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Katelyn

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  • Star Trek Movie Tie-In

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (251)

    In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

    Katelyn says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I wasn't even close to being a Star Trek fan, in fact I had only seen enough episodes to tell the difference between a Klingon and a Vulcan. However, after seeing this movie and listening to the book, I am so excited to learn more about Star Trek. I saw the movie before I listened to this book so it was just nice to have all of the gaps filled in where the movie just skimmed over poeple, places, and topics. I would definitely recommend this book to any Star Trek fan or someone who just enjoys a good sci-fi book. Zachary Quinto, who portrays 'young Spock' in the movie, narrates and I think he did a great job! He did all of characters and background noises.. it was kind of silly but I don't think the story would have been half as interesting if he hadn't been the one to read it. I hope he decides to read some of the other Star Trek books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

    JAY says: "THANK YOU..."
    "Ugg"
    Overall

    I couldn't even get past the first half hour, it was just way too boring and the narrator is obnoxious.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1038)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "One word - Awesome!"
    Overall

    I don't know how Seth pulled it off, but somehow this man has brought zombies, ninjas, and humor into Lizzy's world and yet it is still Pride and Prejudice. Mr.Bennett is hilarious with his treatment of his annoying prattling wife, Darcy is forced into a battle of ninja skills with Lizzy as she declines his marriage proposal, and somebody close to Lizzy is bitten and infected with the 'Strange Plague'. The Bennett sisters are practically the designated ninja death squad of the countryside. On top of all that, Katherine Kellgren's pompous English tea time voice adds just that right touch to the story to make it inconceivably more hilarious! This is possibly one of the coolest books ever now. I don't think high school English class will ever be the same!

    54 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I had not read any of Frank Herbert's novels but I had seen the Dune movies. I could understand the gist of what was going on in this book so I don't think first time listeners would have a problem just jumping in. I hate Scott Brick as a narrator and had they chosen someone else I would have given this book 5 stars. I have heard from hard core fans of the Dune saga that Frank Herbert's tyle of writing was much better than his son's so if you too are a huge fan of Frank I would not recommend listening to this one, might just disappoint you.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (413)

    Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

    Cher says: "Stands alone"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    I loved every minute of this book. The characters were just jumping out at me and as crazy as it sounds even 'Dog' was believable, but I guess that is just one of Garth Nix's gifts. He has an amazing way of making magical things seem absolutely lifelike. If you liked the first book 'Sabriel', I urge you to continue with the trilogy and give this one a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist who lacks money. By chance, Kate befriends Milly, an American heiress, and learns she is suffering from a fatal illness. Kate devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly and marry her. Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well-laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

    Alain says: "Wings!"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    Yet another example of a book that is so bad it deserves zero stars. It's story is meant to be depressing but the characters are so dull and unrealistic that it is impossible to feel for them. Don't waste your credit on this one, you'll only regret it as I did.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ninth Grade Slays: Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Heather Brewer
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Freshman year sucks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives "study abroad" a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one?

    Tammy says: "Even better than the first"
    "Worth the price"
    Overall

    I purchased this book when it was half off so I think it was well worth it. It's not as good as the first book but it was still enjoyable. It's hard not to like Vladimir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Treasure Island is a tale of pirates, treasure, and shipwreck. When young Jim Hawkins finds a packet in Captain Flint's sea chest, he could not know that the map inside it would lead him to unimaginable treasure. Shipping as cabin boy on the Hispaniola, he sails with Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Dr. Livesey, the sinister Long John Silver and a frightening crew to Treasure Island. There, mutiny, murder and mayhem lead to a thrilling climax.

    Lloyd says: "Come on....It's Treasure Island and its unabridged"
    "Prefer movie"
    Overall

    The dialogue used in this book was just a little bit too old fashioned to make me feel connected in any way. It was hard to get into the book. I liked the overall story but I think it is better as a movie rather than listened to here.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "One of his best"
    Overall

    Why oh why can't they translate the French in the novel while they're tranlsating the Russian??? I really enjoyed this book the second time around. Once I got past the narrator's annoying butler voice I could pick up on the humor of the father in the story. I have to say even though he is depraved and deserves to die, the father is probably my favorite character. It is hard not to enjoy his outrageous stories and comments. I laughed so hard when he made his little speech about there being a ceiling in hell and being dragged down with hooks otherwise there would be no justice in the world and it would negate the possibility of there even being a hell without the ceiling. Hilarious!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abhorsen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (377)

    Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

    Ethan M. says: "A great conclusion to a wonderful series"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    A triumphant ending to such a thrilling trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (604)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Tim Curry is perfect as the narrator. The concept of the Abhorsen and the Old Kingdom was amazing. After I had finished the book I found myself remembering the names of all the bells. This book is worth the credit and will become an instant addiction for you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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