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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • City of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

    Moonglotexas says: "Magic!"
    "A great debut novel!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider the audio better than the print version as the performance was a bit lacking.


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

    The fact that Valentine was able to convince Clary and Jace that they were brother and sister.


    Did Ari Graynor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She could have done a better job. She would have been better off not trying to give the character's accents and just read the book naturally.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4783)
    Performance
    (4193)
    Story
    (4252)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "An absolutely awesome conclusion"
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    Inheritance is an absolute awesome conclusion to an incredible series. Narrated by Gerard Doyle, the story takes us all the way Galbatorix's castle where Eragon, Saphira, Fantastic, Shruikan, Murtagh and Thorn have an incredible confrontation which will leave the world of Alagaesia spellbound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (5149)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2764)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    Edmund says: "Good but not complete."
    "A marvellous, fantastical story"
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    Brisingr is a marvellous fantastical story, full of sacrifice, love, hope and plenty of fighting, politics, magic and an awesome scene about forging a sword. Above all it is a great story, great listen and even more dragons then the previous two novels. Well worth reading and listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2475)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "The rebellion begins"
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    The rebellion begins, Dragon joins the elves for his training, Roran becomes Stronghammer and Murtagh returns. Eldest is pure brilliance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8831)
    Performance
    (3867)
    Story
    (3930)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "Paolini's first novel is a brilliiant debut"
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    Eragon, Christopher Paolini's first novel is a brilliant debut. I love dragon stories and this is one of the best. Not quite as good as George R R Martin, but a worthy read. Eragon is a young teenager growing up with his Uncle and Cousin when all of a sudden he finds a Bright blue rock in the forest. The rock soon hatches and a dragon is born. Eragon's world is suddenly turned upside down and he is cast into an adventure where he and his dragon Saphira must grow up quickly in order to survive and save the world from a great evil. Gerard Doyle's performance as narrator is brilliant as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18786)
    Performance
    (8898)
    Story
    (8939)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "I am in absolute awe."
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    I am in absloute awe of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. The story is the stunning conclusion to the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Whilst Lisbeth is recovering in Hospital SAPO is gathering its forces to destroy Lisbeth, Millennium and anyone who is in a position to expose their secrets. Meanwhile Mikael Blomkvist and Millennium and their allies are rushing to Lisbeth defence, working to reveal the truth about Zalachenko and SAPO. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series which is written by David Lagercrantz and will be released in August 2015.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (724)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Shocking and brilliant"
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    A shocking and brilliant story, The Girl Who Played With Fire sees Lisbeth Salander's past come to haunt her, when she is sudddenly on the run from police for a double murder. The journalist Mikael Blomkvist is determined to help unravel the mystery and to prove Lisbeth's innocence. This story takes so many twists and turns, it ends on a cliffhanger and is absolutely brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24250)
    Performance
    (10768)
    Story
    (10847)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A truly brilliant masterpiece"
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a truly brilliant masterpiece, which focuses mostly on an investigation into the disappearance in 1966 of Harriet Vranger. What the investigation uncovers is at once shockingly disturbing. A great read with an excellent side plot dealing with an investigation of a corrupt businessman and his company the Wennerstrom corporation. One of the best listens anyone could ever treat themselves to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkdeath

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (250)

    The Adderhead has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay - Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders.

    Derek B. says: "My most liked fiction book series ever!"
    "Great conclusion"
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    A great conclusion to one the best children's trilogies I have ever listened to, and read. In Inkdeath Orpheus has made it into the story and is reeking havoc in the lives of the people and animals of Inkworld. Mo becomes becomes more like the Bluejay than ever before, and Dustfinger is returned to the world of the living at huge personal cost to Mo. Can Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger save Inkworld from the Adderhead before it is too late? Have a listen to this brilliant conclusion to the Inkheart trilogy, read by Allan Corduner to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (349)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Brendan Fraser's reading is brilliant!"
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    Brendan Fraser's reading of Inkspell by Cornelia Funke is absolutely brilliant. This time instead of the characters coming out of the book of Inkheart, we are taken into the world of Inkworld, where the story takes place. We are introduced to the Megalomaniac Orpheus who is able to read people in and out of books but is unable to read himself into Inkworld which is his greatest desire. Reggie, Mo, Farid and Dustfinger meet new allies, new enemies as well as old, namely Basta and Capricorns mother Mortola. A brilliant sequel which is better than Inkheart and Fraser's performance as narrator brings the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (759)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Characters come alive"
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    The characters come alive when reading Inkheart out loud. Forefinger is a fire eating performer who tricks with fire are brilliant. Maggie and Mo read the characters to life, and Dustfingers Marten Gwin. Lynn Redgrave delivered a brilliant performance of Inkheart. The book is absolutely brilliant. Cornelia Funke is one of the better children's authors around. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis was absolutely pathetic compared to the Inkheart trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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