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  • Starters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lissa Price
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first - the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again.

    Amy says: "A good listen but doesn't make sense"
    "A fantastic first novel from Lissa Price"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Starters in three words, what would they be?

    dystopian, creepy, suspenseful


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something that would grab my attention induce the same way the Hunger Games did. While I will not pretend that this is it's equal, Starters held my attention from start to end and i am looking forward to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (615)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "The best of the three"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Ptolemy's Gate the most enjoyable?

    The third and final installment of this series is better than the first two books as the characters are more layered, the story is more exciting and the ending is very touching and a tad unexpected.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Jones – was your favorite?

    As with the first and second installments, Simon Jones takes this story to an indescribable level by capturing Bartimaeus' personality and "essence" perfectly.


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

    I liked that I was able to put this book down between chapters (until I got to the end).


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the first two books of this trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye), I wouldn't start with this one. Without all the back-story there's a lot to miss. That being said, I think this might have been the best of the three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6909)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5357)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Great concept, poor execution"
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The concept and story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter caught my attention; I wish that the author's writing style (mock biography meets journal excerpts?) could have held it. The style was dry at times and I found myself tuning out frequently and would have to replay sections after realizing that I no longer knew what was happening in the story (a rare occurrence with other works). I also found that Seth's shifting point-of-view in the book to be inconsistent and thus hard to follow. It seemed that he shifted POV out of convenience (from what perspective is it easiest and fastest to tell the story) rather than to make an effort to fill in the blanks.


    Was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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