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Heather

Angwin, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1998)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "Greek Gods Come to Life"
    Overall

    This book was a fun listen and the reader was great. Interesting premise that the gods are still around and having kids. If anything listen to it because it has a whole series that covering demi-god adventures. I think it's a great guilty pleasure for kids and adults. Pretty predictable plot and not amazing writing but I think it's worth listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (1594)
    Story
    (1616)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Interesting new twist for the demi-gods"
    Overall

    I was impressed that the author went for a different style with his new series. I honestly didn't like the story from three perspectives as much (the new style). But it's nice to see something different. It is also nice to have different gods involved so we can see more of "the world" of these books. This seems more targeted towards the teens with there being more love interest material. The ending makes it clear that things will be expanding for the series which hopefully means more interesting additions. I would rate this book about as good as Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, etc. Not as good as Battle for the Labyrinth or Last Olympian. I will add my voice to the complaint that this narrator isn't nearly as good as Jesse from the first series. Still tolerable, though.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1236)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Janine says: "Offensive accents!"
    "Best of the series"
    Overall

    Of all the books of the series, this was my favorite. I love how we see more and more of Luke slowly transforming. It adds an interesting twist to the story to have their friend become an evil god! The new character of the architect was a great addition as well. Also, I love an author willing to kill off his characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet of Yonwood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly.

    Kaui says: "Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember"
    "Before Ember"
    Overall

    This book, like the second book, is basically also about morality. However, this time we are talking about people taking their religious beliefs to extreme and using it to control others. I found this much more interesting to think about than bigotry and immigrant issues. In any case, it's not a great story but it is interesting and has suspense and kinda mystery like the first and last books. Don't expect to find out much about Ember but the author does link this book to the original story in the last book which is neat. I will warn you not to get too excited by the physics stuff though. There isn't anything like "His "Dark Materials" in this book. Probably just as well as I don't think the author could be quite that imaginative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Wendy Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

    Jolie Brewer says: "Good story; annoying narrator and background sound"
    "Neat Idea"
    Overall

    This book was a fun and unique idea compared to a lot of adolescent books out there. It is completely non-sci-fi (in this book) and completely clean. Neat idea to think of growing up not knowing you're underground. You will need a bit of suspension of belief to imagine they could survive underground that long but it's all do-able. Enjoyed the whole puzzle that kids go through too. Definitely recommend this book to adolescent readers and I think some adults will enjoy it as a fun distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5348)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2230)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "A Must Read"
    Overall

    This book was very interesting and engaging. Being from Wisconsin, I got a kick out of all the references. But even beyond that, intriguing idea of the gods still being around and being just as flawed as all of us. The adventures of the main character were engaging and I really never felt like I really knew what would happen next. Great twists in the story too that were backed up through the storyline. Neil Gaiman is such an imaginative and engaging author. Loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond of Darkhold: The Fourth Book of Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeanne Duprau
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    It's been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

    Kaui says: "Satisfying conclusion to the Ember series"
    "Finally Back to the Action"
    Overall

    You'll be happy to hear that in this final book we get to go back to the original action and locations. There are many many holes in this story. It goes beyond suspension of belief (how can canned food last that long, for one). However, we get to see Ember again with the old gang and more new discoveries from the builders which was a relief. The ending is oh so lame I'm afraid. She tries to wrap it all up neatly and it goes off as a....huh? However, I think if you liked Ember (the first book) you'll enjoy this one well enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The People of Sparks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Wendy Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town's resources are limited and it isn't long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups.

    Robert says: "Wonderful story"
    "Morality Play"
    Overall

    The first book in this series was very imaginative and a unique idea. This book isn't. It is simply a way to get an idea of ethics and morality dealing with immigrants and those being invaded by immigrants. To what extent should you help your fellow man? To what extent should you tolerate the bigotry of those who have taken you in? If you know the answer, you don't need to read this book. However, if you really want to try to enjoy it, just remember it's written for kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (354)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Disjointed"
    Overall

    Basically these are two stories that take place in the same world but the two stories never connect to each other. The Alchemist is a pretty pointless story and doesn't really come to a conclusion. You'll think they will come back to the ending - they won't. The writing isn't very good either. The Executioness was exciting and well-written. It doesn't really have an ending either but much more acceptable than the first book. It's neat to hear a bad ass woman fighting story. So if you really want to enjoy it, just skip to the second book. Honestly, you'll find so much better fantasy out there than this book though. Oh yes, and the second book's narrator is much better too.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Mirror: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Poirot arrives for dinner at the country estate of the imperious Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore to find his host in his study, shot dead. The room is locked, making it appear a suicide, but Poirot is skeptical. And when the will is read, the savvy sleuth's suspicions are heightened.

    C. Schmidt says: "Intro and Conclusion but no Body"
    "She's still the master!"
    Overall

    This book is just as good as what you expect from Christie. She always keeps you just short of actually knowing who did it. It's not an amazing book but if you're a Christie fan you won't be disappointed. Very good audio reading as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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