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  • A Map of Days

  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 4
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read.

  • By Margaret Spencer on 12-08-18

redemption

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

The book's author was very clever with the build up. It had a nice momentum and a way of evoking just the right emotion from its reader. I like the character Jacob and his support cast of peculiars. I look forward to the next adventure.

  • Kiss Me First

  • By: Lottie Moggach
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

When Leila discovers the Web site Red Pill, she feels she has finally found people who understand her. A sheltered young woman raised by her mother, Leila has often struggled to connect with the girls at school; but on Red Pill, a chat forum for ethical debate, Leila comes into her own, impressing the website's founder, a brilliant and elusive man named Adrian.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A better storyline before you go!

  • By Debbie De on 08-23-17

Different spin on social media

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

An easy read. main character was so intriguing due to her low self worth. it was subtle, but there. loved that about the authors style. at times I found myself hating Leila. any reader will see a little bit of themselves somewhere between the lines of this story. Ending was well thought out and I felt like it didnt have a neat little bow tying it together. I enjoyed it and enjoy the Netflix series, though it differs.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,419

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Does it again

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Narration was a little annoying on parts where Holly was involved. The narrator stayed in character for the descriptive parts and I did not care for that. The author leads you on a winding path by your very imagination. Its almost aromatic...the lovely stench of suspense..followed by the very awful odor of truth. Forever a fan.

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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,236

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Better unabridged

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Whether you are a King fan or not, you will enjoy his storytelling. He is an O.G. of post apocalyptic tales. His characters are believable and consistent.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,239

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

better than expected

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

not going to get lengthy here. but I really enjoyed the characters in this book.

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,785
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,802

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I struggled through book one. the characters did not develop enough for me to feel like investing in this franchise. more like a vague curiosity to find out if it gets any better.

  • Library of Souls

  • The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,984

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They'll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This version doesn't have the Vintage photos

  • By VJayD on 09-25-15

excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

it's been awhile I read a consistent audible series. loved Ransom's style. was like listening along to a picture book. that is how well his words painted a picture in the readers mind. also..thanks to a narrator that truly had a feel for the pace of the novels and had love for the characters.

  • The Host

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,382

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

  • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

Left all others in the dust

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

Reviewed: 01-22-13

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

Amazing. Epic. Realistic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Host?

A memorable moment is when the main character, 'Wanderer" is explaining her species process for giving life.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

At first, I didn't like it. I did not like the redundant cadence in which words were pronounced. I believe that it was like this do to the main character's point of view. Either that was the case or I got used to it and grew to enjoy it.

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

Several chapters are heart wrenching. My eyes did water and I sat fanning my eyes in my car. There are several moments like this in the book.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I chose to download this audiobook. I was never inclined to read a trendy book. The Twilight Novels were never on my list of books to read. I am glad I did not cast away Stephanie Meyer as an author though. Right now, The Host is the best book I've read in well over a decade. I truly stand by it. Her writing style is phenomenal. The concept of the book appealed to me. A different option for the 'post-apoc' fan base. Not a zombie in sight. Something feasible. I am actually planning to read this book again, although I only just finished it. It is by far the favorite in my collection of not only audiobooks, but books period. I am glad I read before viewing the movie. It does make me more curious on seeing the movie as well.

  • Obsidian Butterfly

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm

  • By Kari on 06-26-10

The Best in the Series because...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Obsidian Butterfly to be better than the print version?

Yes.

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

The most interesting are the tactical gunfights/ scenes. The narrator, Kimberly Alexis brings you to the edge of your seat as she breathes life into LKH's words. Each character having their own 'voice' in a subtle way. The least interesting are the run on sentences Alexis has to read about Anita's thoughts and the personifications and analogies that get beaten like a badly made drum.

What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

I love how she subtly creates character voices and is consistent with them as well as her pronunciation and as accurate as she can be with some of the accents. She doesn't overdo it. Its perfect.

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

I almost wished I could listen to it all in one sitting. I got audiobooks because I found they kept me awake on the drive home from work. (hour plus commute). I listened on the way in and started dragging my kindle into work, setting it up and listening during points of the day I could. by the time I got home at night, I would sit in the car just to hear another few minutes of the book.

Any additional comments?

This is the best in the series. I have trusted my fellow readers thus far in this series. I began reading them and decided to try the audiobooks. I am glad this one doesn't have any of the main' character's overly complicated and soap opera-ish love story in it. New characters and settings that let me have faith there is more in LKH's mind than fifty shades of grey meets twilight. ((ive read neither series but thats the best my wit can manage)) I really enjoy the character's but I get tired of LKH's insistence in Anita's ego. We get it, she is bad ass and oh so sexy. I love to hate Anita at times and so LKH is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing, evoking emotion through her talent. I just wish the conversational filler about how bad ass Anita is would be reduced, leaving room for more descriptions or even more mini-storylines.

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