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Michelle

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  • 21 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 536 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • 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
    (323)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THAT'S JEALOUSY NOT LOVE"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3236)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2267)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Good except for the attempt at romance"
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    Overall good like the rest in the series, but the plot line with Rione and Desjani was almost enough to make me want to stop reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (536)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "Pleasantly surprised, eager for the next"
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    Sucked me on from the beginning, can't wait fit the next book in the series!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14955)
    Performance
    (12396)
    Story
    (12523)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "So Glad I read this"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely if they like fantasy fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kvothe, he's not perfect, he is consistent in his major flaw, but it's a believable one. I still care about him and what happens to him, I still don't "know him" as well as I'd like, and that's what keeps me interested.


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

    I hate the "opening and closing" of the book. The "silence" quote. It annoys me but, oh well, the rest is all worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12366)
    Performance
    (10481)
    Story
    (10569)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Riveting"
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    I needed a new author while waiting for Brandon Sanderson's next masterpiece. I love Kvothe, he is flawed, but not in the irritating whiny way that most authors usually make their young characters. it's very refreshing and much more believable. I couldn't stop listening and I can't wait for the next book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rae Carson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (312)

    Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can't see how she ever will. Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic,are hunting her.

    M. Herbert says: "A fabulously well done fantasy!"
    "Ok-entertaining fluff, not too deep"
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    Entertaining enough to read to the end, but the characters didn't develop enough to grab me emotionally.

    0 of 0 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
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1165)

    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."
    "Good for YA Fiction"
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    This was an okay story for me. The juvenile romanticism was a little annoying, but I did expect it from the other reviews left. The world us very interesting to me, and there was not a lot of delving into it which was a disappointment. The characters were a little too one dimensional as well.
    Having said all this, I was looking for a "lighter" listen from all the usual books I read, and it did deliver the lighter entertainment I was looking for.
    I don't know if I will read the next one. Probably but not sure.

    0 of 1 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
    (159)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (149)

    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
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    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
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20639)
    Performance
    (18535)
    Story
    (18698)

    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.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "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

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