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Samantha

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  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (660)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "The best I have listened to in a while."
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    What made the experience of listening to The 5th Wave the most enjoyable?

    Everything. The narrator, the story, the characters, the prose. There is not a single thing I did not like about this book. LOVED IT!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassie. She is very likable, interesting, and so freaking hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to this book and was very impressed with how much I loved the story and the characters. I had no idea I was going to love it so much. I cannot wait for the second!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Kiss of Deception: Remnant Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mary E. Pearson
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    As First Daughter, Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

    Samantha says: "Ummmmmm....yeah........"
    "Ummmmmm....yeah........"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Let's say my friend is into love triangles, taverns, and plots with excessive explanation of ancient texts. Then I would say, dear friend, thou should read this book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mary E. Pearson before, how does this one compare?

    First one. Can't compare.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin – was your favorite?

    Well....I know Emily Rankin did not do the guy's voices so, this question is stupid. But out of all the characters, my favorite was the assassin's.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time connecting with the MC; there was something fake/cookie-cutter about her that I didn't like. The same goes for her relationship with Pauline and her brother Walther. They lacked complexity and depth. And the boys, well, I pegged the wrong dude as the assassin, so when it's finally revealed who is who, let's just say I was disappointed. Most of what I thought made the character interesting was the fact his struggle was so much more meaningful, but that was me thinking he's the assassin and oh-my-what-is-he-going-to-do-now! (albeit,it's silly that he fell in love so quickly, but still, the conflict there is just so much more endearing). So when I find out my dearest assassin is *gasp* the prince, it only made me confused and annoyed, as though I got cheated somehow.

    And don't get me started on the whole first daughter, the gift, ancient texts, magic, the gods, scriptures, blah, blah, blah...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I mean, I get that you need some serious world building in a high fantasy novel, but I found myself either not paying attention or fast-forwarding over most of the scenes/passages pertaining to it, and I realize that I really didn't care to know or find out about Lia's sight/gift whatever-whatever or how it came to be. Which is probably why I liked the prince's and the assassin's POV's better than the MC's.

    The love triangle romance was too insta-lovey for my taste. Basically, these two guys fall head over heels for the princess with one look. Really? I can maayyybee forgive the prince for being a shallow-arsed royal, but the assassin? Come on dude! You're an assassin!!!

    I'm intrigued to 'maybe' read the second. I think I'll wait on the reviews before I take the bait, though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

    Brande says: "Wonderful!"
    "MEH....."
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    What disappointed you about Wicked Lovely?

    The second half of the book. I completely lost interest. I still finished it though, so that's worth noting (I think). The first half was REALLY good. I was totally hooked into the story and the characters...but then, all those things started going down hill, characters included. They just lost their zap. Even Seth (who was the most interesting dude in the book) became a lackluster character. *place exaggerated sigh here*


    Has Wicked Lovely turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope, it actually made me want to read the Iron Fey series, which I might add, are much, much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be picking up book the next book. Adios Faerie Amigos!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    Jenifer says: "Great sequel"
    "Not as good as the first :("
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    Would you recommend The Infinite Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you have read The 5th Wave, then you pretty much don't have a choice. I know you will read it, and you should, because there's a chance the third book will be super badass.


    What about Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette ’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. No issues there.


    Was The Infinite Sea worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. Yes because it was an enjoyable read, and no because it was nowhere near as good as its predecessor. The issue I had with this book was that the majority of the story was told in Ringer's POV (a character I don't care much for). It makes sense why it was written like that; it's setting up and building up the story for the 3rd book, which I am assuming (and praying) will be much better than this one, but in the process you are left with hardly any character building, hardly any Cassie and Evan or Ben, and more Ringer, more Vosch and The Others, more theory pondering, chess games, and a whole lot of guesswork. The whole time I kept waiting, very expectantly, to get what I've waited over year for, and at times it felt like it was right there, on the next page. But alas, it never came. I should point out though, the big reveal at the end was a clever twist I did not see coming, so to that I tip my hat to you Mr. Yancey.


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line: It was intriguing enough to be enjoyed but it will ultimate leave you unsatisfied. I am sure I am speaking for most readers out there when I say that, after reading The 5th Wave, we are opening this book with VERY high expectations. So you, my dear reader friend, will most likely be let down. Perhaps not as much as I was, but I guarantee you will not finish this book and feel the same way you did when you finished the first one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (356)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Amazon Customer says: "Buckle Up...it's an insane ride!"
    "HOLY COW!!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    You might as well dub the book as 'Rollercoaster Ride Extremus Maximus.'

    Ms. Kagawa, you squeezed my little bookworm heart like a sponge and left it out to dry on a bloody sink. But I must be a masochist, because I love you. You are amazeballs. I'm surprised to admit these series are a total contender for my all-time favorite, The 5th Wave.

    The characters and their development are amazingly well written. These are the type of books that not only do you enjoy, but they leave you with a lasting impression, and you are saddened to part ways with the characters once you finish their stories. Another diamond in the rough.

    If you are into romance stories, go ahead and dive in. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (581)

    In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.... Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

    Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

    Alley McNally says: "BEST VAMPIRE STORY EVER!!!!"
    "The best vampire book I have read. Period."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that you pick up having no idea you will love it so much. Kind of like what happened to me when I read The 5th Wave. It's one of those awesome books where you can't stop reading; where you have a strong connection with the characters, and you cannot help but root for them. I think this is, by far, the best vampire book I have ever read. The romance between a human and a vampire feels realistic, and so does the struggle both physically and mentally to fight the inner demon and keep the blood thirsty monster at bay, which Allison doesn't always succeed at. I'll admit, the part where she is training and learning the ways of the vampires was a little slow for me, but the story picked right up, and then it took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

    On to roller coaster ride number two..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: Mara Dyer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michelle Hodkin
    • Narrated By Christy Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

    Oli says: "Not bad"
    "I am on the fence on this one..."
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was actually very entertaining; it had me guessing the whole time and it kept me hooked all the way to the end. Technically, that would be enough to give it 5 stars. Except for one major issue I had with the book: Noah. He is definitely interesting and complex. However, there are two things I did not like about the dude. See below...

    1. He is a whore, and I mean whore with capital W. He sleeps around with so many girls and leaves them jilted because he only does it for fun (girlfriend is not a word in his vocabulary) and has no care in the world for anyone's feelings but his. I'm sorry but when a guy is notorious for having sex and 'discarding girls like condoms' (that's an actual line in the book btw) not only do you lose my good opinion but you totally gross me out. And no, being hotness personified, with an English accent to boot, won't save you.

    2. He smokes. Enough said.

    So yeah, I was a bit turned off (no pun intended) by Noah and the fact that Mara had no qualms about this. Sure, she has plenty of monologue where she reminds herself of this but it's all halfhearted and forgotten the minute she lays eyes on the dude. *sigh*

    Aside from that, I did like it and I do recommend it to those who like romance and mystery/suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1038)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Shaking my head...."
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    Did Caitlin Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. She was really bad with male voices, particularly Raffe; she kind of ruined him for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angelfall?

    **SPOILER ALERT***

    The scene where Raffe explains that he's.....agnostic. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have an agnostic angel. Some might think this is brilliant, but to me this was beyond moronic. His explanation was something along the lines of: Well he created humans too and some of you are agnostic. *facepalm* yeah Mr. Angel, and we also don't happen to have wings sprouting out of our backs and have super human strength. If these were aliens we were talking about, then that would make a hell of a lot more sense. But nope, no these are flying angles who have messengers that communicate with God, one of them being the archangel Gabriel . I guess that's not enough to make you a believer. I almost stopped listening to the book at that point. But even though I kept at it, it definitely lost most of its brownie points with me on that one.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to potential readers: if you have recently read The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, stay the hell away from this book. It's like going from platinum gold to sterling silver.It had its good moments but I think the whole book is lacking in several aspects. The world building seems waaaay underdeveloped. The whole concept of the angels using hotels and clubs did not jive with me. Again I digress to Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Laini Taylor knows how to create a realistic world of angels and demons. Susan Ee, not so much. Sorry.

    Another thing I did not like: Raffe. The author failed to create a compelling character. He's uninteresting and a jerk to top it off. I could not connect with this character, like at all. I am typically swooning over the male romantic interest. This was not the case.

    Penryn and her mom. How is it that she leaves her mom behind and doesn't worry about her? A few thoughts here and there about your mom does not qualify as concern. Did you forget this is an apocalyptic world Penryn? I guess so. Forget that her mother is a mad woman. Forget that she is let loose in the middle of nowhere. She pops back up in the story and just happens to be where Penryn is headed. This isn't the localized apocalypse of some backwater town. It's the whole freaking world. So unrealistic.

    Another thing I didn't like. It was BORING. The story was sprinkled with interesting scenes. And I mean, lightly sprinkled. I don't think I'll be reading the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (569)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "Errr.....what????"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot.

    So we have the main problem. We work really hard to overcome main problem. And after all that hard work, well whaddaya know, all we need is some powerful convincing. War and battles? Psh puh-lease, that's pointless! Get outta here with that silly stuff. Main problem easily resolved. Voila! Done. Woo! Let's celebrate! ..I guess...But wait...there's more! There is problem B, which is out of this world bizarro and confusing. Oh! ....what? Yes. Problem B is big time problematic. Alright, let's take care of it then. Done! Everyone lives happy ever after.....Um, OK?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laini Taylor? Why or why not?

    Her writing is amazing. Her characters are amazing. Her world building is amazing. So, YES, I will be most definitely willing to try another book from her.


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

    She brings the characters to life.


    Did Dreams of Gods & Monsters inspire you to do anything?

    To stay in my car listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was definitely off on this one, and there are scenes that I could snore through (Eliza, yes I am talking to you). But given that this book is the ending to the series, it's practically impossible not to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1841)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Original. Refreshing. Lyrical. Amazing."
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    Where does Daughter of Smoke and Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among my top favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    I always have the same issue with this question. How do I say this without spoilers? Well let's just say, the part where Akiva realizes who Karou is.


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

    No. But I was very impressed with her work. She's among the best I've heard. Her narration helps to flesh out the characters and to get an accurate feel of the story.


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

    Love will save you


    Any additional comments?

    This book is top notch. The writing is a cut above the rest. The characters are well thought out, they are complex and endearing. And the romance? Lord have mercy on my swooning soul! It's genuine, unique, heartbreaking, need I go on? I will say though, the only thing I wasn't ecstatic about was that Karou was physically too perfect, too beautiful. However, the author manages to make Karou a character that you care for and root for, in spite of her 'perfection', unlike so many other authors, that make me roll my eyes and want to punch their heroines in their stupid faces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    What did you like best about Never Kiss a Rake? What did you like least?

    I liked the whole who-done-it mystery feel of the book, it kept me intrigued and interested for the first few chapters. What ruined it for me was the whole steamy sex crap. I'm sorry but if half the conflict of the book is the main two character's desire to bang each other, I lose interest pretty quickly. I should have known better than to listen to an 'adult fiction' book. But the story seemed interesting so I totally fell for it. This is why I stick to YA books, because the author can't rely on sex scenes and ridiculous wanton desires to keep the book interesting. In YA books you need a good story and great, compelling characters.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

    I never felt invested in any of the characters, I couldn't care less what happened to them, and eventually I stopped listening.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had no issues with the performance.


    Do you think Never Kiss a Rake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, since I didn't really get to the end of the book, I have no idea. But even if there was, I wouldn't read it. I am sure there are plenty of listeners out there who love this stuff, but it's not my cup of tea.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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