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  • Sacrificed

  • The Ignited Series, Book 2
  • By: Desni Dantone
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Kris Young is no normal 17-year-old. She's the worst thing to come along since the black plague, and she will do anything to alter the destiny she was made for. Failure is not an option. And if the shadows of evil overcome her... Only one person can stop her. When she meets Micah, she doesn't expect him to save her life, or to offer his help. They were born enemies after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nikki on 03-02-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What a great story, if like me you love fantasy adventure novels with a bit of romance thrown in, this series really does have it all. Magic, God’s, danger, loss and love, with a fantastic adventure weaving it all together, this series was a - sometimes stress filled (see former mentioned loss and adventure comments) - joy to listen to. Only thing I’m unhappy about is that it’s over.

  • Salvaged Soul

  • The Ignited Series, Book 3
  • By: Desni Dantone
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Life in paradise isn't exactly what Kris thought it would be. Treated like a prisoner and forced to keep her romance with Nathan hidden, she struggles to adapt to island life with the Kala. Worse, her specialties are coming in faster than she can control, and she fears the Skotadi within her will soon win the battle for her soul. Her only hope is to embrace her Incantation lineage, master the skills she's supposed to have, and free herself of her destiny...if only she could figure out how to do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nikki on 03-02-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What a great story, if like me you love fantasy adventure novels with a bit of romance thrown in, this series really does have it all. Magic, God’s, danger, loss and love, with a fantastic adventure weaving it all together, this series was a - sometimes stress filled (see former mentioned loss and adventure comments) - joy to listen to. Only thing I’m unhappy about is that it’s over.

  • Avenging Heart

  • The Ignited Series, Book 4
  • By: Desni Dantone
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

She can end it all - but at what cost? Kris Young wants nothing more than to be a normal girl. Thrust into a life she did not ask for, and faced with a future that she does not want, she sets off an adventure that she hopes will lead to her freedom. With her best friend's life, the future of the Kala-Skotadi war, and her own soul at stake, failure is not an option. Old and new allies unite on a quest against the demigods and Kris's half-sister, Circe, the mastermind behind it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nikki on 03-02-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What a great story, if like me you love fantasy adventure novels with a bit of romance thrown in, this series really does have it all. Magic, God’s, danger, loss and love, with a fantastic adventure weaving it all together, this series was a - sometimes stress filled (see former mentioned loss and adventure comments) - joy to listen to. Only thing I’m unhappy about is that it’s over.

Book 4 - I loved that the author threw in Nathan’s inner monologue in this book so the story unfolded from his point of view as well as Chris’. Although there were several moments I could have happily beaten Nathan with a stick for being so stupid.

I also like that they stuck with the same narrator, often when a series like this takes the path of seeing the story from the main male protagonists point of view as well, audible seem to think that they should bring in a male narrator. This really does my head in. You spend god knows how many hours hearing all you favourite characters sounding a certain way and in the last book(s) it all changes to another narrators take on what each character sounds like. It often stops me enjoying the story properly.

  • The Last Star

  • The 5th Wave, Book 3
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now is the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great trilogy!

  • By Nikki on 06-01-18

Great trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

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

Yes. This is a great trilogy. If you love big epic storylines that suck you in, red these books.

What did you like best about this story?

Plus:I love the idea of this storyline, it’s a bit left field for this genre. It’s not your typical aliens have landed and the last few humans have to save the world type and I like that. Book 3 had a few shocks in store, there was more than one ‘oh no, seriously nooooo’ moment in there and the fact that it’s kids having to make these huge decisions and sacrifices and go through so much so young...well Yancey knows how to make you think for sure, there are times I wanted to scream at Ben for being an idiot and then I remember he’s a kid!Minuses:I read these books back to back so while overall I really loved this trilogy, reading them back to back there are times when Yanceys repetitive language bugged me a bit, he’s a real fan of contradictive speeches that can, on occasion, go on a bit, especially for Cassie. ‘It is and is not, it will be and won’t be’ type stuff. But, don’t let it put you off reading it, the story overall really is great and worth a little repetitiveness.

Which character – as performed by Ben Yannette and Phoebe Strole – was your favourite?

In book 1, it was a coin toss between Ben/Zombie and Cassie In book 2, it was EvanIn book 3 it’s hands down Ringer

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

Yes

  • The Infinite Sea

  • The 5th Wave, Book 2
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Infinite Sea, the second book in the phenomenal 5th Wave series by Carnegie-shortlisted author Rick Yancey. For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth's remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It's about to get worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly confused and disappointed

  • By Lynn Worton on 31-03-16

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This series is great, I’ve really enjoyed it. Book 2 shows you more about some of the other characters and how they contribute to the over all story. The series story arc is one of those great epic science fiction stories you can get sucked into. There are a couple of heartbreaking moments in book 2 and a lot of action. There are moments when I want to shout at the characters for not thinking their next moves through and then I remember they’re kids being asked to do impossible things and make impossible decisions they shouldn’t have to make in a terrifying world out to get them. Yancey know how to mess with you! Great books

  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Brandon Espinoza
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I suspect it will split opinions

  • By Simon on 26-10-14

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Where does The 5th Wave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5th Wave?

Cassie’s journey and relationship development with Evan

What does Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really great narrators, I believed they were these characters

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

.

Any additional comments?

This series is fantastic. I watched the 5th wave movie which really isn’t that great and wondered if it was a book (knowing books are usually better) so I looked this up and wow! Man am I glad I watched the movie first because as disappointing as it was before the book, I’d have been truly gutted to realise how much of the essence of the first books story they stripped / missed in the movie. I can’t recommend enough that you read the book, it’s so much more than the movie and this series is a really great read.

  • Melted by the Dragon

  • A Paranormal Dragon Shifter Romance
  • By: Amira Rain, Simply Shifters
  • Narrated by: Danielle Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In a future world that is ruled by dragon shifters, fertile women are scarce. They are so scarce that women capable of having children are now often cryogenically frozen for centuries in order to help future generations reproduce. Curvy Vivian Mason was one of those women who was frozen hundreds of years ago, and now it is time for her to be melted

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor recording is terrible

  • By Nikki on 09-12-17

Poor recording is terrible

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

The recording of this audio book is terrible! I don’t know if it’s the way it been cut together but there are clearly bits missing, odd pauses and parts of the recording continuously repeat themselves.

The story really isn’t much better, slow and predictable with little substance. Very unimpressed

  • Pleasures of the Night

  • Dream Guardians, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Shana Savage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

There are sensuous pleasures that can only be tasted in the night.... He comes to her in the twilight between sleep and consciousness to fulfill her secret desires. Lyssa Bates has never experienced such ecstasy, brought to her by a man whose deep, soul-penetrating blue eyes hold the promise of tempting intimacies and decadent pleasures. But this stranger, this lover, this immortal seducer is only a dream - a phantom of her nocturnal fantasies - until he appears, inexplicably, at her door in the flesh!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful!

  • By Mr on 13-10-12

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

Narrator’s attempt at an accent is shocking - how you’re supposed to envisage the lead male as attractive sounding like that I have no clue. I couldn’t keep listening. If she’d read his part in her normal reading time it would have been far better.

  • Tangle of Need

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 11
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 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

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past. Now comes a new territory and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to someone else. For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Nikki on 27-08-17

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 27-08-17

I was surprised by this one, the mating bond is a big thing throughout these books, so for a story to be based around the fact a pack member had found but could no be with his mate seemed an unusual choice, nevertheless I enjoyed this story

  • Heart of Obsidian

  • Psy-Changeling, Book 12
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

Step into Nalini Singh's explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world.... A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained blood red. A woman whose very existence has been erased. A love story so dark it may shatter the world itself. A deadly price that must be paid. The day of reckoning is here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Tink21B on 18-06-18

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 27-08-17

Where does Heart of Obsidian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really enjoyed Caleb's story, it was a great twist to his character and answered a lot of questions.