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  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Eric Shields on 02-08-08

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone else who likes fantasy. Again it was very good and I think you wool like it too.

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  • The Wednesday Wars

  • By: Gary D. Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Holling Hoodhood is really in for it. He's just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows is out to get him. The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things to worry about, especially Vietnam. Then there's the family business. As far as Holling's father is concerned, the Hoodhoods need to be on their best behavior: the success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2008 Newberry Honor Book... delightful 60's romp

  • By Jan on 06-12-12

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

Reminiscent of the Wonder years, this is a story about a 7th grade boy growing up in the early 60's. His relationship with his teacher, historical events and the challenges of being a kid in Junior High all all covered in this warm and engaging and funny story. Highly recommend for adults and middle schoolers alike!

  • Death Weavers

  • Five Kingdoms, Book 4
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258

Cole and his friends have made it to the fourth of the five kingdoms that comprise the Outskirts - Necronum, land of the dead. New allies and new dangers await....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional narrator

  • By Jonathan D. Mackay on 05-17-16

Awesome!!!!👍🏻😄😄😄

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

I loved this book. This in my opinion is the best book in the series so far.😄

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,505

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

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

This is a story about a socially inept, professor and his process of self discovery as he attempts a relationship with a woman. I actually laughed out loud at several points in the book and fell in love with the sweet and often clueless main character. It was a light, fun, and endearing read! Highly recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,747

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Bad ending

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-16

The ending of this book is horrible and really disappoints me since the other books are so good.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,262

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

This book made me think!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

I really enjoyed this book. A story about a prosecutor whose son is on trial for murder, the book explores interesting themes about nature versus nurture, what makes a "good" parent, the imperfections of the judicial system and complex family roles/dynamics. I'm glad I spent my credit on this one and would recommend to other readers.

  • Uglies

  • Uglies, Book 1
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation that erases all your flaws, transforming you from an "Ugly" into a "Pretty". She is on the eve of this important event and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also 15 - but with a very different outlook on life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deadpan narrator murders bubbly story.

  • By Mrs. T on 11-09-16

Interesting concept not fully materialized

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

This book was suggested to me several times by audible based on my reading history. While the concept of a future society where all must look "pretty" was an interesting concept, I was frustrated that the story did not come to a clear resolution at the end. Clearly the story is written to force the reader to buy the next in the series. There were points at which I was caught up with the characters and others where I could take it or leave it. This is not a page turner but did the job as a decent book to listen to in the car. Overall a so-so review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,864

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

Cinderella meets The Terminator

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

What a fun story! Every member of my family loved it. Princesses and a love story for my girls and a cyborg and robots to please the boy. Add to that characters with smarts and humor and a ruthless evil queen and this book is a great story for the whole family. Wholeheartedly recommend for all ages.

  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

This book filled in the missing pieces

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

A huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles series, I read this book out of curiosity and to pass the time until Winter - the next story in the series. This book, while sad, provided background that allows readers to better understand the characters and series storyline. Also, I was surprised to find that the first three chapters of Winter are at the end of this audio book! Bonus! A must read if you are a fan of The Lunar Chronicles.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,300

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Keep you on the edge of your seat sci-fi mystery!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

I thoroughly enjoyed 14. Peter Clines develops an interesting, motley crew of characters who find themselves in the midst of a strange mystery in their apartment building. At times the book gave me the heebie jeebies. At other times I laughed out loud! I expected an unsatisfying ending based on the other reviews but was happy with how the story wrapped up. Worth the read and I hope there is a sequel in the future!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful