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  • Genesis

  • Return to Eden, Book 1
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Iesha Nyree
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Christin Kinsey started the day with nothing more pressing than an English exam. But when an EMP attack knocked out all technology across the globe, she found herself in the mountains of Georgia trying to stay alive in a world suddenly thrown back in time 100 years or more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story ruined by bad narration

  • By chris on 09-22-16

Wolverines!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Genesis the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed listening as each of the characters grew into their powers. Hearing the description of each one using their element somehow made it a bit easier to visualize.

I always enjoy hearing what the narrator does with each character's voice.

It makes me want to go back and listen to one of John's books that I have already read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Genesis?

Having frequented the Downtown Asheville area, one of the most memorable moments was when the group comes back to it, post event. Picturing the city in a post event state is a lot easier when you have been there before.

What does Iesha Nyree bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Iesha did a great job giving each character their own voice and captured the emotional moments very well. The exchange with Dave and his parents sticks out quite a bit.

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

I always chuckle when I read a Hartness book. I am a huge GEEK so most of his movie, tv show, gaming and geek culture references make me laugh.

Losing Mr. Freeman wasn't something I saw coming so that got me a little.

Any additional comments?

I've lived in NC my entire life so I deeply understand some of the religious/cultural tones and really appreciate the way 'the group' handled those moments. I am not sure progressive believer is the right term BUT I echo exactly what Mr. Freeman told the kids about their new found powers. And I won't quote it here because you should here it for yourself :)


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shards of the Glass Slipper

  • Queen Cinder
  • By: Roy A. Mauritsen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Can a group of heroes, including Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, help General Snow White and her dwarven resistance fighters defeat the tyrannical Queen Cinderella? And will they succeed before a war with Wonderland destroys everything? Their only hope to stop Cinderella's quest for power lies with a young girl named Patience Muffet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy seen from a yet unexplored angle

  • By U.P. on 07-14-15

I could almost SEE the story unfold

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

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

I would and I have. Shards of the Glass Slipper is a great story, narrated brilliantly and further enhanced by background music and sound effects. It was great fun to listen to.

What other book might you compare Shards of the Glass Slipper to and why?

I can't think of another book it is like...

Just imagine reading about a character from your childhood and finding out they had a very different life than the one you read about...oh and imagine that ALL of those childhood characters are in the same world now :)

Which scene was your favorite?

There are SOOOOOO many great scenes in this story and my answer might change tomorrow but for right now, the scene where Siranka creates the title wave and pulls Hamalin to safety...great, great scene.

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

The Fairytale You Only Thought You Knew By Heart

Any additional comments?

I could really talk about the book in great length but don't want to spoil it for anyone :)

If it helps at all, I listened to the book straight through at work and finished it in a couple of days. I have the second book ready to read and will listen to it when it becomes an Audible selection.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,186

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

I listened straight through my workday!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

Suspense straight through!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Train?

The most memorable moment for me was when clarity washes over Rachel and she realizes that she isn't the awful person she has been led to believe that she is.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having three narrators was sheer brilliance. It set the tone of each section in a way that truly separated each of the main characters. It was so easy to get into each one of their stories, gave them each a voice. It would have probably would have conveyed in the book itself but I am very glad I gave it a listen the first round!

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

It was made into a film that comes out this weekend, so I'll leave this alone ;)

Any additional comments?

From chapter one, I was pulled onto the train, right beside Rachel. I began to imagine Jason and Jess and even the other people in the other houses along the train route. It was so easy to get lost along with her. As I mentioned above, I listened and was done with the book in a day and a half (work hours) and I was very sad that it ended. It had been a long time since I was held that captivated by a narrative...I will be looking for more work from this author as well as other books in this genre!