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Narre Warren, Australia
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  • Daughter of the Forest Part 3

  • Sevenwaters, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece.

  • By Joycinta on 27-03-2018

A Masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

This book is an epic adventure of love, loyality and pain.

It tackles some really graffic ways a person can be hurt by others. In particular there is a rape described. Normally this would put me off a book, however, it is handled with care and respect and is necessary to the story.

Filled with mysteries, tantalising twists, and a foreshadowing of a growing greater purpose. I can't recommend this book enough.

A must read.

  • Felix and the Prince

  • A Forever Wilde Novel, Book 2
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Felix - Things I expect to find at Gadleigh Castle: rare stained glass, the subject of my dissertation; peace and quiet, to finish said dissertation; an escape from the paparazzi. Things I don’t expect to find: a hidden door leading to a secret room; the most gorgeous man I’ve ever set eyes on; love. Lio - Things I know are expected of me in life: I will become the King of Liorland; I will marry a nice woman; I will provide heirs to my family’s monarchy. Reasons that might be difficult: I’m gay; I’m falling in love with Felix; He has no idea I’m royal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Joycinta on 27-03-2018

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

Romantic, picturesque, funny.

Another enjoyable romance novel by a very talented author.

I really liked the narrator and the way Lennox plays with the attraction of power and fame ultimately being an obstacle to love.

As always my heart feels warmer after reading a Lucy Lennox novel and that's all I ask for.

xx

  • Delivering Dante

  • Made Marian Series, Book 6
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience, an octogenarian naughty toy party, and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly. When my biological father takes his homophobic views on a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it's time to decide: Do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good? Or face my biggest fear and fight for what's mine?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great ending.

  • By Joycinta on 12-03-2018

Great ending.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2018

As always with series, this book was heartwarming fairy tale crossed with a porno.

Listening to this love story feels a lot like drinking hot soup on a cold day.

Thoroughly comforting.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,971
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,970

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Mr on 19-06-2015

Gripping till the end.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

This book knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seat.

So much better than the movie. XD

  • The Red Queen

  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Isobelle Carmody
  • Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
  • Length: 40 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The highly anticipated dramatic conclusion to the much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles from award-winning and best-selling author Isobelle Carmody. Before Elspeth Gordie can continue her journey to find Sentinel and prevent it unleashing the horrors of the Great White, she must fight free of a strange prison where people are laid to sleep forever or cling to a suffocating existence, believing the world beyond their walls is already utterly annihilated.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, boring, boring.

  • By Joycinta on 27-02-2018

Boring, boring, boring.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2018

This book could, and should have been 8 hours. I think even Carmody was over the series at this point, it certainly reads that way.

I was a huge fan of this series and managed to plow through the last books even as the story became glacially slow.

Simply put, this book is a complete dud. Where were her beta readers on this one? Habitat needed to be cut out like cancer and the first 20 hours are harder to listen to then my parents lectures on sex ed.

Huge disappointment.

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  • Undead and Unemployed

  • Queen Betsy, Book 2
  • By: MaryJanice Davidson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Betsy Taylor needs a job and amazingly lands the perfect one: selling designer shoes at Macy's. But the other vamps, including sexy Sinclair, don't want their queen selling shoes. And the vampire hunters are becoming a real pain, murdering innocent vampires. It seems that everyone wants something from Betsy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nose dive.

  • By Joycinta on 09-01-2018

Nose dive.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2018

The first book set up a lot of drama for book 2 that was never realised. Development of side characters was non-existant and frustrating.

Here's a big plot hole that bothered me: in book one it's established that proper treatment of a 'sheep' or person you are feeding from is to get them off after or during your bite. Betsy is bothered in the first book by the King of the Vampires sleeping with three women at once while feeding but in the second book these women disappear and you never see or hear of the King feeding again.

I'd hoped that maybe this drama would at least show up in book three but it seems Davidson just decided it was easier to gloss over the king's playboy habits and pretend he's suddenly a dotting sycophant.

  • Obernewtyn

  • By: Isobelle Carmody
  • Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last! The Obernewtyn Chronicles in Audio

  • By Jacqueline Colla on 23-04-2016

A must read.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2017

I loved reading this years ago and loved listening to it even more. I was scared to see that Isobella Carmody had decided to narrate her own book but she absolutely knocked this out of the park. I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book 1

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they come out fighting when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, bring on the rest!

  • By Tracey Hogan on 22-03-2019

Great ending saved this.

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2017

For such a smart character this heroine continues to make stupid, poor reasoned decisions that throws

  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Roan Parrish has lost his faith in Love.

  • By Joycinta on 19-09-2017

Roan Parrish has lost his faith in Love.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2017

In two letters: P.U.

Welcome to "Where We Left Off" a tale of disillusionment where a handsome, intelligent young man falls for a guy completely void of anything likable.

Story line in three dot points:
* Will tells Leo not to change for others
* Leo proceeds to try and change himself for Will
* Leo and Will both settle for a romance that will satisfy neither.

I spent the whole book hopping that Leo would just dump Will's toxic ass and hook up with Tom.

The real question this book raises is who the hell hurt Roan Parrish so bad that he thought this book was a good idea? Poor bastard lost his faith in love. I can only hope that he finds someone who can bring back the romance for him. xx

  • Out of Nowhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great.

  • By Joshua on 17-10-2017

A religious experience.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2017

In a word: Wow.

Roan Parrish knocked this book out of the park.

If this book doesn't have you questioning your sexuality, connections to others and expand your desire to help the world then you're already dead.

I. am. shook.