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Kaitlin

A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.

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  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (627)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "Vivid imagery to end an interesting series"
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    Ok I have mixed feelings. First: Taylor is a GENIUS of imagination and imagery. The pictures she paints are GORGEOUS. Absolutely stunning. I always thought this throughout the series, some scenes just stick in your mind, and her characters are quite well developed. I also thought there were interesting twists and was a unique way to shape a final novel in a series, so props on that. HOWEVER, I always felt there was something about her novels that I can't quite put my finger on but that kept me from absolutely loving it. I think it's the way some of the mushy love/despair-of-missing-love scenes tended to drag on. It took so much away from the plot sometimes, and if I had been reading the book, I definitely would have skipped a bunch of pages. It definitely felt very "teen romance". And hey, I'm always down for a good romance, but at times it was little too...Twilight-esque.

    That being said, I am sad the beautiful world Laini paints has come to an end in the story here. Or has it...?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (639)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Dense but thought-provoking"
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    I liked the way this book made it easy to follow the reasoning behind the development of the theories of current day cosmologists. He did an excellent job of tying in examples, history, metaphors, and literature into making the complexities of string theory etc much more relatable. Even though some might view it as "preachy", the end really delves into the question and possible answers of why we exist and is there a god, and I thought it was quite a beautiful tie in. Lastly, his ability to display multiple views and competing theories while leaving his own personal bias out was impressive. It made me really think, well which one is right?! Despite the fact that some parts went a bit over my head, I really enjoyed the book. My recommendation though- this is a book for savoring slowly. My usual marathon-ing way of listening to audiobooks dampened the impact this book could have had on me I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "Mesmerizing!!"
    "I haven't finished it yet but..."
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    Things happen way too quickly. The phrase "well that escalated quickly" comes to mind. The story has great potential but so far, I don't like the way it was written.

    Also, at the start of the book I got the impression that Khan was in his 40s or something and the girl in her teens? Perhaps I got this wrong but I this fact threw me off a little, and now their relationship feels...weird.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13383)
    Performance
    (12048)
    Story
    (12151)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "An OK folowup to the previous story"
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    I have mixed feelings about this sequel, but it was fun to see the worlds of the other factions, as well as the progression and fall-out that continues from the first book. I recommend it if you loved Divergent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9636)
    Performance
    (8776)
    Story
    (8875)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Too much like hunger games trilogy"
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    Eh. I'm in science and love genetics and all that but...this is just a silly ending for a story. Not to mention the annoying dark brooding between Tobias and Tris. I think this series might have been better as a stand alone novel. Maybe.

    The very end of the book was surprising though, so that redeemed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19853)
    Performance
    (17876)
    Story
    (18031)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "An exciting introduction to a possible future"
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    Divergent was absolutely entrancing. Roth has introduced an interesting society that could reasonably occur in the far future, that is intriguing and captivating. I couldn't stop listening, I just wanted to know what would happen next! Even the teenage love story was far from typical and exciting. The characters were really fun and you could watch them grow. And it introduced some fun thought experiments such as "what would your fears be?" So far it's tied for my favorite dystopian future novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FOUR The Transfer: A Divergent Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (379)

    More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by number-one New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer", the first of four new short stories told from Four's perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

    tammy says: "PLEASE! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!"
    "Short story indeed"
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    Too short! I did like the bits of insight into Four's life, but I didn't feel like it added THAT much more that we didn't already know :/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3427)
    Performance
    (2558)
    Story
    (2579)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Sanderson again for the win!"
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    For those of you who have read Brandon Sanderson, you need no more enticement than to know it is his and as a fan, I was in love with this book (as usual).

    However, for those of you who haven't: I implore you, listen to this book! It is a very unique and inventive stand-alone fantasy epic. Filled with colors you can practically see, it honestly takes you on a journey through the land of Hallandran. Sanderson is wonderful in that his work is not recycled fantasy you've read before but something new and unexpected. Each one of his books its' own gem with its' own bright and lovable characters. AND for those of you who love secrets and "easter eggs," you'd be happy to know (as I was when I found out after "reading" 3 of his books here on audible) almost all of them are actually intertwined with a much bigger story taking place behind the scenes that has yet to fully unfold. Talk about an incredible journey.

    If you fancy yourself a fantasy fan...get it on this asap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1193)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "A lovely, touching surprise"
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    Would you listen to Elegance of the Hedgehog again? Why?

    Oh most definitely. The story was very well told and the thoughts and dialog thought provoking and full of quirky details that I find enchanting. Really in the most wonderful way, it was quite literally elegant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elegance of the Hedgehog?

    Oh so many lovely spoilers would be given by the answer to this question. I will say there were many, but for now: A piece of sashimi. Red October. Cat names. Panties. The Journal of the Movement of the World.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The juxtaposition of an older voice and a younger one. Not to mention the lovely accents to pronounce the words the way my mind never could.


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

    No, it went rather slowly at times and gave you big pieces to chew between sittings. I think this is more a book for savoring than devouring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10962)
    Performance
    (9889)
    Story
    (9981)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Typical Dan Brown/Robert Langdon"
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    It's combination of old and new. It was gripping and I couldn't quite stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. The biology and Dante fit so perfectly, I really liked it. I feel like I learn things every time I read Dan Brown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Definitely that scene in the sewers with the plague and the music. That also ties in with the imagery of the eerie video with the floating bag. He did an excellent job making things...haunting.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    This is hard to say...I suppose Robert, if not um...the bad guy (I forget his name).


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

    Yeah definitely made me laugh. Not so much cry, but certainly elicited a fear of the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Good work, Dan. Good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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