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Mitch

I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable.

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 232 titles in library
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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3228)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2730)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "One of My Favorite Audiobook Performances"
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    I absolutely would, if only for the amazing performance by Collins. The story is pretty good,but Collins' reading adds so much character to this story set in the South.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I will be searching for them. He's fantastic.


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

    No, and that brings me to the one real problem I had with this book: it's just too long. It is over 17 hours long, but there's probably only 12 hours of story here.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I can't wait to read the sequels. The combination of great characters, an intriguing setting, and a perfect reader performance let this book be far better than it has any right to be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Cloak of Deception

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Hoping to stem the growing tide of unrest, Chancellor Valorum convenes an emergency trade summit on the planet Eriadu. A group of Jedi Knights is sent to protect the delegates from possible terrorist attack, but what should have been a simple peacekeeping assignment turns out to be a mission into the heart of a political firestorm. For shadowy forces are at work, pulling the strings in a bid for power that could leave the Republic reeling. And the chancellor is only the most visible victim.

    Terryn says: "Good Background to Episode 1"
    "Serves Me Right, I Guess"
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    That's what I get for reading a prequel to the infamous Star Wars prequel trilogy. I usually like James Luceno, which is why I gave this book a shot, but it didn't pay off. I can't remember the last time I've been so bored while reading listening to a novel.

    I was expecting some deep exploration of characters like Palpatine and Qui-Gon, but this book spent about as much time investing in characters as The Phantom Menace. Other than character development, I really just wanted a fun romp through the Star Wars universe, but I couldn't even get that. This book is bogged down in page after page of politics and at no point does it really feel like a Star Wars story.

    I can't recommend this book to anybody. It isn't good science fiction or fantasy and it really isn't much of a Star Wars novel. If Star Wars is what you crave, you can do much better than this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Promise: Vampire Academy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (610)

    The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.

    Mitch says: "The Narrator Makes This Book Work."
    "The Narrator Makes This Book Work."
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    What did you love best about Blood Promise?

    This book really opened up the world of Vampire Academy. Readers get a glimpse into the world of Miroi and Strigoi outside the walls of St. Vladimir's. Until this point, Richelle Mead hadn't spent a lot of time world building, but this problem is resolved as Blood Promise introduces new characters, institutions, locales, and conflicts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always love Rose and Christian, but Sydney Sage definitely stole the show this time. Like the rest of the Vampire Academy cast, Sydney is a very complex character with a lot of baggage, but she's always fun to read. Not only is she a great character, but she introduces readers to a whole new side of the VA world: the Alchemists. She's an all-around great addition to the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Khristine Hvam was a wonderful narrator for the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. She brought a light-hearted innocence to the books that suited Rose's voice at that time. But everything changed at the end of Shadow Kiss. Blood Promise has a darker tone than the previous books and Rose, forced to mature, is not the same carefree girl she used to be.

    Changing the narrator to Emily Shaffer was the perfect choice for this audiobook. The reader is immediately confronted with the change in Rose's character and what this will mean for the rest of the series. It's a bit jarring at first, but the change makes for a deeper, more enjoyable experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Kiss: Vampire Academy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (787)

    Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.

    Mitch says: "This Series Keeps Getting Better"
    "This Series Keeps Getting Better"
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    Where does Shadow Kiss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Shadow Kiss is among the best audiobooks in its genre and is easily the best book in the series so far. The world and characters that were introduced to readers in the first two books really come to life in the third.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a tie between Rose Hathaway and Christian Ozera. These two have been solid throughout the series, but the bond that they share is a highlight of Shadow Kiss and helps both of their characters to grow in new and really exciting ways.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Christian Ozera. Khristine is able to perfectly capture the snark and dark wit that everyone loves about him.


    Any additional comments?

    Shadow Kiss is funny, action-packed, and full of great character moments, and all of this leads up to an explosive finish. The last chapters of the book will have you pulling out your hair, only to leave you dying to read the fourth book. The ending is amazing, but Vampire Academy may be left forever changed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (693)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Mitch says: "The Force is with Jonathan Davis"
    "The Force is with Jonathan Davis"
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    Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

    Definitely. In fact, I've already "read" it twice. I got the print edition when it was first released in paperback and absolutely loved it. But after hearing Jonathan Davis read it, I would never go back to print. He brought this story to a whole new level.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bane. This is his story, and for good reason. He's not a good guy, but you can't help but cheer for him anyway.


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

    Yes. I just finished listening to Snow Crash and Jonathan is way better in this one. His voices are far more varied and they suit each character perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Path of Destruction is the best of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books available. I can easily recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but also to anyone who would enjoy a story about a villain unleashed. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the characters cannot be beat. This book is well worth a listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (2576)
    Story
    (2588)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Like Cookies and Milk"
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    Would you listen to Ex-Heroes again? Why?

    Without a doubt. Ex-Heroes is exciting from beginning to end. Not only is this book teeming with action, but Clines separated the story into "Now" and "Then" segments in order to break things up and keep it interesting. There isn't enough time to get bored or even catch your breath while reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stealth. She's the team leader who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. Because of this she appears cold and distant, but she just takes her job seriously.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Khristine Hvam's portrayal of Banzai really stood out. Banzai is only a minor character with a very small part to play, but Khristine brought a personality to the character that helped me to grow attached to her almost immediately, making her small role much more powerful.


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

    The explanation for how the zombie plague began. It was so simple, but Clines wrote it well. I don't know how much I can say without spoiling a major plot reveal, but it fit perfectly within this story and challenged the way I felt about a number of different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Zombies and Super-Heroes just go together. This book works.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2888)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Great YA Urban Fantasy"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    It told a great dark fantasy story that, despite the romance, never fell into the Paranormal Romance genre. It remained Urban Fantasy from beginning to end.

    The world building probably could have been a little better, but the characters really shine.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Bones?

    All of my favorite moments are a bit spoiler-y for a review, so I'll just say that the main character's best friend, Simon, really brings something special to the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing in particular. The performance was fine, it just wasn't great.


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

    No. There are a number of smaller storylines going on in addition to the main plot, which kept me from getting hooked. The book is great, but there are a lot of natural stopping points that let the reader walk away without feeling like s/he needs to immediately know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    As soon as I finished listening to this book I logged onto Audible.com and bought the next two books in the series. Take from that what you will.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2288)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1390)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Buy it! Vampire fan or not."
    "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
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    It's bittersweet when the first book in an amazing series is the weakest chapter. It's great that each book gets progressively better, exceeding readers' expectations and causing them to fall more in love with the world and characters. However, a lot of people may be turned off by that first book and will never experience how fantastic the story eventually becomes. This almost happened to me with Vampire Academy. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't love it and I was hestitant when it came to starting the second. Luckily, though, I did.

    I gave Vampire Academy 4 stars, but it probably only deserves 3.5. Richelle Mead's story and Stephanie Wolf's performance are adequate, but not spectacular. The world building is weak and the characters do not shine the way they do in later books. I highly recommend this book, but not based on it's own merit. It's requisite reading for the remainder of the series, which should not be missed.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (754)

    When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting....

    Felicity Fairchild says: "VA fans will be thrilled!"
    "Definitely not Vampire Academy"
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    I liked this book a lot, but it's not quite as good as Vampire Academy. Sydney doesn't quite match Rose as a lead character and the Alchemists aren't as interesting as the Guardians. On the bright side, Adrian shines as usual and the story really is quite fun.

    Rating Emily Shaffer's performance in this title is extremely difficult. She did an excellent job telling the story and portraying the characters, but I do not think she should have narrated this book. This is not a continuation of Vampire Academy, but a completely new series, and it deserved a new reader. Sydney should have been given her own voice instead of being left with the voice of Rose Hathaway.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7363)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2851)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
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    At this point everyone knows what Twilight is about and very little needs to be said about the characters or plot. What does need to be mentioned, though, is Ilyana Kadushin's unparalleled performance as Bella. After listening to this book I had a hard time believing Kristen Stewart's performance in the films. She just falls short of what Ilyana is able to accomplish here. Fantastic.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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