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  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (378)

    In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

    iphone reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Quite possibly my favorite so far in this series"
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    What did you love best about He Shall Thunder in the Sky?

    So many reveals, excellent twists and turns, just the right amount of tension


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Continuously. I may have read this entire (very long) book in a day or two -- practically non-stop.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    They're all excellent. She does superb work. Every character is distinct and clear, despite a large cast of characters and many accents. She's absolutely incredible. I do not think I can choose a favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of He Shall Thunder in the Sky and why?

    Ramses. I love the addition several books ago of his manuscripts and it is especially useful in this volume. He's hard not to fall for.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really the completion of the book immediately before it and it has many tie-in's to earlier books. If you have not read the prior books, you absolutely should not under any circumstances read this book. I have enjoyed the whole series so far and would not recommend starting anywhere but at the beginning, but especially not this book.

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  • Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Kristen Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Former pop star Heather Wells has settled into her new life as an assistant dorm director. But she's having a hard time dealing with a situation in the dorm's kitchen, where a cheerleader has literally lost her head. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen, where a cheerleader has literally lost her head on the first day of the semester.

    HC says: "Read the books and enjoyed in audio as well"
    "Read the books and enjoyed in audio as well"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Size 14 Is Not Fat Either to be better than the print version?

    No, I liked both versions very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Heather/Cooper dynamic. This particular story was fun and engaging. Of course Heather periodically irritates me, but that's mostly because she's not yet laying a big ol' kiss on Cooper. Oh and she has a talent for putting her life in jeopardy ;)


    What about Kristen Kairos’s performance did you like?

    Good job on the variety of voices. She also brought Heather to life. Having read the book first, I wasn't sure if I'd feel a disconnect to Heather and the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would absolutely listen to a story narrated by her again.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining, slight mystery, family drama, and a bit of romance (or at least romantic aspirations!)... All in all a fun story!

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  • I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (3155)
    Performance
    (2854)
    Story
    (2851)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "If you're already a fan, it's worth the listen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were already familiar with the Half Moon Hollow cast of characters. It's a cute follow-up, but not a good choice as an introduction to this world.


    What could Molly Harper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More about GiGi's mystery vamp! It left off with nothing resolved.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amanda Ronconi is very talented. Her performance was not, in any way, bad. However, it's hard at some point to hear all of the different characters in all of Molly Harper's books having the same voice. And with a story like this that combines almost all of the HMH crew, it's hard to distinguish the different characters. It starts to feel a bit monotonous. That said, Ms. Ronconi is one of the best narrators around and I'd be hesitant to switch since I doubt anyone else could bring to life Molly Harper's characters in quite the same wonderful way.


    Do you think Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. GiGi's story is not at all complete. Mystery vampire - enough said.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is worth emphasizing that I am very appreciative for a free book and while I have some constructive feedback, I do feel a bit that "beggars can't be choosers." This story absolutely was entertaining and engaging, which is more than I can say for many books I've had to pay for. I thought this was a lovely little story and a very thoughtful and generous gift from the author.

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  • Sweet Talk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (427)

    When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI. But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.

    Beverly A. Fremming says: "typical garwood.... a great listen"
    "Predictable & hard to listen to - not a good combo"
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    What disappointed you about Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    The narration (not the voices as much, but the text) was beyond grating! It felt robotic and made me almost return the book before the first chapter was through.

    The story itself was just okay, but felt largely predictable and the romance felt forced and overdramatic to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

    Maybe, if the reviews were incredible and the narrator was different.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Probably not. Her voices for the characters were not bad (she does children especially well), but her actual narration was beyond terrible.


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  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2084)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Not their best, but still enjoyable"
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    What did you like best about A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses? What did you like least?

    Best: Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are both very talented and bring great humor to all their stories together.

    Least: The narration was really hard to bear. I love Amanda Ronconi, but the accents here were not my favorite. I know that the main character is supposed to have a weird accent anyway, but it was even more awkward trying to figure it all out with Amanda's own accent thrown in the mix.

    This story also felt a bit predictable to me, compared to others.


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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10343)
    Performance
    (9842)
    Story
    (9861)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Easily one of the best audiobooks I've "read""
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    Everything?

    Seriously though, the humor, wit, and sarcasm that is interspersed seamlessly into a creative and engaging concept creates a story that is truly compelling. The main character is so very likeable and the narrator embodies this character so well! It draws you in; despite the sense that this could never really happen, the story somehow feels credible. I'm not a science-y person, but even most of the scientific portions kept my interest!

    I truly cannot express how enjoyable this book was ... I've recommended it to basically everyone I know and I am recommending it here as well. SERIOUSLY, you need to read this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know that you can really appreciate anyone more than Mark, but I'll give a nod to Martinez as well.


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

    Yes AND I have plans to repeat listen to this (probably several times). I got through it in maybe only 2 days and then was so upset it had ended!


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the sort of book I normally "read" through Audible since I like to keep it light and not too serious or "real" (I have enough of that in real life). This story concept could have been done in a way that would make it feel forced, boring, or overly emotional, but the author did such a fantastic job creating a tense enough situation to keep you engaged while also injecting humor and wit to create the perfect balance.

    This is easily the best audiobook I've listened to since the Harry Potter series. I am sure that even read, this book would be incredible, but the narrator just brings this to life.

    I really don't know how else to say it, A+, a billion stars, if you don't already have this book, you should get it. I trusted the other reviewers here and I am SO glad I did; I absolutely, unequivocally recommend this book! (unless you're really offended by strong language...)

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  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1980)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "First experience with this world and I'm hooked!"
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    If you could sum up Clockwork Angel in three words, what would they be?

    Victorian steampunk fantasy

    Set in the late 1800's in England, the author introduces (or expands on, for those who've read her mortal instruments series, which I have not) a vibrant world where there's vampires, demons, angels,and hybrids. I appreciated that this book explained a lot of the rules surrounding these creatures and the shadowhunters so that you don't have to be a MI reader to get what's going on. Very cool world she's created.


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    I saw that a number of others disliked her performance, but I can't imagine why. I thought her accents (American and British) were great and I had no problems telling voices apart. I did not love every single voice she used, but quite frankly, she's only one person and it seems a bit demanding to expect every voice to be perfect and just the way you'd imagine in your head! Heck, even Jim Dale (who is magnificent) messes up at times! I felt Jennifer Ehle conveyed emotions and tone wonderfully in this book and I'm quite disappointed to see she's not reading any of the others!


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

    I nearly did! I probably finished this book in approximately 2 sittings on 2 consecutive days. Only that I had work stopped me!


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this was a creative, engaging, and enjoyable story. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen and several of the twists did get me. For those who complain about the supposed love triangle, I didn't find that to be a problem in this book, but I am sure it's going to become more of an issue later. With Will, I do understand the criticisms of his character, but I didn't honestly find it bothersome. Yes, some of the things he says and does are appalling, but I feel that that is meant to give us a surface view and then explore deeper in the other two books.

    Also, it may be worth noting for those who are very sensitive that there is killing, blood, torture, and non-explicit sexual references. I never felt these took away from the story or were done in poor taste, but I was a bit surprised with some of them as they seemed a bit darker than my personal idea of YA novels. That said, I would personally let an older teen read these, but I'd recommend caution for younger teens and children.

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