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  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (356)
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    (351)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Great Book in the Crown Spies Series"
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    This is my least favorite of the Crown Spies Series. The story is just as great as the others but I wish the heroine in this story was less…annoying? She is annoyingly child-like and naïve. You can’t leave her alone – when she tries to be independent, she becomes a nuisance. I do have to admit, it makes for a great storyline. I love how the crew has this love hate relationship between her and her “lovely parasols!” Everything you don’t want on a ship abroad happened and it all started with her. If I were part of the crew, I would be absolutely miserable! Food poisoning, fires, ship damages, and unforeseen extensions to an already long journey really brings the story together.

    The characters within this story are very enjoyable. Though I find Sara to be very annoying, I do enjoy reading how sweet Nathan is to her. When she is so completely doubled over in pain from her monthly, Nathan is so clueless on how to help her. It’s the sweetest thing for him to go to her Aunt to find out how to make it better for Sara. I think that saves the whole story – well, that and the plague-like accidents Sara seems to leave in her trail.

    The narration…are there words to describe it? I would like to say, first, that the voices of the different characters are actually pretty great. There are a few men’s voices, though, that sounds like harsh grating whispers – I could do without that. Also, there is a rhythm to her narration and it is repetitive. So much so, that it took a lot out of me just to finish the story. To me, it was quite like listening to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” throughout the entirety of the book. No bueno!

    Overall, the two things I found to be annoying in the story is minor. I honestly think I’m being picky. But we like what we like right? I absolutely loved the storyline. I love the characters. I’m on the fence about the narration. Though she does better during this story than the others, I still was able to enjoy the story. I probably won’t recommend this audiobook to anyone but the book itself is a great read!

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  • The She Code

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chris Marie Green
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Meet Mandy Halsey, fresh out of college and determined to go from being a receptionist at the assembly line comic book house where she works to being a real-live penciler by the end of the year. That's the plan, anyway. But life isn't cooperating. First, her job feels like a dead end. Second, her personal life isn't exactly on fire, either, especially since her best friend seems to be moving in on every guy who catches Mandy's eye.

    rebecca moe says: "Just okay..."
    "That Ending Tho"
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    Where does The She Code rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The She Code was an enjoyable book to listen to. I gave it four stars because it was a light leisure book with an ending that made me want to hear more. I think if this were to be a series, I would probably listen to the whole lot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The She Code?

    One of the issues I have with this story is, though the author stored in some drama, it seemed anti-climactic. When something amazing was finally going to happen, the book ended. I would like to listen to more but I'd rather not have what seems to be the climax of the book at the end. Having said that, the most memorable moments was toward the middle of the story. Mandy was having a hard time with her roommate(s) and spent a night on the couch in the neighbors apartment. I was intrigued by Marco's reactions to Mandy.


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

    The She Code was the first I've listened to Elizabeth Evans and am glad that I found another author to add to my list of favorites. I'll be looking for more of her work.


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

    In a perfect world where I could laze the day away just listening to the book, I would. I would even settle for being able to listen to it while doing house chores or while at work. That simply is not the case so I was unable to listen to this in one sitting. If the circumstances were there, I probably would be able to do this in one day.


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  • Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (669)

    In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Highlands' Lairds"
    "Another Great Book in a Great Series by Ms Garwood"
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    This book was a pleasure to read. It had all the characteristics I love in a book: romance, adventures into a new beginning, discovering a whole new life with new people and new everything! I love the author’s ability to take you to another time and place. It definitely keeps me occupied during my two hour commute (each way) to and from work.The narration was… well, you just have to get used to it. The story was too enjoyable to get stuck on the narration. Though Susan Duerden was alright with the female voices, the male voices were grating to my ears. All the men sound the same and the women almost child-like. Despite that, you’ll hardly notice it once you are well into the book and have gotten used to it.I read this book years ago and wanted to relive the story with the audiobook and I’m glad I bought it. I would recommend it to a friend or family. It is definitely worth a credit!

    3 of 3 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
    (29974)
    Performance
    (23509)
    Story
    (23730)

    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....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Amazing Ending to the Hunger Games Trilogy"
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    And the story continues! As with most sequels or trilogies, the last book has so much to live up to. For the most part, I think it does! After reading the first book, I had to get the second. After finishing the second, I couldn't wait to start the third. I've lost so many hours of sleep and have neglected many chores but I am happy to have been able to finish the third book- to have finished the entire trilogy!

    Summary: The story begins right where book 2 ended as a cliff hanger. Amazingly, both Peeta and Katniss survives the Hunger Games Arena a second time. Unfortunately they have been separated when the Capitol took Peeta as hostage. They managed to compromise his memories of Katniss. So much to the point that he seethingly angry at her for reasons known only to him and the Capitol. The adventure Suzanne Collins takes us through with the last installation of the trilogy is spellbinding. I absolutely loved the ending!

    Narration: If you are reading this after the first and second book as I have, you'll barely notice it. Its been a couple weeks since I've listened to the story. I started the book again and I am reminded how much distaste I have for the voice. At first, again, it was painfull to hear the voice, the accent, the mannerisms... but after a few chapters, you get used to it. When you realize you've gotten used to it, you'll see Carolyn is perfect for setting the tone for the scenes.

    Is it worth the buck? Just as with the first book of Hunger games, this book is definitely worth the credit. I've said this with my review for the Hunger Games, Book 1 and Book 2 but I'll go ahead and repeat it -- If you liked this book, you'll also enjoy the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, The Matched Series by Allie Condie, The Selection by Kierra Cass and Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

    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
    (31940)
    Performance
    (24798)
    Story
    (24987)

    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"
    "Amazing Sequel to the Hunger Games Trilogy"
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    Many readers of the sequel are returning customers from the first book of the Hunger Games (Book 1). If you haven't read, listened or watched the first book, I would definitely recommend you go through it before beginning this one! Just to note: I've also seen the movie of the Hunger Games (first book). Reading or listening to the book is worth the time and money.

    The Hunger Games trilogy is categorized as a young adult genre, however, the story is so good, it surpasses that! I'm 27 y/o and I enjoyed this book! I loved it just as much as the first book, if not better. I listened to the first book over the weeked so I had minimal disruptions but I wasn't so lucky with the sequel. Not really, My drive to and from work is 90 minutes long! That allowed me to get in a uninterrupted time with the story. But if I'm not driving, all bets are off. The story is amazing! Can't wait for the sequel to come out in theaters (NOV 22, 2013). Yay!

    Summary: The story begins some time after Katniss and Peeta returns home as the winning tributes of the 74th Hunger Games. Because of Katniss' acts to save both Peeta and herself, the President of Panam is out to destroy her. He believes that the people of other districts look to her as hope to end the Hunger Games (and for the most part, that is true). Further along the story, they make an announcment that for the third quarter quell (Hunger Games), all potential Hunger Games tributes will be drawn from the past winners. Since Katniss is the only female to win, her name is automatically drawn. Hamitch's name gets drawn but Peeta volunteers to take his place. Once again Katniss and Peeta finds themselves in the arena working together to stay alive. Unbeknownst to each other, both Peeta and Katniss are both working to keep the other alive. The story ends in a cliff hanger. Amazing story!

    Narration - Pros and Cons: As with the common complaint with the narrator, Carolyn McCormick's voice seems to be older than Katniss and doesn't seem to fit her description. After going through the first book, hearing her voice isn't so bad. Actually, I believe the narration has gotten better since the first. Carolyn is great with setting the tone for the scenes.

    Is it worth the buck? Just as with the first book of Hunger games, this book is definitely worth the credit. I've said this with my review for the Hunger Games, Book 1 but I'll go ahead and repeat it -- If you liked this book, you'll also enjoy the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, The Matched Series by Allie Condie, The Selection by Kierra Cass and Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37487)
    Performance
    (28268)
    Story
    (28665)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Absoolutely Worth a credit! Lives up to the Hype!"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice and may go at it a third! ...or maybe just my bookmarks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beside the main character, Katniss, a fovorite would be Gale. Love how independant they are.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Voice is too old and proper for the character in the story. On the other hand, she is perfect for setting the tone to each scene.


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

    I was ablsolutely riveted. Killed me to pause the audiobook and killed me that it had to end!


    Any additional comments?

    The Hunger Games story was categorized as a book for young adults, however, the author has created a story that surpassed that in itself. I loved it! Didn't want to put the book down, or, in this case, pause it to do anything else. I skipped lunch because cooking took my attention away from the book; skipped dinner for the very same reason, plus having to talk to people means I would have had to pause it again or put it away; lost a nights' sleep because I desperately wanted to finish it. The story was absolutely riveting!

    The story of the Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian setting where 24 children, 12 girls and 12 boys, are chosen from 12 separate districts to play in the games. Only one tribute can win--only one tribute can live; in order to win, the tributes must kill the others. Upon drawing for the unlucky tributes, Katniss' baby sister, Primrose, was chosen to which Katniss volunteered to save her and Peeta was chosen as her partner/adversary. The story was unexpectedly amazing!

    Random note...in the book, for some reason, I imagined Hamitch to be stout and overweight with a big protruding belly but in the movie, he is quite the opposite. (It surprised me so much I thought it had to be said).

    Narration - Pros and Cons: As with the common complaint with the narrator, Carolyn McCormick's voice seems to be much older than Katniss and doesn't seem to fit her description. It was so painful for the first couple of chapters, but after that, you get used to it. Nearly halfway through, I realized that I actually liked the way she narrated the story. The tone she was able to set with each scene was perfect. Knowing how Katniss and Peeta looked from the movie helped get through the first few chapters. Once you get past the beginning and you won't want to stop.

    Is it worth the buck? This book is definitely worth the credit and is definitely worth the the money to buy if you've previously used up the credit. I'm a but obsessed. I loved the movie, the book and the audiobook. Yes. Obsessed!

    If you liked this book, you'll also enjoy the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, The Matched Series by Allie Condie, The Selection by Kierra Cass and Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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