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Mira

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  • Chosen: House of Night Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (618)

    Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird's adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.So begins the gripping third installment of this series in which Zoey's mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity.

    Mira says: "Love the story, Love the narrator"
    "Love the story, Love the narrator"
    Overall

    Terrific story, couldn't wait to read the next book.... didn't realise the narrator changes for the forth. Edwina is an excellent narrator for this series. In this book you cringe, remember this character is a teen, but character development is strong and no one is perfect. A good listen if you have enjoyed the first two.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3382)
    Performance
    (3017)
    Story
    (3039)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Diana says: "Definitely not one of Nora Roberts' best"
    "Terrific read and really well narrated."
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    Wonderful book and narrator. Would make an excellent movie. Great characters, setting, the right amount of detail without holding up the story and a cool story that held your interest from start to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (894)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Great book definitely worth a read"
    Overall
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    Story

    If you like the Matthew Riley, and Greg Beick, even Dan Brown style of action and thriller with a dose of intelligence thrown in its an enjoyable read. Some of the bouncing around and lose threads left open until the end can be frustrating so know they are there and try to just go with the flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1079)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "too tedious even for audio"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Literary aficionados may love this book, both the writer and her achievements inspired me to take on this book. I have tried both with Kindle and Audio but I just found it extremely boring.


    Has The Luminaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I read a lot of historical fiction style books and will continue to.


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

    Mark performed well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Maybe like one of those movies that everyone talks up you enter with higher expectation. Every time I checked into this story it felt like work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (626)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Persevere, not just another medieval tale"
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    Started reading this and struggled to dig in initially. After hearing friends reviews jumped back in and was quickly swept up. Have thoroughly enjoyed the story development, the strategic / or lack there of moves of the lords and leaders, sadly nobility is possibly rewarded as much in this story as in the real world overall well done Mr Martin & to those who turn it aside because of its slow start give it another go & try not to think of it as just another medieval tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary holdup.

    Lia says: "Brilliant"
    "Trilling Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - some Harry Bosch stories can be a little slow. This tale was fast paced, loved the changes in scenery and the new characters. If you liked Taken I have a feeling you will like this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Racing through HK to find his daughter


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

    Great work, the narrator told the story in such a way you that you were able to be absorbed into the story!


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

    absolutely - I won't mention in case of spoiling the story but book definitely left me thinking


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a normal Harry Bosch title, even if you have tried one of these before & didn't love it - give Connelly another try with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maya Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Adrian d'Hagé
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    .Deep in the Guatemalan jungle lies the Maya Codex, an ancient document containing a terrible warning for civilisation. Archaeologist Dr. Aleta Weizman is desperately searching for the codex, but powerful forces in Washington and Rome will do anything to stop her. When CIA agent Curtis O'Connor joins Aleta in her dangerous quest, he also becomes a target. Both Weizman and O'Connor know that the earth will align with a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy on the winter solstice, December 2012 - just as the Mayans predicted.

    Matthew says: "The end is neigh!"
    "Attention grabbing - hang ups holding it back"
    Overall
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    I would & will listen again and have recommend this story to family. Would definitely say my favourite thus far of Adrian D'Hage's would have to be Beijing Conspiracy & I do hope that we are treated to another title of this calibre. My only hesitation in giving this top marks is the hang up with the Church and the bishop abuse of kids. It made sense in Omega scroll but I now fear its detracting from the story and I have found it hard to pick up the next half of this series, Inca Prophecy, given this dark cloud that seems to hang over all titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "Brilliantly written & narrated"
    Overall

    This was my first Belinda Alexandra book & I am so very impressed I have gotten into her other titles. For me this book gives me strength, no matter what life throws at you, it is nothing the strong girl in this book & her friends are dealt don't take within their stride. A gripping tale of a young Ophan living through the horrors of being wrongly accused in the age of fascism and surviving the war through the eyes of the Florentine Italians. Your credit will not be wasted with this great story.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Schumann Frequency

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Ride
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    An adventure not only through time and humanity, The Schumann Frequency races through various corners of the globe from the Mayan ruins in Mexico, to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and finally Stonehenge for the book's thrilling climax. Christopher Ride takes you on a gripping journey that will keep you riveted until the very last page.

    Saikungbob says: "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    "Action, Adventure & race to save the world"
    Overall

    Its a Matthew Riley, cross with Indiana Jones, cross with Dan Brown and even though i haven't quite finished it i'm already looking for another book by this great author... stick with it through the changing time zones because written any other way i think it would be a little boring up front but then too packed with action at the end - instead this is a great story, great character development and always enjoyable as you are taken on a great journey!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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