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rebecca moe

alden, ny United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Marianne says: "An Awesome Start to a New Series"
    "Decent story, but narrator sounds much too old!"
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    The main character of Omens is supposed to be twenty-four, but the narrator sounds much older, which I found to be distracting and off-putting. The secondary narrator, I thought, would have been more convincing in the role. It really detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I debated between giving the performance 1 or 2 stars, and went with 2 solely on the strength of the secondary narrator. The main one just wasn't right for the part.

    The action of the book takes quite a while to get going, and it really wasn't until the last third or so of the novel that things really start to click--hence the 3 star story rating. For much of it, though, I really didn't know what to think about the book--which bothered me, because I love Kelley's three series set in the Otherworld universe so much. I had really high hopes for this one. Omens does get much better toward the end, thank goodness, so I decided on a four-star overall rating based on that strength.

    Will I read the next book? Of course--it's Kelley Armstrong. Will I get it on audio immediately if the narrator remains the same, though? Probably not. I can always just read the e-version, in that case.

    If I must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The She Code

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chris Marie Green
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Meet Mandy Halsey, fresh out of college and determined to go from being a receptionist at the assembly line comic book house where she works to being a real-live penciler by the end of the year. That's the plan, anyway. But life isn't cooperating. First, her job feels like a dead end. Second, her personal life isn't exactly on fire, either, especially since her best friend seems to be moving in on every guy who catches Mandy's eye.

    rebecca moe says: "Just okay..."
    "Just okay..."
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    Decent story, but it never quite lived up to its potential. Lots of geeky moments to squee over, that was a definite plus. I listened to the audio version, which was well done, but that meant I didn't get to see the graphic panels. :( That might have bumped it up a half a star or so...possibly. At the very least, it would have been interesting to see the visuals.

    My biggest issue was with the heroine. She could be fun and geeky/quirky at times--I loved the fact that she wanted to draw and write graphic novels--but then she'd go all squirrelly on us. She was completely blind to things that should have been obvious, were actually obvious to everyone else. There were times when I thought she'd gotten a clue, but then she turned around and proved me wrong. She also let certain events from the past rule her present, and went a bit overboard. (Especially when we found out the details about those life-altering events and saw that for the most part they were one-offs. Granted--one caused her parents' divorce and her mother's depression, but when we find out that it was the one and only time it had happened? Seemed like total overreaction on mom's part...which apparently was status quo for mom, at least back then. One rejection of her work and she never writes again? Dramatic much? Though we could clearly see where Mandy got her "one chance and you're out" attitude from.)

    Everything ends on an optimistic note, which was nice, but I would in no way classify this as a romance. Mandy spends more time moaning about people moving in on the guys she's crushing on/ attracted to/ used to date (until he kissed someone else) than going on dates or hanging out with guys in date-like settings. I was a bit bummed not to have seen more page time for the guy she's probably going to end up with--he was a fun character. I do have to say, though, that his "declaration" is absolutely adorable. It was definitely a highlight, and the part I will remember most.

    Sooo...I didn't love it, but I didn't dislike it either. It had some memorable bits and many cute and funny moments, but never quite lived up to its promise.

    Rating: 3 stars / C

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Man: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

    Erin says: "BEST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!!!"
    "Top notch story and narrator!"
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    Virginia Kantra is a new-to-me author, but she's quickly become a new favorite! I absolutely loved this book. Yes, I read book three in the series first, but I was not at all lost with the characters or storyline. However, I don't think I was even halfway done with it when I added books one and two to my wish list--and I ended up buying them with my next available credits.

    I loved Luke, Kate, and Taylor--Taylor especially is such a sympathetic character. Watching her try to deal with everything life has thrown at her is absolutely heartbreaking. I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug! (Not that she would have let me. But I really wanted to, anyway. That poor little girl...) I've always had a soft spot for heroes in the military, and Luke is no exception. His progression from a guy focused on his career into the kind of father his little girl deserves is fantastic. I did feel like Kate held on to her "I can't get involved with a Marine because he'll be just like my dad" attitude a little bit too long, but it wasn't unrealistic. It was a case of "it's not her, it's me": I loved him, so what was her problem? ;)

    The narrator did a great job. I've listened to a couple of books lately where the narration was only so-so, but that was not the case here. She did an especially well with her male voices--not always the case with female narrators. (To be fair, there's an equal amount of men who don't do women's voices well either; it's always a pleasure to find any narrator who does a good job with the opposite sex.) I was very glad to see that she's narrating the entire series, because I'll be listening to the other two--soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Rogue Returns: The Duke's Men, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    It had been a decade since Victor Cale, first cousin to the Duke of Lyons, had seen his wife. After some royal jewelry went missing from the jeweler's shop where they worked, Isabel Mertens disappeared. When Victor gets word of a woman who fits his wife's description, he sets out to confront her. But he discovers that nothing is as it seems-and revenge is never as sweet as true love.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Refreshingly Different Storyline"
    "Good, but not going to be a favorite"
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    A good story, but definitely not my favorite from this author. The two main characters took way too long to be honest with each other--their initial hesitation made sense, but after a while it got to be ridiculous, especially since they both got hugely upset when they found out the other one was hiding something from them. (Hello? Pot? Kettle? You're equal in your blackness, so get over it already!) Other than that, Victor and Isa/Sofie were likable characters overall.

    Ultimately, the last third or so redeemed the book for me. At one point I was afraid they were reverting back to their old ways, but they proved me wrong so nothing got tossed across the room (I was listening on audio, so book tossing would have involved earbuds being ripped out of my ears. I was very glad to have my fears proven wrong, believe me!) The ending is immensely satisfying, and helped me to get over much of my frustration with the book.

    Some of the secondary characters' immense likability helps matters as well--Amalie, their daughter, is charming; Rupert and Mary Grace's secondary romance is adorable; and Sofie's business partner Mr. Gordon is an all-around great guy. Tristan and Dominick, the brothers who run Manton Investigations, are as entertaining as ever, and I cannot wait until they have their own books.

    The science too was interesting, both of Sofie's artificial gems and Rupert's studies. I didn't quite "get" it all, but it sounded impressive. ;) Ms. Jeffries's afterword showed that she had clearly done her research in that arena.

    Part of my dissatisfaction with this novel stemmed from the audio performance--I couldn't stand the voice the narrator used for Isa/Sofie. It always sounded as if she had a mouthful of marbles when she spoke, and it was distracting. Perhaps if I'd have read it instead of listening, I would have rated it higher.

    So far the first book in the series is still my favorite. I wouldn't go so far as to say this one was a disappointment, it just didn't quite live up to the standards of book one. Hopefully the next offering from The Duke's Men will be more consistent in its execution.

    Rating: C+/ 3.5 stars

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (394)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Wonderful story...narration only so-so"
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Island the most enjoyable?

    The story itself made the experience enjoyable. It's a heck of a read, taking listeners on a real edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The growth of Anna and TJ, and the slow development of their relationship was definitely the best part of this book.


    What three words best describe Heidi Baker’s performance?

    Needs more variety.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator Heidi Baker did not change her voice at all when she switched between reading parts in Anna's voice and TJ's. As a result, it was very hard to stop and start listening in the middle of a section and quickly pick up where you were again--both characters sounded like a twenty-something female. Which, ironically, neither of them were. She's not a bad narrator, but definitely would not be my first choice for a book like this. I ended up wishing I'd had time to read the print version instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing the Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible....

    Brooke says: "The Tough Stuff."
    "Fantastic read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pushing the Limits to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily better, but I do like hearing two different voices for the two narrators. Definitely adds to the experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved both the protagonists! Both seemed very human and very real--made bad choices, but most of them were for good reasons. They grew throughout the novel, and overcame amazing odds.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands – was your favorite?

    Loved them both. Really, I couldn't choose.


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

    How can you look forward to the future when you can't get over your past?


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend this audio version. It was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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