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Lisa

"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon layout down, and commence living on its hint. what I began by reading, I must finish by acting" -Henry David Thoreau

Elkins Park, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2803)
    Performance
    (2462)
    Story
    (2479)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Absolutely fantastic book! Terrific writing and a true departure. I was hesitant at first to pick up this book because I wanted more Potter books but I am so very glad I gave The Casual Vacancy a chance. It's a slow and steady burn that before you realize you are totally sucked into the lives of the characters.

    I hesitate to say more because I do not want to give anything away, but I will say The Casual Vacancy is a thought provoking journey through society and translates weather you live in Pagford, UK Smalltown, USA or wherever you live, it speaks to parts of ourselves we like and hold a mirror up to the parts we wish we didn't see.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (427)

    At the tender age of 25, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she's become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she'll see her mettle - and her metal - tested like never before. It started with two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago's vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances.

    christa says: "Why change the narrator?"
    "Still Not Sold"
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    Love the Chicagoland series especially since the story is getting more in depth with richer character development. Like, other reviewers I am still not sold on the narrator. I want to like her but I believe the first narrator had a better sense of how to represent each character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "Terrific New Direction"
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    Love the new direction the MB is heading. I cannot wait for book 12! This is insane because usually by book 10 a series tends to go stale but Edge of Dawn has the maturity of a book 3 when a series really hits it stride but with the freshness of cracking open Book 1. Thank you Laura Adrian for finding the sweet-spot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1098)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Eager For the Next...but"
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    I loved the Highlander series and how it transitioned into the Fever books so I was very happy to read/listen to where KMM would take me next. As in the Fever books I love the addition of Phil Gigante but I was disappointed to see that Natalie Ross was the reader for the female characters again. I do not care for her interpretation of the characters and her accents are a slip, skip and miss most of the time. I usually listen to KMM books over and over because they are well written and when I am going about my day-to-day time seems to fly, unfortunately I do not believe I could block out what frustrates me about NR to fully enjoy a re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers....who will she choose?

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Interesting!"
    "Feh"
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    I had heard the VD book series was much better than the television show and those folks were right . If you are into the whole Twilight-thing you will like this book but be sure to have book 2 in your queue.

    As for me, I will not need to go any further with the audible version...maybe in the summer I will borrow the books from the library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3541)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3217)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Too Short!"
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    Absolutely wonderful story! Over way too soon. Amanda Ronconi definitely has an understanding and feel for Molly Harper's writing style.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (353)
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    Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

    Kathleen says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "A Wonderful Journey"
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    If you could sum up Out of Oz in three words, what would they be?

    Twisted Mind F&$@!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Oz?

    When the blind-fold was lifted from Liir and Candle's eyes and they could see what


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

    I have only heard Mr. McDonough read Wicked and A Lion Among Men and I truly enjoyed his interpretation. I especially love his Brrr and his Granny was a hoot!


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

    Out of Oz...Ruby slippers no required


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Think I Love You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Allison Pearson
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, and—with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the world—reminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.

    k. says: "NPR loved it and so did i"
    "I Know I Love It"
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    Would you listen to I Think I Love You again? Why?

    I would listen to I Think I Love You again, and as a matter of fact I have! It is a terrific book that made me remember the tween scene of my youth having grown up watchingThe Partridge Family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would have to be Sharon because she represented the joy of just being young and carefree.


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

    I usually read a book first before I listen to the audio version because I like to have my own interpretation of a character's voice but Sian Thomas went over and beyond my imagining. Her enthusiasm and joy for the book came through so much to the point that even I was excited to be heading to London to see David Cassidy (LOL)


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

    I would absolutely listen to this book in one sitting. I started early with some gardening, through prepping for dinner and finished in time to read my gals their bedtime story. During the course of the day I am sure my family asked me several important questions and volunteered me for several school related activaties and I am clueless as to what they were...oh well it was worth it....wait a minute, I have to make how many brownies for the bake sale?!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Undermined

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson’s tales featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor are a perfect blend of humor, horror, and high fashion. In this 10th installment, Betsy finds herself puzzling over an unusual predicament. As the Vampire Queen, she believes she cannot die. So when she wakes in the morgue, it’s a bit confusing. Could it have something to do with her recent time-traveling excursion, or has a wicked enemy emerged who could be the end of Betsy once and for all?

    Laura says: "Utterly Disappointing"
    "Back on Track"
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    For those of us who have followed the Betsy books from the beginning and hated how the last book ended, here is your "Reset" button. I like that we get to set things back in order and there is a focused direction for the next book, Undead and Unstable. I wonder if we will regret getting exactly what we asked for...MaryJ basically gave back the baby with the bath water...hmmm...oh well, we will have to see.

    The pacing of the book is a little overwhelming and I felt at times that I needed to take a breath to make up a timeline or an algebraic equation to sort everything out. Another minor issue I had with the book was the reader...I am sorry but it was a little difficult to distinguish voices of the characters. Betsy, Sinclair and Jessica were the exceptions...did I mention I liked the book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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