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Katrin

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  • The First Bird, Episode 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    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 Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (684)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "Great narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunting of Hill House to be better than the print version?

    I found the print version sort of dullish and I struggled with it for a long time until I decided to buy the audio version instead. Dunne was able to make the story more interesting. She gives the story and characters life in a way the print version couldn't.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theodora; her emotional connection with Eleanor is interesting to follow.


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

    Dunn did a great job and gives each character their own characteristics.


    Any additional comments?

    Was everything that happened real or was it a product of Eleanor's perception of reality?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises, Promises: A Romp with Plenty of Dykes, a Unicorn, an Ogre, an Oracle, a Quest, a Princess, and True Love with a Happily Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By L-J Baker
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Sandy Blunt is a witch with big dreams, but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. And, the punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death... With the help of her ill-assorted companions, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places, collecting the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and evade the executioner.

    Ontheother hand says: "GREAT BOOK - GREAT NARRATOR!!!!!"
    "Hilarious, fluffy fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Promises, Promises to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I would probably find that the audio edition is more entertaining if I had.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lighthearted way it makes fun of itself and the genre.


    What about Kitty Hendrix’s performance did you like?

    Every character has it's own voice and characteristics. Her voice fits the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish LJ Baker would write more books like this one. I have listened to it twice and enjoyed the book both times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Afterlight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

    Stephanie says: "Another excellent YA book!"
    "The best dystopian series I've read this far."
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    Would you listen to In the Afterlight again? Why?

    Yes, I plan to listen to all the books in the series again.


    What other book might you compare In the Afterlight to and why?

    This book is similar in style but superior to Hunger Games and Divergent.


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

    She was very good at conveying emotions.


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

    The books in this series is intense and I think that it's a good idea to take breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    The strength of this book is its characters. The characters are three dimentional and Alexandra Bracken really makes you care for them. You understand the motivation for each character. This is the best series I've read so far. I hope Alexandra Bracken will write many more books in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Independent Study

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joelle Charbonneau
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Seventeen-year-old Cia Vale survived The Testing, as has Tomas, the boy she loves, and they have both gained admission to the University. She has a promising future as a leader of the United Commonwealth and no memory of her bloody testing experience, thanks to a government-sanctioned memory wipe. Cia should be happy but is plagued by doubts about the past and future.

    Talvi says: "Decent Follow Up"
    "Better than the first book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Independent Study the most enjoyable?

    The politics behind the testing is better explained and feels more plausible than in the first book. I like that Cia is her own person that makes her own decisions based on what she thinks is right.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Independent Study?

    The part in the old zoo was interesting.
    I saw most of the ending coming but there was still a part of the ending that was unexpected.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Morton?

    No. I don't think that she was a good choice for this series. Most voices sound the same.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is more developed and interesting than the first. Thomas is not in this book as much as in the first one, which is a good thing in my opinion. He is too perfect with few character flaws, which makes him uninteresting.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joelle Charbonneau
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

    T. Stone says: "Pretty good story - TERRIBLE narration!"
    "A bit underdeveloped but still a good read"
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    Would you listen to The Testing again? Why?

    No, due to a thin plot it's not interesting enough to listen to again.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: Cia is a driven character that thinks for herself. She doesn't have to be saved. The way the government works and the dynamics behind the testing is interesting. Even though the PTSD in books such as Hunger Games is a probable outcome it was sort of nice to read a book without a main character suffering from it.

    Least interesting: Thomas is a very uninteresting character; he's just too perfect with few apparent character flaws. The romance is also uninteresting.


    What aspect of Elizabeth Morton’s performance would you have changed?

    It's difficult to hear which character is talking from listening to her voice because the voice, especially when boys speak, sounds the same.


    Any additional comments?

    It's apparent that the author has gotten her inspiration from The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    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
    (622)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    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 Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (390)

    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.

    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies says: "Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book"
    "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
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (514)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (475)

    "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

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