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Joyce E McBride

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  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1671)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I became a fan of Lauren Oliver with her last book Before I Fall. She provides a new perspective on time honored themes. If you enjoyed Before I Fall, I would recommend spending a credit on this book. It is well written and narrated. This is not a romance novel in my opinion, but more a commentary on the power of society and the things that can happen when we grant
    our leaders too much authority. It illustrates how we can lose what is really important. It has a similar feel to Unwind by Neal Shusterman or Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. It could even be compared to Suzanne Collins Mockinjay series--though it is not action packed as that series but does make a similar statement about society. It is Lauren Oliver's twist on what could have happened had our society proceeded with the 'frontal lobotomy' mentality we once had.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Grimm Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Polly Shulman
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Elizabeth has just started working as a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository - a lending library of objects, contemporary and historical, common and obscure. And secret, too - for in the repository's basement lies the Grimm Collection, a room of magical items straight from the Grimm Brother's fairy tales. But the magic mirrors and seven-league boots and other items are starting to disappear.

    Joyce E McBride says: "Enjoyable in-be-tween and YA!!"
    "Enjoyable in-be-tween and YA!!"
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    The Grimm Legacy is a great book for readers who are past the Gregor the Overlander books but not quite ready for the male-female relationships in todays YA novels. It is sweet and fantastical. There is some mystery and lots of magic. My tween daughter has set many books aside because of disgusting things like...Kissing--"YUCK!" (a direct quote for which I am eternally grateful~) This is a bit more mature than the Fabelhaven series but just as imaginative. It is a wonderful flight of fancy with lots of fun dialog and humor, and only minor kissing that will elicit a giggle or two and not hinder the sensibilites of tweens who still think the opposite sex has cooties!!

    I am not the target audience and probably would not have chosen this book if not for my daughter...which would have been my loss. I enjoyed The Grimm Legacy and cringed at the Kissing for completely different reasons than my daughter, dreading the day that my daughter enjoys those parts...sigh~

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (391)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Perfect!!!!"
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    What an amazing book!!! Glenn Cooper keeps 3 story lines going at once...actually it might be more now that I think about it. From the 700's to the 1940's to the current day. As I was listening I tried to figure out how the 3 story lines would merge--and he kept me guessing for a very long time, I did not fully understand how they fit together until the last 1/4 of the book...and he continued on, past the eventual resolution (of sorts!), to suggest even larger implications.
    Secrets grabbed me and held me from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Raymond Khoury you will thoroughly enjoy Secrets of the Seventh Son.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (598)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "As good as it gets!!!"
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    This book was recommended to my by one of my favorite authors, Robert Sawyer. I emailed him a few days ago because I have read all of his works several times and was looking for a new body of work to enjoy. I was quite pleased when I received a response the following day and Pohl seemed to be a good choice after a couple of emails back and forth.
    Gateway is a thoughtful book. It is not action packed but takes place mostly in the mind of the main character and his computer-psychologist (who has a dry sense of humor and a tendency to steal all the scenes he is in! grin~). I really cant share too much without ruining the story--so I will leave it at this:
    I would spend my last credit for this book. I will read/listen to this again as I am sure I will catch things I missed the first time around. If you are a SciFi fan this is a must read.
    A grateful thank you to Mr. Sawyer for his 5-star recommendation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me Softly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Cross
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday - and discovers a world she never could have imagined. In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems - the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress.

    Joyce E McBride says: "Light hearted entertainment!!"
    "Light hearted entertainment!!"
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    Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. I did not have to ponder much about underlying messages or hidden meanings with this book...I was pure entertainment. I was only vaguely familiar with the original versions of the fairy tales and found the Sarah Cross to be quite adept at giving them a 21st Century flavor. The premise was quite ingenious and I found myself trying to guess who the characters were supposed to represent. I will definitely keep my eye on future novels by this author. Kim Mai Guest did a fantastic job representing the characters and enhancing the mental picture I created for each. This is a fine example the genre and I recommend it without reservation

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "What more could you want?"
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    Aliens, courtroom drama, and surprises around every corner. I should have begun by stating I am a BIG Robert Sawyer fan. I was very excited to see his older books come to audible when Triggers was released. I blazed thru Triggers and moved on to Illegal Alien. I enjoy Sawyers writing style and the way he interjects morality and opposing points of view. If you are a Sawyer fan you will enjoy this book. Joe Barrett gives the story life. I will look for more books narrated by him. This is not my favorite Robert Sawyer book, that prize goes to Calculating God because it had some wonderful humor and the whole premise was so outlandish I admired the imagination that brougth it to life.

    Illegal Aliens is a five star book and was well worth my last credit. I recommend this book to fans as well as Sawyer newcomers--just beware, you will be spending all your credits on Sawyer books for the next couple months...he is addicting!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Triggers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (272)

    On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

    Ron says: "Fun Read"
    "Classic Sawyer!"
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    I have read/listened to everything Sawyer has written, most of his novels several times. Triggers is reminiscent of Flashforward and Rollback. I am only 1/2 way thru part one...but I am hooked. If you enjoyed the aforementioned books you will enjoy this book. Jeff Woodman is a wonderful choice for Narrator. I was highly anticipating the release of Triggers and I am not dissappointed. Highly recommended

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Exceptionals

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Erin Cashman
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    In a famous family of exceptionally talented people, fifteen-year-old Claire Walker is ordinary...or so she leads everyone to believe. Yet the minute she steps out of line, her parents transfer her to Cambial Academy: the prestigious boarding school that her great-grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities, or "specials."

    Felicity Fairchild says: "This Book is Exceptional!"
    "Lives up to the title...exceptional!"
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    The Exceptionals is captivating. Erin Cashman is in the same class as J.K Rowlings and
    Suzanne Collins. I was drawn into the story. There are parallels to the Potter series and its pivotal moments and they done very well. Madeleine Lambert was a good choice for narrator, her performance adds depth to the story. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ted Kosmatka
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.

    Joyce E McBride says: "Five star game!!"
    "Five star game!!"
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    Amazing book. Part sci-fi and part thriller paired with Scott Brick is an all around winner. Reminiscent of Koonts early work and Robert Charles Wilson with a bit of Robert Sawyer thrown in for good measure. I found the synopsis intriguing and I was not disappointed. There are several different stories happening at the same time that converge about 2/3 of the way in. I think Kosmatka has a gift and I will be looking forward to his next endeavor The Games is a cautionary tale. Just because we can does not mean should!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11895)
    Performance
    (10902)
    Story
    (10964)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "WOW~"
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    I hesitated to purchase this book. It sounded a bit depressing, but the reviews sold me and I am so glad I gave it a chance. Poignant...the word that best describes it. It reminds me a bit of Robert Sawyers WWW.Wake series. I am already looking for more books by John Green...I have had Will Grayson on my wish list for awhile and I will use my next credit on it...I read a couple of reviews that indicated this book hit a little too close to home and was difficult emotionally. I would agree that this would be difficult reading for someone who has a loved one dealing with cancer--I would have had a hard time with this book 5 years ago when someone I loved dearly was losing the battle with cancer--although I know he would have thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor--and would probably have quoted it on a regular basis. That might be part of the reason I enjoyed this so much...as it reminded me of someone I love and miss. Highly recommend this book and author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (709)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Great idea"
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    Where does Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ashes is a good book--but something is missing. I did not become engrossed in the story and never lost track of time as I do with books that really grip me--that said, I will listen to this again and I dont feel as if I wasted a credit--I had a difficult time with the star rating system...it does not seem to make sense that I give story/performance a 4-star but overall a 3 star...I based that rating on many more factors than just Story/performance...its relationship to other books in the genre...my initial expectations...and my incomplete satisfaction at the end of the book...and the fact that I was not thinking about the story after it was over and was fine moving on to something else...I was not sad it was over...so it gets a 3 overall


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

    One of the ideas or themes that I found memorable was the point/progression of Alex's realization of her gift...the dogs...the enhanced senses (trying not to give away too much)--


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I was able to distinguish between characters...and I thought she did a fine job portraying all ages quite convincingly


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

    no--not all engrossing


    Any additional comments?

    I do like Katherine Kellgren--but I did not like the scenes that were to be portrayed as intense in which she chose to get louder and speak faster...almost too fast...I kept wondering if she was ever going to breathe again...I understand the intent but the execution seemed forced. I have the feeling this, being the first of a trilogy, is meant to lay the foundation and the next will be more engrossing. I will try the next one and give this a chance as it is a genre I quite enjoy...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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