After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
So glad that I happened upon this book. Who would have thought that I'd be rooting for an assassin, but Celaena was just so darn sassy and likable. I even liked the slow built of the relationships, which was weird because they didn't actually go anywhere in this first novel but the intrigue/tension was there between the different characters. Somehow it just worked--the not-force feeding romancing down our throats. The action wasn't overly descriptive, which was nice and the mystery factor was there with a little touch of magic that I hadn't expected. Get this audiobook if you prefer a narrator that gives a distinct voice to each character and a realistic flow to the dialogue. Overall a great read and great listen.
Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.
I listened to the audiobook version read by Sebastian York so Drew had personally in spades. Sure he was a cocky jerk for much of the story but for some reason I still found him charming in a "oh, sweety, you don't even realize what's coming" kind of why. Which only made the commentary style of the writing that much more enjoyable. But Sebastian York's vocal talent, on top of an already great read, put this story over the top for me. With that voice how could we help but fall under Drew's spell even as he's spouting advice for us ladies to take note of which is a direct violation of Guy Code, I'm sure. I give Kate her props though for holding out as long as she did, I'm a sucker for the charming, bad boy, jerk who finally gets redeemed by The Woman so I would've caved immediately. Loved every second of it!
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
Charming, insightful, thrilling and a complete 80's fest. As a person obsessed with all things music-, movie-, and game-related this story was a treat (with 'real' life lessons thrown in). I highly recommend the audiobook version of it too, Wil Wheaton's reading of it is superb and so appropriate.
Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.
I loved this book. Such real characters, a realistic yet frightening thread weaving the plot together at the seam, a legitimate love story (involving high schoolers, who knew.) it was another "Perks of a Being a Wallflower" for me in that had that coming-of-age feel with the dark under note that I kept thinking I knew the history and the stakes but that made me feel it all the more when 'mostly' everything was reveled (because honestly, in real life, no one really knows what's going on with a person right in front of us unless they say the words.)
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Funny, beautiful, touching, and heartbreaking. This book was masterfully performed Kate Rudd, the perfect pacing, seamlessly changing between characters, accented voice for other characters, etcetera. I'll admit I put off reading this book because the subject matter is terrifying to mean and I felt it could only end in a really depressing manner. As I listened to the Audible book though, yes I cried, but I also felt grateful. Here is a novel that articulated what I'm sure a good majority of us what to feel everyday, what it is like to embraced, remembered, and above all...loved.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....
A well read look into approaching love in a clinical fashion. Having not known what Aspergers Syndrome was when I started this book, I was amazed at how much I loved Don. Looking at the world through his eyes was, at times difficult, occasionally awkward, but inevitably endearing. This book is proof that awkward comes in different shapes and sizes for everyone in the experiment that is love.
Starfall: a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come... for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding the lost treasure of Hamlek Glint, scourge of the spaceways, privateer, adventurer, bandit.
David Tennant brings the Doctor Who characters to life brilliantly. The writing was such that I believed this could have been an actual episode of the tv show and Tennant definitely didn't disappoint. My problem was the story, which just didn't do much for me. Understandable seeing as this is a loose science fiction adaptation of "Treasure Island" and I still haven't been able to get through that book. If you loved Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale and the Doctor Who tv show, this audiobook will be a slam-dunk for you.
Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route.
Would you listen to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library again? Why?
Yes. Well read by the narrator. He gave a voice to each character, even those with accents. The children's voices sounded as such but as a personally preference I listened to it sped up because the reading felt just slightly too slow. That only served to enhance the child-like quality of the narrator's vocal technic. I did have a hardcover version of this book so I can say he describes the pictures that are sprinkled throughout the book quite well, so you won't be missing anything on that front. I personally am a big fan of books and boardgames so that was the main draw for me to this book. I laughed and the little quirks throughout and smirked when a child acted the way I remember me and some of my friends acted at that age. This book had puzzles, action, comaraderie, and life lessons all bound together. It's a good one, in my book.
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The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.
Would you consider the audio edition of Veronica Mars to be better than the print version?
Definitely worth listening to to hear Kristen Bell take on everyone's voices. She definitely delivers!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Seeing her mother again.