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Lois

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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Fantastic Book Gripping To The End"
    Overall

    Great character development, fantastic storyline, the plot had great pacing. The reader was able to really empathize with both Mr. Invincible and Cybergirl. Awaiting the next book. Great locution!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Williams
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Wealthy orphan Adam Bloom is extremely ordinary. So when his glamorous sister, Cressida, is invited to sing at Fortescue's festival of youthful talents, Adam can only tag along. But once all the children arrive at the festival, their terrific talents mysteriously begin to disappear.

    Lois says: "Good for the 10 to 12 year olds"
    "Good for the 10 to 12 year olds"
    Overall

    Interesting characters and dialogue. It sounds like a Lemony Snicket book when it begins. Highly talented orphans, a brother and sister, who have been trust upon an obscure relative who dosen't want them. The plot was just plan silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (318)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "How to massacre a romantic vampire story:"
    Overall

    How to massacre a romantic vampire story:

    First, take your basic elementary becoming a vampire story. Throw in some potentially romantic scenes then bludgeon them to death before anything exciting should happen. Next poison the plot with blaring inconsistencies. After that, drown any hope the reader might have of seductive vampire scenes with gruesome bloody graphic medical descriptions.
    If the story still lives…
    Then thrust a heroine into the heart of the story who’s too dumb to follow her own advice, loves to smoke (why this is important to the storyline only author can say) and wants to be a doctor. Place said heroine in a hospital were there should be blood, blood everywhere, yet for some reason, not a drop for a ravenous vampire to drink. Last but not least, drag in some male vampires to struggle over this stupid heroine’s affections. Either man could have any woman they wished to bite yet for some reason this one is special. The only thing special about this heroine is her death wish. Gentlemen, put the story out of its misery, kill her, and go bite someone else!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2734)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1252)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "Fantastic Read"
    Overall

    When I saw previews of the movie, I ran out to buy this book. Once I read this book I couldn't put it down and had to get it in audio form. The movie was a wonderful adaptation. An all round very good story. A fairy tale for adults.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M is for Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Best-selling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that will chill or amuse readers and that always embrace the unexpected.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "great for all ages"
    "A Very Nice Grouping"
    Overall

    Lots of wonderful stories and poems. Compiled for children but a very good listen at any age.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5258)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2156)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Depressing and Dishearting"
    Overall

    I respect Neil Gaiman as a writer. I loved Stardust. Neil Gaiman has a wonderful writing style, but this I hated. The entire book was fraught with depression. Which was a shame because Neil Gaiman has a great sense of locution and charaterization but the overall plot and movement of the story was lacking and seemed to drag on forever.
    The plot, if you can called a plot, was convoluted and hard to follow. The little snippets of immigrant stories were very bleak. I came away from this feeling betrayed, depressed and very angry.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Trenton Lee Stewart
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

    Carl says: "Great Fun"
    "What a Waste!"
    Overall

    It's the story of Good Twin verses Evil Twin in a race to save the world. Only a carefully constructed team of 4 brilliant orphans can help. Filled with logic puzzles. I'm sorry but NO TWO YEAR OLD COULD DO THAT! I don't care how smart they are it's just a question of developmental stages. And if these brilliant children aren't able to see that one of their member has a very big head, small body and is just out of diapers then they aren't that brilliant.

    1 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The Purple Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Herbie Brennan
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The emperor of the enchanted Faerie Realm has been murdered and now Pyrgus, his son, is the Emperor Elect. As Pyrgus contemplates his new responsibilities as emperor, his father's body is stolen! Hairstreak, evil leader of the Faeries of the Night, and his wicked henchmen have resurrected it as a zombie and plan to take control of the kingdom. Pyrgus and his courageous sister Holly Blue are banished from the realm and stripped of their magical powers.

    Angel says: "Much better than Faire Wars"
    "Great Series!"
    Overall

    A very good read. Excellent sequel! The demons are back. The prince is up to new and exciting ways of completely messing everything up. And yes, once again everyone is out to get him, but for some completely new reasons and with some excitingly unexpected methods. You've got to read this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faerie Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Herbie Brennan
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (72)

    Henry doesn't think he'll ever be able to get his mind off his parents' divorce. That is, until he meets Pyrgus Malvae, prince of the faerie world. Now Henry must help Pyrgus return home to fight the evil Faeries of the Night.

    Gurmukh says: "One of the best books I've listened to!"
    "Fantastic!!"
    Overall

    A fantastic story of Harry Potter caliber! If you liked the Bartimaeus Trilogy you may like this one. The writing style is a bit lighter but it's packed full of action. Yes! I groaned when I got to the part about alternate realities. It seems to be the fashionable thing to use in fantasy writing. However, Herbie Brennan made it work. The kittens and adulterous affair are just minor catalysts for a even greater story about a prince fleeing for his life and the enemies that would harm him. It’s not so much a story about little flying people and woodland creatures, as it is a story about a magic realm, alternate worlds, and demons. I can’t wait to read the next one. Definately not something for a 6 year old but 11 year olds and up will like it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1654)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "I Just Didn't Get It"
    Overall

    The characters are all there. There were interesting plot twists and I appreciated the full cast of character voices. But the characters are very 2 deminsional. There are some gaps in logical character movement. I had a very hard time caring about the main character and the ending was just plain annoying. The question of What is Dust is something that keeps coming up in the book but it's never answered. I guess that's what the next book in the series is for, but at this point I don't care.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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