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review 2017-11-07 20:52
This is a compilation of short stories about all things Norse Mythology that seem to be centered around Loki in particular…
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

 

 

Book Title:  Norse Mythology

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Narration:  Neil Gaiman

Genre:  Fantasy | Mythology

Setting:  Asgard or Midgard, I think…

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  1.7/5

Addictiveness:  2.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

I don't know if it's just Norse Mythology that isn't for me, or if I just haven't found the right author to convey it.  This wasn't for me though…but that's not because it wasn't well written or well narrated, it is both, actually.  Both are done by Neil Gaiman, too.  At least it was quick listen, of which I did most of while cleaning house.   If you're into this sort of thing and like a short story format, then this could be perfect for you.  That cover though…it's gorgeous.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Currently, I do not have anything by him on my TBR.  I don't know…I'm not opposed to it.

 

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review 2017-11-03 23:41
She has gunslinger eyes...and she rides shotgun.
She Rides Shotgun: A Novel - Jordan Harper

 

 

Book Title:  She Rides Shotgun

Author:  Jordan Harper

Narration:  David Marantz

Genre:  Thriller | Crime

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  3.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 but barely…

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I looked at other reviews for this and thought, wow, what did I miss?  This has a lot of five-star reviews and I just didn't feel that it was worth that.  It was good, but there was no real emotion, not in the narration, at least.  All the sentences are quick and clipped short.  Maybe, it’s the way it's written…maybe, it's the narrator.  ???

 

These characters were so indelible, written as raw and as real as you can get.  They just weren't done justice with the narration.  The story is gritty and in your face with drug addicts, convicts, crooked cops, and a girl…a girl with goals. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know…

 

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review 2017-11-02 21:21
A thoroughly entertaining sequel to Rebel of the Sands...
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

Book Title:  Traitor to the Throne

Author:  Alwyn Hamilton

Narration:  Soneela Nankani

Series:  Rebel of the Sands #2

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Setting:  Maraji

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes!

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

Once I could keep most of the characters straight on who is who, I found myself enjoying this, and what amazing characters they are.  Amani is with-a-doubt one of my favorite YA heroines of all time.   She isn't whiny, she uses her head and she's kind of bad-ass too.  I did really miss Jin, we didn't get nearly enough of him.  I really wish we could get inside his head, just once, at least.  Also, the narration is excellently done by Soneela Nankani.  

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Yes, I will…I need to not wait so long, though, because I was lost for a bit on this one.  There's a lot of names to keep straight.  Even with the first chapter re-capping what happened in the book one. Hero at the Fall is due out in March of 2018.

 

 

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review 2017-10-21 15:24
You know that saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough

 

 

Book Title:  13 Minutes

Author:  Sarah Pinborough

Narration:  Rosie Jones

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  England

Source:  Own Kobo Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.7/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Mystery:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5  Could have been better.

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5: 4

Total:  3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

The first half of this book reads like Mean Girls, with a British flair, and the second half turned out to be a very clever mystery.  I didn't see it coming, at all.  This is by far, too promiscuous for YA, though.  It has explicit sex scenes between a 16 and a 19-year-old.  That's just eww, between that and the catty little bitch characters, I almost DNF'd this.  I'm glad I didn't, because ultimately, despite not liking any of the characters, this was mostly a worthwhile listen just for the mystery alone. 

 

The narration would have benefited from another narrator, to differentiate between the two different female voices because it was difficult to keep it straight whose head you were in.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Probably not…

 

 

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review 2017-10-17 22:20
Define sustain: to give support or relief to; to supply with sustenance : nourish; keep up, prolong...a perfect title for this story.
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase

Book Title:  Sustained

Author:  Emma Chase

Narration:  Sebastian York

Series:  Legal Briefs #2

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Washington D.C.

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is sooooo much better than the first book in this series…I loved this.  Those kids were my undoing, I laughed and I even shed a couple tears for them and Jake and Chelsea were super sweet together.  A good contemporary romance with just the right amount of believable angst…in a word, perfect.

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  I will now, for sure, since this book has completely redeemed this series and Emma Chase for me?

 

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