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Stacy Lynne

EVERETT, WA, United States
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  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,938

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Whovian on 08-31-18

Teen Romance for Insecure Girl Who Discovers Magic

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoyed Twilight? The focus here is on the romance, the fantastical setting is secondary. If you feel like you could relate to a girl who is secretly special, who is insecure in her looks and feels like that could ruin her dating hopes/chances, or you have a secret crush on your childhood best friend, this book might work well for you.

What was most disappointing about Leigh Bardugo’s story?

I felt frustration that she was focusing on her crush over someone seemly disinterested in her, and I felt a lot more optimistic when she looked at other romantic options. I also got really angry that for the first quarter of the book, all the female characters are snide or viewed as competition. Even when the main character makes a female "friend" it seems like a very superficial relationship which I struggled to characterize as a real friendship. The main character constantly seems to focus on a sense that she isn't beautiful enough and that the beautiful people get all the things. There is character growth, but it doesn't feel like she grows much as a person.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book disappointed me. I like to read interesting magical frameworks with interesting plots. The magical system was thought out, but the focus of the book is the romance and it was a very cliche approach to romance. Basically, main character figures out she has magic and it causes some political responses, but she goes to learn magic and then has to decide which romance/world she wants. There are other complications, but everything is around the main romantic forces in her life or to emphasize her importance in the story.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen's Poisoner

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064

King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting story

  • By Eric on 04-03-16

Political Intrigue and Magic

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

I thought the narration was excellent; it really added to the world of the book by making characters so distinct.

The world itself is also fun; the culture has an emphasis on water, and everything related back to a belief in the fountain (where the series gets it's name).

Owen is the central figure. A young boy that is sent to the king as a hostage, but has a strongly sympathetic effect on much of the household, he slowly learns subtle skills to help him survive. The central question is whether all the help and knowledge he obtains will be enough.

My only reservation was how one character is called fat/unhealthy repeatedly as an insult. The character isn't evil and is more than just that representation, so it was something I could get past, but it was there.

I'm very excited to hear book two!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Updraft

  • Bone Universe, Book 1
  • By: Fran Wilde
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it

  • By G. Parish on 06-06-16

Steampunk Styled City

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

This one was a lot of fun. The narration was great, and the story was imaginative. The setting seemed rather steampunk - living "bone" cities and a culture based on flying. The main character has strong family ties and a passion for flying. (Flying is the main mode of transportation, and the basis of most trades.) This was a well written world, and definitely has a lot of political drama - sometimes a bit hard to listen to, since it's not a overly fair society. But the story is well told - and I highly recommend it!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Radiant

  • A Novel
  • By: Karina Sumner-Smith
  • Narrated by: Jeena Yi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman's ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai's home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body, any body, so that it can regain its position, while the Tower's rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but I feel some ideas may have been stolen.

  • By Justin on 07-08-19

Excellent characters and storytelling

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Best thing I've listened to in a long while. The story was interesting with wonderful world building; the characters were realistic and the main characters enthralling. The narrator had a flexible and pleasant voice that made for easy listening and the writing was very poetic. Highly recommended!

  • The Kid

  • What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant
  • By: Dan Savage
  • Narrated by: Dan Savage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

The syndicated sex-advice columnist of "Savage Love" tells a no-holds-barred story of an ordinary American couple who want to have a baby, except that in this case, the couple happens to be Savage and his boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Fun

  • By Stacy Lynne on 05-11-15

Funny and Fun

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

I love the sound of Dan Savage's voice; I've enjoyed listening to him since I went through the This American Life archives, so I love picking up the audible books that he narrates.

I delayed listening to The Kid because I wasn't certain how relevant it would seem today. Other than a few minor references that make it clear that this story wasn't written yesterday (mostly references to where LGBT rights are, or how living in Seattle was then) this story is deeply touching. It's about trying to make a family, how people relate to each other and define their roles, and of course, Dan Savage being himself. A very sweet, funny, and touching story. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful