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  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (864)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I have loved this series from the beginning - especially the first 2 - and like most of her fans, I have awaited this last book for a VERY long time. Maybe, because of that, I was not happy about this book. 1) While I liked Sandra Burr for the most part, I totally HATED her portrayal of Ayla. I know that we always hear about Ayla's accent, but Burr's accent for Ayla made her sound stupid. It was a shock and I almost couldn't continue because of it.
    2) The story itself. I felt like there was a lot of repitition with the same story, or introductions or poems/songs being repeated in their entirety multple times. I think the Mother's Song lyrics had to be in there 5-6 times.
    3) There is also an incident with Ayla and Jondolar that formed the basis of the last quarter of the book that made me go, "WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?"
    4) There are also some wierd time gaps that occur. Jonayla seemed to go from suckling infant in one scene to horseback riding in the next scene. It was so jarring that it made me go back and relisten because I was sure I must have missed an entire chaper or section of the book. There are more gaps where entire years go by and the only transition is essentially, ".....and a year later...."
    5) I felt like there was just something missing from Ayla's character - somehow, she became "ordinary" in this book. Despite the fact that we kept being "told" how special she was, there was nothing she DID in this book that was particularly interesting, innovative or even good. If I would not have known her history, I would have asked, "What's all the fuss about?" The things that made her special or even spectacular in previous books were downplayed or non-existant.
    6) Finally, there was one "invention" that I kept expecting her to come up with and she never did. It is primed and set up for it to happen about 50 times in the book and never comes about. I don't want to say more lest I ruin the book for others, but I was disapointed overall.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20857)
    Performance
    (19251)
    Story
    (19262)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Unbelievably good."
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    The story was fantastic, original and riveting. The science was amazing. Loved every second of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Farrell says: "Light"
    "Good story. Good fun"
    Overall
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    If I were rating this book by itself, I'd love it, but compared to the first in the series, I did not like it as much. So, was it good -- YES. Was it "as good" - NO

    Love Amanda Ronconi though, so she could read the phone book and have me laughing....!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (696)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "Original, funny, light-weight story"
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    Terrific book The story was fun with some pleasant surprises around every bend. Every now and then, it's nice to listen to a book that's not heavy and demanding. This was original and captivating, but then I'd probably enjoy listening to box labels if Amanda Ronconi was narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2091)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Haunting. Brillant."
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    I am in awe of this book and mostly the astonishing narration for the main character who has the first 2/3 of the book. It is about bravery beyond measure, a friendship that is enviable in its depth and a time period that is one of the darkest in history -- Nazi Germany. I confess that I did not like the ending, but that was mostly because it didn't go my way. I just finished this today and I think I will start from the beginning again tomorrow so that I can catch all the nuances that you tend to miss when you rush through a book because you just can't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (308)

    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Janie says: "Purely delightful"
    "Purely delightful"
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    I have fallen in love with the Chronicles of St. Mary's and I am 100% positive that Zara Ramm is half the reason. It is deeply British humor that shines with her pitch-perfect rendition of the subtle (and overt) humor in this series. The stories are fun, funny, action-packed, creative and wholly enjoyable.
    Although I loved this book (#4), it was, in fact, my least favorite because of [[[[SMALL SPOILER]]]] the fact that this other dimension is just enough "off" that you're not sure where "old friends" stand and who our main character really is,[[[[END SPOILER]]]] Having said that, however, I still loved the book and the performance. Definite cliff-hanger for book #5.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (504)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "Less than impressed"
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    I SO wanted to love this book because I have loved *most* of the others in the series, but I found it frankly boring. There were some VERY disjointed sub-stories that I STILL don't get (kept thinking it would come clear by the end of the book) and the "main story" meandered all over creation and could have been covered in about 1 chapter.

    I adore Ann Rice and her writing (style) is still fantastic --- "the individual bits were great"....... BUT, as a full story/book/plot, I was less than impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27529)
    Performance
    (24365)
    Story
    (24432)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "DEPRESSING"
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    I HATED this book. It was depressing and boring and there was not one single redeeming factor in the whole book. SPOILER ALERT. I totally hate when the "bad guy" wins and this was the worst kind of depressing bs ever. I have never been so bummed that someone DIDNT get murdered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1287)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "Amazed that this is fiction...."
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    This was a super-good story that amazed me because it was "made up." It rang so true as a non-fiction tome that I tried to look up these chefs and their restaurants. I figure that's good writing if I believed it that completely.

    Having said that, it is a very slow read, so don't expect wild action and dozens of twists and turns. It's just a good story and that's good enough for me sometimes.!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2780)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Had unfulfilled potential."
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    (SPOILER ALERT) HIGHLY Irritating character who is supposed to be an agent, but acts like and makes decisions like a "slow" 12-year old and then, in the last couple of chapters all of a sudden you get monsters 1000 years in the future. The story could have potentially been good, but the first 3/4 of the book was so irritating that it was almost impossible to keep going. The story in the last 1/3 was so reminiscent of the movie AI that it was like a mirror image.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1071)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Brilliant book. Amazing lessons"
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    I have never been so impressed with another person's words as I was with this 16-year-old "little girl" who is endowed with wisdom, thoughtfulness and an innocence that does not even remotely resemble naivete. She is quite simply a beautiful human being. The narrator was AMAZING for this piece. She brought a depth to the words that could not have been there by reading it yourself in your own voice (accent). This story is rich in history as well as rich in its basic lessons of humanity, peace, love, tolerance and so many of the virtues which we have forgotten or are going at too fast a pace to remember every day. I am in awe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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