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Jesslyn H

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  • Chimes at Midnight: An October Daye Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (302)

    Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

    nancy olean says: "Truly excellent !!!"
    "One of the best Urban Fantasies out there"
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    This remains one of the best fantasy series out there--without any qualification on what type of fantasy. The integration of faery into our world is done flawlessly.

    I am on my knees in gratitude to Seanan McGuire for not including cliffhangers (she seems to trust her writing enough to know we'll be back for more) and no stupid love-triangle. Thank you!

    I look forward to more of anything this woman writes. You should as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic to the Bone: Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Devon Monk
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user---maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster---and Allison Beckstrom is the best there is.

    Dana says: "Good start to a Great series"
    "Okay start to a series"
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    I loved the magic and the romantic interest in the story. The main character and the narration, not so much. The story did hold my interest to continue on--I'm currently on #3, but if the main character's flaws aren't corrected soon, I may stop.

    She seems to be stubbornly oblivious to anything else but what she wants. This makes her very unlikable. And for someone who is supposed to be an investigator, she sure leave a lot of facts just hanging in the air. It feels too much to me like a bit of a lame plot device--left open for a big reveal later.

    Despite my problems with the book, I loved the magic and this world. I see enough potential in this series for me to give it 3 books. I hope it lives up to it and I can finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9552)
    Performance
    (5590)
    Story
    (5639)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "A little rough in the beginning"
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    But the narrators smoothed out nicely after a couple of chapters. Despite the beginning, I highly recommend it.

    And for Kindle readers, despite it not being marked as such, this book has been 'Whispersync'd'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7159)
    Performance
    (5084)
    Story
    (5122)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "I'll read this series over and over"
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    Five stars,Five stars,Five stars!

    Typical of a middle book in a series, there were a couple of spots where I thought the book lagged a bit, but overall, Sanderson did a masterful job of worldbuilding. My emotions got dragged all over the room and I was mentally exhausted, but happy at the end of the book.

    On to the final book in the series.

    I give this book my highest recommendation. Sanderson does Epic Fantasy with the best of them.

    1 of 1 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
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1959)

    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"
    "Let's hear it for adaptations!"
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    I haven't read any adaptations that I can remember at the moment, but even if I did, this would be the best one. All I can say is-Wow.

    Every element of the classic story was there and even though I could see what was going to happen, it was delivered so well that I didn't care. Some would say that the ending was a cliffhanger. Being that the series is continuing, I feel more like it was 'chapter' to the story and didn't feel like a cliffhanger (which you know I hate with the heat of 1000 suns).

    I purchased the 2nd ebook in the series, Scarlet, along with the audiobook version, before I was even halfway done with this one.

    I highly recommend this series, even if sci-fi is not your normal genre, I am labeling it as scifi, but it didn't (IMO) 'read' like scifi. Great book and I can't wait for more from Ms. Meyer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • God Save the Queen: The Immortal Empire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kate Locke
    • Narrated By Courtney Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Welcome to the realm of the undead matriarch of a Britain where the aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark; a world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy; and a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the aristocracy....

    CasyK says: "We Were Amused"
    "Locke Rules!"
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    Re-read Update: I loved this book. I liked the direction that the author took with the character, but I can't really say why without some major, major spoilers, but those of you who like a good story won't be disappointed. One thing that I did enjoy is that the main character was surrounded by her 'people'. In a lot(most?) of UF the main character is so solitary they may as well have grown up in a test tube--despite years of life, there is no 'life' around them. Not here, Xandra's is full of siblings, mentors, long-term acquaintances, etc. It is as full and messy as real life and I appreciated that aspect.

    If you are looking for PNR or the detailed love scene, I'm not sure this is the book for you. There is a love interest, but that is not the end game to the story, and while Xandra has a healthy respect for sex, it no more rules her story than it does her mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parasite

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams

    Kim Venatries says: "You Want To Put A What... Where?"
    "I don't even like horror, but...."
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    I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) delivered yet again. Whether horror, dystopian or straight fantasy, I'm putting her firmly in my 'buy-everything-this-woman-writes' category

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Late Eclipses: An October Daye Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    Two years ago, October “Toby” Daye believed she could leave the world of Faerie behind. She was wrong. Now she finds herself in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, sharing an apartment with her Fetch, and maintaining an odd truce with Tybalt, the local King of Cats. It’s a delicate balance - one that’s shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past....

    Jesslyn H says: "Another superb installment"
    "Another superb installment"
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    This is going to be really short because I'm still reeling in awe of how good this book was. Without getting spoilery, we learn a LOT about Toby and her Mom, there is the requisite, but always satisfying Hero's quest, we get to a crossroads in the romance department and finally we get Seanan McGuire's elegant prose.

    If you've never read UF (Urban Fantasy), this series is a perfect introduction--it doesn't get better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (648)

    The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

    Dandylion says: "Brand new Daye"
    "Narrator Notes"
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    At first, I really didn't like the narrator, but grew accustomed to her voice. It helps that the story was so well done. This is a re-read for me, I did the series on my Kindle and have switched to audio for this re-read.

    My only complaint is that I don't care for the vocalization of Tybalt. I hope the narrator changes the voice as the series (and his character) develops.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bitterblue: Graceling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (299)

    Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle - disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman.

    MaChar says: "Not my favorite"
    "Narration was wonderful, story not so much"
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    Frankly, if I had been reading the book it would have been tossed into a corner--compared to the previous two books in the series this was a serious snoozefest. It wasn't a bad story if you were looking for a long (long) process of internal growth and endless questioning of self. But as the conclusion of a somewhat action-packed trilogy, I can only say Ugh.

    I am 75% finished and only the voice of Xanthe Elbrick is keeping me going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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