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Kenosha, Wi, United States
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  • The Darkest Part of the Forest

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Wrena on 01-28-15

Another Perfect Adaptation of Classic Fairytales

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Holly Black has, from her first book, been a master at weaving classic fairytale (the truly classic kind, not the Disney retellings many of us grew up with) into stories set in the Modern age. she doesn't create a new world so much as tease the reader with the idea that, right at the edge of the reality we know, lurks a world of magic and ancient beings that has always been there.
My boyfriend and I listened to this audio book last week on a road trip. He is not a fan of audio books but agreed to try one while it was my turn to drive, and chose this from my collection almost at random. He's never read a Holly Black novel, but this book has converted him, to both wanting to read her other books and to wanting to give audio books a try in the future. We did not finish the book during drive but he insisted we finish before the whole trip was over, choosing this book over his podcasts or movies. He was absolutely hooked until the very end.
The story is delightfully dark, a tale of family and love and the bonds those create, but without ever feeling heavy. All the characters are complex, with goals and flaws and pasts that have made them who they are and shape the choices they make as the story unfolds. The Narrator brings out every emotion and nuance in the characters, not just reading the lines but acting them out.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure, who wants to believe that there is magic all around but just out of sight, and who is ok with knowing that fairies may have wings and may sparkle but also probably may bite.

  • Switched

  • My Sister the Vampire, Book 1
  • By: Sienna Mercer
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

When Olivia Abbott moves to town, she's excited to join the cheerleading team and make new friends. Then she meets Ivy Vega. At first, Ivy, pale and dressed all in black, looks like Olivia's opposite. Then the girls look beyond the glittery pink blush and thick black eyeliner to discover they're identical - identical twins! Olivia and Ivy are brimming with plans to switch places and pull every twin trick in the book. But Olivia soon discovers that she and Ivy aren't exactly the same. Ivy's a vampire. And she's not the only one in town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By Dives Lopes on 02-20-15

A Very Entertaining Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I'll admit it: I'm biased to find this book amusing. I have a twin sister who's really into vampires and wore all black in high school, and I was a varsity cheerleader all four years. I had to buy this book just for the parallels.

But it was super entertaining. The narrator really captured the tone of the writing, and it's intended teenage audience. And she did a great job making sure you knew who was talking, even as the twins kept switching places and trying to be each other.

It's a fun, feel-good listen if you're looking for something light and not terribly long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From a High Tower

  • Elemental Masters, Book 10
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

From a High Tower is newest adventure in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series, featuring a retelling of Rapunzel's not-so-happily-ever-after ending.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Still Not Great

  • By Erzebet on 11-12-15

Good but Still Not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Though the switch to Germany and it's plethora of tales has helped restore the faith in this series I lost when Steadfast came out, there's still something missing. The story is entertaining and the characters are interesting, but the flow is almost too smooth. When the final conflict came it was somewhat predictable, and the only "surprise" at the end was actually rather underwhelming.

Overall, it's worth reading as part of the series. But it's not going to be the book that makes your week, or the one that keeps you awake at night to see how the chapter ends. if you like the series then it's an enjoyable listen to pass the time. Otherwise all that can be said about it is that it's an interesting adaptation of Rapunzel, as well as an interesting look into certain aspects of German culture that aren't often discussed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonsinger

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discription Diffrent

  • By debra on 07-10-11

Still a Great Book (and the reader isn't that bad)

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

I personally don't get the big fuss over the reader's voice, though I did find it a little annoying how she had a hint of amusement in her voice at the end of too many lines, as it wasn't always appropriate for the scene. and it would have been nice if they had managed a production with singing and music, as it's such an integral part of the story.
All that aside, I've always loved this book. It's my favorite of the trilogy, and one of my very favorite of the Pern novels in general. It's good for lots of ages; I first read it in middle school and have read it many times since, without it ever losing any of its charm. I will always recommend this book, and will suggest at least trying the audio version despite some of the other reviews concerning the reader's performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Reserved for the Cat

  • Elemental Masters
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Mirabai Galashan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Based loosely on the tale of Puss in Boots, Reserved for the Cat takes place in 1910 in an alternate London. A young dancer, penniless and desperate, is sure she is going mad when a cat begins talking to her mind-to-mind. But her feline guide, actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, helps her to impersonate a famous Russian ballerina and achieve the success she's been dreaming of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good one for Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series

  • By Bonnie on 08-23-12

A Great Book, But Unimpressive Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or Mirabai Galashan?

I love this author, and this series in particular. You can tell she does a lot of research to create a historically accurate setting for her tales to juxtapose the magic, which she also seeks to ground in lore and fact. The narrator, however, is not my favorite. Her accents are terrible, and there is always a sense that she has not read the story in advance. She stumbles over foreign words and those she does not know (it's always easy to tell when she doesn't) and often puts the wrong emphasis on syllables in a word or words in a sentence, as if she is reading without full comprehension. She's tolerable and not the worst I've ever heard by any means, but it's hard to lose oneself in the story if the narrator isn't guiding properly.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirabai Galashan?

Only if she does another in this series, because the books are good enough to put up with her slightly clumsy style of narrating.

Was Reserved for the Cat worth the listening time?

Yes, despite the narrator. I love this book enough to own both a physical copy and the audiobook, and always enjoy re-reading or listening to it again.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful