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  • Emily the Strange

  • The Lost Days
  • By: Rob Reger
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/ saxophone/ zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast.... and pointing and laughing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Margarita Bustamante on 08-09-17

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

This book will make the mad scientist inside feel jealous and gleeful all at once. Perhaps the resultant heady giddiness will influence new experiments?

  • You Are So Undead to Me

  • By: Jay Stacey
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Penny on 06-15-09

Fun and Easy

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

This is a fun zombie gore fest/ queen-bee mean girl coming of age story. Its also funny and heartwarming . . . somehow. . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Strange things are happening: old friends disappearing, angels (or devils) clambering on the fire escapes of New York City. But for Pearl, Moz, and Zahler, all that matters is the band. As the city reels under a mysterious epidemic, the three combine their talents with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractured mind can glimpse the coming darkness. Will their music stave off the end? Or summon it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh god......

  • By Pat on 08-17-17

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 09-06-12

This is the first Westerfeld novel to which I have listened. I found it rollicking fun and an excellent escapist romance (in the chivalric sense of the word). From a distance, the premise is simple (music is the staff of life), but the presentation is complex (societal collapse). The author weaves plague, vampire, and scientific mythology throughout the story, along with his apparent love of guitar driven music. In fact, one of the aspects of the book which was most enjoyable was the character's interaction with music, and how the drastic changes to the environment around them (a plague, city abandonment, military rule) effected their relationship to each other and the music. They protagonists are teenagers, and somewhat lack in empathy and awareness. Nonetheless, they are compelling in their various reasons for being where they when their world changes. Another aspect which made the novel enjoyable was the use of place as a character. Authors and filmmakers love to destroy New York City. This novel was able to do so with gritty aplomb without a major natural disaster.

The narrators characterize each individual very well. They are able to make each one shine as it's own individual entity.

  • Arrows of the Queen

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Carole Edie Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-07

Enjoyed the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-06-12

This book is a favorite guilty pleasure. It is part of the earlier Valdemar series and one of, or the, first of the ones depicting Queen Seleney's reign. The novel is a world builder, not bogged down in repetition that clogs the storytelling in this series. Familiarity makes it extra important to enjoy the reading. This narrator speaks in the cadences of the Northeast US. She bites the words and rounds the vowels in such a way that it may be disturbing to people who don't clip their words or rapidly tattoo a sentence. However, to me, it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience, as these are the tones of home. Many times I felt she was feeling compassionate and warm in her characterization. Overall, this audiobook will remain on the rainy day shelf.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful