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  • Never Fade

  • Darkest Minds, Book 2
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as Darkest Minds

  • By Jen on 11-08-13

Kids with abilities & dangerous missions

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Where does Never Fade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have so enjoyed this series narrated by Amy McFadden, this book is probably one of the best narrated audiobook series I have listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Fade?

When Ruby & Liam HONESTLY talk about what she did to his memories.

Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

Ruby was so annoying with her waffling but I rooted for her nonetheless, so she is my favorite. Liam was my favorite because of his honest, sustaining LOVE for Ruby. I also loved Chubbs obstinance!!!

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

Too many to recount, this book was a roller coaster of psycological thriller & torture!

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Kids in Rehabilitation Camps with powers

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

What did you love best about The Darkest Minds?

Oh do I love the kids with these amazing abilities who are treated as freaks, made prisoners, taken away from their homes (some families still love their kids, other hate them, others fear them) & their journey to find why this all happened. I loved this audiobook, Amy McFadden is a first class narrator and she had me on the edge of my seat. I am thrilled to be listening to this series!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love both Ruby & Liam (but also the other kids like Chubbs & Jude)

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

Bracken has crafted an unputdownable story & I LOVED listening to mesmerizing Amy McFadden's narration!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I was often SICKENED about the treatment of these kids and rooted for Ruby & her friends (but I hated other kids like Clancy)

  • My Lady Jane

  • By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

At 16, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical Alternate History

  • By JGillSt on 06-17-16

One of a kind fantasy for Lady Jane Grey

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

What did you love best about My Lady Jane?


OMG did I love the narration of this fantastical story & re-imagining of history. I loved the EDians who shapeshift to become animals - you will love learning about their alternate English history and those who were against EDians and those rulers and subjects who envisioned a world where EDians and Verities lived happily together! Jane was my hero with her love of books, her ravenous reading, and all the learning from these books-- she is a most capable strategist, knowledgable about EDians, world history, and an unshakable belief in helping others to make the world better. As enemies plot to overthrow Edward, there will be plenty of adventure & daring do as Jane, G, and Edward conspire to get England back into the proper hands. Great characters, worlds, and reimagined history to make this a fun, interesting read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lady Jane?

When Lady Jane, Edward & G realize they can control their changes!!!

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

I LOVED perfect voices of Katherine Kellgren! She made this story thoroughly engrossing - her voices of Jane, Edward, G, and Scottish Gracie were delightful, compelling, humorous, and magical.

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

Oh how history can change???

  • Windfall

  • By: Jennifer E. Smith
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Alice doesn't believe in luck - at least not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his 18th birthday - just when it seems they might be on the brink of something - she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant everything changes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • OK story - terrible narration

  • By Heather on 05-10-17

Will winning the lottery destroy their friendship?

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Where does Windfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it, probably top 80%

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Teddy from the get go- he was a mess and Alice loved him desperately & I enjoyed his growth and activism after winning the lottery and becoming a true pay it forward kind of guy. I LOVED listening to this amazing audiobook by one of my fave romance authors, Jennifer E. Smith. The idea of a girl, Alice (in love with her best friend, Teddy & he of course does not know) buying a lottery ticket and using Teddy's favorite numbers and a few of Alice's as a gag gift for his 18th birthday made this a phenomenal listen (but also a great book). The narrator, Tonya Cornelisse, was great! The evolution of Alice as she grows during this time made me ache for her often (she lost both parents 9 years before, she was afraid of change, holding back with her cousin and aunt and uncle - and of course, Teddy) but Smith knows how to grow her characters and GROW Alice & Teddy she does - PERFECTLY!!! The family dynamics were absorbing, the drama of winning the lottery and the ups & downs afterwards for Alice and Teddy were gripping, but through it all their friendship manages to bear the pitfalls & highs. Highly recommended as an audiobook and/or book, great YA read!

Which character – as performed by Tonya Cornelisse – was your favorite?

Alice was my favorite, Cornelisse was great - she had a breathy kind of deep voice so Alice's voice was perfect but the raspy sound for Teddy & her cousin made for good guy voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

  • Wink Poppy Midnight

  • By: April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, with wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst into the audio in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dr Suess way of repeating words is distracting.

  • By Brandi Hart on 04-18-16

Fairy Tales, Villains & Heroes

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

If you could sum up Wink Poppy Midnight in three words, what would they be?

Friends or Bullies?

Who was your favorite character and why?

In the end, I really did not like all 3 characters because they were all unreliable with their secrets

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I listened to this audiobook as part of the 2017 Hub Reading Challenge and totally loved the Narration by Michael Crouch as Midnight, with Alicyn Packard & Caitlin Davies as the dreamer, Wink who believes in villains & heroes and mean girl, Poppy who did not care about anyone (other than Lief, Wink's brother- but he could not abide her nasty ways). I am not a lover of unreliable narrators and oh were these three unreliable. In the end you have a very mysterious story revolving around what really happens to heroes, villains and thieves. As secrets are shared with the reader, oh does the story make your heart palpitate, make you shudder, and hope these characters can find meaning in the simple things of life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

  • Star Wars: Ahsoka

  • By: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Ashley Eckstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,733

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa - and the Rebel Alliance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The highs were high! But the lows, very low.

  • By K Michael on 11-03-16

Pre-Star Wars! What a blast!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to this awesome audiobook as part of the 2017 Hub Challenge & the narration by Ashley Eckstein was tremendous- she nailed Ahsoka's many character traits, used the right inflections, voices & character personalities to portray the Ahsoka before and after the Jedi wars. Ultimately triumphant, I loved this audiobook and highly recommend it!

What did you like best about this story?

Ahsoka's growth, her thinking, and her abilities were very excviting to listen to

What about Ashley Eckstein’s performance did you like?

I liked her voices, inflections, and the many different characters Eckstein intoned.

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

Learn about Star Wars history before the books & movies

  • Beast

  • By: Brie Spangler
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn't look like your average 15-year-old, so naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg - and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers. Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy - until he meets Jamie. She's funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly very nice read

  • By whoa! on 01-07-17

Boy Falls for Girl & Sparks Fly!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you listen to Beast again? Why?

Yes!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could not stop listening to Andrew Eiden as he narrated flawlessly the voice of Dylan called Beast by everyone because of his size and friend to one jerk, JP who makes him beat up kids to collect money owed him. Andrew Eiden's rendition of Jamie, the girl Dylan meets & falls for in group. What he doesn't know (because he tuned out) is that Janie is transgender & when he finds out, he deals with it all wrong. I ached for Dylan, his life, his yearning to get signs from his dead father, and his lack of faith in his mother. I rooted for Dylan & Jamie to triumph over themselves, other's judgments, and grow to appreciate the very horribleness of the world. A must read & recommended for all libraries!

Have you listened to any of Andrew Eiden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I look forward to more of his narrations.

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

Whenever Dylan hated himself, I was so sad- so that was most of the book because his self-hatred was so complete.

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,769

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By Jeanie M. Phillips on 09-19-16

Family Dysfuction is at an all time high!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you listen to Commonwealth again? Why?

Yes! This book which I listened to was narrated awesomely by Hope Davis. Her voices, inflections, and personalities for all the family members in this dysfunctional family created from a chance meeting at a baptism was such a great read. I laughed and mourned the destruction Bert Cousins foists on the Keating family by stealing beautiful mom, Beverly. What results is a beautifully crafted story spanning decades of the blended parents and children - their bonds, happiness, sadness, existence and a new definition for family ties.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Franny of course, she was rich and multi-layered.

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

Davis' voices, inflections, and personalities for all the family members in this dysfunctional family created from a chance meeting at a baptism was such a great read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,233

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

What will this Fantasy Island give to visitors?

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

If you could sum up Caraval in three words, what would they be?

Magic, Scary, Riddles

What did you like best about this story?

Told from Scarlett's POV; Solar's voice was real showing her love and fear for younger sister, narrator was PERFECT!

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?


I listened to this epic, grand story and loved Rebecca Soler's narration of two sisters, an abusive father, a constricted life, and the chance(s) to escape it all to find love, happiness, hope, and maybe fear? Told from Scarlett's POV; Solar's voice was real showing her love and fear for younger sister, Tella. Their father is a governor in their small town and has been hitting them and psychologically holdoing them hostage for years (ever since their mother disappeared. As Scarlett looks forward to marrying a duke and spiriting her sister to safety with her new marriage- tickets arrive for the Caraval, which grants the winner a wish. As Scarlett prepares to run away and participate in Caraval but get back in time for her wedding- oh do things go so wrong, change, etc. With Caraval, no one is who they seem, there is a problem with time, people lie, scheme, and act as riddles and clues spur players forward. I loved Scarlett and her pull toward Julian was sizzling. I can't wait for Book 2!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved Scarlett and her pull toward Julian was sizzling. Made me bite my nails!

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  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,225

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Magic Changes a Town

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Where does The Girl Who Drank the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Christina Moore's narration of this audiobook was so awesome with all of her voices especially for the High Priest Gerland, Fyrian, the tiny dragon & Glerk, the swamp monster. Since I had read it back in summer of 2016, listening to it was pure pleasure- I was excited during the truly GOOD parts of the book and my heart wrenched during the EVIL parts of the book. This book was so much and so so much more! If you have read this book, or read it now, come join our chat! I can't say enou about this book & audiobook!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Drank the Moon?

When the birds attack the young priest, it was gut wrenching.

Which scene was your favorite?

I always enjoyed the times Luna, Glerk, Fyrian and Zan were together.

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

Magic, Hope & Love Unite