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Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga audiobook cover art

Poor Production

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

I'm not sure I would have liked this story better if: 1) the producers would have controlled the volume of the various voices so that the listener wasn't subjected to terrible transitions from childlike screaming to an odious, but whispered, poor rendition of an Irish accent that couldn't be heard without cranking up the sound; 2) there had been an actual plot; or 3) it had been remotely scary. There is nothing terrifying about the narrator's harsh whispered smoker's cough voice for the old witch. It reminded me of my sister trying to scare me when we were little. I know I would have liked it better if there was a lot less of the stupid reluctant witchy sex with a non-existent witch.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August audiobook cover art

Best book I've listened to in years!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

An incredible story. I couldn't stop listening. I'm sure I will have to listen to it over and over in order to fully grasp the amazing complexity and sincere storytelling of the author. I also believe that Peter Kenny may be the best narrator I've ever heard.

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen audiobook cover art

Clariel is an amazing heroine

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

Clariel is a truly unique YA heroine. As a character study it is almost as if she falls somewhere far down on the autism scale and simply has next to no ability to connect with her own feelings; and yet, in the end, her single minded focus saves the kingdom. The book is fantastic and is nothing less than I would expect from the most wonderful and creative Garth Nix.

Sometimes I want to refute some of the more shallow reviews of books when I think the reader/reviewer missed the point of the book entirely; and that is the case now, but I am not going to except to say the that Clariel's references to the forest didn't bother me at all and were entirely in keeping with her rather aspebergerish personality.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

City of Lost Souls audiobook cover art

Best Mortal Instruments book so far?

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

Where does City of Lost Souls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the top 20.

What other book might you compare City of Lost Souls to and why?

There really isn't anything quite this good in new YA literature. Cassandra Claire is standing alone in this genre right now, but I love this series as much as I loved Harry Potter. The only current book that is remotely close to being as good as TMI is Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Which character – as performed by Molly C. Quinn – was your favorite?

Simon is always my favorite character because "Existentialists Do It Pointlessly" and "Clearly, I've Made Some Bad Choices". I loved Ari Graynor who read City of Bones, but Molly Quinn is a close second. I think she nails Isabelle every time. I very much like that there are not two performers reading this book. I find it difficult to tell who the character is when there is more than one voice for one character. I do however have a problem with the pronunciation of the word "Stele". I don't understand why it is being pronounced "stēl'e"(long e) instead of "stele' " (short eh) which seems more appropriate. In the book Ms. Clare uses the phrase "steely blue" several times and I find it really frustrating that a Shadow Hunter tool (noun) is being used as an adjective to describe the color of the ocean. I guess it doesn't make any difference when you are reading the book, but it makes a big difference when you are listening to the book.

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

There were several moments in this book that made me laugh out loud, yell, and feel ridiculously sad. ********Spoiler Alert************Spoiler Alert*************************************************************************************************************************************Alex and Magnus at the very end of the book made me really sad. The quizzical looks of Sebastian made me wonder if he's even partly human. Izzy's willingness to let Simon drink her blood made me love her even more. And I kind of hate Clary's mom.

Any additional comments?

I loved this whole book. I wouldn't ever wish that Cassandra Clare had written and single word different than she did.

Valiant audiobook cover art

Bizarre

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-10

Really weird, but good. Not a story for teens on the young side of 15.

Elf audiobook cover art

Good book. Terrible Reader

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-10

The reader of this book pronounced things oddly and added a bunch of extra syllables to various words. The story is interesting although the pacing is slow. Overall it was good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Swan Thieves audiobook cover art

Beautiful and amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-10

I loved it almost as much as The Historian. It is completely different. Incredible characters and as detailed and rich as any painting. Totally worth the credits.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Eclipse audiobook cover art

2nd Half better than 1st Half

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-09

The Twilight Saga is good but not nearly as amazing or interesting at the Mortal Instruments series. I just wish Bella would stop letting herself be abused and manipulated by these two boys. I wish there was less about the romances and more about the vampire and werewolf worlds.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful