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  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Beautiful

  • By Katherine on 07-08-14

The anti-religion message got too strong

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Man! I kind of hate it when an author ruins her own excellent book or series by force-feeding a personal view or belief (or in this case lack of one) down her reader's throats. I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but try as I might, I could not stomach this one all the way to the very end because the blatant anti-religion (primarily anti-Christian of course) message became nauseating. Full disclosure, I'm a Christian, otherwise it probably wouldn't bother me, however, I don't need the books I read to reflect my values. I have enjoyed many books that had a word view, whether realistic or fantasy, that does not align with mine. Where I take issue is the fact that Laini Taylor decided in this book to cram her clearly anti-religious view down my throat with a pitchfork. I tried to ignore it, then I tried skimming pretty much all the parts that start "Arrival:" Finally, I just got fed up. It's a real shame too, because the base story between Karou and Akiva/Seraphim and Chimera was very good. I was 100% on board and loving the first 2 books, but an author can only go so far with an agenda in a work of fiction and this crossed way over that line. This is my opinion and my personal choice of embracing this book, I understand that. I would just caution any person of faith to be ready to be offended, angry, or disgusted by increasingly large parts of this book as it progresses. It is really disappointing because there was real promise in these books. Khristine Hvam was, as always, excellent despite the material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Venom & Vanilla

  • The Venom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 922

Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn't want to die. But when she's infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil - or in this case, a warlock. Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew - and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of "Supe" no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don't know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Book Junkie on 11-08-16

Not her best!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I don't know what went wrong here, I have read/listened to 3 of Shannon Mayer's series (Elementals, Rylee Adamson, and Nix) and loved them all so I assumed this one would be good too. I just can't get into it. The main character is pretty irritating, the plot is clunky, and the narrative is forced. I had to make myself finish it. Skip this one and do her big series. Maybe this was an earlier attempt or rushed writing, it feels very different from her other books.

  • Rise of a Phoenix

  • The Nix Series, Book 3
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 353

To save my son, I would give up my soul. To survive this journey and stop those who face us, I may have to do just that. My son is waiting for me to bring him home, to rescue him from the horrors he’s faced on his own. I won’t take the chance to find him only to fail him again. Which means I must unearth a way to kill his captor, a man who is immortal. A man who made a deal with the devil to attain his power. As it stands, there is only one way to end that monster’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Mander on 12-31-17

Khristine Hvam is the best

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I'm pretty sure I would listen to anything Khristine Hvam narrates, but apart from that, this is a great ending to a great series.

  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,815

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

Still the best

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I have listened to hundreds of audio books and I feel that Khristine Hvam's narration of Jane Yellowrock books are as good as it gets. I'm so sad I have to wait for another.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,952

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Frankly...kind of boring

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

First of all, Rosario Dawson was a fantastic narrator. The story is just flat. The characterizations were fine and the humor was nice but, oh my goodness, it just went on and on about technical details that lent nothing to the story. It was more of an engineering lesson than a caper. Authors are preached to to 'show, don't tell' - this book is about 65% 'tell' and it makes it tedious and boring. Every time she (the main character) launched into her next explanation of some technical or chemical process I wanted to scream. The characters and setting could have been used for a great story, but this wasn't it.

  • Maximum Ride

  • School's Out - Forever
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Valentina De Angelis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Brave bird-kid Max and her flock fly south on a perilous quest to find their parents, after having rescued Angel and recovered secret documents about their origins. But just when they think they've finally escaped the hungry claws of evil Erasers, they're discovered by an FBI agent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very bummed that this is the abridged version :(

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-05-16

Over-produced and lacking

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I read/listen to a ton of YA, so it's not a genre issue when I say that this audio book misses the mark. The main problem is that, like seemingly everything in the James Patterson universe, it is grossly over-produced. The 'background music' is distracting and too loud and Max's 'voice' sounds like it's coming from a tin can and is hard to understand. It's not the narrator's fault at all, she did her best with the writing, but the writing just isn't very good. I would put it at a middle grades level, although I know it's not sophisticated enough for my 6th grader. My 3rd grader would be the best fit for the material and production. The plot has huge holes and the 'evil corporation out to ruin the world' trope is lazy. All in all, if you love YA and you are over the age of 9 you can skip this one. The first audio book (unabridged version) was fine, but this one was tough to endure.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,447

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Narrator Change Didn't Ruin It

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I loved the first two books in the series and was looking forward to this one when I noticed that the narrator was different. I generally hate when there is a narrator change in a series told from the same perspective, especially if you are binge listening. It tends to be so distracting that it can ruin it. Luckily this narrator sounded almost identical to the previous one and did an equally excellent job. I might not have even known they were different narrators. That being said, it was a great end to a great series, well worth the listen!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cruel Beauty

  • By: Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 822

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

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Another stunner from both author and narrator. Richly imagined, ingenious use of Roman mythology, layered and nuanced. A cutting look at human nature and unconditional love.

  • Crimson Bound

  • By: Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

When Rachelle was 15, she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than a LRRH Retelling

  • By mcallisterjd on 07-02-15

Gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This was a beautiful tale for fairy tale lovers. The narrator is absolutely perfect. It is a wonderfully layered and complex tale and fun to listen to.

  • The Death Cure

  • Maze Runner, Book 3
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,161

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very young adult

  • By Paula on 01-15-15

super awesome series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

the maze runner series is one of my all time favorite series of books. READ THEM.