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Katrin

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  • By the Light of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (432)

    Dylan O'Connor, a gifted young artist, is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" and injected with a strange substance. He is told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life. Then he is told that he must flee before the doctor's enemies hunt him down. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life - and straight into an adventure that will turn the next 24 hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery, and wondrous discovery.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Superb"
    "A well developed story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Next to the Moonlight Bay books this is my favourite so far. It has well developed and likable characters as well as an interesting and lighthearted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Creepy and disturbing but in a good way"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle to be better than the print version?

    Probably, because of the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonas the cat and Merricat. I really liked the relationship between Merricat and Jonas. Even though Merricat obviously is mentally unstable she is a likable character.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She gave all the caracters their own voice and did a good job at conveying emotions. Her narration of the the village villains was especially chilling.


    Any additional comments?

    After having listened to this book for a while I realized that the character's inner thoughts, feelings and motivations were more interesting than the plot they were wrapped in. Once I shifted my focus to the inner turmoil of the characters I started loving the book.I like the way Shirley Jackson lets the reader piece together what happened, and why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bird, Episode 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another. The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.

    Kim Venatries says: "One Cliche Too Many; But Still a Good Listen"
    "Episode 1 and 2 are good. Episode 3 is not!"
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    Would you try another book from Greig Beck and/or Sean Mangan?

    Perhaps, if they were anything like the second episode


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The dystopic theme of the episode is sort of interesting but the author takes it too far.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters behave differently in this episode than in the two previous ones. Some characters, especially Carla, make very strange choices that are out of character based on the first two episodes. The part about the infected, especially the part about Dylan, is over the top. My advice would be to skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (309)

    When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

    Jeff says: "Well written and wrenching"
    "Multilayered plot and a strong female protagonist"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Minds the most enjoyable?

    The way Ruby's empathic personality is in conflict with what she is capable of as an Orange Psy makes the story more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The part about Ruby's arrival in camp is powerfully described and engaging.


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives life to all characters throughout the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hysteria

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Megan Miranda
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead.

    Katrin says: "Character driven suspense"
    "Character driven suspense"
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    What did you love best about Hysteria?

    The way the author dropped a few clues here and there along the way but still kept us in the dark about what happened right up to the end.


    What about Holly Fielding’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Megan Miranda has written a suspenseful story, focusing on the main character's inner journey. The secondary characters are three dimentional and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Five: Lorien Legacies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Marisol Ramirez, Liam Aiken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (424)

    "I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win. But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we're in hiding, trying to figure out our next move. The six of us are powerful - but we're not yet strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven't discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven't learned to work together. And there's still so much that we don't know about the Elders or their plan for us."

    Adedayo Makinde says: "Pretty horrible development"
    "Not as good as the previous books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a lot of tedious training going on that isn't furthering the plot. I would have liked to see less of that.


    If you’ve listened to books by Pittacus Lore before, how does this one compare?

    It's not as good as the previous books in the series. The first half of the book is interesting but the second half is tiresome and quite dull.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Comatose Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Ettritch
    • Narrated By Jessica Geffen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Private eye Casey Cook lands her first case, and it's a doozy: find a missing comatose woman. Eager to prove herself, Casey does whatever it takes to get answers, from pretending to be pregnant to fawning over a hairless cat. As she runs into one dead end after another, Casey wonders whether she should have left her retail job. Determined to show that she can do the PI thing, Casey refuses to give up, chases down every lead, and snags herself a girlfriend along the way.

    Katrin says: "A nice, fluffy mystery"
    "A nice, fluffy mystery"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is not ment for mystery buffs since it doesn't have a lot of depth but it's nevertheless an enjoyable read. This book makes up the lack of depth with charm. The main character is interesting and I'd like to see what happens to her next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Maureen Johnson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    When Ginny receives13 little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life, and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

    Mama C says: "Mediocre Story"
    "Not very engaging"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the story of this book kinda dull and the main character pretty passive. I liked the theme of the value of love, family and human connections, though.


    Do you think 13 Little Blue Envelopes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already has a sequal


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy road trips you should listen to Amy and Roger's Epic Detour instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (292)

    Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

    Stephen says: "Enchanting children's tale, beautifully read"
    "Easier to read but not as fleshed out as Lotr"
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    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s performance?

    I was happy in general but thought that some things, like the interpretations of the songs, were a bit disappointing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As a teen I loved the parts with Gollum in the caves.


    Any additional comments?

    I remember that I loved this book in my teens and thought I'd give it another go. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger, probably because it lacks the depth of character that could be found in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I read as an adult). The Hobbit is much easier to read than The Lord of the Rings trilogy so if you liked the movies but thought the books were hard to get through you should start with The Hobbit instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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