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  • Rebirth

  • Rogues Shifter Series, Book 1
  • By: Gayle Parness
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Having always felt like a freak of nature, 17-year-old Jackie's life is turned upside down when she discovers that she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who become her close friends. Their purpose is to protect the vulnerable shifter population from the more violent supernatural beings that inhabit this terrifying and exciting world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful new world to explore

  • By Captain Skurvy on 01-13-16

not very accurate

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

The book is decent, but I feel like very little research must have been done about cheetahs before writing this. If you picked this book up because you are an animal enthusiast, the errors might bother you. The story itself is interesting, but the main character is a bit Mary Sue. All the men want to date her, all the girls are jealous but also like her, etc. It's not a bad story, but it does read more like a decent fanfiction with poor character development than a good book.

  • How to Save a Life

  • Howl at the Moon
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series! ❤

  • By Belen on 01-25-18

GREAT! Except reader can't pronounce breed names.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I really enjoy this series. The writer does a great job of doing a slow build, and you fall in love with Rav and Sammy as they fall in love with each other. The series and town as a whole is continuing to develop in this latest book, and more important issues are being addressed and acknowledged. My ONLY issue, is with the reader. Overall the reader does an excellent job, and tells the story perfectly. EXCEPT: He can't pronounce many of the breed names--like malamute and newfoundland. I know it seems like a small thing, but it really bothers me. Especially in relation to the theme of these books.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,954

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Listen Carefully

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

The first time I listened to this I wasn't a huge fan, but I think it had to do more with what I was in the mood for then the book itself. I wasn't expecting something so dark the first time I read this book, but going back in the second time and knowing what to expect I liked it a lot more. .

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  • A Wind in the Door

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill. But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons - actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, and to take Meg and her friend Calvin O'Keefe on a terrifying, wonderful journey into galactic space - where they must battle the force of evil to save Charles Wallace, and themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • by Julian, 8 years old

  • By film karma on 04-09-12

Same Characters, Very Different Story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Any additional comments?

I think what really threw me off was how different this was from A Wrinkle In Time. I understand that this book is the second in the quartet, but it really seems to have relatively little in common with the first except for the theme of a dying earth--which does not get resolved--and the main characters. If I had read this book on it's own I may have liked it more, but it's contribution to or continuation of the story set up in A Wrinkle In Time is unknown to me. I'm hesitant to spend another credit on the next book.

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,005

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Personal Favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

I would. Having read and listened to this book I feel that the Carolyn McCormick does a good job of making the characters 'more real'.

What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

I would say that The Hunger Games trilogy reminds me most of the Uglies series. Both are Young Adult books about girls who get thrust to the forefront of a simmering resistance by governments that want to use them. Neither of them initially recognize or embrace the lot they've been selected for, and try to resist. Both of their acts of rebellion unwittingly lead to consequences that jeopardizes what they were seeking to protect through that very deed. I'd say that.

Any additional comments?

I think The Hunger Games are a good young adult dysutopian, appropriately dark for the age group they are trying to reach. Katniss is a fairly strong female roll model (though I do wish she had been less love-drunk throughout the whole thing, and at some point someone should have pointed out to her that she didn't actually have to be with either Peeta or Gale if she didn't want to be.), and I really appreciated the wisdom that could be found in Prim later on in the series despite her age and the counterpoint she makes to all of Katniss' weaknesses.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,121

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Frustrating Children

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

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

I'd say that Jurassic Park ranks pretty highly on my list of audiobooks. Thrillers aren't my usual genre but I really enjoyed this. I found the presentation and flow of the book to be well done, sometimes things got slow but they always seemed to pick back up quickly. The performance was well done, and really helped to draw in the listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Grant was by far my favorite character. I found him resourceful, clever, and very likable. Tim was another favorite for the same reasons.

Any additional comments?

I hated the little girl, and found myself shouting at the book on several occasions because of her. I could never establish if she was younger or older then Tim, but unlike her brother she never seemed to do anything useful. On the contrary, she seemed to make every situation worse.

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  • Specials

  • Uglies, Book 3
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

"Special Circumstances": The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor - frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary. And now, in the third book in the series, Tally's been turned into a Special: a superamped fighting machine engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite of the Bunch

  • By KWolfie on 02-27-16

Favorite of the Bunch

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Specials to be better than the print version?

Before I bought the audiobook I read the whole series back when they were first published. I seem to recall throwing the book a few times in moments of frustration--can't do that to an audiobook. Unfair question though as I almost always prefer audiobooks to their printed siblings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fausto! I've always had a soft spot for Fausto even though he was never anything more then a main-minor character. I think that he "got it" more then most. He seemed to always be on the up and up even though nobody directly included him. I loved his awareness, determination, and independence.

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

I've listened to her read the other books in the series. The reading is consistant from one book to the next if a little disconnected and flat.

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

I found myself becoming frustrated with the characters sometimes as they just 'didn't get it' yet. I also found myself worried for them.

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,810
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,588

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

A great final book

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Where does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All the Harry Potter books rank towards the top of the list of books I've listened to. I think they are wonderfully written and performed.That said of all the Harry Potter books I'd say this is one of my least favorite, perhaps because it is the end--though more likely because of my character bias. That said, my least favorite book in my most favorite series is somewhat akin to the least valuable treasure in a pile of priceless artifacts--amazing, regardless of comparative value.

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 to and why?

I would compare the Harry Potter books to The Paper Magician triology for it's imaginative take on the world of magic, and The Lord of The Rings for it's intricate, enveloping world and it's attention to detail.

Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

Remus Lupin--hands down--has always been my favorite Harry Potter character.

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

Yes, and I relisten to it frequently.

Any additional comments?

The world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life through Jim Dale's performance is intricate, imaginative, and enveloping. It may be a fantasy book but you won't find it's logic lacking, and the attention to even small details is truly impressive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,270

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

Can't fault the reader

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

I gather from other reviews that this is a book you will either love or hate. Well, I hated it. I found the book to be overly detailed, to the point of being boring. The narrator was clearly reading the book as it had been intended, but it was far to coldly scientific for my taste. I prefer stories that draw you in more, and At the Mountains of Madness did not.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly miserable

  • By Lindsey on 06-05-05

All the Noise

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

wonderfully read, awesome writing, but the background noise was unnecessary, mildly irritating, and at times made the reading hard to hear. A great performance but is go with the normal audiobook version if I had to choose again.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful