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  • Doll Bones

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen - and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cute

  • By Tia on 09-18-15

A Creepy Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

What made the experience of listening to Doll Bones the most enjoyable?

Not quite knowing if the ghost was real or not, and in the end, leaving it up the reader to decide.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poppy.

The characters in Doll Bones reminded me a lot of myself when I was there age. While I was never into action figures, preferring to act out stories with my body, my friends and I were always played by making up worlds and stories. I was the oldest of the group, but like Poppy, I never gave those stories up. My friends changed, becoming interested in boys and while I pretended to be like them, my mind was always lost in a story, and it still is, only now I write my stories since adults never want to play unless it's LARP or cosplay, and those games have too many rules. Plus, I've always been a bit of a loner.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

He had a great range of voices, making them all sound unique.

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

Yes, but there wasn't time for that.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Another Great Faerie Story From Holly Black

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cruel Prince to be better than the print version?

This was my first audio book, and I'll admit, the only reason I chose it over print was because I have a concussion and I am not supposed to be reading or looking at screens for long. I find my self more immersed in the print world, but did, eventually, find myself equally drawn into this one.

I haven't read the print version of this book, but generally, print is still better than audio for me.

What other book might you compare The Cruel Prince to and why?

Holly Blacks other Faerie books (The Darkest Part of the Forest and Tithe).
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden

Have you listened to any of Caitlin Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any. This was my first audio book.

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

It got me through a week of recovering for a concussion. It got me to rest without breaking the protocol about not reading, and normally, rest and reading go hand in hand.

Any additional comments?

The story was as engaging and inclusive as blacks other works, and I loved seeing how it intersected with previous stories. I just wanted a little more of Kay and Robien.

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