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  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2028)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Not just a bunny tale. A bunny tale with teeth!"
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    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, heart-rending, uplifting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it details a microcosm of human society, with emphasis on the qualities needed to become an effective leader. At the same time, it's just a simple story about rabbits.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one involving Hazel's delivery by motorcar.


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

    Not so much. The book was deep enough that there were times I wanted to consider the thoughts presented, or even go back a bit and re-listen. Since I'd read the book as a child, I already knew the ending so I didn't rush through this as much as savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham was the perfect narrator for this. I'd never listened to him before, but he has a clear, cultured, soothing British accent that reminds the reader that the setting of the story takes place in the English countryside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (943)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "DEFINITELY worth the credit!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Written in Red the most enjoyable?

    I'm a fan of the urban fantasy/paranormal genre but I have to admit to becoming a bit jaded by the formulaic storyline most books seem to follow. I was pleasantly surprised that Written in Red broke that mold, offering sympathetic characters who did not hop into bed for wild wolfie sex after the second chapter. Nothing against wild wolfie sex, but it's nice to be able to read a UF/P novel with an emphasis on the story and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon, definitely. He had the perfect combination of growly and vulnerable without being all angsty and teenager-ish. He's definitely NOT your Twilight-style creature of the night.


    What does Alexandra Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader's inflection and personification is almost perfect. She does a great job with the character voices, especially with the "growly" note in Simon's voice, and doesn't resort to strained-sounding baritones or falsettos to try to differentiate between characters.


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

    Parts of the book were funny and parts were sad, but neither was so extreme as to detract from the overall story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (621)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "What can I say? Zombies rule!"
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    Where does Rot & Ruin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While Rot & Ruin is by no means the most memorable of my audiobooks (nor even the most memorable of my zombie/apocalyptic/paranormal collection), it was a lot of fun and a very good listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a specific favorite scene. I did like that there are some new takes on the post-apocalyptic world of the zombie infestation - for example, what happens when all the fuss dies down and people *have* established safe ways of handling the "zoms." Also, what happens when people remember that the reanimated dead are members of their family? This first book in the series is more a rite of passage for Benny, the protagonist, as he matures, but that didn't detract from the action/adventure elements of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Millions of zoms. Two brothers. Feel sorry for the zoms.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Property

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (630)

    Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

    Katheryne says: "I'm hooked on hot biker boys!"
    "Painful to listen to"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was written for no other purpose than to scavenge the marketing niche opened by Sons of Anarchy and similar motorcycle-bad-boy shows or books. That is, in fact, why I bought it - I enjoy the show and was ready for something in a similar vein. Listening to this, however, was painful. There was no character development outside of "type" and the plot (what plot?) was thin at best. A few weeks after reading this, the only character's name I even remember is Horse, and yes, that is for as obvious a reason as one would think.I don't mind listening to erotica or even well-written smut. I don't mind listening to exciting action/adventure stories with bad boys and innocent little ingenues as main characters. I usually hate it when I have to listen for no other reason than to see if the ending is as I had predicted. "Reaper's Property" falls into the third category.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanna Wylde again?

    Not likely at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer could have been given material worth reading. She wasn't the problem - it was the book.


    What character would you cut from Reaper's Property?

    Um ... this is really one where the writer needed to go back to the drawing board and start with interesting characters who have a STORY to tell. Instead, the dollar signs involved permitted her to slap out tripe. She has lost at least one future reader because of that.


    Any additional comments?

    I would ask for my credit back from Audible except this is a case when I really, REALLY should have known better. Since this was more my fault than Audible's, I'm not asking for the credit. (I have done so in the past and probably will again ... but honestly, I'm the one who bought a book entitled "Reaper's Property." How dumb was that?) While I certainly wasn't expecting first-class erotica or thought-provoking literature, I at least wanted some decently-written smut. No joy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5410)
    Performance
    (3738)
    Story
    (3759)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "What can I say? Guilty pleasure!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book - like all the Kat/Bones books I've read or listened to so far - is just plain FUN! Don't expect Shakespeare or Styron, because that's not what's offered. Take this for the wonderful, witty fluff that it is and you'll have a blast! This narrator is VERY talented with voices - I never had to stop and ask, "Wait. Was that Bones or Ian? Kat or Marie, the Voodoo Queen?"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bones. Gotta love the attitude - not to mention the cockney.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Tavia Gilbert has an AMAZING ability with voices and accents. I could track forward into the middle of a chapter and immediately know who was speaking even if I arrived mid-sentence.


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

    A lot of laughing, not much crying.


    Any additional comments?

    So far, the entire series is worthwhile entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (283)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "Definitely an espionage/thriller classic!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Shibumi is well-written and the characters are well-developed. Stereotypes are used, but not overused. The plot moves along at a nice clip, occasionally pausing for a breather before taking off in a completely unexpected direction. Considering how long ago this novel was written, the author did an amazing job of predicting future technology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Nicolai Hel - he's complex, disciplined and very human.


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

    Yes, but it would be a spoiler. It's very, very close to the end of the book and involves Nicolai and his concubine sitting in their garden.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34550)
    Performance
    (25670)
    Story
    (26028)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "For this one, I'm glad I saw the movie first"
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I enjoyed the richly developed characters, the adequate world-building of the dystopian society, and the excellent narration. I'm glad I saw the movie first because I was able to visualize based upon the movie and the book greatly enhanced and deepened what the movie offered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    The moment Katniss took her sister's place.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Katniss


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (2703)
    Story
    (2707)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Too plot-driven for my taste"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. Neither dissatisfied nor ecstatic.


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

    No, but the multiple cast ensemble definitely contributes a great deal to this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, and I liked the multiple voices. That being said, the style of the book itself, being multiple "news reports" after the fact covering the experiences of numerous people, left me ... unimpressed. I read zombie books because I want a character-driven story that places a small group of people right on the edge of survival/the apocalypse/a dystopian world. To me, the character development in this kind of story is vital, and that's one thing I found lacking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1857)
    Story
    (1862)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "My first disappointing Mercy Thompson book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall, yes, it was time well spent. I enjoy the universe Patricia Briggs has created and I'm already invested in Mercy's story, so I'm glad I didn't bypass this one. I am REALLY hoping the next novel in the series is better, though, and the characters are more on track with what I've come to expect.My major complaint is the characterization of Adam, and the development of the relationship between Adam and Mercy. I do understand the author wanted to transition from the unresolved sexual tension between Adam and Mercy to having them in a "mated" relationship; however, that transition seemed almost as forced as the annoying "is-it-Adam-or-Samuel-or-Stefan" dynamic that had been playing out for the first three books. I was able to get past that for the sake of the story, but I had a much more challenging time with the way all of the starch seemed to be wrung out of Adam's character. Having a strong female protagonist is awesome, but a major part of the appeal of these novels has also been the equally-or-even-more strong male protagonist. For an Alpha wolf with "territorial" and "authority" issues, in this 4th novel, Adam played out more like Mercy's b*tch than anything else. Mercy makes a major decision - granted, under duress - that involves giving another male character a significant claim over her, and Adam is as understanding as Dr. Ruth. Mercy makes another major decision, putting her own life at risk and allowing herself to be caged and imprisoned in order to save the lives of characters new to this book, and Adam's reaction is barely registered. This is NOT the strong Alpha male character Patricia Briggs has been portraying in the past 3 novels. Since Adam is such a significant character, that really hurt the overall story.I'm still willing to give book 5 a shot, but if it continues to be the All-About-Mercy show, I doubt I'll finish the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Briggs? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I'm invested in the story and willing to give her another shot to see if the next book improves.


    Was Bone Crossed worth the listening time?

    50/50


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Lorelei King's performance was excellent, especially given what she had to work with this time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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