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Ashen Winter audiobook cover art

Read this one, don't listen. The story is good!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the first book. And this one was also full of adventure, survival and a good story line. It just fell a little short for me. The writing had some minor glitches, in my opinion, and the author narrated it himself, which affected my overall opinion. Narrators can really make or break a book. A professional actor can add voices and emotion to a story that help bring it to life. I would give Ashen Winter a 3.5 stars if I could, because I do feel it's better than a 3. It just didn't grab me like I want 4 & 5 star books to do. Still, I'm going to read the third book in the series. I need to know what happened to the likable characters! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another phenomenal paranormal dystopian by Roberts

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Of Blood and Bone was another phenomenal paranormal dystopian story by Nora Roberts! I just love her writing style. She keeps things flowing from beginning to end. This book picked up where Year One left off, so I would recommend reading that one first. I listened to the audio book, and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the final book in this series in November!

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Moonchild grabbed my attention and didn't ever let go!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

It has been a while since a story gripped me and drew me in like Moonchild did! The characters intrigued me, and the plot held a steady pace that never slowed down. I just had to keep turning those pages!

If you like stories with some post apocalyptic angst, a strong but vulnerable female lead character and a healthy dose of romantic tension, you MUST read this book!!!

The narrator did an amazing job of giving this story a voice. She inserts just the perfect amount of emotion and rasp to give each character a distinct sound and feel.

I can't wait to dive into the next audio book in this series!

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Exciting! Mind bending! Not your average MUST READ

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Where does Caraval rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one was definitely at the tippy top with only my most favorites!

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

I have listened to many of Rebecca's performances, and she knocks every single one out of the park! She does a great job of bringing the characters to life with proper inflection and energy.

Any additional comments?

Caraval took me on a wonderful adventure, a fast-paced ride through an amazing, zany world. I completely and totally got drawn into this story by it's contagious madness. It has characteristics of a romp through Wonderland, but it is not a retelling of that story. Its plot and adventure are unique and well worth diving into head first! The characters are fun; the storyline is engaging. And the world that the author created using only her gift of weaving descriptive words together on a page wowed me. You do not want to miss out on this one! I highly recommend it to everybody. I also recommend the audio version of this book. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This book was so good it gave me chills!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

The Gathering was a phenomenal conclusion to a fantastic series!!! I was so invested in the characters by this 3rd and final book that I felt like I was reading about my own real-life loved ones.

There was never a dull moment in this story. It was full of action and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were twists that I didn't see coming, and the ending wrapped up all the loose ends, so I wasn't left with any nagging questions.

Bringing a series to an end is always hard, but I thought this author did an amazing job of it! I will definitely seek out more books from her!

I also highly recommend the narrator. She did a great job of bringing this story to life!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unique and mindbending can't-put-it-down read!!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I don't like predictable, ordinary stories, so imagine my glee when I happened across this gem! The Gifting is different from any other story that I have read, and I LOVED it! The characters were interesting yet believable. They weren't perfect. They had flaws, which made them more relatable. But it was the storyline that kept me intrigued and second guessing what was real. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing a voice to this story! I am an instant fan and have already one-clicked the next book in the series.

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Different! Exciting! A must read!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

In the best of ways, this story was like nothing I had ever read before. It's a dystopian/end of days adventure with intrigue, a taste of romance, mystery and a supernatural appeal. It also has a touch - just a touch of horror thrown in to make the book well rounded and believable as to why the characters did what they did. I found it hard to put down, because I never found a lull in the edge-of-my-seat excitement. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing this tale to life. I highly recommend that you listen to this one!

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Don't pass this one by! It's a definite MUST READ!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

If you could sum up The Gender Game in three words, what would they be?

Loved this book!

What did you like best about this story?

The Gender Game was packed full of all my favorite things: adventure, the angst of a (PG-13) forbidden romance, action and good vs. evil. I really loved how the author built up the main character so that everything that happened made sense and was believable. I cared what happened to Violet. I was rooting for her and felt her pain, her joy, her shock and her heartbreak. I can't wait for the next installment of this story to come out!

Which scene was your favorite?

The romance angle was built up so enticingly well, that I must admit that last romantic part was my fave. However, that was definitely not all that this book was about!

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

The one that got me was "For fans of Hunger Games..." I think that is an accurate tag line that a lot of people would know how to respond to.

Any additional comments?

I also really, really, REALLY enjoyed the narrator! I am a huge fan of her work. She makes the characters and the stories come to life flawlessly! <3

26 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Riveting dystopian adventure I couldn't put down!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

I saw the movie trailer for the 5th Wave and knew I had to read the book before I saw this story play ouy at the theater. I was hoping I would be able to finish the book before the movie released, and I laugh now because that was just 2 days ago, and I am already done! It was so good, so riveting, that I couldn't put it down. The storyline was interesting and new, and the characters were intriguing and believable. The world building was phenomenal! From the get-go, I wanted to know what happened next. I could totally picture everything, and I felt myself being absorbed into their plight. I also really enjoyed the narrator of this story. I haven't read anything from this author or narrator before, but now that I've discovered them, I can't wait for more! I have already downloaded book 2 in this series, the Infinite Sea, and I can't wait to dig in!

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Great beginning to the Hidden Wings series!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

Where does Descent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed this novella and thought it was the perfect beginning to the Hidden Wings series! It provided a lot of background information and really got me tuned in to what the storyline is all about. It made Hidden Wings that much more enjoyable to me! I just wish it were a full-length novel, because I wanted more!!! :D

What other book might you compare Descent to and why?

I adore the Sweet Evil series by Wendy Higgins, and I feel that this story has a lot of similar ideas, including angels and demons, a forbidden love story and a lot of action.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed how the narrators read with emotion. One of the women occasionally used inflection when it didn't seem 100% appropriate (From time to time, she sounded excited when nothing exciting was happening.) and her pronunciation of "nephilim" was different than I have ever heard, but the man said it the way I am used to. I thought that should be consistent throughout. But otherwise, I thought they did a great job of giving the story feeling.

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

The struggle of Good vs. Evil is real, and it's a battle that's going on right under our noses!

Any additional comments?

Amazon has this story listed as 1.5 in the series, but I really think this would be a great start to the series (or .5) since it happens first chronologically.