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Megan

Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

Aurora, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 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
    (845)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (781)

    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.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "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.

    10 of 11 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
    (10296)
    Performance
    (9196)
    Story
    (9171)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2554)

    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
    (4654)
    Performance
    (3995)
    Story
    (3972)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1349)

    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
    (1266)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (647)

    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
  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Daniel says: "Half good, half bad"
    "Great!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book had me the whole time. That seems to be happening more and more rarely, so this was a treasure. My only issue was Hannah Norris' frequent butchering of what sounded like it was trying to be middle eastern. Sometimes the R rolling was so atrocious I winced. If a narrator is able to maintain an accent, then by all means-- I love them! Differences in dialects welcome too! But Norris would drop, pick up, and overdo the accent frequently.

    Cartwright was fantastic in his narration so I gave the performance 3 stars solely for his ability.

    The rest was A+ in my opinion, so I was able to listen to the full book without losing all the ambiance of the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (462)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "I don't like writing bad reviews..."
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    Any additional comments?

    And in all honesty, it was a cute story. But that's just it-- a story. The novel didn't resonate with me, and in all honesty it didn't rate high for me. I felt I had heard this story before, and probably have with the cumulation of all the YA books I read as a young teen. I think I'd have really loved this book if I read it when I was 13 or so. It was easy to predict, and I found enjoyment in guessing whodunit and being right. So, I won't read the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stormcaller: The Twilight Reign, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Lloyd
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others.

    Mark says: "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
    "Very cool... Wait a second..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I was in to this novel. I really liked the magic system, and how the perfection if the Golds isn't overwhelming as the author unravels the dark underbelly of the class system. It's a great novel, and the fact that I felt I had just read a better hunger games didn't effect my overall enjoyment. I look forward to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1384)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Great beginning!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved the beginning but pre-climax to the conclusion of the novel, it became quite predictable. I found the premise intriguing but if the novel loses the intensity of the beginning of the novel-- I'm over it. I'll read her coming sequel and hope the story picks up again for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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