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Audre

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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Strange choice of narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Overall I liked this book. I had a hard time following the story at times. It might be because the narrator's accent was so thick I got distracted and her cadence was not natural. Sometimes it sounded like a little kid learning to read - with strange pauses and an unnatural rhythm. She also pronounced certain words with such a thick accent that I had to think about what she just said.

The narrator really distracted me and didn't compliment the story.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,038
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,421

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Not bad but not enjoyable either

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Wow, what a bummer of a book full of petty, unhappy characters. It's too bad, I really love the Cormoran Strike books.

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I really can't get past the narration on this. It's terrible. It's flat and nasally and very ho-hum. I also don't like or care about the main character. There's nothing to make you root for him.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's no excuse for how much I enjoyed this book

  • By Susan Tunis on 08-07-18

Cute story but lacking

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I did not dislike this book. It's was cute and I can see why young children would like it. However, as an adult who enjoys the occasional young adult book for the whimsy of the stories, I found this one a little lacking. It felt really anti-climactic in the key parts of the story line that should have had more substance (particularly the 4 challenges and the meeting with the villain). It also had too many similarities to Harry Potter to feel like a truly original story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,268

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I really didn't like this book. I thought the whole premise of the story was too far fetched and I found myself rolling my eyes and wishing for it to get more interesting. I did like the characters of the story and the narration was done well, but the story line was weak and the motivation for the main character to just stop his whole life and start preparing to fight enemy aliens who are just going to magically appear every so often to destroy mankind was laughable. Nope.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Raven King

  • The Raven Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once in a Lifetime Series

  • By Melanie Parker on 04-28-16

My favorite of the four

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I loved this whole series but this last book is my favorite. It's mildly anti-climatic but the relationships between the characters is so real and well written and the whole thing is so imaginative that I absolutely loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Banished of Muirwood

  • Covenant of Muirwood, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

In a stand-alone series set in the world of Muirwood, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and heir to the throne. As a result of her father's ceaseless need for authority, she was left disinherited and forced to live as a servant in her enemy's home. When the king invites chaos into the land by expelling the magical order known as the Dochte Mandar, Maia finds herself on a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret - despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the Muirwood series

  • By Brittany L. on 09-09-15

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I really loved the Legends of Muirwood series and am thrilled so far with this one as well. If you haven't already read the Legends series, I recommend you read that one first. This series will be more enjoyable and make more sense if you do.

This is a different perspective from the last series and it's kind of horrifying knowing what the character has gotten caught up in, but in a fascinating way and I am enjoying it. There is a Cinderella feel to this first book but by the end that theme is over and now the main character will come in to her own. I am excited and jumping right in to the next book.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,460

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

It doesn't get much better than this!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

This series broke my heart a million times. It made me forget what I was doing and tune out the world. It made me hold my breath and laugh out loud. This is some seriously good writing. I'm normally not a Sci Fi girl but I'm so glad I tried this out. The world is expertly crafted and I fell in love with the characters. I feel like they are my friends and I'm sad that it's over.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves an excellent story with believable characters who are flawed and imperfect but make you love them, forgive them, cheer for them and cry for them.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is also one of my favorite readers (why I got this book in the first place actually, along with a good review from someone I follow) and he did an amazing job, as always.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,560

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

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

I don't read a lot of Sci Fi except for a few by Orson Scott Card so I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. It took me a little while to get into the world building but then I was in deep! The main character of this book starts out a bit confusing. He's written as a strong willed, smart leader type, yet he doesn't seem interested in questioning the system or fighting for his people's rights. It's kind of a disconnect. Fortunately he is put in a situation where he has nothing to loose and allows himself to become the protagonist that he's meant to be. From there his character and strength build and you can rest assured that he is not going to let you down.

I really enjoyed this book. A book that lets you feel empathy and even a liking for the enemy is a well written book. This is all about putting oppressors down, yet you realize that a lot of the oppressors still have redeeming qualities and some are very good people. It's not a story about good vs evil, it's about humanity. I can't wait to start book 2.

Ps. I love Tim Gerard Reynolds in everything he narrates. It's one of the reasons I tried this book! He does not disappoint.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Awoken

  • The Lucidites
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294

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

This wasn't very good

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

I really didn't like this book. It wasn't well thought out. The author makes us take her work for everything because it's just the way it is. The world, characters and events that take place are really flimsy. There isn't explanation. Here is a bad guy who just magically takes over other people's dreams (we aren't going to give you any back story or motivation here) and here is a teenage girl who is going to take him on on a specific day because some psychic newscaster said so... Also, there's all these magically inventions they have to help her that are so far fetched that I was constantly rolling my eyes. I also don't like the main character. She's not very interesting and is quite immature. For some reason I felt like I had to listen until the end, but I was counting down for it to be over. I will not be continuing in the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful