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Elena

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  • Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

    A. Sunmonu says: "great new series"
    "Flat characters, no story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes a lot of action and Valkyries (not a Norse mythology buff, though, it's treated poorly)


    Has Return of the Asgard turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have read many great books with twists on mythology, like Iron Druid chronicles. Don't give up mythology addicts!


    What aspect of Hollie Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance is pretty good, kept me going further into the story than I would've otherwise.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The writing isn't terrible. It's all the supermodel Mary Sue (superheroes, to boot) characters that sank the book for me. No one has any real human characteristics, everyone is perfect and there is absolutely no depth to the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    The story begins very quickly, which is fine, but given the non-existent plot, lack of character depth (even for commercial fiction, it's unbelievably poor), and flat dialogue, I wish I would have spent my credit elsewhere.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1184)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "A quality YA"
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    What made the experience of listening to Angelfall the most enjoyable?

    The world is very well written, and breathes and feels like the real thing. The author starts things off quick, but there is no skimping on setting up the characters, the world, the motivations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penryn is fantastic as the lead. She's alive and driven, and has plenty of flaws to keep things interesting. Her timid yet fierce nature is very much alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12941)
    Performance
    (10984)
    Story
    (11069)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "F@ck you, Patrick Rothfuss!"
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    If you could sum up The Wise Man's Fear in three words, what would they be?

    READ ABOVE. It was what I said when the book was over, and I couldn't get any more of it without waiting another two years.. Rothfuss's story continued to take on even greater heights and when the book was done, I felt like Kvothe had broken up with me. I actually physically missed the character for two days.


    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear to and why?

    The depth of the character can only be compared to Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey. I've always thought that Imriel will forever stay my favorite character in fiction and in a way, he still is, but Kvothe sure gave him a run for his money. In many ways, however, Kvothe's story can only be compared to itself.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    I love the way his voice fits the character so well. When I read the book now, I can always hear his voice in my head, telling the story. His mimicking of different voices and accents are superb. He can sound like such different people, yet retain a distinct style. Can't imagine a better narrator for the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In a world where a name can bind a man's fate and a word can kill as sure as a sword, one man is about to become a legend.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21313)
    Performance
    (19123)
    Story
    (19291)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Raw and Engaging"
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    The dialogue was spot on and the character's reactions natural. This book has effortless tension and carries forward with excellent suspense, there's no down-time or obvious parts that could be cut out without effecting the story.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games is the obvious choice, because of the similar approach to storytelling, but those of you worried that the books are too similar, rest easy -- the characters are drastically different as well as the themes of the books. The atmosphere of Divergent was much its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have to say the scene when her "enemies" (don't want to drop any spoilers) were trying to throw her to her death. It was so vivid and horrible and I was very seriously concerned about her survival. I thought their cruelty was spot-on. All the villains in this book are excellent.The scene of gliding off the roof with the Dauntless members was gorgeous, as well. There are many scenes that thrilled me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "When everyone's path is predetermined, what would you sacrifice for freedom of choice?"


    Any additional comments?

    This book will appeal to a large range of audiences, it has just enough action, character development and beautiful scenes to make for an engaging read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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