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Rachel

Oceanside, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1975)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "All around fantastic!"
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    This book is exciting, lovely, tragic, mysterious, sad, beautiful, and more. The writing is so rich and beautiful that I could picture it all perfectly in my imagination as if I were actually there... and I wanted to be! Before discovering her past, Karou had such a unique and intriguing life that it made me want to be a part of it. The way the mysteries unfolded was so interesting and kept me wanting more. And the narrator was perfect with both male and female voices. Karou and Brimstone sounded just how I would have imagined them. I can't wait to start the next book! Oh, and I have to disagree with another reviewer about the teenage angst. I did not feel that it was angst-y. In fact, I was so relieved to find that there wasn't much angst at all, just enough to make it interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Kingdoms: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
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    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (142)
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    In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

    Sarah Turner says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "Entertaining, if a bit shallow"
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    This book was slow to develop with all the plot building and character development, but it was an interesting journey, none the less. It's kind of funny, though, because even after all that development, I felt the story and characters were somewhat shallow. There was also a lot of angst, and this is always my gripe with books in this genre, as I don't think so much angst is necessary to create tension and keep things interesting. However, I did still enjoy this story and I would like to see where it's headed. It held my interest and kept me wanting to know more. The narrator is definitely annoying, though! His women's voices are all ghastly and the men all sound somewhat ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robin LaFevers
    • Narrated By Jennifer Grace
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
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    (49)

    In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent.

    Rachel says: "I loved every book in this series!"
    "I loved every book in this series!"
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    SPOILERS IN MY REVIEW! I loved each and every book in this series! I loved learning about each girl and her story and then how this final book intertwined them all. What made this book my favorite, though, is that we got to see behind the veil of the spiritual realm and got a glimpse into the life of the gods, mainly Mortain. I had chills when I finally figured out that Death was the guy who Annith was in love with! I mean, he was already dark and mysterious and sexy, but then to find out he was a god! I loved it and I loved him! It was a beautiful, romantic and fascinating story and left me feeling wholly satisfied with the way it all concluded. And for the most part, the narrator did a good job, although she lacked variety with the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Winter: Arcana Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    Heartbreaking decisions: Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her - until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death's uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts - and stolen glances from a former love.

    MAB says: "Heart-stopping cliffhanger...again"
    "Exciting but not much progress in the storyline"
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    This was yet another feisty, exciting and spicy installment in the series. The angst-y stuff is very annoying but I still found the story to be entertaining and fun. I loved how Death and Jack had to work together in this book, even though parts of it were unrealistic things for two men in that kind of a situation to do. I do wish we had learned more about the Arcana and met some of the other cards, though. Looking forward to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
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    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "HATE that female reader!"
    "Dreadful narrators! Worst ever!"
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    This book was just OK. There was nothing that made it very interesting or unique. It felt like a fluffed up transitional book with very lazy writing. There was just so much unnecessary storyline and not much meat. It was just a filler book in the series. Nothing really even happened until the very end.

    As for the narrators... At first when I heard Ed Westwick I was happy because his voice is dreamy. However, this was NOT the right book for him to narrate! It doesn't get worse than a Britt trying to do a Jewish New Yorker accent. It was awful! Simon sounded like a weasely cartoon rat thug and Jace sounded like Sylvester Stallone. It was bad. Then Molly C. Quinn starts her chapter and oh my goodness, I couldn't believe how bad it was. You would think that the director would have run out and found a new narrator the second he heard her start reading, but no, they actually let her continue in her embarrassing train wreck of a performance. She sounded like a high-schooler who was called on in English class to stand up and read aloud to the class. She worked so hard to enunciate every single word perfectly that it sounded completely unnatural. Not to mention that most of her characters had the exact same voice so it was hard to tell who was even talking. It was so bad. Like unbearably bad, as this is the most I have ever written about narrators in a review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cybele's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
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    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (44)
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    (45)

    For Paula, accompanying her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifact: a gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. It's the only remnant of a lost, pagan cult. But no sooner have they arrived when it becomes clear they may be playing at a dangerous game.

    Rachel says: "Sweet and enchanting!"
    "Sweet and enchanting!"
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    The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because there were a few parts that were a bit long and boring. Aside from that, this was such a lovely story of mystery, bravery, honor, and love. I found myself genuinely caring about the characters and wanting everything to work out for them. The setting was interesting and fun and made me want to be there. Juliet Marillier paints a beautiful world with words. Great, clean-cut story for kids and adults alike.

    Narration was a pleasure to listen to and she did well with all the characters voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5290)
    Performance
    (4581)
    Story
    (4634)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Travis says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Very intriguing and unique!"
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    This is an interesting start to a series. It's totally unique and mysterious. Part of me hates being completely in the dark about what is going on but part of me is enjoying the unfolding of the plot piece by piece. It definitely keeps you guessing and wanting to hear more.

    Narration is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2226)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Kayla says: "Good series"
    "A long drawn out dud!"
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    Book one was very intriguing and interesting, but from there it was a long, boring and steady decline to fizzling out at the end. This book can hardly be called the conclusion to the trilogy because it concludes nothing at all. The title of the book is a total lie. Basically the entire storyline of this book was completely pointless. It was disorganized, random, and so unnecessarily long and drawn out... all for nothing. Like other reviewers, I too stopped caring about the characters to the point that when a major character died, I didn't even care. At one point I thought Thomas was going to die and I truly didn't care.

    The questions you have had the entire time you've invested in this series NEVER get answered. You get no background, as Thomas chooses not to get his memories back. What? Seriously, what was the point of everything? What a waste of time and credits! Sadly, I am pretty sure all of my questions would be answered by listening to the prequel, but at this point I am so annoyed and turned off by being strung along through this series that I just want to be done with it and not waste any more time.

    Narration was great, but that was the only good thing about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Fire: Throne of Glass, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (424)

    Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

    Sarina Anderson says: "Exactly Where the Series Needs to Go"
    "Unbearably long!"
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    I read the other reviews and I'm not sure why people loved this book so much, but it seems that I am 1 of only 2 people who thought it was unnecessarily slow and long. For all the wasted hours I had to hear Celaena complaining, whining, and being pissed off or prideful, there could have been an actual storyline there. I just got so tired of her whiny baby attitude... and Rowan was no better. Of course, by the end of the book they suddenly grew up and accepted their fates, but geez, it took them freakin' long enough to get there!

    I was so put off (as I also was by the previous 3 books) by Celaena's childish pride (and everyone else's pride for that matter) that it was hard for me to even get into the story. I think it just wasted a lot of time, got people unnecessarily killed or injured and cheapened the quality of the story. I think you can still take your lead character on a journey from immaturity to maturity and still make them likable to the reader, but that was not the case with Celaena for me. I think this is the first series I have ever read where I strongly disliked the lead character.

    As far as the actual storyline goes, I think it was disjointed and developed really poorly, and because of that I wasn't invested enough in the characters to feel much emotion about all that went on. It also dragged on so long that I was just plain bored. The story also lacks originality, as I felt like I was listening to a mishmash of plots from other books I've read lately.

    I don't care for the narrator either, as I think she may be adding some inflections of pride or anger to all the character's voices that might not have been there had I read the book instead of listened. Oh, and the whole time I thought this was the final book but clearly it's not and I'm actually annoyed by that. I've invested so much time in this series that I feel like I have to follow it through to the end to see how it turns out. But if the last book is anything like this one, I may pull my hair out before making it all the way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wildwood Dancing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

    Lessa NCGBT says: "romantic fantasy with a bit of a dark twist"
    "Enchanting story"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the characters and found myself really wanting to be in their world. It was a sweet story that was beautiful and dark and fun and magical. The whimsical characters drew me into the story and made me want to keep listening to find out what happened next. This is a great book for teens, as it is clean-cut, but I believe most adults would thoroughly enjoy it as well. I'm excited to listen to Cybele's Secret and see where the adventures lead next!

    The narrator was pretty good overall but so much of the time her voice would take on a very childlike tone that it made the main character sound much younger than she was supposed to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2818)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Speaks the Nightbird"
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    While listening to this book I enjoyed it for the most part but now that I finished it, I'm not sure how I feel about it as a whole. There was never a time when I was just dying to find out what happened next or where I couldn't stop thinking about the book after I finished listening to it. The writing was very very detailed, which made for a long and slow book, but mostly it wasn't boring. The story was interesting and mysterious but I think it unfolded so slowly and in such a way that it was anticlimactic.

    I'm thinking I sort of lost my taste for this book when there was a scene where a man has sex with his horse. It gave WAY too much detail (any detail was too much) and it made me nauseous! I also felt some of the things were a little unbelievable at the end based on the way the characters had been written all the way through the book. It seemed like at the end, all the unrelenting stubbornness just vanished and suddenly all were amicable.

    Eduardo Ballerini is a great narrator and does multiple different voices well, but after a while his voices became grating to me, especially the women's voices. I saw that there was a sequel and I may get it one of these days but I'm not feeling super eager at the moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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