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  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,831

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By kathrine on 06-19-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

A great reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. It's by far my favorite retelling. A well earned romance, great world building, and a plot that keeps you guessing.
I believe this is the first book in a series (cannot wait for the sequel!) but I appreciate how this book is a complete story on its own. Too many books end on cliff hangers nowadays, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breath of fresh air.

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Atopia Chronicles, Book 1

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 633

In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried and I tried...

  • By Jeri on 07-10-14

Great sci if story, horrible first narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

This book begins with the most annoying accent I have ever heard. But if you can get past the grating, nails-on-a-chalk-board, please-shoot-me-now voice in part one, you'll be rewarded with much better narrators whom's voices sound like the sweet serenade of angels after what you just preserved through.

Part one isn't all that bad, despite the awful narrator I was still hooked and fascinated by the amazing technology being explained, and it only gets cooler from there on out.

The first half of this book almost seemed like a collection of short stories, each exploring different themes and the fascinating abilities of nanotechnology in the use of virtual reality. I didn't mind this slow set up. I fully enjoyed every part, not worrying about how each seemingly unrelated storyline pertained to the overarching plot. But do not fear! Mather does not disappoint. All the stories merge together, the book picks up pace exponentially, and by the end you'll probably be surprised, satisfied, and happily awaiting the next installment. But in all honestly, I didn't love this book for the story, I loved it for the awesome technology.

What makes this book so cool is Mather's ability to make it believable. Our perception of reality and the space around us is only what our senses tell our brains, so once we figure out how to hijack our nervous system we can trick our brains into believing anything. I'm now patiently waiting for my own bag of smarticles that I can sprinkle over my head like pixie dust, then it's on to the multiverse! I'll be off on adventures in Middle Earth, or fighting the Alliance in a Firefly universe while my proxy makes sure my body is getting its exercise, eating healthy, and doing the dishes. Oh, and did I mention smarticles can trick your senses into thinking your tiny dorm room is actually a mansion that belongs in Beverly Hills, or that your boyfriend looks and sounds exactly like Ryan Gosling? (For a pricy fee, of course) And that by becoming a 'virtual consumer' you'll be saving the planet! Sounds pretty sweet, right?

Mather keeps the reader entertained with the endless possibilities that this new technology will unleash, and he doesn't shy away from the scary, dark, twisted, and down right disgusting ones either.

Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.

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 6,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,927

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

Everything I want in a book!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

What did you love best about Cress?

It's impossible to narrow it down to one thing...
I love the premise, it's like a mash up of Disney princesses and Star Wars or Firefly--3 of my favorite things, no big deal. Just kidding, this series makes me giddy. AND Marissa Meyer does not disappoint.

The plot is clever. Meyer puts her own spin on classic fairytales, intricately weaving together multiple stories while managing to remain true to the most beloved parts of the original.

The Characters. I love them. All of them. Meyer does such a great job with the group dynamic. I love how she brings the different princesses to life with all of their idiosyncrasies. I love each of them, it's hard to pick a favorite, which means there's never a dull chapter. Each POV keeps my attention, I never wanted to skip ahead to a different plot line. I love that the 'princes' have personalities, woo hoo! (thankfully Disney and Pixar are jumping on that bandwagon, too). Captain Thorne is my absolute favorite.
Oh, and we can't forget about our favorite sidekick, Iko, she is simply fabulous.

The narration. Rebecca Soler is the best narrator I've ever listened to (and I have a few dozen audiobooks). She really brings the characters alive, giving each one a perfect voice. She truly is an actor. Every emotion the character's are feeling come through in her tone and delivery, she has great comedic timing, great accents, and a pretty awesome robot voice. Not gonna lie, I'm jealous. She brings something to the story that I never would've gotten simply from reading it. There are times where her acting is so good I feel like I'm listening to a movie. Soler is the best. I wish she narrated more books.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot, characters, settings, adventure, the romance, and the world of The Lunar Chronicles. That's everything, right?

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't ask that of me, it's impossible to choose.

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

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

We need to get a petition going for Joss Whedon to turn this series into a movie.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful