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  • The Polygamist’s Daughter

  • A Memoir
  • By: Anna LeBaron, Leslie Wilson - contributor
  • Narrated by: Anna LeBaron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

"My father had more than 50 children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult - a radical branch of Mormonism - Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Rachel Bruce on 06-05-17

A compeling Read

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

There is something mesmerizing about
this book, and once you get involved it's really hard to put it down.
The thought of this little girl alone and abandoned in a foreign country with no way to gain control over her life is frustrating. And to think her own parents have put her in this situation is just insane.
It did struck me as strange thought that after all she's been through in the name of one absolute belif she is so willing to accept another , and to give this new concept of God so much power over her sense of well being.

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  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

This one will stay with you

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

A new and very disturbing take on a dysophic story, and while I do understand why some people thought it to lack any high points or to be somewhat tedious it seemed to me that this is exactly the point of the story !
No heroics, no big romance, not even a dazzling conclusion, just regular people doing what they can to survive in the harshest of situations.
The idea of this possible world will continue to haunt my thoughts.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,945

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Looks like I'm the only one who didn't like it.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

I know this is supposed to be a great book and that it has won awards, yet despite my general like of sci-fi books this one just didn't work for me.

The General idea is great and it does start out very entertaining however at some point it just becomes a dry journal like account of the many Bobs, switching from one to the other, without ever meeting a high point in any of their different stories. This is probably why half way through the book I lost interest and moved on to another book.

Maybe if I go back and stick with it to the end I will end up liking it but I don’t really feel like going back to it (not even interested enough to find out how the story ends).

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,136

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Great fairytale spin

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Any additional comments?

I wasn’t sure about this book as it kept on popping up as a good read for me in Audible, eventually I decided to give it a chance mostly because I’m always happy to read dystopic books that are not set up in the US, and I’m happy I did.

Starting in a futuristic “New Beijing” this is the story of a cyborg girl named Cinder, but while the story of Cinderella lingers in the background with a few story threads pointing to it, the story of Cinder the simple mechanic Cyborg girl who finds herself in the midst of a royal galactic diplomatic incident takes you off on a wile adventure.

I like Cinder she is a great heroine she is capable, smart and witty, I like the different characters she ends up surrounding herself with, most of which have their own threads pointing to other fairytale stories, the world she lives in is interesting and different to most dystopic stories, and the story line is great, with a lot of things happening all the time.
This is a great futuristic series that is fun to read (with or without the fairytale reference) .

  • The Curse of Tenth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister's hair before she wakes up? But "how do I trap not one malevolent god but three?" was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There's just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EVERYONE NEEDED TO READ THUS SERIES

  • By julie wood on 07-01-16

Charley is taking a different direction

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Any additional comments?

I love Charley Davidson, a supernatural mystery with a light romance on the side is just what I need for a great listen. Charley is a lovable character and the writing is fluent witty and engaging.

This last book however seems a little different, the supernatural is becoming less and less “believable” moving from the standard realm of demons with a grim ripper twist to an epic Gods war, the mystery was a little thin, and the romance has moved to the front seat becoming almost the focus of the story where as in the past it was more the back story.

Still the book as a whole was as always fun to listen too, and I’m still looking forward to the next one.

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  • The Long Utopia

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

It's 2045-2059. Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth, its battered and weary origin planet, as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang, now an elderly and complex AI, suffers a breakdown and, disguised as a human, attempts to live a "normal" life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, now in his 50s, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The series is losing its way

  • By Thomas A Reeve on 06-10-16

OK Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Any additional comments?

I like the Long Earth series, the story is new and interesting and I often find my self thinking "what if..."
But as the series progressed it seems as if the authors got lost in their own story line, developing additional story threads while failing to complete their original idea. There are so many possibilities within the long earth, yet the third book has steered the story towards the extraterrestrial and it seems that this is where it remains.
This book The Long Utopia once again seems to ignore the actual long earth idea in favor an external threat which to me was disappointing.
The writing itself is fluent and brings the story to life vividly, yet for the most part the book feels like a "filler" introducing a new idea than just stretching it out... hopefully the next book will be more to the point.

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  • Magic Bites

  • Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, okay narration

  • By Tera on 04-11-10

Good story weak writing

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure how to review this book, on the one hand the story is interesting, definitely interesting enough to have kept me going froward with the book, wanting to know how it will progress and where will it go. On the other hand, something about the writing is just lacking, it feels flat in a way, the heroine's inner dialog the description of this new and different world just seem to come up short, and in some points I found myself drifting away (even falling asleep).

I don't think this is a bad book, but I think you would need to be a lover of the fantasy genre to enjoy this book.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Good story bad narration

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Any additional comments?

I got this book after reading some of the reviews but I thought I could overlook the narration if the story is good.
As it turned out the story is very engaging the world building was great and takes you away to a different and fun alternate universe, unfortunately the "breathy" style of narration was very disrupting making it very hard to concentrate so much so, that despite liking the story I will probably not get the second book (maybe I will just read it).

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By colleen on 05-01-15

This is actually the first book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure why but for some reason I thought "Day Shift" was the first book in the series.

However after listening to "Midnight Crossroad" I understood my mistake, and while listening to "Day Shift" first did not ruin either book for me, listening to this book did put some things in place.

Regardless, Charlaine Harris has done it once again, the book features interesting characters (some might be familiar to Charlaine's fans) an engaging plot, and an overall great reading / listening experience.

  • Awoken

  • The Lucidites
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events. And in the backwoods of Texas, a 16-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle. Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family's ridicule, and is prone to premonitions - which are becoming more frequent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awoken

  • By trixie on 05-28-15

A predectable story with no substance

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm actually a big fan of YA dystopian books,so I was looking forward to this book especially in light of the great reviews it got.

Unfortunately I was disappointed this time, the book is very shallow, the characters are not developed and the story line just doesn't make sense.

What was most disappointing about Sarah Noffke’s story?

The story line just doesn't make sense, the villain is a flat entity, he is evil just because he is ! There is no depth to him and no explanation.

The heroin has no specific merit it is unclear why she was chosen and she doesn't really seem to bring anything specific or unique to the "party".

The big climax in the form of the great battle is just nonsense, a rough grown man pummeling a young inexperienced girl with little training and no information. If they battle was to be a physical one, having a young girl as the "chosen" doesn't make sense, it makes even less sense that the grownups in charge didn't seem to think that giving her more than a few weeks of training might come in handy.

Any additional comments?

The core idea of dream walking is fascinating too bad it wasn't explored to it's fullest.

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