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Bleu

Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3156)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Classic for a Reason"
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    I really enjoyed this. It was beautifully written and beautifully narrated by Clare Danes. I loved the way that Atwood plays with language and symbolism, and the way that the story unfolds, slowly giving you just little bits of information at a time, and letting you piece together the whole as you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4337)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3680)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Fluffy but Fun!"
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    I love this series -- it's a lot of fun, and while it's very fluffy, there is a lot of information in there about the lifestyle and class structure of 1930's England. Also, Katherine Kellgren's narration is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Kiss: Lords of the Underworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (615)

    Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death - a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

    Brande says: "BRANDE"
    "Cheesy and Way Too Long"
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    I feel like my tolerance for cheesy romance in urban paranormal fiction is pretty high, but this was way too much for me. I felt like the same scenes were just being repeated over and over and the book was just way too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Kristen Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1001)

    The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

    Alison says: "Mars Attacks, succeeds!"
    "If you're a Veronica Mars fan, a must-listen!"
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    Fantastic! I was so excited that there was going to be a book series to continue on with the Veronica Mars story, but also apprehensive that it would be terrible. I needn't have worried, because The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line definitely exceeded my expectations. Plus, the narration by Kristin Bell adds so much to the story. She even picks up the inflections from the actors who play the other characters in the TV series and movie. If you're a Veronica Mars fan I think you'll love it, but even if you never watched the show, I think this would stand on it's own as a modern noir-influenced detective series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10632)
    Performance
    (9765)
    Story
    (9815)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Worth the Heartbreak"
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    Although I went in prepared for sad, I wasn't prepared enough. At times I felt like John Green was pulling my heart out and stomping around on it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall, I felt it was a life-affirming and beautiful story despite its focus on (and very realistic treatment of) illness and death. Definitely the best Young Adult novel I've read in a long time, and Kate Rudd's narration was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Casaundra Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

    Theresa says: "I enjoyed this audiobook."
    "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"
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    I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Charms

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2068)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1264)

    The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

    A User says: "Great fun"
    "Action from Start to Finish!"
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    I feel like the series really hit it stride with this book. Where the first few books felt a little slow in spots, this one was action all the way through. A lot happened, and while the relationships still feel a little over-dramatic at times, I'm enjoying the development of the characters. Looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Hope: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Claudine Burroughs, a volunteer in Hester Monk's clinic for sick and injured prostitutes, no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband and dreads the holidays. Then, at a glittering Yuletide gala, she meets the attractive poet Dai Tregarron, and suddenly her spirits lift. But an hour later, this fascinating man is enmeshed in a nightmare - accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.

    Bleu says: "Sad but Sweet"
    "Sad but Sweet"
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    A little dry and slow-moving, but probably a more realistic view of the time period than you usually get with holiday historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death at the North Pole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joel M. Andre
    • Narrated By Shandon Loring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Detective Lauren Bruni has dealt with death for her entire life. She has watched it ruin lives, and brought people closer together. Her job taught her to separate fact from fiction. But on a cold December day, all Lauren had believed in would be shattered and tossed aside. Thrust in a world unlike any she has seen before, she investigates a prominent figure's grisly murder, and searches for answers along a strange new set of people. With a killer watching her every move in the background ready to strike again at a moment's notice.

    Bleu says: "Too Much Horror for Me"
    "Too Much Horror for Me"
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    If you like a good dose of horror in your holiday you might like this, but it was way too gory for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (327)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    ShySusan says: "I'm not sure..."
    "Slow Pace, but I Loved the History"
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    The pace of this book was a little slow, especially through the beginning, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in 1920's Paris, with famous artists of the day popping in and out of the storyline, and the focus on the Surrealist movement and the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was fascinating. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, and I liked it enough that I plan to read the first, Touchstone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1342)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "Good, But Not Quite as Good as the First Two"
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    I didn't like this one quite as much as the previous two -- there was a lot going on, but the depth of the relationships seemed a little lacking. I plan to read on, though -- I like this series overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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