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Shelby

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  • 46 ratings
  • 470 titles in library
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  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    Overall

    I usually avoid dog stories, to be honest, I cannot bear most animal stories. They usually make me cry, they break my heart and I can never forget. Life makes me cry enough; I read to escape, to be enlightened, to find hope not to have my damn heart broken again. So, I bought this book promising myself that if it started to shatter my heart I'd stop reading. No problem. I'd just stop. THEN the warning signs appeared, a sad ending was in store for me, but...no...maybe not...just maybe.. I trusted my instinct and kept reading, the glorious author fooled me and turned what could have been a heart-wrenching end into a precious memory. No sad endings here. Just a good story, written the way someone who truly loves dogs would write it. A story a cynic can love. A story a big mush like me can treasure. Read it. You won't be sorry.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11721)
    Performance
    (9112)
    Story
    (9172)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Tedious, grueling and incredibly boring"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a sci-Fi addict and usually love worlds and peoples that are utterly alien, but perhaps it is because this is a book entirely of war. I hated it. I made it through the first section. I have finally given up. I simply can't get into it. Probably just not my style, but I have only quit one other book, usually I find something enjoyable. Not this time. Not this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Steel: London Steampunk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bec McMaster
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries - no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood craving he's been quicker, stronger, almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel - or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.

    Joki says: "Paranormal Historical Romance"
    "Interesting but a little too sex focused"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the book, though the constant focus on sex and the coc. Was tiresome. It didn't move the story forward but got tedious,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1911)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Performance distracted from decent story"
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    What did you love best about The Giver?

    The world is well developed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Rifkin’s performances?

    No. Well, maybe, but the sounds of his mouth, kind of like he is having trouble with dry mouth and keeps kind of smacking his saliva around. The awful music and that were distracting. Otherwise, I think he did a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very touching, makes me think about our future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flyers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Two linked stories by Vonda N. McIntyre: “Wings” and “The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn.” Alien people abandon their dying planet in a generation ship, but a few are left behind.“Wings” was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.

    Shelby says: "Somehow incomplete, maybe it's just the poor readi"
    "Somehow incomplete, maybe it's just the poor readi"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Flyers? What did you like least?

    It introduces a new species and alien way of thinking.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vonda N. McIntyre before, how does this one compare?

    N/a


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator didn't do this book justice at all. This is the first time I have hated the narration. The emotions and inflections don't fit at all.


    Was Flyers worth the listening time?

    No. I would read the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story needs glue. It is disconnected and could use fleshing out. Is this an excerpt? That is the only thing that makes sense. The narration didn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1469)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of my top 10 favourite books. I adore the humor and creativity. The main character is hilarious. Having raised a son, I can easily picture the antics of this young man and of Jesus as depicted in this story. I highly recommend this book, it is sure to make you laugh out loud, unless you are defensive about religious beliefs and are offended by the depiction of Jesus and his companions as anything less that saints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1010)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "oh no....I have to wait til 2013 for the NEXT BOOK"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Timeless to be better than the print version?

    I am in love with these books and the wonderful plays on words, the silliness, the adventures of a strong female character. I got lost in each book and now, having reached the end of what is available, wait with baited breath for the next and the others that follow. Ihope the author never tires of stories or of this series and I truly hope the narrator stays with the series. She is PRICELESS. Her intonations and accents are perfect and precious!


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

    Emily Gray is now my favourite actress for audible books. I love how she brings the characters to life, each their very own and special accent or tone. She maintains consistency throughout the series and I truly appreciate that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35960)
    Performance
    (26959)
    Story
    (27344)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Even fantastic for adults - spellbinding!"
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    An adventure for everyone to enjoy, one that demonstrates the worst and the very best qualities of humanity.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    I love that she managed to convey the character of each in the book so very well. I will definitely be looking for books that she narrates.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I was cynical, thinking this would be another melodramatic novel best suited for teenagers. But I was wrong. This is a well-written novel. The characters are fully realized and the action is compelling. It wasn't too gory, no gratuitous violence; the author's use of each violent moment served only to propel the story forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (181)

    For so many people, whether your addiction is to a substance or merely to a certain way of thinking or acting, a profound humbling occurs when you realize that your problem is bigger than you are. The terror of realizing, even dimly, that you have no control over a self-destructive pattern of behavior - that as much as you would want to, you simply cannot stop - can mark a crucial turning point in your life. At that point, you go in one of two directions: either way, way down, or way, way up....

    madelyn kowalewski says: "course in weight loss"
    "preachy-churchy"
    Overall

    I should have realized, having heard a Marianne Williamson speech previously, that this would have strongly religious overtones. If you are comfortable with a more :"born again" type theology, this is for you. It was simply too preachy. "Women, Food and God" was much less preachy and seemed more substantial.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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