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  • The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1

  • By: L. L. Raand
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

What do you do when you wake up to a whole new life…with dangerous urges you can't control? Medic Drake McKennan has never been good at following protocol, so she doesn't think twice about rendering emergency care when a teenager's life is at stake - even if the young girl is in the throes of Were fever and any sane human should know better. It isn't the bright shining pain of the bite or even the wrenching agonies of the fever that convinces Drake everything in her life has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By C. Dean on 04-21-15

Not for those with ADD

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

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

If the author had made the narrative voice more clear. There was nothing to distinguish when someone different was 'speaking.' Given that there were five different narrators, it made things very confusing and jumbled. Especially since the author would suddenly switch perspectives in the middle of a scene instead of the end or beginning of another.

What was most disappointing about L. L. Raand’s story?

The book focused far to much on sex. Every scene had characters participating in sex, thinking about sex, watching sex, or discussing sex. It got repetitious and dull. Couple in the fact that the genitalia of all the female werewolves more resembled a male's than female, and it just made every scene uncomfortable rather than sexy.

Overall, it seemed like the author was more focused on writing out anatomically awkward "erotic" sex scenes than any of the other story lines. The main bad guy of the book wasn't heard from throughout most of the plot and was suddenly defeated within the last ten minutes of listening.

What three words best describe Maxine Mitchell’s voice?

Unchanging, Even, Bland.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1?

I would cut over half of the "erotic" scenes. Most, if not all, did not further the plot. I'd also reduce the number of narrators. There were far too many and it only made things more complicated.

Any additional comments?

All of the female leads were practically identical personality wise. Headstrong, Brash, and Aggressive. They even had the same mannerisms and quirks; for example, they all put their hands on their hips when they were mad.

The only real differences between them were looks, species, and name. Had I not been conveniently told that the previous narrator was no longer the main perspective, I'd of thought it was the same person.

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  • The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Rick Riordan, Nick Chamian, Jesse Bernstein, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Young Demigods, Your Destiny Awaits! You must prepare yourself for a difficult future: fighting monsters, adventuring across the globe, and dealing with temperamental Greek and Roman gods. You’ll join your favorite demigods from the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series as they face dangerous foes and perilous tasks. What you learn from their experiences could very well save your life!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demigods

  • By Bella on 06-19-13

Great story, Mediocre reading

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book: yes. The Audiobook: no.

What other book might you compare The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries to and why?

Any other book in the series.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Decent, Average, Mediocre

Was The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries worth the listening time?

If you want more stories in Percy's world and can handle multiple narrators and odd accents, then yes, it's worth it.

Any additional comments?

The 'Son of Magic' story was wonderfully written by Rick's son.

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

Where does The Darkest Minds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It definitely makes the top ten.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Minds?

When Ruby and Zu were playing dress up in the store.

Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

Chubs.

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

When Ruby removed her memory from Liam.

  • Along for the Ride

  • By: Sarah Dessen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce - or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a romance story

  • By Julie on 03-08-12

Just as good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

What made the experience of listening to Along for the Ride the most enjoyable?

Rachel brought the book to life in a brillant way. She gave Sarah's characters new life and a new voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ester. Her wry humor and no nonsense personality was the perfect contrast between all the happier characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Thisbee smiled up at Auden.

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

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to. But I would have if I could.

Any additional comments?

It's a must read!

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,339

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Wow! Not what I expected!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would 100% recommend this audiobook to anyone. John Green's story was both beautifully written and beautifully portrayed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

When Hazel placed the pack of cigarettes in Augustus' coffin.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Her voice flowed smoothly with the story, it didn't sound or feel awkward at any point.

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

I was in tears and laughter the entire time.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I got the book.

  • United We Spy

  • Gallagher Girls, Book 6
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the bestselling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle's leaders and stop them before they can implement a master plan that will change Cammie - and her country - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my favorite series since my teens

  • By Caligirl24 on 05-25-18

Great Book, Terrible Audible

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Would you listen to United We Spy again? Why?

Definitely not. The narrator's voice was way too distracting. I'd prefer to actually read it.

What other book might you compare United We Spy to and why?

Not sure.

What didn’t you like about Renee Raudman’s performance?

Even though most of the characters are American, she uses a British accents for characters that shouldn't have it (Like Cammie's mom, Macey, etc.)

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

No

Any additional comments?

Buy the actual book.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,744

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insane No, Dauntless Yes

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-26-13

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

Outstandingly fast-paced

What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

The most memorable moment of Divergent was when Tris chose Dauntless as her faction. It was such a huge decision and I was on the edge of my seat leading up to it

Which scene was your favorite?

When Tris and Four were in his fear-scape. The way Tris took control and helped him out of it showed her Divergence perfectly. It was definitely her character's shining moment.

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

I teared up a lot throughout the book,

Any additional comments?

I originally wasn't going to read it because I saw the movie trailer and wasn't interested. I'm so glad I changed my mind and bought it.