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  • Ashen Winter

  • Ashfall Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mike Mullin
  • Narrated by: Mike Mullin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this trilogy. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the narrator is horrible

  • By sherri mccoy on 10-12-18

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! :)

  • Of Blood and Bone

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 2)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,203

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted - and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the next!

  • By Tayln on 12-12-18

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!

  • Moonchild

  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heidi Drennan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett's carefully built walls threaten to crumble. After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an amazing listen

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 05-04-18

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!

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,057

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful - and cruel - father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • While many will love it, I did not.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-17

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

  • The Gathering

  • The Gifting Series, Book 3
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Luka isn't dead. He's not beyond saving. Tess knows because she saw him with her own eyes. After what she saw, she's sure of one thing: If they don't rescue him soon, Luka won't be Luka anymore. If only she could convince the other members of the hub. They're not sure Tess saw what she claims she saw. And they're preoccupied by the fact that their kind is being systematically eradicated. Answers lie in an ancient prophecy, one that revolves around a 17-year-old girl who never asked for any of this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • when are the movies coming out?

  • By Jim M. on 06-18-16

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

  • The Gifting

  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Im hooked!

  • By Zak on 02-07-16

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.

  • Poison Princess

  • Arcana Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191

She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series (for teens and adults too!)

  • By Marc on 10-09-12

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!

  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,385

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cheesy narrator for a meh story

  • By NAOMI C ST AMAND on 07-13-17

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 40 people found this review helpful

  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,279

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare

  • By FanB14 on 05-21-13

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!

  • Descent

  • A Hidden Wings Novella
  • By: Cameo Renae
  • Narrated by: Holly Cate, Jack Marshall, Liz Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Take a journey back in time, to a place where Emma's lineage begins and where answers lie in unraveling secrets of the past. This is a story of forbidden love, an unbreakable bond, and the start of a dark adventure that will fill your heart with many emotions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Casualties of the heart.

  • By jeannette joyal on 03-23-15

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.