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Linda

I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.

Joshua Tree, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fablehaven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (289)

    For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

    J. Gibbs says: "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
    "Love this series!"
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    Would you listen to Fablehaven, Book 1 again? Why?

    I know this series is for kids, but I totally enjoyed ALL the books in the series. Well thought out characters and plots. I felt like I was at Fable Haven myself!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one 12-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.

    Michael says: "Nurturing your child within"
    "Nope!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author with a different narrator.


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

    I didn't like and didn't get what the author was trying to covey. I was bored.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23165)
    Performance
    (14499)
    Story
    (14649)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Are adults truly the wise ones?"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Not to sure I would listen again, though it did have an impact on me. The book was a nice surprise for me. I DID NOT see the movie and am anxiously waiting for the DVD release now that I have finished the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good, but I have heard much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the underlying message of how corrupt adult minds think. As, adults we sometimes believe that children have nothing to teach us; after all we are wiser, we have more experience, right? This sends a very strong message that children should and need to be heard. I hate what they (adults) did to Ender. The manipulation and total disregard....it reminds me of some of the present BS....the end justifies the means....right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystic and Rider: The Twelve Houses, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    The fire mystic Senneth crosses the country of Gillengaria on a mission for the king, trying to discover if noble marlords from the Twelve Houses are planning an uprising. She is accompanied by the soldiers Justin and Tayse, two King's Riders who are unswervingly loyal to the crown. Also on the journey are the shape-changers Kirra and Donnal, and a young mystic named Cammon who can practically read minds.

    Ted says: "Light fantasy, heavy romance"
    "Awesome Series!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mystic and Rider?

    I will let folks discover this on their own. What I will say is that it reminds me of our own human history. Stereotyping individuals out of fear and ignorance, rather than getting to know what people stand for and what is in their hearts. The characters are likeable and well developed. You care about them. That is a lot of humor within the tale as well. Always a plus!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck and Sharon Shinn ?

    Yes, and I have!


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

    The characters' determination and specific strengths.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Raven

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Rae Levine
    • Narrated By Danielle Daly
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bound by magic to Old Mother, Beetle Girl lives a lonely life on the fringes of her Native American society. When forced into the role of Keeper of the Ravens, she must break the bonds of her cruel mother, confront a powerful shape-shifter who threatens to destroy the village, and solve the mystery of her past.

    Maria says: "Good relaxing reading."
    "Short but Sweet!"
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    If you could sum up Sister Raven in three words, what would they be?

    Love Conquers All.


    What about Danielle Daly’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job. She sounded like a Native American. She had presence.


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

    I enjoyed the whole book. I am so glad to find a book on which ravens aren't a bad omen. I have Raven on my totem, so I have respect for this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flame of Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years, she’s returning home, having grown into a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for gentling difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

    MissSusie66 says: "Good conclusion if a bit rushed"
    "I love this author!"
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    What did you love best about Flame of Sevenwaters?

    I have been a fan of Marillier since Wildwood Dancing. I have listened to all the books in the series and loved each in it's own special way. I did find some predictability within the story and yet there were a few twists that surprised me. Not my favorite of the series, but I did like the unconditional love for animals and the unconditional love given in return. This author knows how to weave a tale!


    What other book might you compare Flame of Sevenwaters to and why?

    Sharon Shinn. Especially the Twelve Houses series. Not the similar stlyle, but the ability to weave a good tale and develop characters that you have an emotional attachment to. I want to feel their love, pain, and bliss!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    I would. However, for me she was just average. I have heard much better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1749)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "5 star all the way!"
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    Would you listen to The Shack again? Why?

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. It came along at the right time in my life. It has humor, spirituality, and is down to earth. I love the characters, but more importantly I like the message of unconditional love the book conveys. I know this book is controversial in the area of Christianity....well, it IS fiction. I think Jesus would love the book and use it as a parable to send a clear message....of love!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?

    Without spoiling, I like the section on judgement.


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

    He was awesome. I could clearly picture the characters as his voices clearly exposed each personality.


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

    Yes, but I didn't. I savored it.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommended this book to may friends and many have read/listened to the book. We all love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27181)
    Performance
    (20927)
    Story
    (21008)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Narrator rocked it!"
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    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The book was good, but the narrator made it even better. I liked his use of differing voices and ascents.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only in this series. I love his narration and missed him when he wasn't the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Not all the books in the series are as good. Still waiting for the last book to be released!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (992)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Waiting for next in series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elite to be better than the print version?

    I am surprised I like the first 2 books in the series. I found myself staying up to find out what happens next. Good story, good plot, and likeable characters, although the main character is a little wishy-washy....choose already!


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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1346)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "I was surprised!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Usually not my type of book. I had it n my wish list for many months. I enjoyed the political construct of the book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Was OK.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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