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Jesslyn H

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  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3466)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3121)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Let's hear it for adaptations!"
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    I haven't read any adaptations that I can remember at the moment, but even if I did, this would be the best one. All I can say is-Wow.

    Every element of the classic story was there and even though I could see what was going to happen, it was delivered so well that I didn't care. Some would say that the ending was a cliffhanger. Being that the series is continuing, I feel more like it was 'chapter' to the story and didn't feel like a cliffhanger (which you know I hate with the heat of 1000 suns).

    I purchased the 2nd ebook in the series, Scarlet, along with the audiobook version, before I was even halfway done with this one.

    I highly recommend this series, even if sci-fi is not your normal genre, I am labeling it as scifi, but it didn't (IMO) 'read' like scifi. Great book and I can't wait for more from Ms. Meyer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (628)

    Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

    Dave says: "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"
    "Epic fantasy at its best"
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    As a fantasy fan I am overcome with the 'epicness' of this series. I have the Kindle and audio versions (so far) and give it a re-read at the release of each new book. Each time, I feel the same excitement, despair, hope, anger and everything else that a good story brings.

    I love the narration. Pete Bradbury can read for me anytime.
    (Posting for all books in the series.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow's House: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.

    Brian says: "Please Don't Make Me Wait Long For The Final Book!"
    "Epic Fantasy at its best"
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    As a fantasy fan I am overcome with the 'epicness' of this series. I have the Kindle and audio versions (so far) and give it a re-read at the release of each new book. Each time, I feel the same excitement, despair, hope, anger and everything else that a good story brings.

    I love the narration. Pete Bradbury can read for me anytime.
    (Posting for all books in the series.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1084)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Dave says: "A Subtle, Smart, and All-Around Great Epic Fantasy"
    "Epic Fantasy goodness"
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    As a fantasy fan I am overcome with the 'epicness' of this series. I have the Kindle and audio versions (so far) and give it a re-read at the release of each new book. Each time, I feel the same excitement, despair, hope, anger and everything else that a good story brings.

    I love the narration. Pete Bradbury can read for me anytime.
    (Posting for all books in the series.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Burns: Kate Daniels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1291)

    When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

    A User says: "Love this series and the narrator is fine."
    "Great no matter how many times I listen"
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    Love this series! And I readily like the narrator, she's perfect for the part even though I haven't heard her on anything else

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7398)
    Performance
    (6524)
    Story
    (6502)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Great Narration!"
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    Whoo! That was a wild ride. I highly recommend the audio book version of this book--the narrator does a fantastic job of picking up the humor and emotion in the book.

    Great story!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queste: Septimus Heap, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (483)

    There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans - they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx.

    Jacqueline says: "Listening to it over and over again"
    "Excellent Narration!"
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    On to the next one. This series saved me from poorly thought out stories and is cleansing my palate for 2015 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic to the Bone: Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Devon Monk
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user---maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster---and Allison Beckstrom is the best there is.

    Dana says: "Good start to a Great series"
    "Okay start to a series"
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    I loved the magic and the romantic interest in the story. The main character and the narration, not so much. The story did hold my interest to continue on--I'm currently on #3, but if the main character's flaws aren't corrected soon, I may stop.

    She seems to be stubbornly oblivious to anything else but what she wants. This makes her very unlikable. And for someone who is supposed to be an investigator, she sure leave a lot of facts just hanging in the air. It feels too much to me like a bit of a lame plot device--left open for a big reveal later.

    Despite my problems with the book, I loved the magic and this world. I see enough potential in this series for me to give it 3 books. I hope it lives up to it and I can finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11052)
    Performance
    (6959)
    Story
    (7005)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "A little rough in the beginning"
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    But the narrators smoothed out nicely after a couple of chapters. Despite the beginning, I highly recommend it.

    And for Kindle readers, despite it not being marked as such, this book has been 'Whispersync'd'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8934)
    Performance
    (6668)
    Story
    (6712)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "I'll read this series over and over"
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    Five stars,Five stars,Five stars!

    Typical of a middle book in a series, there were a couple of spots where I thought the book lagged a bit, but overall, Sanderson did a masterful job of worldbuilding. My emotions got dragged all over the room and I was mentally exhausted, but happy at the end of the book.

    On to the final book in the series.

    I give this book my highest recommendation. Sanderson does Epic Fantasy with the best of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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