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Julie

Baltimore, MD, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Council of Mirrors

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, along with their friends and allies from Ferryport Landing, engage in a climactic battle with the fearsome Mirror. With the future of the Grimms and all the Everafters hanging in the balance, the sisters make a fateful choice to join forces with the members of the Scarlet Hand to defeat Mirror and end this conflict once and for all.

    Tina says: "The final book... WOW!"
    "Great series for the family..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Council of Mirrors in three words, what would they be?

    The sisters Grimm thought they were abandoned, maybe even orphaned... little did they know!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a series for the whole family. The second grader, the fifth grader, and the mom were all chomping at the bit for this 9th book in the series... we were not disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5413)
    Performance
    (5045)
    Story
    (5041)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "A great laugh, especially for classic Trek fans."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too much fun to miss! Characters self-anylize and turn the genre on its ear. You'll chukle throughout!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1537)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Tries to be Odd, but just isn't."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was well performed, and quirky enough to remind me of the Brother Odd books, but the story is somewhat lazily written and repetitive, relying on shock value coarseness in lieu of depth. This story was not so bad that I quit half way through, but bad enough I won't recommend it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1546)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1302)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "NPR Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sweet and affirming stories of loves of all sorts, from real people, in their own voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Doom: Band of Four, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Hawkril the mighty warrior, Embra the beautiful sorceress, and Craer the crafty thief mourn their lost companion but now must forge new alliances in their roles as overdukes of Aglirta, a land that has been torn asunder by double-crossing royals, savage warlords, and sinister high priests.

    Christopher says: "Typical Greenwood"
    "I wish this reader had done all four!"
    Overall

    This was the best listen of the series! Great narration, good "color" without being a full cast "radioplay" type of production... a good balance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dragon's Ascension: Band of Four, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Aglirta, known as the Kingless Land, has fallen into lawlessness. Now, a powerful warlord has come to take control through force, while the diabolic minions of the Serpent move into position for a climactic battle that will scar the valiant Band of Four forever.

    Julie says: "not the best narration"
    "not the best narration"
    Overall

    I struggled through this monotonous dry narration just so I could get to the next stroy... and it was worth it because the next book is read very well... but if you can get a different edition or read it on paper I'd suggest doing so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "I wish the author hadn't read this!"
    Overall

    I am reading this for a book club so I'm finishing it despite the narration! Listening to this reminds me of talking with an autistic client I used to work for. I really wish I'd bought this on paper rather than in audio!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Servant of the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Having created fantastic universes of vampires and witches, Anne Rice now carries us into the realms of the occult, the mystical and the magical, and into the presence - now and through centuries - of a dark and luminous hero: the powerful, witty, smiling Azriel, Servant of the Bones. Also available abridged.

    Stephanie says: "Prepare for"
    "Tedious!"
    Overall

    It's hard to explain that I liked the story DESPITE the telling, but that's how it is. I was interested enough to stick with it, but it dragged on and on with such dry reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (320)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Historical Context for the Hood Legend"
    Overall

    The Robin Hood you thought you knew meshes tightly with this new version in a well researched tale of ancient Wales.

    What? You thought Robin was English? Try again!

    This book was a delight to listen to and the prologue was fascinating. The narrator did a great job fleshing out the characters with a variety of voices but did not resort to cartoonish sound effects, letting the text create the scenery for the listener instead.

    An entirely enjoyable novel!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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