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B. Estes

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AL, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 406 titles in library
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  • The Beach House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Gil Bellows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (192)

    Patterson's latest is "a slick, vastly enjoyable thriller." Jack Mullen's relentless crusade to discover the truth behind his younger brother's death puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York. As it unfolds that his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America - in ways Jack never imagined - his dream of justice fades. Only if he can somehow beat the rich at their own game will he be able to avenge his brother.

    B. Estes says: "Adventure and excitment"
    "Adventure and excitment"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this adventure mystery. It was exciting yet a little predictable with a few surprises sprinkled through out. I like plots laced with a little romance to spice it up just a bit like this one does. I am not so sure however that the title isn't a little misleading. It is a good listen though with vivid descritions that help the "reader" picture the situations nicely. I reccommend it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Cassandra says: "Eldest, the sequel to Eragon"
    "Awesome read!"
    Overall

    In keepineg with his short past this second addition to the trilology is as good as the first, almost. The adventure continues and is very exciting. I fear the need to be lengthy may have caused this second volume to be a bit too wordy. Other than this complaint I enjoyed it very much. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (720)

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "Ho-hum"
    Overall

    I found this book entertaining but a little slow. I love the saracasm and wit of Bartimaeus. He is very intelligent and the saving grace of this second volume. I like the fact that it leaves you hanging and wanting a little more. I will probably read the next one just to see what the characters gleaned, if anything, from this last experience. At least it ended giving me the impression that a different mind set might be there for a couple of the characters. What about that war in America too?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lyra's Oxford

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets.

    Helen Feddema says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Nice extra"
    Overall

    This is not a long selection but just a "nibble" to tide you over until the next book is written. It was interesting and was in keeping with the story line of his previous works. I liked the rather light sentimental agenda for a change. Not enough "meat" though.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3873)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1288)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "Couldn't pull it out of my ear"
    Overall

    I adored this second book. It introduced a new character which added more flavor and dimensions to the already inviting plot. It made me want more. The similarities to Bible stories was a little nervy and might be disturbing for younger readers,in my opinion. Still, an excellent and involving story that appealed to this adult reader tremendously. I reccomend that parents read it first if concerned about Biblical aspects.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3163)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1146)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Thrilling and heart breaking"
    Overall

    This was the most eventful of the trilogy. It is because of this that I believe it is somewhat difficult to follow all of the characters and their adventures. It has an ending that is satifying and heart breaking yet leaves me interested in knowing where the characters go from here. I sincerely hope there will be more to come. I want to know how Mary and Will fair back in their world and what happens to Will's mother and how much she knew. There was also an unanswered question as to the person the main couple had already met that was going to help them adjust to their unexpected situation. It was an exciting thrilling adventure and I want more!!!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5250)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1762)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Unique and Addictive"
    Overall

    This was a most unique book which borders on fanatasy and science fiction, my personal favorite genres. I am most anxious to indulge myself into book two. The concept of having an intuitive "daemon" is most appealing to the pet lover in me also. The only negative I found was the use of scripture and Bible stories which had been altered to "fit" the book's content. This could be misleading to a vulnerable person not aware of the accurate version of the scriptures and Biblical story. I feel this should and could have been excluded from the story. The story would still maintain its mystique.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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