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P.D. Pabst

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  • 13 Ways to Midnight

  • The Midnight Saga
  • By: Rue Volley
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Sixteen-year-old Echo Navarri, daughter of world-famous archaeologists Alice and Peter Navarri, had spent her life traveling from one expedition to the next as her parents unearthed lost civilizations. On their 13th dig, Midnight, Echo's twin sister, disappears without a trace. This prompts a year-long search that leaves the family nearly broken. In an attempt to find some closure, they reluctantly host a mock funeral for Midnight without ever recovering her remains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-27-17

Inconsistencies and plot holes, but good Premise.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

There are a lot of inconsistencies and plot holes,, as well as repetition of actions that were stated back-to-back and just worded in different ways. Also, there were some major similarities with Twilight in certain spots of the storyline, which made it feel like a rip-off (or is this what fan fiction is because I've never read it). And the narrator's Scottish and Romanian accents lacked experience. Also, with Echo's twin's name in the title, I kept waiting to learn the steps (13) of how she finds her way back to her in the veil, but it never happened. That would've been cool. However, with all this said, the premise was good, so the story wasn't boring. It just felt incomplete in several ways.

  • Air and Ash

  • TIDES, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Kaitlin Bellamy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

After a lifetime of training, 17-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission - and fails. Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battle worthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile's blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Amazing!

  • By HeatherY on 09-15-17

Interesting and Frustrating at the same time.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I was very intrigued by Nile's brother and the possibility of finding a way to help him control his magic. I thought he'd be in the book more as being an uncontrolled obstacle, but he wasn't. This somehow disappointed me. And though I found the tale of a princess journeying undercover as a common sailor interesting, I often had to remind myself that the author was, in fact, a woman and not a man, because I had a hard time believing some of the responses Nile would give. I felt disengaged with the character sometimes, but this might be from the telling narration, rather than showing. I cared more about her and her brother, than her journey on the ship with Domenic. I never felt true energy between them. And it took way to long for Nile to finally use her magic, like the next to last chapter, I think. And the cliffhanger was unsatisfactory because I believe the story ended to soon, and much of the middle could have been cut. However, I didn't dislike the story, it just wasn't a favorite. The audible narrations was VERY GOOD! The way Kaitlin Bellamy changed her voice with different characters made the story come to life, like watching a movie, which honestly might be what kept me listening. LoL

  • Two Can Keep a Secret

  • By: Karen M. McManus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age 17. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now, Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening

  • By James ODonnell on 01-09-19

Another Great Whodunnit!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Karen wove another great story that left me constantly wondering how girls, that either disappeared or were found murdered many years apart, were connected. And every time a new clue popped up, it would point in a different direction for the possibility of entirely different criminal. This story will keep you guessing until the very end. And you could hear the emotion in both narrators as they read, which made the characters come alive. I highly recommend this!

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  • Flunked

  • By: Jen Calonita
  • Narrated by: Kristin Condon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly... but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself). Until she gets caught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun fairytale retelling

  • By Kira on 10-30-15

Fair Story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Despite a few inconsistencies the story was enjoyable. I did expect a few more hardships than what occurred, but the characters were fun to hear about.

  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Attempt - Poor execution

  • By Joseph Reeves on 09-21-17

Engrossing Read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I loved the idea of current gifts and the worlds Veronica created. The tension stayed steady and I never quite new what to expect. The only reason I didn't give the story a five was because of a few inconsistencies and words that threw me out of the world. For example she mentioned a sparrow and I wondered how a bird from earth had gotten in these make believe places. Other than that, this was an engrossing read.

  • Easy Go

  • By: Michael Crichton, John Lange
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. And when a professor of archeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh's lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial site - and plunder it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archeological Adventure in 1960's Egypt

  • By Hans Rigelman on 08-01-17

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This was my first Michael Crichton novel and didn't find it as adventurous as I'd hoped (not like the movie Jurassic Park based on his book). The beginning got off to a slow start for me. However, I loved the details about the Egyptian tomb and wound up engrossed in the story. I kept waiting for one of the characters to betray another and it never happened, which was a nice change of pace. The ending was pleasantly unexpected and I ended the novel with a smile. I enjoyed it enough to try another.

  • The Girl from Everywhere

  • By: Heidi Heilig
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, the Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought - 1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life - her entire existence - is at stake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Dismal Hawaiian Pronunciation

  • By HawaiiGirl on 03-03-16

Fantastic Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

The detail of the ship and Nix's surroundings put me directly into the story. And having ready some of the legend/myths that had been woven into the story made it even more intriguing. Heidi made me want to jump on a boat and sail to places I haven't been, especially Hawaii. And having a touch of romance didn't hurt, but I promise light. I definitely recommend this story.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,006

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Good World Building

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Not sure why my review never showed after I read my book on kindle. It asked me and I wrote it. All I can say now is that this was brilliant! Though there were times that the various POVs had my head aching, but I really loved the story. And I remember wondering if the MC's mother had really gone insane. Perhaps it was magic that inspired her odd behavior, but I won't tell, you'll have to read.

  • Cruel Beauty

  • By: Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom - all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him. Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her 17th birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the 900-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle - a shifting maze of magical rooms - enthralls her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Unexpexted, Not your average retelling

  • By Patty on 01-30-14

I Couldn't Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I couldn't stop listening! Seriously, after I read the story, I was so impressed with Rosamund's imagination twisting old fairytales, I searched out more of her books to read. I highly recommend Cruel Beauty. I was so impressed I blogged about it:-)

  • Bigger than a Bread Box

  • By: Laurel Snyder
  • Narrated by: Chris Fogg
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for-as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her Gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally found a book my 5th grader would read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-16

An Inventive Magical Read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This story made me laugh and cry. And I loved the inventive way the bread box was used for magic. Rebecca got into some unintentional mischief and it was interesting to see the approach she took to fix things. I'm thankful this book had been recommended to me. Worth it!