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  • Impostors

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Frey and Rafi are inseparable.... two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret. Frey is Rafi’s twin sister - and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Kristen Albert on 10-16-18

Pronounciation is key it seems

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I'm a die hard fan of the original series. Right down to the language Mr Westerfeld created.
Although the narrator of this book is quite good. You can tell she did not listen to The originals.
One of the elephants was Litlies... We all know it should be said as "Lit-lees" well she says "Little- ies" . The first time my ear heard it, I cringed.
If you can get passed that.... It's a very good addition to the original series. We are still left very much missing the tail spinning antics of Tally, but it's a good stand alone if you can make yourself stop hoping for the original. Hopefully Westerfeld can get back his zing. If not, it's okay. The original is so epic it's hard to recreate. .... Although a hold hope he still can.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,610

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Best in years of listening

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

From first 5 mini was drawn in by first chapter, helplessly hooked. Not one bit of this story was disappointing. Original, very well written. Never a flaw! It's eats you up, suspension, heart ache, loyalty, believable world on mars no less. I simply can not get enough. I dread the end even though there are two more books. Quite impressed with the narrative as well. Been a very long time since I've found no flaw in a narrator. Perfect.
Well done, well done al around perfect!!

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  • Crash

  • The Crush Saga, Book 2
  • By: Chrissy Peebles
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Meadows
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Taylor has accepted the fact that Jesse is a vampire. As she learns more about the paranormal world and the fate that she had been handed, she feels as if her world is crashing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great storyline, not soo good narrator

  • By Mbali on 11-20-15

My ears are bleeding

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

2 minutes in. I had to turn it off. The narrative is horrendous!!! Who knows if the story is any good. I could not stand to listen to the child torture this book. What I did hear was not too good but the constant halting and inaccurate pitch could not be tolerated. Not worth even free!

  • The Queen's Poisoner

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio book.

  • By Classic Lit Fan on 04-21-16

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

What made the experience of listening to The Queen's Poisoner the most enjoyable?

Perfect narrative. Story was original.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Owen

Any additional comments?

Honestly, I did not expect to like this book, let alone LOVE it. Story sucked me in quick. Original, moving, well written. Most books these days I find a lot of mistakes, everything from grammatical errors to story skips (like the wrong name for the character or a blip in location or time line etc) not here it felt so flawless. I could just see the whole thing unfolding as we listened. I was pulled along earner for every word. I fell in love with Owen and Ankarette.

  • Depravity

  • A Beastly Tale, Book 1
  • By: M.J. Haag
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast. When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What A Cliffy!!!

  • By The Audio Flow on 08-23-16

Beautiful!! Not for kids/teens!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

The narration was wonderful, effective, timely, moving and believable.
The story was original despite being a common fairy tale. Very well written. The characters are rich and made very real. A hint of the known and expected are present but the constant originality shine through.
Don't be fooled, this story is much more mature than a simple fairy tale. Not at all recommend for children or teens.

  • Kissed

  • The Thorn Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kimberly Loth
  • Narrated by: Emma Lysy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful & Emotional, a Great Listen!

  • By ED on 01-24-15

Incredible!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Very well written. Quite original,
Fantastic performance!

The only mistake that stood out was that the location fluctuated between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It's an oversight. Aside from that.....stellar!!!
Eagerly awaiting next book.

  • The Key (The True Reign Series)

  • By: Jennifer Anne Davis
  • Narrated by: Michelle Michaels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-10-15

Interesting enough to finish but not great

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Performance was odd. Emphasis and punctuation were off badly. Very odd annoying effects like baby crying wahwah and actual laughing when reading the word laughing. Badly executed.
Story was often inconsistent. Almost as though it was never proof read. Historical references were way off. Building character and depth wet often shallow and bouncing all over.

BUT I assume this is a new author and there is potential. The story was interesting different and worth an inexpensive listen/read.

  • Loki's Daughters

  • By: Delle Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 732

For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates…. Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was repetitive and boring***

  • By Mary on 05-09-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I don't care at all for romance novels. This is so very much more. Rich with culture that any Celt admirer will appreciate. Characters that any strong woman can be proud of.

  • The Shade of the Moon

  • Life as We Knew It Series, Book 4
  • By: Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge letdown for one who loves the series.

  • By Amy on 12-21-13

Sour

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Little children might like the childish narration

Would you recommend The Shade of the Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

No. If it were someone's first introduction to Susan Pfeffer they would not return.

What didn’t you like about Matthew Josdal’s performance?

He is narrating these older teen children in a way that makes them sound like 10 year olds. It completely distracts from the story I find myself I raged at his interpretation of the whole story. I'd fire him on the spot.... But the blame is not his own. Where is the production team in all this?!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Only because it was the fourth in a great series of books. It should NOT have been a part but should have have been a stand alone.

Any additional comments?

If your curious enough to want the story, get it from the library, read it yourself. Stay away from this audio addition. You'll be better for it.

  • Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn

  • By: Christopher Pike
  • Narrated by: Mandy Siegfried
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Alisa has spent the past five thousand years as a vampire, living alone and fighting for survival. In her loneliness, Alisa cannot resist bringing Teria, a descendant of her human family, into her life. But Alisa is surrounded by death and destruction, and just by knowing Alisa, Teri's life is at risk. Alisa's guilt grows when she becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy. A top-secret group knows Alisa's secret and will stop at nothing to use her powers for their cause.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • why is this the only book in the series on audio?

  • By alicia on 10-13-13

Way better than I expected.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

Where does Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

was pleasantly surprise. Great story line. Had me caught up from the first chapter to the last page. I only wish the rest were available.

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

great distinction between characters.