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Penny

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  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Light and Fun!"
    "Truly a teen series"
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    Having enjoyed so many books meant for teens/tweens (Riordan, Buckley, Rowlings), which have successfully bridged the generation gap and garnered significant adult followings, I gave this one a try. I can see where an 11-13 year old girl would enjoy the story, but it is so specifically tailored to it's intended audience that it gets carded at the gates to the older side of the gap and can't get in. However, if I were an 11-13 year old girl, this would be a complete rave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (669)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Good story, but narrator off on this one"
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    I very much enjoyed READING the story, and I normally really like Katherine Kellgren. However, her Welsh accent in this one drove me crazy ~ too "sing-song" for my preferences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1631)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Nice mix of familiar with new; narrator quirk"
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    Nice combination of fresh ideas with historical fiction, lush location, supernatural fantasy and romance. Although the characters were a bit predictable, as are their pairings, Roberts does a nice job giving a modern sensibility to the story, too. Kellgren, who generally does a good job, tends to yell when she does emotionally charged scenes (in all of her narrations). She yells a lot in this book, which gets a bit distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street of the Five Moons: The Second Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    The Charlemagne talisman, with its gold filigree volutes and enormous azure-blue sapphire, has caught Vicky Bliss' attention. When a man is found murdered with an enchanting copy of the antiquity in his pocket, along with an odd set of hieroglyphs, Vicky follows the trail of the gifted genius who created the fake to the narrow streets of the anitquity markets in Rome.

    Michelle says: "Much better than the first Vicky Bliss"
    "Doesn't have the luster of others"
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    I am a huge fan of Peter's Amelia Peabody series and love Rosenblat as both Peabody and Bliss (yes, she sounds a bit too old for Vicky, but I think she captures her attitude beautifully), but the Bliss series just doesn't seem to have the richness of the Peabody series and seems just too predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (397)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Beautiful story, but too much repetition"
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    The author wove a beautiful story with great potential. Character development and background descriptions were rich, clear and unique. However, there was a propensity for repeating events and descriptions (generally from a different characters perspective) that was unnecessary and excessive to the point of distraction. The book would have flowed better and been a third the length. While I enjoyed so much of the book, I won't be following the series in audiobook form. It would be much easier to skim past some of this if you have time for the book form of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (4235)
    Story
    (4244)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "The Cliffhanger of the Series"
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    Like all of the books in this series, the story-telling and character development is exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed the history-wrapped experiences of the main characters, with whom I am totally engrossed. I am a great fan of the genre-crossing combination of historical fiction and time-travel, but find that there are a few more romance scenes than I personally feel is necessary (not saying I don’t like me some romance, just not why I’m into this series). In this book, I particularly like the creative and skillful interweaving of past and future using the characters in first person, as well as their letters and stories of each other - very nice device(s). Finally, with loose ends dangling everywhere, I about had an "apoplexy" when Davina Porter's voice was abruptly replaced with the male voice stating, "The End." How long after a book is released does it take to come out on audio?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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