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  • Shadow Kiss

  • Vampire Academy, Book 3
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shadow kiss

  • By Nadia on 26-06-10

Shadow Kiss

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

This third installment is brilliant. It is funny, action packed, romantic and thrilling to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Frostbite

  • Vampire Academy, Book 2
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians - including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this series

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-05-18

Frostbite

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

A sequel that carries on from the predecessor without recapping for the first couple of chapters is always a good sign. This instalment is darker and brings more emphasis on Moroi magic and the mental/emotional bond between Rose and Lissa as their understanding of what is happening between them develops. Add that to the forbidden feelings for her mentor, the long distant mother coming back into her world and the evident dangers to all Moroi, Rose and her friends soon discover that there is more to the Strigoi than meets the vampire eye.

Apart from the middle being a bit slow in places, the build up to an exciting end was appreciated and definitely made me want to download the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Vampire Academy

  • Vampire Academy, Book 1
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampires and Dhampirs

  • By Cheryl on 25-09-11

Great introduction to Vampire Accademy Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

Don't be fooled by thinking this is just another vampire/human teenage angst series. It isn't. Basically there are three types of vampire, one that was born a vampire, one that is half vampire/half human and one that is created a vampire. This series is about the survival of the fittest and the half vampire/human students learning how to guard the safety of the pure vampires they are assigned to. Protecting them from their nemesis, the created vampires. This story enticed me from the beginning and although the heroine, Rose, is a nasty, whiny, spoiled brat, as the story develops, I grew to like her and believe that her main purpose is to protect her best friend and pure vampire, Lissa. That is of course, until she falls for another half vampire/half human who is forbidden and struggles with her own emotions whilst protecting lissa. Great first book and eager to crack on with the next installment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Darkest Mercy

  • Wicked Lovely, Book 5
  • By: Melissa Marr
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A satisfying conclusion to a superb series

  • By Lisa on 14-03-11

Fantastic finale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-11

This is the final instalment of an excellent series about the world of fairies that live alongside the mortal world. Darkest Mercy cleverly pulls all the threads of each of the four previous books together and satisfyingly concludes each one. I have enjoyed listening to the series and found it a lot darker than anticipated considering it is aimed for the young adult category. If you enjoy a good love story with dangerous consequences then I recommend considering the Wicked Lovely series.

  • Awakened

  • House of Night, Book 8
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Zoey and the gang are back fighting evil (well, duh, that’s what being a High Priestess is all about) but with a variety of romantic intrigues to distract them, it’s a wonder they can get anything done! Zoey’s got some serious work to do at the House of Night if only she could concentrate....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not to young for me!!

  • By leanne on 01-09-11

More frustrated than Awakened

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-11

I relistened to the previous seven books before launching into Awakened and this may have been a mistake on my part, because listening to Awakened I felt the story was becoming repetitive and possibly over stretched in order for the authors to achieve their aim of making the story last twelve books.

I was frustrated with the characters as it seems they haven?t really grown over the last seven books as the authors would like you to believe, the same mistakes are being repeated by different characters in different circumstances. There are some issues that were barely touched on and could have had a bit more depth to them and the banter between the main characters that is usually threaded throughout the books was minimal in this instalment. Maybe this was down to the constant fleeting between characters, which led to a lack of direction.

I would have given this book two stars but decided on three thanks to some parts which made me laugh outloud. About three quarters of the way through the book I felt the pace had picked up and for a short while, was unable to stop listening. The end of the book however, was a disappointment as there wasn?t enough of a thread to give me the usual eagerness for the next book.

I?m just hoping Awakened is a mediocre bridge to give closure to events that took place in the previous books and book nine will follow its title and will be destined to reengage and fulfil the promises that this series has to offer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shiver

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bewitching!

  • By Suzanne Martin on 10-12-10

Breathtakingly beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-10

It is always a pleasure to find an audiobook that grabs your attention from the first sentence. Maggie's words are beautifully written and the two narrators make Shiver a mesmerising listen that you just want to endulge in more and more. I commend Maggie for being one of the handful of authors to write something that makes me shed a tear. This may be aimed at Young Adults but where love and sorrow are involved, anyone can be hooked. I am and now eagerly moving on to the sequel, Linger.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Candypop (1) – Candy and the Broken Biscuits

  • By: Lauren Laverne
  • Narrated by: Lauren Laverne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

A fabulously funny Rock Chick -lit series for teens from uber-cool celeb Lauren Laverne. Tune in for a hyper-real rollercoaster ride to Glasto and beyond!Candy Caine is fifteen years old and she's on a mission: to escape dullsville! Candy knows she's destined for bigger things and is determined to leave boring small town Bishopspool and make it big in the music business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent debut

  • By Sally on 07-11-10

Excellent debut

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-10

I'm a huge fan of Lauren Laverne and was intrigued when I saw she had a debut novel out on audio, even if it is aimed at young adults. It did take a couple of listens to Lauren in the first few chapters to get used to her voice. Lauren speaks a lot quicker than the American narrators that are on most books I seem to be listening to lately. That aside, I started to get into the story and could see where it was going. Lauren is a very descriptive writer and her words brought back fun festival memories for me and it was enjoyable to see how an odd ball 15 year old, like Candy Cane, could become popular and well liked by her peers. In all, the novel is well written and read by Lauren and by the end of it there is a sense of happiness and well being. I look forward to listening to her next book.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,208

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Enticing to the very end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-10

Brilliantly written and having four narrators gives this audiobook an extra depth that is so absorbing you just want to keep listening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could have continued listening for another 18 hours just to hear what was going to happen to the main characters after the novel finished.

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly engrossing - couldn't put it down

  • By Wendy on 11-11-05

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-10

This is an intriguing, funny, loving and emotional novel. Although I knew what was going to come at the end and was waiting for it, the beautiful writing and narration were exceptional and I was totally absorbed, so much so that whenever I said, I?ll switch off after this part, I just couldn?t press stop. I have recommended this book to many of my friends and would say to anyone, if you are looking for an enticing listen, this is well worth your money.

  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

  • An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply moving

  • By Nadia on 20-06-10

Good to hear the other side of the story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-10

Loved this novella - a brilliant idea to give a second view on the whole transition of becoming a vampire and that it is not the easy ride that Bella was fortunate to have. In the Eclipse Bree is protrayed as a vulnerable newborn who does not know anything about what is happening in the vampire world, this novella proves how wrong this is. Bree is an intelligent 15 year old who soon learns that each vampire is out for themselves and that all they were told by their leader Riley, who himself is only told certain things by Victoria, are not true and that there is so much to learn. By the end of the novella I became sad for Bree because you know what the outcome was going to be and she was finally coming to accept what she is and she would have enjoyed the vampire life and even falling in love. Thanks Stephenie for yet another interesting outlook of the vampire world. Can't wait to see what she does next!