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Michelle

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  • 15 reviews
  • 83 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (3297)
    Story
    (3315)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    "A good continuation"
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    Would you listen to Rise of Empire again? Why?

    Maybe - the story is good and entertaining, but I'm not sure there is enough depth to listen to the series over and over again. As another reviewer mentioned it's sometimes annoying in how easily the conflicts are overcome.

    It might be one worth bringing out again later when I just need a fun "light" listen. The adventures are fun and move at a good pace.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael J. Sullivan? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I wouldn't expect to be wowed.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure, but he is a very good narrator and would like to see what other stories he's narrated.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bernie Su, Kate Rorick
    • Narrated By Ashley Clements
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a twenty-four-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters - beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters.

    Samantha Schaffer says: "A lovely addition to the LBD universe"
    "My new favorite Pride & Prejudice"
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    I am a late comer to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I didn't realize it was a youtube series until I we recommended this book by Audible. It's true to the "original" Austen story, but there was enough originality that I was vested in the characters and truly interested in what happened to the Bennet sisters.

    I really liked the narrator (whom I now know was the actress in the web series)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden City: The House War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michelle West
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess - Jay to her friends - meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity in search of artifacts and treasure. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath’s home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums....

    Richard says: "An unexpected gem."
    "Not an "easy" read, but definitely a rewarding one"
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    What did you love best about The Hidden City?

    I loved how easily I became engaged in the characters and the world that Michelle created. I think her characters seem very "real" and I wanted to know more about the history of all of them and what had made them who they were. Some were hard to like, some are easier to like, but I think that's true about real people.

    I am especially interested in the "Hidden City" and I hope we learn more about it in the future, it was more of just a tease in this novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maybe Teller. He's not that prominent but I like what he represents.


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

    A lot of moments in this book moved me. This story has a very visceral feel to it. It's hard to listen to sometimes, but it makes the characters more believable and gives them a lot of depth. In some ways Michelle's writing reminds me of George R. Martin, not afraid to go into the dark areas of life, showing how they shape a person.


    Any additional comments?

    I needed more of a "brain candy" book after this to lighten my mood, but I will use my next credit to get the next book in this series because I want to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

    Joe says: "This is the Robin Hobb whose writing I've loved"
    "Meets Expectations - still want more"
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    I really like this series. My only problem with Robin Hobb's characters is that sometimes the time it takes for them to mature and stop being so childish seems a little too prolonged for me, but I guess that may be no different than reality. I like seeing them mature and grow, but...

    However I really like the world that Robin Hobb has created and discovering it is definitely what keeps me coming back to this series and I am excited to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15515)
    Performance
    (14043)
    Story
    (14137)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Entertaining in the manner of Hunger Games"
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    If you liked Hunger Games you'll probably like this one.

    The main character isn't as annoying as much as I found the main character in Hunger Games to be, but her naivete in the romance department was a little childish. Overall though following her through her discovery of her new faction was fun and I was definitely rooting her on.

    I really liked the premise of the governments and their factions and how the revolution is unfolding, looking forward to the next book.

    Nothing mindblowing, a little predictable but definitely grabs your attention and keeps you entertained and wondering where the ride goes next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4437)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3256)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Very entertaining, ready for the next book"
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    I liked this book. It's the first time I've read Orson Scott Card.

    I am not a huge fan of the narrator. I speed it up to 1.5 and it's better, but he's just not my favorite (although I must be in the minority) he's too slow for me.

    The main character can sometimes be quite juvenile, but as he is a juvenile it doesn't detract from the story too much. I liked how it was fast paced and incorporated modern day into his fantasy world in a fun fashion.

    Very interested to see where this goes next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (497)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "If you like Maria Snyder"
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    Touch of Power is similar to Maria's other books.

    I find them entertaining, but the "heroine"s are a little too insecure and one dimensional in my opinion. I keep reading her books though because I love Maria's take on magic and the world's she creates.

    I think she should just spend a little more time developing her characters a little more and make them less predictable, otherwise I feel like I'm reading a teen novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (313)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "Okay, but nothing great"
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    Where does The Serpent Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the middle


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More depth into the world and characters.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining, just nothing I would exclaim over.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10550)
    Performance
    (9577)
    Story
    (9597)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A little out there, but very entertaining."
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    My cousin recommended this story to me and I'm glad she did.

    I loved the buildup and the character discovery. I was very engrossed in the mystery of the building along with the character's in the book.

    I did have a slight problem with where the story ended up going. I don't believe this is a flaw in the book, just a flaw in my expectations I guess. I do believe that the resolution was a little too easy, or maybe it was just rushed, but overall well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9534)
    Performance
    (7056)
    Story
    (7104)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "A great new epic adventure to get lost in."
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    I was already a fan of Brandon Sanderson, but this is some of his best work in my opinion.

    This book reminds me of some of the good t.v. shows out there where we visit with each character and their individual storylines until we build up to a point, and then switch. I don't mind this, I love it actually because it keeps the storyline moving, while keeping you interested in coming back to each of the characters. It might be frustrating for some people because Brandon creates his world in an alien landscape and culture, and there are a lot of characters, but that's what I like. There's depth and a reason for everything in his writing.

    I like the "intro's" into each chapter. In the audio version it can be a little confusing, but in the end when they are brought into the story, it's a great lightbulb moment.

    I've now listened to this audiobook 2 or 3 times. I just can't wait until the next in the series comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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