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Lisa

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  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1215)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Really disappointing interesting concept gone wro"
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    What disappointed you about Fury of Fire?

    Although the idea of the book was interesting, it was very poorly written. There was no suspense around the relationships - the inner dialog was simply stupid and far too revealing with no sense of tension, no real build up of affection, and no sense of the strength a woman would actually bring to a relationship. The book was clearly written by a female - which lent a certain creepiness to the male reading - but it read more like what a man would expect a woman to be thinking. This is unfortunate as I think the concept and worldview was interesting and had a lot of potential in the right hands.


    What could Coreene Callahan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take more time with that inner dialog - this sounded like it was written in a month to hit all the requirements for a romance novel - so that the tension builds slowly - so that the reader actually wonders what will happen next.

    Also - stop interrupting every thought with an "and." I imagine in the written book it looked something like "and ---" followed by a quote. That is certainly the way it sounded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As I listened, I fbegan to feel there was something wrong with a male voice vocalizing the sex thoughts of a woman - at least the way this book was written. The author had a habit of interrupting a thought line with a conjunction ("and" or "but") which the reade would follow with a pause - after the fifteenth time it was like fingernails on a blackboard and just served to emphasize the writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. I quit halfway. I marked it as finished - I couldn't even listen to the whole final chapter to find out what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be buying anything else in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Morrigna: Maurin Kincaide, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rachel Rawlings
    • Narrated By Rina Adachi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Maurin Kincaide is a psychometric investigator for Salem's Supernatural Task Force. She's spent the last few years working crime scenes and using the memory links in fingerprints to catch criminals. When the current bad guy turns out to be a demon, Maurin must work with Seamus - the task force's prime suspect for unleashing said demon. She follows Seamus deeper into the supernatural community and discovers there's a lot more going on than anyone guessed.

    Silk says: "Narration is horrifying"
    "Terrible narration"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The person narrating clearly made a choice to use a very flat affect for the main character. There were hints of inflection for some of the other characters but I only lasted about 4 or 5 chapters. The story sounded like it might be interesting but I was enormously irritated by the voice of the main character - which made her seem weak and stupid. I have no idea if she quit being so clearly unprepared and disagreeable. With another vocal approach, she might have seemed justifiably put upon and tough, but this just didn't work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Rawlings? Why or why not?

    I am not sure - she obviously chose this narration and it was horrible.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Any amount of inflection would have helped.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It seemed like the world and concept had potential. I just couldn't stick it out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (746)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Marathon part 2"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this series - enough to buy all 3 and wait with anticipation for the 4th. Mr. Aaronovitch continues where he left off in Book 1 with a good mystery and the continuing story of Lesley. Unlike some authors, his 2nd book actually fulfills the promise of the 1st. The characters develop and become more complex.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Over Soho?

    When Peter grapples with what has happened to his friend Lesley - and when she finds a reason to hope - I was right there with them.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not heard of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before this series, but I plan on finding other performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Investigating a London murder may never be the same again.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1337)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Great writing plus great acting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book and its sequels to a number of friends. It is so great to read really good writing and the actor does an excellent job of voicing the characters. This is the first audio book where I would actually back up to avoid missing a single word.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I kept thinking I knew where things were heading only to be surprised when we took a turn in another direction. In addition, I kept learning about London and its environs. I found I wanted more (hence my marathon with the 2 sequels).


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    His voice is rich, the accents intriguing, and the characterizations so distinct, the plot just raced along. I could listen to him for hours. I particularly liked how his women characters came across. Often men reading women's voices do funny vocal gymnastics - Kobna simply makes each character distinct.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing alone would make this worth owning. Add in a masterful job of narration and this is the best audio book I have "read" in ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2044)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Good choices for abridging version"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Ms Hathaway did a lovely job & it was good to listen to the original story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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