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Evangheline

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  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (495)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "The end of the world intelligently written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book because it was fast paced and had twists and turns that kept me captivated


    What other book might you compare Partials to and why?

    The Hunger Games


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the end when Kiera makes a choice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to it in one sitting but couldn't, but oh yes this was one that I would have if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    In our quest to be conquerors we have created a supermachine to counter attack countries that are a threat to the world. These supermachines look like us, breath like us, even think for themselves. They are not human but have human DNA, they are partials. After helping us win the war, they come back and are given jobs among us, in coal mines...jobs that do not amount to anything. When they try to advance, they are rejected. They cannot apply for other jobs, they cannot seek an education, they are in so many words: slaves. They rebel, turning against their creators. And 99.96 percent of humanity perishes when they release a destructive virus called RM. The human survivors survive...but are on the verge of extinction because the babies that are born does not survive. Kiera enters the story as an intern in the matternaty ward of the hospital where for the past eleven years since the partial attack they have tried to produce at least one surviving human baby. Though Kiera is young she is smart and determined, she cannot bear the loss and is determined to find the cure for RM. And she is fully capable, her intelligence is rare and she is capable to think outside the box. As she studies the virus she realizes there is only one solution, she must obtain a Partial. However this proves to be a problem because after the final war, no one has seen a Partial in eleven years. Beyond this the Senate also opposes Kiera at every turn, determined to keep a firm hold on the remaining population. The world is turning into a dictatorship, with lust for control is rampant. Without disclosing anything further about this book, I will say that I loved each word of it. It kept my heart pumping with adrenaline (I listened to it as an audio book) and I did not want to stop. It was intelligently written, where it needed to sound scientific it succeded, where it needed to sound knowledgeable about battle tacktics it succeeded. Dan Wells did an extraordinary job and all I can say is that I hope this gets turned into a movie one day. It will be every bit as good as The Hunger Games...also I hope for a sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira: Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what's left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

    Milkwrapper says: "A Disappointing Finish To A Decent Series"
    "Amazing finish to a fast paced book"
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    I wasn't sure how Dan Wells was going to finish this series, but I can say that it was just as fast paced as the beginning. Loved each character and towards the end I hoped it would keep going and going, yet he finished it the perfect way...a most satisfying ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Liparulo
    • Narrated By Daniel Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Former Army Ranger Jagger Baird thought he had his hands full, but that was before he encountered the ruthless group of immortals called the Clan. The Clan is after a prize that would give them unimaginable power - a piece of the Ten Commandments known as the Judgment Stone.

    Evangheline says: "Even better than the first!"
    "Even better than the first!"
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    The heart pounding adventures of the 13th Tribe continues as Jaggar has to deal with both the tribe and an even worse group of immortals called The Clan. He has to leave his wife Beth and son Tyler at the monestary while him and Owen set off to stop the worse evil of the Clan. The Clan has only one goal: to grieve God by killing His people which makes them hard to track down since their acts of violence are random. In this book the supernatural clashes with the natural with heart-pounding intensity. While Jaggar sets of to stop evil, The Tribe attacks the monestary in hopes to kidnap Beth since they are under the impression that she holds the secret on how to be forgiven by God and thus end their immortality (and enter into heaven). There are interesting twists and turns and I trully hope there is more because the ending was spectacular!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (966)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Loved it but"
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    I will start by saying I think this book was well writen and kept my interest to the very end, and it also makes me look forward to the next book. However I will say that though in some ways I like America (the character) there are ways in which I don't like her. I think she is double minded and selfish. She wants Prince Maxin and she want her former love too. When prince Maxin gives attention the the other girls she sees it as a betrayal all the while not seeing that she is doing the same exact thing. Still I think that perhaps this is her character flaw that perhaps she might hopefully overcome in the next book and thus I'm still giving this book a five star. There are twists and turns that I didn't see coming but enjoyed especially toward the end where we catch a glimpse into the why's of Prince Maxin

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Jesus Wept: The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
    • Narrated By D. J. Canaday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by best-selling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.

    Evangheline says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best was of course where we are given a glimpse of what Lazarus might have exprienced when he died, it was painted in vivid words that made me long for heaven. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Iscariot: A Novel of Judas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One - the promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, he joins the Nazarene’s followers, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But soon Judas’s vision of a nation free from Rome is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.

    Evangheline says: "Felt very real and got me thinking"
    "Felt very real and got me thinking"
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    One of the reviewers had stated that this book didn't feel real and that the disciples didn't feel real and couldn't see how they went on to start a church because they didn't have enough faith. I feel the exact opposite, yes this book does show the disciples as human beings who struggled with faith as much as we do in this present age, but to me this added to the believability of this book. We have each read the gospels and we know the story and therefore we think we would have acted differently had we lived, walked, talked with and seen Jesus ourselves...however this book shows how real people without a glimpse into the future would act. More importantly I felt the character of Judas was very real. Through this story I felt his doubts, his longing for a Messiah, for someone to fight for him and for his people, to bring down the Romans with a crushing blow, to bring down the hypocrites in the temple...and his dissapointment when that did not happen. Tosca Lee does an extraordinary job in this story and it moved me to tears because it made me look at myself and all my doubts and I saw the Judas in me. It made me see that I too could have been Judas. The ending was good too but I was hoping for something a bit different, but that is the writer in me seeing a thousand different possibilities. Overall, I loved this book and look forward for more stories from this author...oh, and I highly recommend this one! It is definatly one of Tosca's best so far!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1267)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Loved it!"
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    I loved Cinder (the first book) and I adored this second book in the Lunar Chronicle series. The plot thickened considerably where now we have two important characters we get to follow and we get to know. Cinder's dilema continues as she is a fugitive of both the earthen people and the Lunar Queen. A new and enchanting character we get to meet is Scarlett who is on a quest to find her kidnapped grandmother. Along the way she meet a boy by the name of Wolf who is both mysetrious and dangerous. I loved this story and it's many twists and turns and look forward to the next book in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (663)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    KK says: "Loved it right up until the end"
    "Day and June...like Romeo and Juliet but better"
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    The characters came alive as I listened to this book. Day and June are vivid characters that came alive in the depths of my imaginatiion. I loved the fast paced story line that was filled with emotion and fast paced heart thumping action. Day and June have joined the Patriots against the Republic in a goal to assasinate the Elector (leader of the Republic). At first both Day and June agree to the plan but soon both find out that not all is as it seems. Who can be trusted?
    The book keeps you asking questions and gives satisfactory answers. I can't say enough how much I loved this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1319)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "charming"
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    The author Kiera Cass did an astounding job with this book. America came across as a well rounded character, not shallow in any way. She was not a love sick puppy that was dying for the prince's love and attention. This story reminded me of a dystopian type of Esther story, where the prince must choose his future bride. I look forward to the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1944)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Not your average Cinderella story...so much more!"
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    To start off I will say that I loved the main character--Cinder. I thought at the begining that she was going to be your average damsel in distress...and boy was I wrong! Cinder is a strong young woman who also is a cyborg (part human part robot). She was adopted when she was eleven years old but her step-father has passed away. She is left with her step mother and two step sisters (but one of the step sister's is actualy a sweetheart). Also Cinder is a well known mechanic, this leads to prince Kai brining one of his androids to be repaired. So the story begins. In the time that Cinder lives in there is a disease that is plagueing humanity, a plague without a cure. Humanity faces many threats and the plague is just one of them. There is always a constant threat of war from the Lunars (human who live on the moon), more specificaly from Queen Luna who has killed her very own family and relatives to be queen. Now the Queen has an ultimatum for Prince Kai...soon to be Emperor Kai, marry her to avoid war. This was a fast paced book in which we see Cinder as a head-strong woman who also has many doubts about herself because of the prejudices she has to face from her family and society. She is slammed with many more prejudices as she discovers more about herself. I look forward to the next book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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