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  • Morrigan's Cross: Circle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (408)

    Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds. His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.

    Silke says: "Very enjoyable"
    "pleasurable passing of time"
    Overall

    this book was my first Nora Roberts book. I don't think it'll be rembered for years to come as a classic of modern writing, however, i just enjoyed it. i wound up getting all 3 books in the tril. i must admit that i have an easy time of just "rolling with" stories (not too judgemental) so i am more forgiving than some but im not like a plot slut or anything, it was a decent book. i did really get into it and cried and laughed and all that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2708)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "GREAT IN EVERY WAY!"
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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    I am very torn as to whether the narration or the writing was the better part of this recipe, but the fact is that they are both so darn good,that they make one of those things where the " is greater than the parts". Unbeatable job on both ends.


    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    Even if I had no idea who the authors were, I would clearly see that NOS4A2 has really strong parallels to The Talisman, by Stephen King. They are both dealing with double worlds, a gifted young person on an inner and outer quest. NOS4A2 is definitely much darker and scary as heck, though!


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has such a talent, a good narrator can take an okay story and make it really good, but in this case, we got a great narrator and a great book and they made each other really something much more than you could get by reading alone.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4A2 and why?

    Really, Hills characters are vey well realized and he got a remarkable gift from dad in the way he can make you really FEEL a situation. I'd have to say that I'd pick Charlie Manx as most memorable though. He was creepy as hell, and Mulgrews voice for him just gouged out a place in my brain for him. Scary dude! (The Wraith HAS to go along with Manx as part of his character, as they are really inseparable when thinking of one or the other!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1245)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Eh, okay. I like this series though!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the series, if not this specific book


    Any additional comments?

    I like this series, and its a fun easy to listen to story, but this was surely and by far not the best in the bunch. I will still finish the series though! It wasn't bad or anything, just more like the step between the previous and the next books, instead of a great story on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1245)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "As close as it comes to a perfect book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved everything about this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked how real the characters reactions felt, and the setting was beautiful and so much a part of the story.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I felt he did a great job with the story. He was a good choice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2948)
    Story
    (2972)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Terrible narration! Get another version!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story itself, but not as much as I'd hoped to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Nicks point of view a lot. Some of the writing was really beautiful, but again, not as much of it as I had expected.


    What didn’t you like about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    This guy should stick to movies. He gave everyone's lines as if their sentences were cut off in the middle of a thought, and he mispronounced words! The MOST ANNOYING was that when the 'coupe' came up, he kept saying "cooPAY" what an idiot. I wonder why no one caught this, as the word comes up over and over again in the story....idk, he just wasn't any good, which sucks cuz I like him fine as an actor, and hoped to really like this book since I'd never read it, but now I wonder if I didn't like the book so much because of the book or because of his story telling?


    Any additional comments?

    Since the narration kind of stunk for me, I am going to read this book myself. I think if so many people like it so much, then I should At least see if it was the story or the narrator that softened the story so much for me.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (578)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN AGES!"
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    If you could sum up Tigana in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, real, involving


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

    I've listened to many of Vance's books, and I think he is right on with this one. No better no worse. He always does a great job.


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

    I did, but don't want to spoil anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11161)
    Performance
    (10127)
    Story
    (10149)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "GREAT BOOK!!"
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I actually, unexpectedly, loved this book! I've read better stories, seen better characters, looked into better worlds, but somehow, Clines struck some wonderful sweet spot in ALL of these areas, leaving us with a great, fresh, INTERESTING, story. I really loved every minute of this book! I'd definitely listen again, because I was truly sad when I saw this book was at its end...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2104)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Okay. Had potential, then killed it."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was alright, worth the credit, but barely. I am so torn in trying to decide if the narrator ruined this book or if the characters' stupid remarks would've sounded so dumb anyway...it was odd, like the story was conceived by an intelligent person, and then a stereotypical surfer dude w a low iq wrote the dialogue between characters...I also don't want to totally bag on this book, but it was really hard to listen to Lightsong's voice. I was so sad, because the books premise, and the story behind everything was wonderful and had so much potential!!! It makes the character's stupidity and poor dialogue/responses so hard to hear...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

    ABSOLUTELY, I really like Sanderson, and I'm still unsure if the narrator ruined this book, or the characters themselves...but in any case, it is the first of his books I have been less than perfectly happy with.


    What aspect of James Yaegashi’s performance would you have changed?

    Lightsong's voice was HORRIBLY ANNOYING! I keep wondering how his character would've been so much more likeable if he did not sound like so much of an idiot. I know some of this was the character's self deprivation, and laziness, but he really could've still had a normal voice. It was truly awful.


    Was Warbreaker worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The stark difference between the story's ideas and world, a d the characters themselves is hard to fathom. I feel like a brilliant person laid the background and story itself, and then a high school kid filled the actual characters in. I never saw such a thing. Huh...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4200)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2896)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "If you like fantasy, you have to get this!"
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    Where does Furies of Calderon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd have to say, it ranks fairly high on my list of books in this genre. It is a little bit...innocent? for my taste, but other than that, it is really-as s series- one of the best there is. The magic is good- original and interesting, the story is TOP NOTCH, and the characters are, almost to a one, still, years later, stuck in my head with how real and likeable they are. There is also something else, I cannot put into words, that makes this story really one of my favorites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (170)

    The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

    Michael says: "Make sure you skip the first chapter"
    "The FOREWORD SPOILS THE ENDING!!! Skip it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Running Man the most enjoyable?

    King's writing is always the best part. I can really feel like I'm inside the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This foreword is great, especially for fans of King that've read his Bachman books. HOWEVER, in it, King tells the ending of the Running Man. It was written, I think, as a foreword for all the Bachman books, and someone overlooked this fact and stuck it in the beginning of this story. It really would do much more good as an afterword. Still a great story though!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2490)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "**Well written, and very interesting!!!**"
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    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    I loved the historic information. I loved the suspense. This author really surprised me with how really well written this book was. His characters were full and lively, the setting was well formed, and his mystery was very well paced. Unlike some mysteries, there were no dry spots and then over loads of info., and there were no overly/unduely frustrating episodes. I liked everything about this book, and will absolutely be looking up more from Mr.McCammon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    One memorable moment (there were many) was when Matthew gives Woodward his weskit back. I felt like crying. I suppose that as i think of my response, many of their interactions are what stand out for me, although their story was secondary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was really impressed with (SPOILER) Matthew's encounter w Lynch/Lancaster. His near hypnotism was totally spellbinding (no pun intendended). I dont know if it was the writing, or the reading of it, but it snagged my brain and almost had me hypnotized as well


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

    I wouldnt say an EXTREME reaction. However, I like this book VERY much and will be shoving down the throats of many family members and friends!! It did make me laugh and cry, though.


    Any additional comments?

    As said in an earlier response, McCammon thoroughly and pleasantly surprised me. This has been one of the best new books that ive read this year. It was really well written and a ton of fun to see through to the end!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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