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  • Trigger

  • By: Jessica Webb
  • Narrated by: Ruby Rivers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Dr. Kate Morrison doesn't know how or why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. But when Sergeant Andy Wyles blocks Kate from touching the patient who collapses in her Vancouver ER, Kate joins the investigation to demand answers, regardless of the danger. As the two women work together to find those responsible for creating an army of human weapons, Kate finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings for the fiercely protective and unrelentingly perceptive cop.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story line

  • By Pam Oliver on 05-16-17

Narrator ruined the book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I didn't find this Book very interesting and the narrator made it worse. It's like the narrator thought that she was reading a totally different kind of genre.

  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,391

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

Del Toro should stick to screenplays

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better dialogue and better writing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the fact that there are no teenage girls mooning over the vampires.

Any additional comments?

If you are considering this book because you love Del Toro's movies I would advice against buying it.I love Del Toro's movies. They are never shallow and they always have something beautiful about them even if the story is grim. Although a lot of the dialogue is written as if this book was a screenplay, the story lacks in finesse and it has none of the beauty the movies have I had a feeling of not caring about the outcome so I skipped (about 1/3 of the book) to the ending. I didn't seem to have missed much.

  • Finding the Grain

  • By: Wynn Malone
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Kentucky was only ever going to be a summer job. Come fall, Blue Riley would be back in North Carolina, in college. But one job led to another, one town led to another, and one woman led to another. Now, after twenty years Blue faces the hardest question of all - is it time to go home?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Glum for my fancy

  • By Katrin on 04-11-15

Too Glum for my fancy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-15

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really liked the part where she stayed with Mary and Preacher and decided to stop running from her feelings. The least interesting part is Blue's pining for Grace.

Any additional comments?

It's a well written book and I see why it would appeal to a lot of readers but I didn't appreciate it. It's too glum for my fancy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Starting From Scratch

  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Georgia Beers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Wonderful!

  • By kate_monster on 01-20-15

Probably enjoyable if parenting interests you!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-15

If you could sum up Starting From Scratch in three words, what would they be?

Children, parenting, tee-ball (and a small portion of lesbian romance)

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have focused more on the romance part. The plot deals mostly with parenting issues and with kids in various forms. I don't have much interest in parenting or kids and find this book kinda dull.

If you could rename Starting From Scratch, what would you call it?

Dating a woman with a kid

Any additional comments?

I have read both "Too Close to Touch" and "96 hours" which are great books. If you are as disinterested in parenting as me you should read those instead. If parenting interests you I think you'll like this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,936

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Reading of Horror Classic

  • By Mark on 11-04-10

Great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunting of Hill House to be better than the print version?

I found the print version sort of dullish and I struggled with it for a long time until I decided to buy the audio version instead. Dunne was able to make the story more interesting. She gives the story and characters life in a way the print version couldn't.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Theodora; her emotional connection with Eleanor is interesting to follow.

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

Dunn did a great job and gives each character their own characteristics.

Any additional comments?

Was everything that happened real or was it a product of Eleanor's perception of reality?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Promises, Promises

  • A Romp with Plenty of Dykes, a Unicorn, an Ogre, an Oracle, a Quest, a Princess, and True Love with a Happily Ever After
  • By: L-J Baker
  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Sandy Blunt is a witch with big dreams, but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. And, the punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death... With the help of her ill-assorted companions, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places, collecting the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and evade the executioner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK - GREAT NARRATOR!!!!!

  • By Ontheother hand on 10-11-13

Hilarious, fluffy fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Promises, Promises to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I would probably find that the audio edition is more entertaining if I had.

What did you like best about this story?

The lighthearted way it makes fun of itself and the genre.

What about Kitty Hendrix’s performance did you like?

Every character has it's own voice and characteristics. Her voice fits the book.

Any additional comments?

I wish LJ Baker would write more books like this one. I have listened to it twice and enjoyed the book both times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Afterlight

  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic series!!

  • By L. DelPrete on 02-26-15

The best dystopian series I've read this far.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-14

Would you listen to In the Afterlight again? Why?

Yes, I plan to listen to all the books in the series again.

What other book might you compare In the Afterlight to and why?

This book is similar in style but superior to Hunger Games and Divergent.

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

She was very good at conveying emotions.

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

The books in this series is intense and I think that it's a good idea to take breaks.

Any additional comments?

The strength of this book is its characters. The characters are three dimentional and Alexandra Bracken really makes you care for them. You understand the motivation for each character. This is the best series I've read so far. I hope Alexandra Bracken will write many more books in the future!

  • Independent Study

  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Seventeen-year-old Cia Vale survived The Testing, as has Tomas, the boy she loves, and they have both gained admission to the University. She has a promising future as a leader of the United Commonwealth and no memory of her bloody testing experience, thanks to a government-sanctioned memory wipe. Cia should be happy but is plagued by doubts about the past and future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, left me wanting more.

  • By Kimberly Rogers on 08-15-15

Better than the first book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-14

What made the experience of listening to Independent Study the most enjoyable?

The politics behind the testing is better explained and feels more plausible than in the first book. I like that Cia is her own person that makes her own decisions based on what she thinks is right.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Independent Study?

The part in the old zoo was interesting.
I saw most of the ending coming but there was still a part of the ending that was unexpected.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Morton?

No. I don't think that she was a good choice for this series. Most voices sound the same.

Any additional comments?

This book is more developed and interesting than the first. Thomas is not in this book as much as in the first one, which is a good thing in my opinion. He is too perfect with few character flaws, which makes him uninteresting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Testing

  • The Testing, Book 1
  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is ruining this for me

  • By Robin on 03-30-14

A bit underdeveloped but still a good read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-14

Would you listen to The Testing again? Why?

No, due to a thin plot it's not interesting enough to listen to again.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting: Cia is a driven character that thinks for herself. She doesn't have to be saved. The way the government works and the dynamics behind the testing is interesting. Even though the PTSD in books such as Hunger Games is a probable outcome it was sort of nice to read a book without a main character suffering from it.

Least interesting: Thomas is a very uninteresting character; he's just too perfect with few apparent character flaws. The romance is also uninteresting.

What aspect of Elizabeth Morton’s performance would you have changed?

It's difficult to hear which character is talking from listening to her voice because the voice, especially when boys speak, sounds the same.

Any additional comments?

It's apparent that the author has gotten her inspiration from The Hunger Games and Divergent.

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

Creepy and disturbing but in a good way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle to be better than the print version?

Probably, because of the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jonas the cat and Merricat. I really liked the relationship between Merricat and Jonas. Even though Merricat obviously is mentally unstable she is a likable character.

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

She gave all the caracters their own voice and did a good job at conveying emotions. Her narration of the the village villains was especially chilling.

Any additional comments?

After having listened to this book for a while I realized that the character's inner thoughts, feelings and motivations were more interesting than the plot they were wrapped in. Once I shifted my focus to the inner turmoil of the characters I started loving the book.I like the way Shirley Jackson lets the reader piece together what happened, and why.