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Mik Rittella

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  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3

  • Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

This is the omnibus of the first three books in the urban fantasy series Twenty-Sided Sorceress, collected together for the first time in one convenient volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Impressive

  • By Binder38us on 05-04-16

Entertaining. I'm going to stick with the series..

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Enjoyed the references to D&D, sci-fi / fantasy and action movies from the '80s. Also liked the main character's inner dialogue; that blend of sarcasm meets what's avceptable to actually SAY...

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  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

  • By: Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good for a free listen!

  • By AudioAddict on 05-04-14

Not my cup of tea...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

I tried listening to this story several times but just could not get into it. The reader wasn't monotone, so that wasn't the issue. I usually enjoy mysteries and police procedurals. Perhaps because these were novices being picked off in creatively disgusting ways, I didn't get my "justice" fix. Could just be me!

  • Past Midnight

  • By: Mara Purnhagen
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297

"Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun with twinge of spooky

  • By janice on 06-24-14

Beware, life lessons ahead!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Lots of personal transitions occurring with paranormal activity as a backdrop for this teenager in a new town. She isn't the only one looking to make friends and resolve some old issues... Very enjoyable.

  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop smiling

  • By Morgan H on 11-06-14

I love Gail Carriger stories!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

And so does my teenage son. They are interesting, funny, contain enough sarcasm to satisfy a young adult and have the occasional unfamiliar vocabulary word to prompt a little bit of thought and a quick search on Google for clarification. As a mother and teacher, what's not to like?!

  • Son

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen. Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began. But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great "build up" to a "let down"!

  • By Amy on 01-28-13

I don't give out 5 stars often!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-14

What did you love best about Son?

This is the final book in the "Giver" trilogy and I don't know why I just found out about it! There are many themes in it relevant to society today but you don't have to delve deeply or use a study guide to get into this book. Great story of perseverance and love in a dystopian society that does not include vampires and werewolves. Or zombies. There are still supernatural "gifts" but they are only a small part of this story that takes place in three separate, very different communities.

What other book might you compare Son to and why?

The Handmaiden's Tale, or 1984. Big brother is trying to simplify things and make people feel safer by taking away civil and even human rights. Scary!

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

Her timing and intonation as she reads, along with the way she alters her voice for each character brings them to life. You hear her voice and you want to comfort Claire or shackle the Trade Master.

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

This is a tough question because anything I can think of right now sounds corny. Maybe,
"In a dystopian world, love and perseverance conquer ignorance and manipulation to find and define family."

Any additional comments?

Read "The Giver" and "The Messenger" first so you get the most out of this book. Happy listening:+)

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  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

  • Magnificent Devices, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was it really just one book divided into four?

  • By Kitty Lagorio on 03-16-14

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-14

Would you listen to Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel again? Why?

My 15 year old son and I already have listened to it a second time! Fiona Hardingham, the reader, portrays the characters well and with great variation. The supporting characters have their own back stories and we have enjoyed the conversations sparked by imagining what it may have been like to be on one's own at such a young age.

What did you like best about this story?

The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, an ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.

The author, Shelley Adina, was one of the first to introduce us to steampunk adventures, and we gobbled the whole series up. There really was something for everyone in this book: scientific inquiry, a strong independent female lead, and ethical, caring (although often confused) male lead, an evil social climbing capitalist, a conspiracy, a fight to protect natural resources by an oppressed group, and a smattering of history, and much more.

Which character – as performed by Fiona Hardingham – was your favorite?

The main character, Claire, is my favorite. She has a "fake it till you make it" sort of approach to the situation(s) in which she finds herself. For the most part her logical mind assists her in acting appropriately, but it is tempered by her kind heart and sense of duty.

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

Without giving away any of the story, I was moved by the way Claire handles the death of one of her parents, the relationship she had with that parent, and how both impacted her and (I think) created a fierce sense of loyalty and protectiveness in her.

Any additional comments?

I probably shouldn't rave the way I am because everyone out there might expect that this should be their next favorite book / series. Let me sum it all up this way: listening to this book made my commute something I looked forward to and provided an opportunity for my son and I to spend some quality time together. Happy listening:+)

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