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Stacyc55

Allentown, PA, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • Knit Two

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Knit Two returns to the Manhattan knitting store Walker & Daughter five years after the death of the store's owner, Georgia Walker. Georgia's daughter Dakota is now an 18 year old freshman at NYU, running the knitting store part-time with the help of the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club. Drawn together by their love for Dakota and the sense of family the club provides, each knitter is struggling with new challenges.

    Traci Frederick says: "Disappointing"
    "Enjoyable but not as great as the first"
    Overall

    I did enjoy this read and I don't regret purchasing it but there were a few plot and audio issues that I had. First, it became VERY annoying to listen throughout 75% of this book how everyone relied so much on Georgia and how their life had ceased to be anything without her even 5 years later. It was very unrealistic. Yes, she was a great character but for people to be this crippled?! The plot was just too overdramatized.

    I was also throughly disturbed at the change in voice for Perry. In the first book she had a French accent and was presented as very European, this book, she has a southern accent and you discover she's black?!

    There was less knitting in this book but there were some patterns offered at the end. The author was trying to delve deeper, I guess, with these characters and less about what the first book was based on, knitting. It was a good continuation but I was a little let down by the tone and movement of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1856)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Deeper Than a Fairy Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Cinder again? Why?

    I really like how you picked up on the original story, but it was more than that. Yes, it's set in a fictitious future, but who Cinder is and how she evolves is a much deeper process. I like how it can be retrospective as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't figure out how she was a "princess" until later in the story and I like how that thread was woven.


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

    The different voices and accents really give the characters life and more of a personality.


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

    The title I wrote.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1809)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Jasper Fford has some good company"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Rook again? Why?

    Yes, I loved how the alternative universe was portrayed in this story, the way the mystery started and Gshtalt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole relationship/dynamic between Myfawny and Gshtalt. I also liked how the American counterpart was introduced into the storyline.


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

    Her character voices, the way she pronounced the different words in the book that would have hung me up if I read it, the pace and flow of the intense scenes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I wanted to just sit and imagine the storyline the whole day.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book sounded a little lame when I read the plot, but sound bite peaked my interest a bit. I didn't have high expectations going in and I was blown away by how well the story reads. It looks weird, but once you get into this universe, you have no idea how amazing it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18205)
    Performance
    (16237)
    Story
    (16292)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Disturbing, aggravating, couldn't stop listening"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I thought the story line was intriguing, compelling and I would want to see if I could pick up on the clues even sooner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it wasn't a laid out, get to the end mystery. There were twists that became more disfigured as the story played out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Nick plays the performance of his life to get the "villain" to come back to his house and where she's shocked he pulled on over on her.


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

    Hell Hath No Furry Like a Woman Scorned


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot of people divided by the last half of the storyline. I felt that going into it knowing some of the twisted part made me love it even more because it was like sitting in a movie, seeing someone is going to get their head chopped and you scream (futilely) "Turn around! Behind you!"

    I think knowing who the bad guy was before it was revealed really made me want to figure out how it was discovered and how it ended. I think if you read this book going in blindly you would grow to hate it, because it messes with your head.

    Heck, the ending alone messes with you - but it was so awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (600)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "The laughs keep on coming"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great conclusion to this part of the series. While it does show the side of the story we didn't know about in "Call me Irresistible" and doesn't disappoint.

    While not as funny as the other novel, it is a more introspective approach to what went on with Lucy.

    This story doesn't move as quickly, or as smoothly as it predecessor, but it does conclude in a satisfying way.

    The novel is read with great speed and animation. My only complaint is some of the voices are a little shrill and lines delivered a little too campy. But overall a great feel-good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England.

    E. Willaims says: "Why the Negativity?"
    "It Read Like Living with Queen Eleanor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book and this is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever "read". Alison Weir not only has a great ability to tell a beautiful story but to also weave in the true details in a way that make it engaging and wanting to know more about other characters you meet. I was looking up historical accounts of her story and was finding that anything with actual fact, really did happen. The only difference between fact and fiction was the specific dialogue (except for what King Henry said about Thomas Beckett).

    I wish my history classes were like this because it was like watching a TV show in my head about all the captivating things this queen and strong woman did in Middle Age England.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6216)
    Performance
    (5589)
    Story
    (5587)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Beautifully Narrated, a Little Slow in Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I absolutely loved the first book and this follow up story was ok. The story moves a lot slower than the last one then all of a sudden, at the end there's a rush for the plot to move toward the next book.

    Both books are long, but the plot is pretty stagnant with the author describing a lot of how Elizabethan England and notable figures were really like. While that is all well and good, I would space out and come back in when the action was going. The other part I wasn't too keen on were the other plot snippets that would come back into the book but then nothing ever happened with them again.

    I really enjoyed the telling of 1590s England, it's one of my favorite historical periods and Jennifer Ikeda does a great job telling it. It was a necessary bridge book to understanding more of Deborah's explanation of Vampires and Witches as well as the origin of the book but didn't take 24 hours to get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7449)
    Performance
    (6485)
    Story
    (6475)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "So good you can't press stop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You know a book is good when you sit in your car after you park, so you can listen for a few more minutes.

    Nora Roberts wonderfully weaves tragedy, mystery, comedy and love in this tail about a young woman who tries to take back her life after the unthinkable happens.

    I really liked Brooks more than Abigail/Elizabeth. Her paranoia and fear, while founded in a good reason, got on my nerves after awhile. However, the pace and flow of the story really keep you entertained.

    The narrator has a great reading style and voice differentiation. She does male and female voices without detracting from the characters.

    All in all, a definite worthy read. While it is predictable, it leaves you satisfied and wanting to hear more about how Brooks and Abigail live their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9958)
    Performance
    (7432)
    Story
    (7472)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Made me wish I had magic in my blood"
    Overall
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    Story

    The storyline blew my mind! I was apprehensive to get this book once I read reviews that it was an "adult twilight" book (I refuse to read the series and I'm not into those kind of vampire books).

    Nevertheless, I forged ahead and got it - what a great move. This book is not only magical, but it's also a very smart read. If you love historical fiction, science fiction and any part of fantasy, this book is for you.

    The narration was solid with wonderful accents and colorful characters. It flows like a mix between.

    The best way to describe this book was a mix between Ken Follett, Ilona Andrews and Meg Cabot.

    I can't wait for book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overbite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Meena Harper has a special gift, but it’s only now that anyone’s ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena’s ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead.

    marie says: "Falls Flat"
    "Wonder if Meg Cabot got Bored"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I LOVED the first book of the series and was so intrigued with Meg Cabot's take on vampires. This book while much shorter, was slow, unclear and suddenly ended.

    Emily is a great narrator and really delivered in this book - it wasn't her fault the story did have much subtext.

    It starts out really exciting and action packed but about a 1/3 of the way through, one starts to lose interest. I was anticipating a deeper plot line when they mentioned the Jersey devil - but it really didn't take that fun turn into story land.

    I did enjoy how we got to know Alex more, somehow he turns out alright. But if there's another one of these stories coming out, it needs to be more like the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bayou Moon: The Edge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (605)

    When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

    Angela says: "Great!!!"
    "Best Ilona Andrews Heroin, yet"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really loved the struggle and love story in this book. What's great about it, is there is a lot of adventure/action, a progressive maze of a story, with the right sprinkling of love. I think it's the best of the series.

    It wasn't only action packed, it had a ton of mystery and intrigue. The wolf portion of the saga is so great, you see it in all three books. This one doesn't let you down, it gets you more interested in the stories.

    The narrator was great and really got male and female voices down. It was such a great book, I thought the story could have gone on longer!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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