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Jamie

Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?

Lake City, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ascend: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (419)

    Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind… even if it’s the only way to save them?

    Andrew says: "A Wonderful Book 3 of 3"
    "Awesome end to the Trylle Trilogy! A+++"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I have already done so and they loved it too!


    What other book might you compare Ascend to and why?

    It is very difficult to compare this book/trilogy to another, because it's such an interesting spin on troll mythology. The 'coming of age' theme in this book/trilogy has definitely been done many times before, but it is still fresh for the paranormal fantasy genre. If I must compare it to another book/series, I would maybe compare it to the Iron Fey series. Both protagonists are coming of age and discover they are both mythological creatures AND royalty. Both characters are learning how to grow and mature into their birthright. Still, this book is very different from any other paranormal fantasy I have read and its uniqueness makes it stand out above the others.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings each character to life. I love her portrayal of Wendy and thought it was spot on. She also manages to pull off male voices quite well without sounding contrived. I absolutely adore her narration!


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

    Hmmmmm, I don't know. How about "Trolls who don't look like trolls." Ok, I know that was pretty terrible. lol. I probably shouldn't quit my day job. Ha!


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a great final book! My favorite of them all, actually. The characters really make this book/trilogy shine. I adore almost every single character and I thought that Amanda Hocking did a stellar job tying the story up. I was especially happy about Wendy and Finn's ending, since I can't stand his character. She and Loki are so awesome together and I was glad they got their "Happily Ever After." I was so moved by Wendy and her mother, Elora's, growing relationship. It was both beautiful and tragic. I really enjoyed every second of this trilogy and read/listened to them so quickly. Recently, I decided I would read/listen to them again and I loved it even more the second time around. I don't normally care for YA novels, but this is one exception and I'm glad I gave them a chance. I would give it 10 stars if I could. A+++!

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  • Torn: Trylle Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (459)

    When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she's a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…. She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to marry a powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits… and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

    Stephanie says: "BETTER THAN THE FIRST"
    "The last book was an A+...this book is an A++!"
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    What did you love best about Torn?

    Everything! I especially loved watching Wendy's character grow and mature, along with her relationship with her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora.


    What other book might you compare Torn to and why?

    It is difficult to compare this to other books, because it is the only book I have come across that features trolls. Not only that, but it offers a new and fresh take on this mythological creature...very different than those hideous trolls of lore that hide under bridges. If I absolutely must compare it to something though, I'd say maybe the Iron Fey series, only because the protagonist in that series is on a similar journey as Wendy. They both discover they are a mythological creature AND royalty. Both are coming of age stories where the protagonists are learning how to grow and mature into the leadership role that is their birthright.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    That's easy! Loki! What's not to love? My second favorite character would definitely be Tove. I love both their relationships with Wendy. You can really feel the chemistry between Loki and Wendy. I love Wendy's friendship with Tove and enjoy all their scenes together.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Witnessing Loki's vulnerability when he does such a selfless act to help Wendy. I won't go into detail about that scene, since it would spoil the story for those that haven't read the book yet. I also loved the moment when Wendy put Aurora in her place. So satisfying!


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved the first book and I thought this book was even better! I really enjoyed watching Wendy's character slowly mature into the aging Queen she will be. I can't find any flaws about this book and I thought Therese Plummer's performance was amazing and spot on! An A++!

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  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (717)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Light and Fun!"
    "An Awesome Surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended it to several friends and they loved it just as much as I. And my sister-in-law recommended it to me and I'm glad she did!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It felt very fresh for a paranormal fantasy. So many books in this genre are saturated with vampires, werewolves & other were-creatures, faeries, ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, etc. This is the first book I have come across that features trolls and offers a new an interesting spin on these mythological creatures. I honestly wasn't sure if I would even like the book, since these days, I'm not really into the whole YA thing, but it had me hooked by the first few chapters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name, but I especially enjoyed all the scenes with Wendy and her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora. You can tell her mother is a complicated woman, as Finn says.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wendy's budding friendship with Tove.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book! The whole Trylle society is really intriguing and I loved all the characters...well, except for Finn. Not a fan of Finn. Therese Plummer did an amazing job narrating and I honestly haven't been able to find any flaws with the story and its narration. A solid 5 stars!

    -P.S.- The second and third books are even better! Love this trilogy!

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  • Burned

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (269)

    Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

    JoAnn says: "Disappointed"
    "Not KMM's best, but I still enjoyed every second"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Burned to be better than the print version?

    Heck yeah! Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante are the best of the best! They work so well together and boy, is Phil Gigante's voice sex on a stick!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Lore the most out of all the characters, which surprised me. He was hilarious & actually had me laughing out loud during his chapters, especially over his little priya scheme. LOL!


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Um, that's easy. Barrons and Ryoden. Pretty much all the voices Phil does are spot on. I always love Natalie's portrayal of Mac and especially love her Dani. /sigh *takes a moment to grieve that loss. :-( Hoping it's temporary and we get the old Dani back ASAP*


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

    Oh yes, but I forced myself to spread it out....you know, to savor the flavor. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few days, because I couldn't stop listening. lol


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, so about the story. I will say that I enjoyed this book immensely, like all the books in the series. BUT, it definitely didn't have the same oomph that all the previous novels had. I miss Dani! I think I must agree with a few other reviews, which said that the people who didn't like Iced would love Burned. Pretty spot on. While I absolutely love Mac, I found her character flailing and tedious throughout most of this book. Not happy with the direction Dani's story took....not happy about it one bit. It's strange to say that I both liked & disliked this book, but I don't really know how else to sum it up. I enjoyed it, but there was definitely something missing. Having said that, I have faith in KMM's writing & I'm sure she will correct the course this storyline has taken. I just hope it doesn't take as long for the next book to come out. I'll still give it 4 stars, just because I still really enjoyed every second and Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante will always rock!

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  • The Lost Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Jake Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (286)

    Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world - the land of Faery.

    Elizabeth Livingston says: "Great turn on perspective, gets a little dark"
    "Really enjoyed this, but where is the next book?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. As a matter of fact, I have.....the whole Iron Fey series as well as this new spin-off.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Prince to and why?

    I suppose the obvious would be Shakespeare's. Midsummer Night's Dream, although that is technically a play.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Lewis – was your favorite?

    Razor! He is so darn cute & Jake's narration just made him even more adorable!


    Any additional comments?

    First, let me ask - Where is the next book & why doesn't Audible have it already?! It makes zero sense to have the whole series & this new spin-off and not have the newest book, IRON TRAITOR. Very upset about this!


    Ok, now that I have said my peace about that, let's move on. I really enjoyed this new spin-off! So glad to have all my favorite characters back and excited to see where things will go with Kierran (Meghan & Ash's son). While I absolutely enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I do think Ethan was just a bit too angsty for my tastes, but it seems like he grew quite a bit by the end of this book, so I'm hoping this is the last we'll hear of his brooding. :-) I think the narrator was quite good, though his mispronounciaton of Leanansidhe was a bit frustrating, especially since she is one of my favorite characters. LOVE her! Also, I wasn't crazy about his voice for Grimalkin either (I prefer Kristine Hvam's version of everyone's favorite kitty). Other than that though, I think he did the book justice. I am really excited to find out what will happen next. Over all, I would give this audiobook a B+. So Audible, when are you going to give us the next one? The paperback has been out for a year now. What's the hold up??

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  • Silver Shadows: Bloodlines, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (471)

    Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

    In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

    Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

    The Reading Date says: "Surprising and Memorable Installment"
    "Just keeps getting better and better!"
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    If you could sum up Silver Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    HOLY CRIPES, AWESOME! (At least, those were my actual words upon finishing the book. lol)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silver Shadows?

    Too many to name without spoiling the book for those who haven't read it yet, so I'll just say the whole last half of the book was non-stop awesomeness.


    What does Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Emily Shaffer in this series and I must say, Allen Ford gets points for improvement since the last book. While I prefer Emily's version of Adrian with his English accent (still don't understand why they phased that out, but oh well), I think Alden did a solid job in this book.


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

    If I had the time, I could have easily listened to this in one sitting. Alas, I have duties that prevent me from indulging that much, but I did finish it in two days. Never has housework been so fun!


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely one of my favorites, and that includes all the Vampire Academy books too! It actually reminded me of the early Vamp. Academy books. I can't wait until the next one! I whole heartedly recommend this book & especially the whole Bloodlines series & Vampire Academy series. They are all so good!

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  • Dawn of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden - as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

    L. Taylor says: "Good foundation"
    "Great prequel!"
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    Where does Dawn of Eden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top, along with the rest of the BLOOD OF EDEN series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved getting a first hand account of the world right after the Red Lung disease wipes out much of humanity & the beginnings of rabidism and the spread of the virus. I also enjoyed Ben & Kylie's relationship, along with the seemingly irreparable father-son relationship between Ben & his dad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Then here are so many for such a short book, but I think the part when Ben's stubborn dad doesn't listen to Ben & Kylie and disaster ensues was the best part of the book.


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

    "Red Lung Disease & Rabidism: When S@#$ Hits the Fan!"


    Any additional comments?

    This was a well-written, well preformed to prequel and I really enjoyed the insight of how both diseases began to destroy Earth as we know it. I wish it had been longer and I would suggest outright purchasing the audiobook instead of spending a whole credit on it. It cost less than $4 and it was well worth every penny. Highly recommended!

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  • The Eternity Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (403)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Amazon Customer says: "Buckle Up...it's an insane ride!"
    "Get ready for one hell of a ride!"
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    Would you listen to The Eternity Cure again? Why?

    Most definitely! The brutal & harsh dystopian universe Julie Kagawa has created is quite fascinating with a protagonist who is strong, layered & someone you can easily root for. I loved the first book/audiobook of this new series & this one topped it tenfold! There was so much action & suspense in this book, but it didn't overshadow the important character development that takes place with the characters, nor did the character development overshadow the action & suspense. It was a beautiful balance that only great storytellers can truly pull off. It did start off a tad bit slow in the beginning, but trust me, it picks up about 1/3 into the book & doesn't stop until the very end! I lost a lot of sleep over the past two days, b/c I could not stop listening. I was cleaning my house way past 2am, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. By the way, expect one heck of a cliffhanger! I was practically screaming at the very end & woke my poor husband & dog up. lol


    What other book might you compare The Eternity Cure to and why?

    While the market is currently heavily saturated with vampire & zombie books, this book/series is unique in its own right, so I find it quite difficult to compare it with other books. The protagonist, Allison, sort of reminds me of Sita from 'The Last Vampire'/'Thirst' series, by Christopher Pike...that is, before he decided to re-launch the series, thus messing up a good thing. Both Allison & Sita are vampires, trying so hard to cling to their lost humanity. Their desire to connect with humans is very strong, but a constant uphill battle & their characters are neither good, nor bad...neither black or white, but multiple shades of gray, which is much more realistic for a vampire, who's main source of nutrition is humans' blood.


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

    No, I have only listened to her with this series. I thought she was great & truly nailed the voice of Allie. The only negative would be her voice for Sarren, which was way too hammy & whispery. Other than that though, I loved her & really hope she will stick with this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I also really enjoyed the the slow-building relationship between blood-siblings, Allie & Jackal. Actually, I really enjoyed Jackal's character development throughout the whole book. The only slight negative I have about the story would be Allie's extended monologuing about fighting her inner monster. But like I said, it's only a very slight negative & it doesn't make the story any less awesome. And last but not least, ZEEEEEEKE!!! Allie's relationship with Zeke is both fascinating & heartbreakingly tragic. I am DYING for the next book!!!

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  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (986)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "These books just get better & better!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended this to several of my friends and they loved it! The storyline is intriguing and I love Mac and Barrons! I found that these books get better and better. The story is slightly slow-building, so stick with it. You won't regret it.


    What other book might you compare Bloodfever to and why?

    All the other books of the FEVER series and the spin-off called ICED. Honestly, I can't think of anything that I can truly compare this to. Yes, there are other books out there about the Fae, but this story is absolutely unique in its own right.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This is the only negative thing I can say about this audiobook. Joyce Bean is not right for Mac or this series. Her voice for Barrons is terrible. She makes him sound like a creepy old leprechaun. I found that I eventually got used to her voice though, so it didn't bother me after a while. The good thing is, you only have to deal with her as a narrator for one more book. After that, they bring Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante on board as narrators for the rest of the series and holy cow, they are simply outstanding!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many laugh out loud moments, mostly because of Barrons. :)


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  • Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2369)

    Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

    Marla says: "Excellent!!"
    "OUTSTANDING!!!"
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    Would you listen to Destined for an Early Grave again? Why?

    Oh yes! In fact, I have already listened to it 3 times now and will more than likely do so again.


    What other book might you compare Destined for an Early Grave to and why?

    The whole Night Huntress series and its spin-offs, of course!


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

    I have listened to all of Tavia's performances in the Night Huntress World and they are all amazing, just like this audiobook. She seems to truly get how Jeaniene intended her reading to come across...not that I know for sure, exactly, but you can just tell when a narrator "gets it."


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

    I wanted to, but I try to force myself to take my time. You know, to "savor the flavor." :)


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook and it's actually one of my favorites of the whole Night Huntress series.

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