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Ally

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  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (3938)
    Story
    (3938)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Great addition"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 the most enjoyable?

    I've been enjoying all of these books, as far as what especially makes them the most enjoyable has to be the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 to and why?

    Its a solid enjoyable novel as enjoyable as the first 5.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon. Always Oberon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12722)
    Performance
    (11655)
    Story
    (11720)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Whoa...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I'd heard good things about this book and knowing the subject matter was going to be hard to get through (or thinking that it was going to be) I put it off on my wish list for a long time. The humor in this story its honesty was what made this story so enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus and Isaac, I know Hazel was supose to be the loveable one but there 'bromance" was amusing and refreshing despite there respective cancers.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard this narrator before but after this book I would be happy to look her up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There where many moments that moved me. The biggest one was trip to Amsterdam; i won't spoil and of it but its the first love all teenagers should experience. Its been a long time since a book actually made my cry. You know going into a book written in the first person of a 16 year old dieing of cancer its going to hard to hear; but I wouldn't call this book hard. You knew from early on that our heroine has "never been anything but terminal" yet you still hope for a miracle, just like with real life cancer.


    Any additional comments?

    What I loved the most about this story was the real-ness of story. Its a 16 year old girl dealing with the teenage related emotions all the while knowing that he cards been punched and her days are numbered. It doesn't stop her from living and that's an amazing thing. It doesn't tell how Hazel Grace "faught valiantly" because through most of the book shes pissed off at the world for her cancer and she has ever right to be.

    I love how this story addresses that the characters where not dieing from cancer but living with it. It's an important differencation.

    I know I will come back to this story in the future and ponder on it for quite sometime. Been a long time since I've read such an enjoyably real piece of fiction.

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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5095)
    Performance
    (4674)
    Story
    (4701)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Brava Kevin Hearne!"
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    These books have been a very enjoyable listen. I would definately listen again. Luke Daniels is a perfect narrator.

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  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1017)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Whoa"
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    Would you listen to Unwind again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was intense to say the least. But the subject matter does hide that fact, I wasn't sure if this was gonna be an extremist anti abortion story but honestly it doesn't seem to favor either side of that issue.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrator. What I love after listening to all 5 iron Druid chronicals is that his voice has enough range that this book sounds very different,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'Nice socks'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2092)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Sexy Vampire Werewolves?"
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    Where does A Hunger Like No Other rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I wouldnt put this audiobook in my top 5 or even my top 10. I did enjoy it to enough of a degree to finish it.


    What other book might you compare A Hunger Like No Other to and why?

    Anything in the harequlin romance style.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    This mans voice was just incredible silky and sexy. He sounded exactly like locklin(sp?) he was the audiobook equalvent of chocolate cake, sure you can go back to vanilla afterward but why would you. Just incredible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure about a tag line, but I do know it'd need to be rated XXX


    Any additional comments?

    I shoulda realized this just from the sensual cover art, but I really thought there'd be more storyline and less sex in this book. I wasn't nessarcily disapointed, but in the first hour, more than half of it it near rape level sexual activities. I did kinda roll my eyes a few times at Emma's "Recluance" to sleep with him. By the end of the story she'd only known him a month and was pledging undying love to him (As would be exepected form this kinda book) and Considering the other things he was doing to her, sex was not that far off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dwarves

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Markus Heitz
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

    Adnan says: "There and back again, a dwarve's tail"
    "No, just no."
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    What disappointed you about The Dwarves?

    This is the first audiobook I have ever not finished. My husband had read the series and suggested it for me. It was the most cookie cutter fantasy I have ever had the misfortune of listening to. Dwarf raised by humans wants to find his birth family, epic quest with a rag tag group leads to more questions...

    It was also a 15 hour book... 10 hours in, I had already figured out the ending and called it quits.


    Has The Dwarves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm more a Sci Fi or modern age fantasy than this type of fantasy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, nothing sticks out in my mind as particularly noteworthy.


    Any additional comments?

    I maybe a bit harsh, i can't say this book is badly written or that the narrator isnt great, i will actually give the narrartor serious credit, im sure i would not have read that far on my own. just the story itself is rather uninspired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1604)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "Rick Riordan does it again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I definately would, with the understanding the female narrator is a bit rough.


    What does Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did enjoy Kevin R Free's voices and narrarion. Katherine Kellgren took a bit of getitng use to but by this book I did also enjoy her side.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had more than one laugh out loud moment. The story is very well written and the sibling rivalry that develops between Carter and Sadie is very amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    As an adult listening to a book series designed for children I have to question how violent and intense this series (as well as the authors other books) maybe for the targeted 8-12 year old audience. I would put this closer to a teenage/YA age group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1382)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Satisfying Conclusion--For Now"
    "Captivating."
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    What did you love best about The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3?

    What I loved most about this and the other two audiobooks is that unlike so many, there were two narrators. It may not have been the authors intention but the fact that these books are written as a narration makes them perfectly suited for audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3 to and why?

    I would compare them to Rick Riordans other works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not to give anything away but I particularly like the Walt/Anubis hybrid story arch. Nothing like a well written love triangle to hook me.


    Any additional comments?

    The Narrator that read for Carter was absolutely flawless, however Sadie's narrator has a less than ideal British accent. I did eventually get over it, but at first it was hard to imagine it coming from a 13 year old girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30581)
    Performance
    (23639)
    Story
    (23825)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "My favorite in the Series"
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    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Yes. Definately. I've read the first and 3rd hunger games books twice each. This one I went out and purchased in audiobook as well, and have already listed to it twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    What I love about this book and the repsective movie is that it's mostly character development. Yes, there is another Games, and yes lots of death and distuction but we get an insight into how her very crappy luck is effecting her mentally. We also get to see other past victors and how no body gets out of the barbatic games unharmed and really there are no winners.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick was not my favorite narrator, but since I liked the story so much I let it go. I have the same gripe most people did. She sounds much to old to be 16 year old Katiniss Everdean, perhasp someone younger sounding, such a Emma Galvin would have been a better pick? I will admit bias on my side though...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. definately, almost did, but really who has 12 hours to sit there and listen at a stretch?


    0 of 0 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
    (10651)
    Performance
    (9515)
    Story
    (9490)

    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"
    "Bravo!"
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    What did you love best about Hounded?

    This was an audiobook i could really get lost in. The narration was flawless the voices for other characters uniform and truthful sounding. The story was a wonderful combination of serious, magical and comic relief in the form of Oberon the wolfhound.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narration. Luke Daniels sounded exactly as you would expect a "21" year old 2,100 year old druid to sound. He 'blended' into the current times with the hint of maturity peering out throughout the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    My only qualm was that I usually don't spend money on audio books under 10 hours in length, but considering i got the first three on sale for just over $20 (didn't use my credits for these) which is what i woulda paid in paper back I am very pleased with my purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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