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  • Abducting Abby

  • The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 1
  • By: S. E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315

Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain while she creates beautiful works of art and enjoys the peace and quiet. All that changes when a strange golden spaceship crash lands on it. Now Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NEW SEXY SCI-FI SPECIES HAS LANDED GIRLS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-06-15

Misogynist Alien abducts Earth Woman

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

What did you like best about Abducting Abby? What did you like least?

I liked Abby and the premise of the Alien biology. I disliked Zoran, he is everything I loathe in a person – selfish, bullying, controlling and thoughtless. He never has to face any consequences for his terrible selfish behaviour.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Abby is an interesting person and the things we learn about the Aliens and their culture. The tension of the disturbingly unbalanced sheriff tracking her held my interest. The least interesting were some of the sex scenes. I was prepared to forget continuing with the story when some of the sex scenes were written from the point of view of a preteen boy fantasizing about sexually dominating a girl. The part where sodomizing the heroine is an essential part of process - please!

Which character – as performed by David Brenin – was your favorite?

David is a fantastic narrator. He handled all the characters brilliantly. I really appreciated the way he brought out each character's individuality as he inhabited them in the story

Did Abducting Abby inspire you to do anything?

Only to not continue with this series - a good idea but not well developed. It is amazing to me that a King could not even protect his queen from being raped by other men in his own house but has to flee?

Any additional comments?

Not a book for grown-ups

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Destroyer

  • Rewinder, Book 2
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

With the whole of human history altered, Denny Younger may be the last rewinder in existence - and the last person on Earth with a chaser unit capable of time travel. While caring for his ailing sister, Denny must discover a way to recharge his device before he's left with no defense against a past that wants him dead. Before long, Denny notices a mysterious stranger following him - keeping tabs on Denny, his family, and his friends. Is Denny just paranoid?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration! Terrible story.

  • By Woodrow M Bell on 03-26-16

The Hero is an Idiot and learns nothing

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Would you listen to Destroyer again? Why?

No, the writing is good and the story interesting if a bit long. My frustration with the story is the unbelievably naïve hero of this tale. Nobody could be this clueless.

If you’ve listened to books by Brett Battles before, how does this one compare?

The first book in this series was terrific and I eagerly bought the next book in the series. But this book is long and frustrating. The performance by Vikas Adams is excellent and the quality of the writing is good, but the story itself becomes frustrating with the ridiculous decisions made by the 'hero'

Which scene was your favorite?

There are lots of great passages written so well you can see everything clearly in your mind. No one favourite though as the bungling hero keeps messing up and ruining the important moments.

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

It made me frustrated in so many places, only a moron would think and react the way this hero is written.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this book, it is a very poor sequel to the first book. I wanted to enjoy this tale but could not believe the dopy thoughts and decision the hero makes. I won't be buying anymore books in this series.

  • The Sound of Glass

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little

  • By Jennifer on 08-08-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

I found this story fascinating and compelling. The pace is perfect, The characters, all of them, with all their flaws are people I can empathise with.

As the story unfolds and the pieces fit together it is hard to stop listening. The interweaving of the different lives and how they affect each other is all engrossing.

Watching the personal development of the main character and how she brings the different storylines together makes a fantastic conclusion to this very satisfying book.

This is the best book I have listened to this year please give it a chance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enchanted, Inc.

  • A Novel
  • By: Shanna Swendson
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story of magic.

  • By Debbie on 02-07-14

Fantastic Fun reminds me of Molly Harper's wit

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Enchanted, Inc. to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the audio book, I can say that Eva Wilhelm does a fantastic job creating the different characters and her comic timing is perfect

What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchanted, Inc.?

Katie's observations when faced with a unique situation, her ability to cope with the extraordinary. Think kissing frogs - it will make sense when you get the book

Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favorite?

Katie by far but her portrayal of Katie's girlfriends was excellent too

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

Yes I found myself looking for excuses to listen to more when I should be doing other things

Any additional comments?

The pace is fantastic, Shanna Swendson keeps the story rolling perfectly - no dull bits
I am downloading 'Once Upon Stilettos' the next book in the series while I am writing this review

  • Broken Soul

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 8
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am speechless.

  • By Amanda on 10-16-14

Buy this book you will love it

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

What made the experience of listening to Broken Soul the most enjoyable?

From the very beginning the story is gripping and very well told, you engage with the main characters immediately. I found the story compelling, I just wanted to keep listening to find out what would come next.

What did you like best about this story?

It is fast paced, there is no chance you could get bored. I don't want to give too much of the story away but Jane increases her range of powers and uses them well. I also liked the explanations of some of the things touched upon in the earlier books.

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

Yes I have listened to all the Jane Yellowrock series and love Khristine's performances in all of them

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

There were a lot of heart in throat moments and lots of times I felt like cheering. Of all the books this one shows a more settled, self aware & self confidant Jane.

Any additional comments?

I look forward the next book in this series. Great story telling. I will give it a few weeks and listen to this book again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 3
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,432

Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny Book!

  • By Leslie on 02-13-10

Fantastic, but you should read 1 & 2 first

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the story is well written, witty and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the main character (Jane) is developed, how despite the fact that fate seems to conspire against her, her good sense and positive outlook gets her through. The exasperating family reminds me of my own, I think most people can relate.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hmmm there are so many good scenes - I got a chuckle going when she had to deal with her benefactors nephew - especially when she snarled at him and his reaction.

I am a bit of a sucker for a happy ending so I think the meeting of minds with her sister - I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil the story. Family is a big part of these stories and all the stuff you have to put up with from the relatives.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Nice girl makes good - eventually!

Any additional comments?

Start with book 1 'Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs' it would be a shame to not enjoy the entire romp.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Here on Earth

  • By: Tim Flannery
  • Narrated by: Tim Flannery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Tim Flannery’s first major book since The Weather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Here on Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin and Wallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth’s ecosystems and could lead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futures depend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Next Jared Diamond

  • By Michael Dowd on 08-19-11

As the title says there is hope for our future

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

Where does Here on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has become one of may favourite books. It is very interesting and easy to understand and the arguments are backed up with internationally recognized scientific reports and studies.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not a character driven book but if you believe in Gaia, then she is my favourite character

Which scene was your favorite?

I most enjoyed:
- the tracing of the history of our species, we are often referred to as the upright apes in the book. I found it fascinating to learn about the other species of the genus Homo that came before us and how the different migrations around the planet formed our predecessors and us.
- the outlining of the positive things that are being done and can be done to ensure our future and that of our planet

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Are we smart enough to save ourselves and our planet?

Any additional comments?

I like this book so much I bought it twice: first as a paperback when it first came out then I decided to buy it again as an audio book so that I could enjoy it again on a recent 10 hour interstate drive. The author has a pleasant voice and I got so much more from the book the second time round - enjoy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful