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Amber

ratings
17
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1724)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Haunting Tale of Growing Up"
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    This was a sad and confusing tale of a young boy experiencing his first year in high school after the death of his friend. High school is already an intimidating place, but to face it alone is another story. I enjoyed the chances Charlie took, his experimental side, his loyalty, and his honesty (in his retelling of the stories). I loved how Patrick and Sam took him under their wing, albeit they may not have been the best of influences, they were good to him.

    Charlie was an extremely sensitive guy and somewhat intuit. However, I felt that he cried an awful lot, but the fact that his friends didn't seem to mind made me a little envious of their unbridled acceptance of him.

    My personal high school experience was completely different, and on another level, much more innocent. I couldn't imagine being faced with some of the situations Charlie, Sam, and Patrick had. In the end when they explained some of Charlie's "craziness" , I was blown away and everything seemed to make sense all of a sudden. This was definitely a haunting tale of growing up, but I think it hit the mark on the head.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Michael Spence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It's bad enough for a teen-age boy to wake up with amnesia, strange burns on his legs, and even stranger nightmares. But when a creepy stranger claiming to be his father tried to remove him from the hospital, his adventure was just beginning - unless, of course, the adventure had already happened.

    Amber says: "Enjoyable!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    What about Michael Spence’s performance did you like?

    Michael Spence's voice was soothing and enjoyable, although not quite right to be narrating from an 18 year old's point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad story, considering it was relatively short. It was written well and flowed easily. Everything was wrapped up nicely in the end, and hope more adventures befall Barry in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Never Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne Flagler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

    Katheryne says: "Beware of the Triology"
    "Better than anticipated!"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bernadette Dunne Flagler?

    I feel that the narrator was mechanical sounding and flat. It could have been worse, but it could have been MUCH better.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was much better than I had anticipated. I think I like the idea of the future with it's technology, etc. but living as primitively as possible. This concept makes the future seem more plausible, but then again, that's just my opinion.

    I feel Veronica Rossi did a great job of developing the storyline, providing some relationship frustration, a huge plot twist at the end, and one hell of a cliffhanger. I'd be crazy not to read the next in the series to find out what happens.

    I did have a hard time picturing a tanned blonde savage as Perry. Every time I tried to imagine a blonde, he was clean cut and clean, but when I incorporated the rest of his description, he had longer dark hair and had that beautiful dirty sheen to him. Oh well, my loss. As far as Aria is concerned, I'm especially excited to see that she has grown into her own, and although super naive at the beginning of the story can now survive on her own.

    I enjoyed all the characters except those few we were meant to dislike, like Soren and his father. Although we haven't heard about Soren since the beginning, I have a feeling he will make an appearance later in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8150)
    Performance
    (7470)
    Story
    (7500)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Just as good as the rest!"
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    Any additional comments?

    First off, I have heard nothing but negative things about this book in the series. Obviously, it's not horrible because one wouldn't read into this series if they were fully invested, but rather this book was more the least favorite out of them all. I would assume it's because all those characters we have come to love are not necessarily told in this story by their point of view but briefly touched upon by someone else. Also, all those characters we have come to hate, and yes I said hate, have more story time than ever before.

    With this being said, who cares! It was a good story, which has developed in a way that wouldn't have happened had George RR Martin not changed things up (which he is most known for - well that and ripping people's hearts out).

    I really enjoy the bond that was created between Jaime & Brienne. Although it's twisted of me, I'm saddened by the rejection of Cersei to Jaime, but hope this will drive him in a different direction. I'm happy Samwell got some "action". I'm hoping Brienne survives, and am somewhat disgusted Catelyn survived (I did not like her to begin with). I'm confused by the storyline of Arya/Cat. I am enjoying the storyline between Little Finger & Sansa/Alayne. I am disappointed in Jon Snow, but I guess I can understand his reasoning.

    I cannot wait to start on the next book, but better give myself some time before it really consumes my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare: The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Darren Shan
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers - Mr. Crepsley - is a vampire! Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes - but his motives are surprising!

    Katherine says: "Horror for children"
    "Just a preview to the real story!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Admittedly, I saw this movie years ago. Wasn't bad, although a little childish (which I'm not complaining about). I'm also not that into vampire stories. However, I have always been intrigued by this story, not sure why. So when I had the chance to read it, I jumped.

    This was not a bad story, a little heartbreaking, but a great setup to a series. I will read the next book before I decide to continue on or be finished with this story. I'd recommend this book to teens who are looking a for a quick read about friendship, sacrifice, etc., and want a little of the vampire aspect as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (646)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Decent Story, but Lacking!"
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    Any additional comments?

    There are many points I'd like to make in this review.

    - For being a book written in the early 1900's, the "sci-fi" was great. Such imagination and quite descriptive to actually provide a picture in the readers head.

    - Normally I read a book before watching a movie, and even then I approach both without prejudice to the other. However, in this case, I thought the movie was much better. I believe my reasoning is in the fact that the movie gets to the next big points of the story that much quicker. Still a decent read, although I might not continue on in the series.

    - John Carter himself was amazing, as well as a few of his supporting characters. Edgar Rice Burroughs portrays John as loyal, fierce, determined, and a respectful man. In other words, he makes him the perfect package complete with looks, strength, and attitude. Which definitely made it worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (771)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Decent Short Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a huge fan of DW, and thought this would be just as exciting. I was only slightly disappointed. I thought the storyline was great, although it felt more like a horror story than the usual adventure story, which was fine, just not what I was expecting. Also, I had a hard time visualizing a lot of the scenes, however, that may be because they were mostly in the dark. This story was narrated by David Tennant himself, so that is a definite bonus!

    I would try another DW book before I decide to just stick with the television series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14864)
    Performance
    (11446)
    Story
    (11507)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Amazing - Plot Twists Galore!"
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    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Everything - Roy is amazing at bringing the story to life!


    Any additional comments?

    The story is so fluent, and the rise and fall of many characters, some of which we love, some of which we hate, and some of which we hate to love. I cannot go into too much detail without spoiling several small plot twists. I will just say this, if you are a fan of the first two books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, then you'll definitely love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1794)
    Story
    (1813)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Enchanting!"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's the actual story of The Wizard of Oz. Of course it's filled with magical adventures, mystery, dreams, friendship, and a little bit of evil. Like most novels turned to films, the book was way better - from the portrayal of the Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Lion to the ending - Dorothy was not dreaming about Oz, but actually navigating the mystical land. I mostly enjoyed the back stories of Dorothy's friends (most heartbreakingly The Tinman's). I also heard a lot more tie-in's with the newer film about Oz, including the Porcelain Town, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to any child interested in a fun fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2465)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1001)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Empowering & Intelligent"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story of empowerment and pain. Of right and wrong, and of honesty. I believe I was thrown off at first because the cover implies a super poor, dirt floor straw house, but I do not believe that to be the case in reality. They talk about luxury, cars, technology, etc. Once I realized I had misinterpreted the scenario, I was able to fully immerse myself into the book and appreciate the story line.

    I supposed you could compare the main character to Sherlock Holmes or the author to Agatha Christie (both of which I absolutely love) in the fact that a lot of common sense, perception, and deductive reasoning solves these cases. However, I feel there was a lot of unique problem solving ideas brought to the table. I enjoyed how she wasn't always successful and sometimes things blew up in her face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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