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  • Shadowed Glass

  • The Lost Shards Book 3
  • By: Charlie Pulsipher
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Stranded thousands of years in the past on the distant planet of Ealdar, Kaden, Aren, and James are building a life and a community with what's left of Omegaphil. Rho is gone. Vander too. The universe seems safe, but adventure isn't done with anyone just yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the series, it'll be time well spent!

  • By Alex on 01-19-16

Epic Ending...or is it?

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

If you could sum up Shadowed Glass in three words, what would they be?

Mind Blown Again

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadowed Glass?

I loved that this book played with time and that the author was able to weave events so seamlessly together.

Have you listened to any of Keith Michaelson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I listened to the first 2 books in the Lost Shards series and thought this one was just a good.

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

Yes. It put me on the edge of my seat, and then in the back of my seat, and then on the edge of my seat again.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the fantasy books that stays with you hours, days, weeks after it's over. I find myself thinking about the extraordinary things the author was able to achieve and the characters who did those things. I'd totally recommend this book to those who love a good fantasy/scifi read. Well done!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Crystal Bridge

  • The Lost Shards, Volume 1
  • By: Charlie Pulsipher
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

The Egg followed Kaden home from the hospital. This glowing shell only he can see transports him across the emptiness between universes to distant worlds, but he's afraid to use it. This strange Egg may have saved Kaden's life once, but it failed to save anyone else he cares about. Aren's sight reaches deep into the souls around her, seeing more than she wants in her friends and teachers at school. When she turns her gaze on Kaden, his Egg responds by sending them spiraling across space and time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Right

  • By R. J. Thorne on 08-26-15

Sci-Fi Meets Fantasy in a Brilliant Way

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

What did you love best about The Crystal Bridge?

I liked the alternating views of the main characters. I kept waiting and waiting for them to all merge together. That kept me wanting to listen even more. I also loved the world building.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have to say it's a big toss up between Kaden and Aren. I could relate really well to both of them. I liked the mystery behind Aren's character and I wanted to learn more about her life and gifts.

Which character – as performed by Keith Michaelson – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the elf and dwarf. I loved the different accents he was able to give each character to make them different.

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

It left me wanting more. Lots more!

Any additional comments?

This is my kind of read. I really enjoyed all the different scenes throughout the book—it made it almost felt more like a movie than a book. I got to see the point of views of so many different characters it added to the overall story. I really want to listen to the next book because there are so many questions this book didn’t answer. Over all it’s a fun read and very entertaining.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Candle Star

  • Divided Decade Collection, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Isenhoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

After a tantrum Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her innkeeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our 14 yr old daughter LOVED IT!!

  • By Rick on 05-19-15

Insightful and Moving!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

If you could sum up The Candle Star in three words, what would they be?

Thought-provoking, entertaining, well-written

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emily Preston is the main character in this book and for the first few pages you want to pull her over your knee and give her a sound whooping (note: I do not condone spanking but this girl really needs one). She is one of those characters that you just down right hate. She is spoiled, selfish, and very set in her ways. You don’t expect that she will ever change and just when you are about to give up hope on her your see another quality; Emily cares for others. She has compassion and it soon grows into something strong enough to help her change for the better.

Which character – as performed by Fred Wolinsky – was your favorite?

There were several he did a wonderful job with. I liked his impression of Emily. Her southern bell accent was spot on. I also enjoyed all the black folks. He really brought a "real" aspect to the book. His best overall voice I think was the wicked Mr. Burrows, which he did so well.

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

This book really made me think and think hard. Are we all sometime like Emily Preston? Do we ignore bad things because that’s the way things have always been? Do we put ourselves above others because we feel more entitled to things? The one thing that stood out above anything else is that our prejudices are not limited to race; at least not for Emily. She not only sees the colored folks as beneath her, but those with a lower class than herself. She sees servants, white or black, as nobodies; even the people in the north because they do not see things as she. This prejudice is so extreme she is willing to destroy someone else’s happiness to see the classes don’t mix. How often do we ourselves do this? Michelle Isenhoff makes you sit back and take stock of the type of person Emily is and how to avoid becoming this way.

Any additional comments?

Overall I believe this is a book that every kid should read. I love the nods at actual things that transpired during this time in history: the mention of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the slave trade, and the underground railroad. The way these were written really show the author did her homework. I am anxious to read the rest of the books in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Song of the Mountain

  • Mountain Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Isenhoff
  • Narrated by: Shea Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Orphaned at a young age, Song has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But it is his own history he seeks to uncover, particularly the events surrounding his parents' deaths. That is a secret closely guarded by his grandfather. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales he has scorned. Song must follow the path that killed his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and narrated

  • By Shauna E. Black on 07-28-15

Delightfully moving!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Song of the Mountain the most enjoyable?

Song of the Mountain is a great story of self-discovery. It is very engaging, haunting at times, and inspiring. I absolutely loved the underlining themes and how Ms. Isenhoff parodies the story of Cane and Able. This is a series I will continue to follow and read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Song of the Mountain?

Often we are distracted from our true friends by the glimmer of those that appear to be more shiny. Song has one of these moments and his realization of it really stuck with me. I will now be more conscience of the way I act toward others.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the climax but I'm not going to give away any spoilers. You just have to listen to it for yourself. But once you do, you'll agree with me I'm sure!

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

Yes! And I did listen to it all in one sitting. I believe Shae Taylor offered a wonderful fullness to this story and he and Michelle Isenhoff make a great team.

Any additional comments?

Very few stories leaving me thinking about them after they're done. This one lingers and makes you think. I believe that is the mark of a great storyteller!

  • My Name is Bryan

  • By: Stacy Lynn Carroll
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye opener!

  • By A Voracious Reader on 02-02-15

A Truley Inspiring Book!!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

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

Yes! The narrator did a fantastic job with all the various characters and point of views throughout the book. He captured the humor and the moments of fear and distress. I felt the emotion through this.

What did you like best about this story?

The theme is what stands out the most to me. The value of life. Even though Bryan is damaged to the point of not being able to move or even father children he over comes those things. He does it because he wants to make his life full and meaningful. This story shows that no disability is too great to have a wonderful life.

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

He became the voice of Bryan for me. I especially enjoyed the moments of humor. The times that I would catch myself laughing out loud.

Who was the most memorable character of My Name is Bryan and why?

Nedra! Holy cow what a woman! You really have to read the book to appreciate the things she goes through and does for the man she loves. She has extreme strength, loyalty, determination, courage, and compassion.

Any additional comments?

MY NAME IS BRYAN is a heartwarming story about overcoming the challenges of disability, not only for the individual going through the trial but those that support them. Stacy Lynn Carroll does a fantastic job marrying the various points of view of those involved in Bryan’s life. The characters are real and by the end of the book readers will be attached to them as if they too are connected to Bryan’s family. My favorite moments from the book are those when Bryan sees that he has disappointed others around him—others that he cares for, like his grandfather. It is these moments that you see the determination that Bryan has to be a better person—disability or not. I loved all the moments of humor and the touching theme of the value of life. I will say that I got choked up at the end of the book and that is a rarity for me. Overall I think this is Stacy Lynn Carroll’s best work, having read her Princess series. I felt her connection with the characters and the love she has for them shine through the words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Become

  • Desolation #1
  • By: Ali Cross
  • Narrated by: Kelli Shane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it's cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she's sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared. When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made - that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn't count on, is finding a reason to change - something she's never had before - a friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Women face evil in the world every day!

  • By Maureen on 03-06-14

Fantastic Urban Fantasy at its Best

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

The story was well crafted and the characters brilliant. I really enjoyed the mix of Norse Mythology with Christian Cannon. Ali Cross had made me a fan for life.

  • A Measure of Disorder

  • By: Alan Tucker
  • Narrated by: Christy Lynn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jenni Kershaw’s ordinary eighth-grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are magically transported to another world. Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to find their way home and discover who - and what - they really are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read for both teens and adults

  • By Brooks Family on 06-11-14

A fantastic read for both teens and adults

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

If you could sum up A Measure of Disorder in three words, what would they be?

extraordinary, unexpected, brilliant

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved how good natured Jenni was and how she was something special from the start but there are so many amazing characters it is hard to just pick one.

Which character – as performed by Christy Lynn – was your favorite?

I loved how she performed Crank. Her talent for voices was well played in this book. I also thought she did an excellent job with the adults. You could really tell who was who.

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

They thought they were on a field trip until everything changed.

Any additional comments?

This book is brilliant on so many levels. The world building alone is smart and well thought out. The most extraordinary thing that stuck out for me was Alan Tucker’s use of not only kids as heroes but adults. So often in middle-grade and early YA, we see books that pull the kids away from adults to have the adventures but here we have them all playing a part. I loved the opposition set up as the children choose their different paths. There is also an underlying theme that is rewarding all on its own. I would recommend this book to both teens and adults who enjoy a great read with a toe in both the real world and the fantastic. I look forward to delving into the rest of series.

  • Jump Boys

  • SOS
  • By: Alex Banks
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Thirteen-year-old twin brothers Jayce and Val are about to jump the multi-verses on a dangerous dare, but true danger is closer to home than they realize. The Jupiter Prime colony has been orbiting the stormy gas giant for nineteen years and all anyone wants is to get back to Earth. Sent to preserve the best and brightest of the population, a grievous error in the Prime's navigation coordinates sent the colony to an alternate dimension with no way to return to the Earth they call home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stellar book!!

  • By Brooks Family on 05-23-14

A stellar book!!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Jump Boys to be better than the print version?

I have always been a fan of audiobooks. You get to hear the emotion in the text rather than just read it. I think the action gets heightened and the suspense increased. I think this book would be a fun one to read as you listened along.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jump Boys?

Throughout the book Jayce and Val are always focused on each others differences. There is a moment at the end of the book that shows them come together. It's powerful how they can see that, yes they are different, but together they can make great things happen. It just goes to show they complement each other.

What about Timothy McKean’s performance did you like?

I like the tone of his voice. He did well with narrating the story.

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

Yes. And I did!

Any additional comments?

This was an absolutely delight to read! I loved the distinct characterization between Jayce and Val. So many times we see twins in books as the same character with a different name but here the realistic differences really shine. I loved the way the dare of ‘the jump” leads to something far greater. The fun twists along the way only add to the cleverness of the book. I will be adding author Alex Banks to our list of family favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Princess Sisters

  • By: Stacy Lynn Carroll
  • Narrated by: Ashlyn Kindberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The only thing she stands to lose are her shoes.Cinderella is an ordinary teenage girl, with an extraordinary name. But because of that name, she and her cousins, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Snow White suffer years of torment from their peers. Then as the girls enter high school and the enticing world of dating, a life-altering decision must be made. Is it finally time to stop fighting, and surrender to the fairy tale clichés that have been holding them back? By embracing their names, the girls discover an inner-strength they never knew existed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junior High School Writer?

  • By Heidi B. on 07-10-18

Love Meg Cabot? Read Stacy Lynn Carroll!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

Where does The Princess Sisters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book belongs right next to winners like Meg Cabot’s ALL-AMERICAN GIRL and TEEN IDOL. It has that young feel that teen girls will connect with.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked both Belle and Cinderella. I think it is because Carroll focused more on them throughout the book, although she does spend an equal amount of time in the heads of the other "princess sisters".

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

I liked the voice she added. Each girl had their own unique voice. I think all books should be enjoyed with a good narrator. They can add so much more, especially when it comes to emotions being relayed or humor. Ms Kindberg does an amazing job. I hope she continues the series.

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

Yes, and I did. Because the story moves rather quickly in the beginning it helped to connect with all the characters. Carroll did a good job not lingering too much over the unnecessary details. She gave good insights into the girl's thoughts, and I liked the moments of mystery that she added to the book. Overall I enjoyed the book and will be reading the second installment.

Any additional comments?

I am a father of three girls and I think they would enjoy reading this book when they get older. Because it has references to pop culture that have become a part of the American tradition I believe this book has staying power that will last far beyond its years.

  • One Day in Budapest

  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings

  • By Janels on 06-17-14

JF Penn writes another compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

What made the experience of listening to One Day in Budapest the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a lot milder in the violence area than other books in the Arkane series and I enjoyed the break. That doesn’t mean it was a book about butterflies and picnics—this is a high action, fast paced adventure read. It deals with terrorism and the horrors that come with it. Main character, Dr Morgan Sierra finds herself once again in a dilemma of good versus evil. I enjoy reading about the outer trials (the battle against terrorism) and the inner trials (Morgan’s battle against her religious beliefs and the conflicted feeling between her heart and mind).

What was one of the most memorable moments of One Day in Budapest?

I loved the point of view of the young woman kidnapped by the terrorist band in the shop. It was very real and helped me to see into the lives of not just the Jews, but the Jewish women.

Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. And I felt like she was more comfortable in this book. Perhaps because she is now familiar with Dr Morgan Sierra's character. It flowed a lot better than the other Arkane books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love the way JF Penn brings the story to a close. I love the moments where Morgan questions her beliefs OR finds connections to the places she visits. I believe like, Penn, we are tied to our family and the places they come from.

Any additional comments?

Overall I believe this was an excellent addition to the series. I liked how you can read these books in practically any order.