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Oli

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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  • 63 reviews
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  • 23 purchased in 2015
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  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (751)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    KK says: "Loved it right up until the end"
    "Oh so predictable"
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    I was very excited to listen to this book since I liked the Legend so much. I wish I can say I enjoyed it. It wasn't a bad book, really. It was just very predictable. An hour into the story I could tell exactly how it's going to end. Everything couple did I guessed long before it happened. The world building and character evolution was probably better in this one but it doesn't matter much if the story is weak. Also, she did in this book what I hate with a passion of thousand suns- a cliffhanger. Admittedly, that was the only thing I didn't predict. Sigh.I will read the next book. I think I know how it will end but I still want to see how they will get to that point. If you decide to buy this one, try not to think too hard and just enjoy the journey. Actually, it would be best to turn off your brain , that way you may not guess where the story is going.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    Michael says: "A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!"
    "Yikes"
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    Never before had I been so utterly frustrated with a male character as I was in this novel. I never realized that I'm so used to female idiots as main characters, that I got almost shocked and outraged when I hit upon this one. I kept hoping he would make the right decision but noooo, the moron kept going. The story wasn't bad if you don't mind the main character and the reader was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes to See: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (386)

    In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

    Lisa Lisario says: "superb"
    "Meh"
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    The Dresden series was more interesting. There are some parallels between those two series, but Dresden was a more likable character. Maybe if there was a bit more chemistry between two main characters the book would interest me to continue the series. I'll get the next one if it get on sale for like 3 bucks, otherwise I'm not interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touched by an Alien: Alien Novels Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gini Koch
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down. In the middle of the chaos, a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

    Betty says: "Fun stuff!"
    "Like an unripened persimmon"
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    It looks good and you want want to eat the whole thing but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
    The thing that bugged me the most was a heroine. She was the smartest, the cutest, the most wonderful, etc,.. I mean, come on, she gets everything so fast ( sometimes seconds, minutes and in rare moment hours) that aliens who are studying the bloody things for years don't and she makes them all look stupid. It was just a bit too much of a the-universe-turns-around-me heroine who could do no wrong. That's not to say that I like flawed heroes but I definitely don't like the perfect ones. I'll pass on the next one in the series. The reader wasn't bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13728)
    Performance
    (12759)
    Story
    (12761)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Wow"
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    It's been a while since I've listened to a book as well written and entertaining as this one. I was not even a teen in '80s, but I got most of the references. The book is interesting, smart and it points to the few things that we should pay attention more: overpopulation, pollution and energy crisis. It's all done in a way that it doesn't look like preaching, but an inevitability. Scary, but true. Will Wheaton's narration is perfect, as always. I highly recommend this awesome novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3842)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3532)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Meh"
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    I don't know why this happens, but lately every trilogy I read, the last book has been terrible disappointment. This one less than some and still it left me wondering wtf?!
    Characters were inconsistent, story wobbly and the ending blah. Oh well, Ill just stay away from trilogies from now on, but if you enjoyed the the first two books and must find out what the hell was the book of life, prepare for a mild, if not stronger disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (929)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "The best in the series"
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    Okay, I am a bit subjective when it comes to Ilona Andrews but her books are awesome and this one is the best so far. This was supposed to be the last one in the series, but the authors got contract for few more and voila, we are to expect more goodies from them. However, this didn't derailed them from the story, it just made this book that much better. It's one of the most satisfying ending I read in a while. I honestly can't wait to see what is going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Unbound: Immortal Guardians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. She dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for-and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.

    Melanie says: "LEATHER PANTS AND WINGS! HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!!!"
    "This series is getting better"
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    This is one example that some writers(most of them really) get better with time. Ms.Duvall is writing clearer, better and her books are coming out of mary-sue-ish kind prose that used to drive me crazy. I kept up with this series not because of the quality of books, but because the story was interesting. Now, I'm glad I did since she is obviously changing her stile slowly but steadily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel's Legion: Guild Hunter Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (440)

    Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Soooo good!"
    "Nalini's best"
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    Of all of her books I read until now, this one was by far the best. Everything in this book worked for me, especially the war against the evil Archangel. I can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1811)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Stacey says: "OMG--Can this series get any better? You Bet!"
    "Uh-oh"
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    I'm writing this review well aware that I'm going to be bombarded with unhelpful votes. However, books, like everything else in life are a subject to personal like or dislike and it would be against my principals to lie and say I liked this book. On the contrary, I was extremely disappointed, since this was the last one in the series. I'm hoping Ms. Frost's new series are going to be worth my credits, otherwise I'm done with her.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    "Loved it!"
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    This book reminded me a bit of John Scalzi's way of writing; funny, interesting and with great characters. It's a story about a human abducted by aliens who is trying to figure out why was he abducted, together with many other different aliens. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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