I think anyone over 14 or 15 would find these books give them a lot to think about and are a very interesting story. Adults will definitely find the books intriguing. I don't actually think it should be marketed as a Young Adult book, but it was probably done that way merely because the characters are mostly teens.

    Some people have criticized the reader. I actually like her a lot in this book, because I think she conveys well the ambivalence Catniss experiences at every crossroad.

    I was riveted to the very end. Loved it, and am sad it's over.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4294)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (2002)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Tedious listen"
    Overall

    I read this book a couple of years ago and loved it. Now that I'm commuting I thought it would be a good listen, but I found it rather tedious. Sometimes I found my mind wandering. I remember thinking it was hard to read, and I guess I rushed through the parts I found slow and relished the others.

    The narrator was very nice to listen to. I am now listening to "Son of Witch" and the author recorded the narration, which is disappointing. He's a much better writer than reader.

    I have to say, though, that this is one of the most clever books I've read and heard. And I think it's too bad they didn't follow more of the story in the musical. Maybe a movie?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (358)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! It was so clever and smart, it had me from the start, and I couldn't put it (my iPod!) down. I was so sorry when it ended....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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