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Diana

Norfolk, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1332)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Better than I remember."
    Overall

    I read this book years ago and while I remembered it fondly, I was a little reluctant to get the audio version. I am so glad I indulged and I just 3 hours into listening, I knew I'd purchase book 2.

    Sasha is a psy who has been taught that emotion leads to madness in people who have psychic abilities. Their people have trained themselves to block out all emotions to avoid the emotions that could lead to violence. Such apathy leads each individual psy to be physically separate, even avoiding touch. Sasha's mother is a powerful member of the psy council and Sasha is expected to be a perfect psy. Unfortunately for Sasha, she has emotions.

    Lucas is a member of the changeling society and he was raised with deep, protective emotions for his family and clan. The changelings can't imagine how a society as insular as the psy can function; the changelings' biggest strength is that they are not alone. The changelings use touch to affirm their relationships and for comfort and play.

    I love how the relationship between these two builds and how the author builds the psy and changeling societies. Each society is distinct and hints of a long, rich history.

    This is a romance, so expect explicit sex scenes. I have listened to romances where I cringed at the language and had to fast forward past the scene, but this book never made me do that. I also like that while this book is the first in a series, it also works as a stand-alone book and doesn't leave the listener at a cliff hanger.

    54 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Dairy Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    When you don't talk, there's a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn't so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won't even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself.

    Amy says: "I want to be a Dairy Queen!!!"
    "Entertaining Young Adult Book"
    Overall

    I initially purchased this book because I liked Catherine Gilbert Murdock's "Princess Ben". "Dairy Queen" is written in a first-person point of view of D.J. Schwank. D.J.'s family has fallen on hard times after her dad hurt his back and she's had to take up a lot of the slack on the farm. I really enjoyed the author's down-to-earth phrasing and how D.J. thought a lot about things that were said (and not said). Although D.J. claims not to be smart, she really is smart and although she makes some mistakes, she also makes some great decisions. I knew long before the audiobook was over that I was spending my last two credits to get the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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