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  • Mercury Falls: Mercury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
    "Meh"
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    What did you like best about Mercury Falls? What did you like least?

    I did really enjoy the sense of humour throughout the book, but it had the potential for so much more


    Did Kevin Stillwell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, although Christine's voice was a bit annoying by the end


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a lot more from a book with such great reviews, but I found it to be completely underwhelming. It felt like it was on the edge of getting really good for so much of the book, and then it was just over.
    While it wasn't by any means bad, I can't see myself recommending it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1877)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "A good performance, more of a romance than fantasy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it for reading in between more serious books. This is a bit of a crossover between YA and adult. Its incredibly gushily romantic at points, but at least is a bit more complicated than all the rest of the twilight-like nonsense around, and Karou is a strong female character.


    Was Daughter of Smoke and Bone worth the listening time?

    It was a good performance by the narrator which made me stick with it, I think I would have put this down had I been reading it instead.


    Any additional comments?

    This is set up to have potentially been a great fantasy book, but unfortunately the author doesn't capitalize on the world she has created much and instead focuses mostly on the romance...a bit of a letdown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "A funny, lighthearted read"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Libba Bray before, how does this one compare?

    I've read Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty series, and this book was written in a completely different tone, its hard to compare them. It was fun and lighthearted and seems to be Libba Bray just writing for the fun of it!


    Which character – as performed by Libba Bray – was your favorite?

    The narration was absolutely great! All the characters had their own very distinct and hilarious voices that really made the book fun to listen to!


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a pretty fun listen, my only criticism is that after a while the not-so-subtle "see guys, I'm a feminist!" lessons get a bit old, but keeping in mind that I am not of the intended teenage audience (to which some of these ideas may be new) it still didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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