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  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,732

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Lightning

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Laura Shane is a fighter. From the moment she was born, she has had to face many obstacles, and she has faced them with strength and courage.
Through some of the harder times in her life, her “guardian” Stefan has been there to save her. She learned to be tough and save herself too.
She developed very close and loving relationships with only a handful of people throughout the book. I think that is what I enjoyed the most. These people became so real to me. When I wasn’t listening or reading the book, I was thinking about what would happen next. I love books like this.
Christopher Lane is a perfect narrator. He made this great book even better.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,435

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Every character was rich and unique in this beautiful fantasy. Even the worst character had some small redeeming qualities. Luna is becomes enmagicked as a baby by accidentally being fed from the moon after the witch picks her up from the edge of the forest. The witch, Xan, is a kind and sweet powerful witch who has only the best interest at heart for the babies that are left for her every year. She keeps her home deep in the forest along with a Monster, Glerk, and a tiny dragon, Fyrian. When she realizes Luna cannot be left with any other family, she brings her home to her own family and loves her like her own granddaughter. After many (MANY) different mishaps, Xan realizes that she must lock away Luna’s powers until she is 13, when she can learn to better control her magic. With that decision, there comes consequences for Luna. She cannot learn about magic safely - or even at all.
Meanwhile in the Protectorate, there is a fog of sorrow over the people. One young man wants to bring this sorrow to an end and he thinks killing the witch is the only way.
I loved this book so much. Witches - Adventure - A tiny dragon - A cheeky monster - what more could I ask for!

  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

White Lies

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This book has so many twists and turns. I kept thinking I totally figured it out and then something else would happen, making me think, 'How could I be so wrong?' - then something else would happen! Ugh.
Alex is a doctor and is supposed to be ethical at all times. Jonathan is a 17 year old student and also a patient of hers. It comes out that Alex and Jonathan had an affair, but they both had very different version of what happened during their time together. Someone is lying, but who?
To be honest, I didn't understand where this was going in the beginning... but it quickly escalated to be a pretty intense story! Even right to the very end, I was left wondering!
Rachel Atkins is a great narrator.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,097

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Troublemaker

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I’ve always been fascinated by cults. Maybe I was in one in a past life... if there is such a thing as reincarnation.
I really like Leah Remini. She is outspoken and doesn’t back down. I watched the first 2 seasons of ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ awhile ago and still can’t get it out of my mind. All these poor people thinking they are helping the world and really they are just helping the “church.” It makes me sad.
This book was so good. So many details about Leah’s life just made it even more fascinating.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,690

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent vocal performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Pet Sematary

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Classic Stephen King. I started this one a long time ago and didn’t get into it at the time. I knew the premise and knew it would be a hard one as a parent. It was hard - and sad - and scary. I read the physical book in addition to listening to the audio-book and went back a couple times to reread the part where Luis talked to Ellie about faith and death. What a great way to explain to children. I could easily put myself in Luis’ shoes and know exactly why he did what he did.
What I love most about Stephen King is how real his characters are. Even though these crazy, unrealistic things happen in the stories, the people are real and relatable. I think that is why his books can scare me so much – the real characters, using real-life situations in extraordinary circumstances. He is just so talented.
Speaking of talent, Michael C. Hall was an excellent choice for narrator of this book. He made the story come alive for me.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • By: Jeff Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need the cartoons!

  • By Catherine on 04-17-08

Cute book

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

My kids loved this so much. Greg is a funny guy! I’m sure they will want to listen to this one again!

  • The Gods Beneath: Age of Magic - A Kurtherian Gambit Series

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 7
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

The quest to save the Oracle forces Team BBB to split up: one group heads to the top of an ancient mountain, the other into the depths of a haunted jungle. For Hannah, it’s an all out fight that pushes her magic to the limits, while Karl is tasked with something far more challenging - diplomacy. Both groups will need to depend on the strength of their teammates, while cautiously navigating the cultures and practices of strange, new inhabitants of the furthest reaches of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gods Beneath: The Rise of Magic, Book 7

  • By JJLarson on 10-19-18

The Gods Beneath: The Rise of Magic, Book 7

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Karl dancing. I think that was what made this book so great. Karl is still my favorite.
The BBB is split into 2 groups for part of this book, Hannah, Sal, Parker, Laurel need to find the tech by going through the jungle and Gregory, Karl, Aysa, and Hadley are hunting crystals in the mountains. Both groups are equally in danger for different reasons. Some of the twists I didn’t see coming! Especially the “gods” – that was really a surprise and… well – I can’t think of a words I want to use without giving anything away. I really like meeting new characters and hope there is more of Vitali of the Lynqi in the next book.

  • Darkness Rises

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 6
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Magic’s biggest secrets are finally revealed. After weeks of travel aboard the Unlawful, Hannah and Team BBB make it to their destination on the far corner of the known world. New Romanov. The home of the Oracle. And they arrive not a moment too soon as the evil forces bent on Irth’s destruction launch another attack. Hannah’s new enemy is bigger and badder than anything she’s encountered, and it is going to take all the power of her team - and more - to stop it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness Rises: The Rise of Magic, Book 6

  • By JJLarson on 10-15-18

Darkness Rises: The Rise of Magic, Book 6

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The authors notes brought me right back to being an awkward teen falling in love with the Dragonlance series and living in that world for a while. I borrowed those books from a fellow awkward teen and had to give them back when after his home had burned down and he lost most of his things. I actually was, of course, happy those books got saved from the fire because I had borrowed them – but was sad to give them back. Fantasy books have always, since Dragonlance, been among my favorites to read. This installment didn’t disappoint. Hannah and her group are finally able to get to the home of the Oracle and have to fight beasts unlike anything they have ever seen before. I appreciate the deepening bonds with all the characters. This book was very good!

  • Unlawful Passage: Age of Magic

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 5
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Even heroes need a vacation. Unfortunately, Hannah and her friends chose the wrong beach. The Oracle needs help. She's dying, and only Ezekiel knows that the world will die along with her. Hannah and her team take up the call without hesitation. The only problem? It takes a freaking long time to cross the world. While putting their quest on hold for a much needed rest stop and resupply, Karl, Hadley, and Laurel get captured by some angry locals, who accuse them of kidnapping their leader's son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unlawful Passage: The Rise of Magic, Book 5

  • By JJLarson on 10-09-18

Unlawful Passage: The Rise of Magic, Book 5

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book in the series was more of a side quest. After a long time of traveling in the air, everyone decides it is time for a little break. Poor Karl is air-sick, so he was looking forward to some time on solid ground. Of course a break isn't really what they get. Soon after they land, part of their group is captured by some strange looking people who accuse them of kidnapping the leader's son. Of course they have to try to get the son back to prove their innocence. I liked this one. I still love Karl. Sal drinking coffee is pretty funny too!

  • Revolution: A The Rise of Magic, Book 4

  • By: C. M. Raymond, L. E. Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

"No matter what," she said, "tomorrow ends with blood." Adrien's master plan has been revealed and the battle lines are drawn. With the ashes of the Boulevard still hanging in the air, Hannah and team must race to prepare their ragtag army before the full might of Arcadia descends upon them. While Karl works to whip his troops into shape, Parker invades the belly of the beast, and Hannah and Ezekiel head on diverging paths to seek help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 09-27-17

Revolution: The Rise of Magic, Book 4

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Another great book. I am glad to see how things turned out for Adrian and a few of his cohorts. I wish some of these things would've happened sooner in the series. Hannah is getting stronger in each book. Karl is my favorite character so far.