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Samantha

CONROE, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (459)

    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!!!

    2 of 2 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
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    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
    (1030)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (959)

    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
    (462)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    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
    (1870)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1692)

    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!"
    "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
    (222)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (201)

    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.

    Harry_ATL says: "Excellent performance!"
    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (574)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Lackluster & Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about The One?

    If I can easily stop listening or if I feel like I need a break from listening, that's a bad sign. I think the biggest issue for me was that I could never connect with America or really care about what happened to her. And the same goes for Maxon. I disliked the guy half the time because he seemed like such a player. On the previous book in the series, America's feelings for Aspen and Maxon are all over the place. And on this book, she just makes her decision out of thin air, and throws it in your face like it's just a fact for you to accept. To me, the love between Aspen and America in the first book was so much more developed, and so much more genuine than her love for Maxon. The whole thing, the characters and the story, have this cookie cutter feel to it that makes it hard to keep on listening. The book did not get interesting until the last few chapters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kiera Cass again?

    Her first book in the series was actually very decent, so yes I would give it a try.


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    Three words: Melodramatic, robotic seducer. Seriously. What the hell? Part of the reason why I had such a hard time listening to the book was because of the narrator.


    What character would you cut from The One?

    Hmmm...I don't think I would cut characters, more like enrich them and make them more complex and endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had so much potential and could have been a thousand times better. I'm not saying it's the worst thing I've ever read. It's just disappointing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • These Broken Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, Sarge Anton
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

    Joki says: "Enjoyable Story"
    "Great start to a series"
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    What made the experience of listening to These Broken Stars the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was good, the writing was good, and I also liked those in between pieces of the interview throughout the story.


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

    Yeah but I don't want to give any spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not one of my favorites, such as the 5th wave, the cinder series, and the hunger games, but it's definitely a good book, with likable characters and an interesting story. I will certainly be reading the next one in the series, whenever it comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Adam Shields says: "Nicely handled time travel book"
    "Did not expect to like it this much!!"
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    Where does Timebound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Surprisingly, among one of my favorites. I got it, thinking it would just be a decent book, but wow, I was impressed.


    What other book might you compare Timebound to and why?

    This is my first time travel story book so I don't have anything to compare it with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    Love has no timeline


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Danielle Paige
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion.

    Karmstr112 says: "The Land of Oz has been turned on its head"
    "Could have been better but overall, not a bad book"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Danielle Paige? Why or why not?

    I'm 50/50 on this one. The book was okay and the writing wasn't bad. I wasn't impressed but I liked it enough to finish it.


    Did Devon Sorvari do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Gert, and Amy were very distinct. Everyone else was so so.


    Could you see Dorothy Must Die being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could totally see this turn into either one. The story is interesting, there's a lot of guesswork, and of course there is the twisted version of Oz, which is very appealing for the screen. I can't really think of who should play the characters though...


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it's a decent book. The pacing needs improvement; the romance between Amy and Knox should be better developed; there were several scenes were I felt like throwing a shoe at Amy for being so dang on stupid. But other than that, it's good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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