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  • Ashes

  • Ashes Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ilsa J. Bick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Readable Story About the End of the World

  • By Aser Tolentino on 09-25-12

Gripping!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

I loved this book!!! Now I'm going crazy waiting for the sequels. Ilsa J. Bick grabbed me from the very beginning and carried me through to the last page. She's a fine writer who knows how to craft an exciting, deeply engaging story. The narrater of "Ashes," Katherine Kellgren, gave an exceptional performance and I hope to hear lots more from her in the future. My only complaint is that the next two books aren't available yet!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Everlost

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident...but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to go, either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Surprise Gem

  • By Phillip on 05-01-14

Creative and Creepy Neverland

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

I loved the idea for the book and was hooked from start to finish. All the characters' motives, whether good or bad, were solid and believable. There were times I laughed out loud, and I especially enjoyed Ally's sarcastic, quick-thinking survival skills. She reminded me of Wonderland's Alice and Neverland's Tinker Bell rolled into one. I definitely recommend "Everlost" to anyone looking for something fun and different.

  • Rosemary and Rue

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 1
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,745

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fairy tale with grit.

  • By Jan on 06-14-10

Engaging Faerie Tale and Talented Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-10-11

The woman who reviewed Rosemary and Rue and had only negative things to say about Mary Robinette Kowal couldn't be more wrong. I'm so glad I ignored her comments and gave both McGuire and Kowal a chance. What a fantastic novel. I'm downloading the next two books in the series as I write this. If you like faerie mythology, suspense, and a good detective story, then you've got to give the October Daye books a try. I'm not easily impressed, but this series has enchanted me. The characterizations are fantastic, and I've never heard a narrator successfully engage so many different voices, personalities, and accents. I really felt as though the characters were alive as Kowal read. Toby Daye has won my heart. I hope this is only the beginning for Seanan McGuire. She's a gifted and imaginative writer.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful