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Megan

Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

Aurora, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 266 titles in library
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  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (588)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Great set up... But lacking some development"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Knight to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but may feel differently if I had.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was guessable. I could already see the direction the book was heading.


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

    I really like his narration, I feel he does a great job keeping the tonal inflections consistent between characters.


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

    Not necessarily. As it wore on, I did listen in longer intervals, but in one sitting it'd be too much.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fun idea, with good characters. However the characters lack depth and their motives before and after their actions seems a second thought. The world building was not done very well. The different species and the idea of "thorn" is cool, but was not developed. I was left wondering why characters did what they did, and weary of the nonstop battle scenes that didn't allow for much character development.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Wait, did I miss half the book somewhere..?"
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    What did you love best about The Dragons of Dorcastle?

    The narration and the unique way jack Campbell turned this story into a thinly veiled examination of the dangers of disregarding new innovative ideas for old outdated methods, and how the consequences of disregarding younger, though skilled, people for the ingrained methodology and "wisdom" of social segregation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How I could actually pull ideas from the novel and find the relevance of those ideas to modern day issues.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that the story was not fleshed out to my personal satisfaction. I feel like, despite the fantastic elements I mentioned above, I felt that I had missed a good amount of the book somewhere. I wasn't fully satisfied with the abrupt conclusion. I would however listen to the sequel to see if I am as enthralled with the premise as I was with this first one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Until the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A great story"
    "Emotional and intense, with witty dialogue"
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    What other book might you compare Until the End of the World to and why?

    Because my venture into zombie style apocalyptic fiction is rather new, I can only compare to other books in the fantasy genre. And doing that would be degrading the authors witticism.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite often, no crying . Though honestly I did get emotionally involved in the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a good job in building the characters. I found myself loving this book the farther in I got. Generally half way through I give up on books. This one held my attention until the conclusion ( which was slightly predictable ). But I did find myself buying the sequel even before I had finished the first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "Prince Charming is a bit hackneyed."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't like this type of question, I wouldn't want to change the authors' creation, but I don't think it's the book for me. I find it too shallow in all respects.


    Would you recommend Charming to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe my sister who loves YA, unrequited attraction/love stories, with some humor and and a "hot" male lead :)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roger Wayne?

    Potentially. He wasn't bad, and he didn't stand out. He made the novel listenable, though I didn't necessarily love the book itself.


    Do you think Charming needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well there's a sequel out already, so not really for me to say no! Obviously this book found its demographic and a sequel was needed :)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not going to sugar coat it, this book was not my cup of tea. I found the story hackneyed, and the characters/the reactions of said characters to follow the same thread. I'm sure there are people out there who love it/will love it. It's just not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Angus Watson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

    R. J. Thorne says: "Gritty and funny, ASOIF fans stop here"
    "Fun and entertaining, tried and true fantasy plot"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, it's a tried and true fantasy novel. Main character fights with inner voice, and tries to come to terms with his awful past while slowly gathering a rag tag set of companions! It's the humor and the way the narrator (who didn't fully suck at fake voices!) kept it intriguing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Age of Iron?

    Spring. Any scene with her in it. Some of her scenes were a bit unbelievable, but that's why I like fantasy! Plus she kept me smiling.


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

    It wasn't particularly moving, but I felt sadness during the scene with Dug in it. I can't say more because it's a major turning point in the novel where a characters true motivations are revealed!


    Any additional comments?

    For a fun, fast paced, and easy fantasy read, try this one. I donly think I'll listen to it again, because even a few weeks out from listening to it I can honestly say that it was fun but not intellectually gripping enough for me to find a new clue that I missed in my original listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10666)
    Performance
    (9529)
    Story
    (9505)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I didn't finish it..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's more YA then I was looking for, but at the time I was looking for contemporary fantasy. It's not bad per se, it was just not as fantastic as some other reviewers had said. At least for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My listen after this was Robert McCammon's Nightbird. And I'll say I didn't feel one itch to return to this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't for me, but if you are looking for an easy reading contemporary fantasy novel, try this one. The characters lacked the depth I needed to become emotionally invested in the book, so I couldn't finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2670)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "I didn't expect to be alas enraptured as I was!"
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    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    The mystery! I'm overwhelmingly a fantasy reader, but when this popped up under the daily deals sale, I figured I would try it. It was a long recording and had decent reviews.

    I struck gold. This book had me guessing. I remember driving and actually saying out loud "so and so did it, obviously" and I was WRONG! That was thrilling!!


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

    I haven't, but I'll be sure to watch for him in the future! He made characters distinct and had a fantastic cadence which made the interactions between characters seem so natural; and Robert McCammon helped too since.... You know, he wrote it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At points I was very nervous. I thought for sure some characters were done for, and that our poor clerk could never get a break!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for readers who are looking for a mystery novel that will keep them guessing. I know that if I can guess whodunnit by mid novel the. I don't usually finish said novel. I listened to this one through. And honestly, I don't often do that anymore!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4861)
    Performance
    (4180)
    Story
    (4156)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Kept me guessing a bit"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was fun. It wasn't especially thought provoking, more of a feel-good and lighthearted read. Mind, it's a murder mystery, so it's not romantic but romanticized. Our main character suddenly becomes a sleuth, who never seems to get hurt though put in situations to do so very often. The "bad guy" was a bit of a surprise, which was well done. Our characters are well placed in the fanciful 20's setting, as well. There is no real depth to the characters, and most actions are predictable. Sometimes a girl just wants a modern day Nancy Drew, and this story fulfills that soundly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1460)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Easy and predictable, but enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to Brilliance again? Why?

    Probably not, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it the first time around.


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

    Not especially. I do love easy listeners once and a while but too much in one sitting and I find myself rolling my eyes and becoming irritated during certain trite instances.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book during the daily deal special, where they brought them all back at the sale price. I did enjoy it. But not once did I feel the desire to see if there was a sequel. It was easy going in the sense that it was a rhythm I'm familiar with. Where characters predictably make right/wrong choices and the bad guys could be seen a mile away. I'm not saying don't listen to it, just be aware that you will know what's coming and the end is very predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (708)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "I really recommend this one"
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    Any additional comments?

    Tim Curry is one of my all time favorite performers. He has such a distinct voice and character, I respect him and love most of his performances because of it. This is no exception! I have not experienced an audiobook to date like I experienced this one. I loved how everything he read had me enraptured. I find myself generally zoning out when a narrator is setting the scene, and have even used a few books as effective sleep aids. But oh my goodness, I made a mistake trying to use this novel as a similar aid. I couldn't fall asleep, it was too riveting. In fact, I felt my heart racing and found myself saying "No...watch out!" During a few particularly dangerous situations for Sabriel. So safe to say, I didn't fall asleep for a while after that!

    His reading brought this novel to life. I'd heard of Sabriel but had not given it much thought until I saw Tim Curry was the narrator. It is 100% worth a credit. In fact, I think I'll actually listen to this book again. Something I never do.

    Try it out. I'm not a YA reader, and this didn't feel like a YA novel at all. I previously read a review describing at such-- I thoroughly disagree! So don't let anything get in the way of you enjoying a fantastic experience in Sabriel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (993)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Lulu says: "Still Can't Believe I Liked This. A Bunch"
    "Worth it, 10x over!"
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    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    Probably. But the emotional roller coaster was exhausting-- so not for a while. The characters are built so well, that I even disregarded my totally irrational but debilitating fear of zombies, and listened to it all in ONE day.


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

    No, but I will be checking them out for sure!! The performance was astounding. I never got confused between characters, and she attuned to the emotional turmoil within each character flawlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    If anything, please at least READ this book. I felt that listening to this book made it resonate even more with me. I found myself feeling despair, disgust, overwhelming tenderness, and anger with every bit of this novel. I never saw anything coming, and that made the experience even more intense. I was disappointed with the ending, not because it didn't fit well, or was cut off too soon. No, I was disappointed because I loved and hated every character. I felt betrayed along with some characters too. If I have so many emotions throughout a book, I know that this is one I will recommend endlessly to everyone.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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