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Linda

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  • The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams (editor)
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Mary Robinette Kowal, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games, and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy, or otherwise dominate the world as we know it. It’s just not fair. So those of us who are so twisted and sick that we love mad scientists have created this guide.

    Michael says: "Hand-Wringing, Power Mad Evil Geniuses, ASSEMBLE!"
    "Mad Scientist Didn't Grab Me!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I want to be fair but I didn't find most of the stories very intriguing. I bought the book to get the novella by Diana Gabaldon, 'The Space Between' and liked it a lot but the other stories I found to be just so-so. It was worth the read but I would not have bought it had it not contained Diana Gabaldon. So, I'm suggesting that any anthology with her in it will sell.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not much to be done with a collection of this many stories. They were all enjoyable just not overwhelmingly enjoyable.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I prefer Davina Porter to read British and Scottish accents. Otherwise, the narrators were okay.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend the editor for collecting these stories. I'm sure the individual authors are all superb but if it had not contained the novella by Diana Gabaldon I would not have bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8377)
    Performance
    (6386)
    Story
    (6365)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Werewolves, FBI Shapeshifters, and A Wizard Too"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I think Harry Dresden is one of the best characters around. If you like magic and strange characters, this is the book series for you. Harry is a wizard consulting for the Chicago police to solve mysterious murders. Believe me they are strange too.


    What other book might you compare Fool Moon to and why?

    I like all Patricia Briggs books but this is very like her Mercedes Thompson series. Harrynand Mercedes would make a good team.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is Harry. He gives Harry the personality and brings him to life.


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

    Yes, there just might be wizards among us. Ask your neighbor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Sweet But Scary Characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Queen the most enjoyable?

    Knowing it was written so long ago but still relevant today. Good conquers evil if we try hard enough....usually.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Queen?

    When Gerta is talking to thebflowersvandbthen finds the crows. It is a lovely story throughout.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience with Ms. whelan but I will seek her other performances now. She is ver good.


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

    Not all fairies are nice. But we knew that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1363)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Starts Slow But Gets Better"
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    If you could sum up Personal in three words, what would they be?

    Jack's Loyalty Excessive.


    What other book might you compare Personal to and why?

    None. I didn't like it as much as earlier Reacher novels and I've read them all. In this one Jack seemed outdone but he always figured out the situation. Lee Child's must have lots of index cards for reference because the plot twists and turns until it's hard to remember why Jacj was sent. That's the clue.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I like all of his performances. His voice is good for all the strong make leads but especially when the hero is military or police.


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

    Catch Me If You Can.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7204)
    Performance
    (5401)
    Story
    (5395)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Wizards And Knights Prevail"
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    What did you love best about Grave Peril?

    Harry teams with a Knight to save the underdogs. I like the team effort this book describes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The involvement of so many magical characters. Even his fairy godmother shows up. You are pretty sure he will win the day but the fear of the human was a surprise.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Yes. Mr. Marster is Harry.


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

    Yes. I enjoy audible books but this one made me want to find out what happened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (361)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "The Good Always Wins"
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    Would you listen to Strange Highways again? Why?

    Yes. Dean Koontz tells stories with so much detail that a second read is always warranted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strange Highways?

    I think when Joey realized that his brother was the killer and then when the girl,he stopped to help took him to,the library and showed him his book.


    What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration brings life to,the story.


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

    Yes. I always get hooked on Koontz books. Sometimes I stayed up all,night to read one, The Watchers is one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12356)
    Performance
    (9168)
    Story
    (9170)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Harry is Intriguing Character"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think the narration adds to the book, any book, but especially books about fantsy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the wizard was developed and interacted with humans.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden.


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

    Yes. I like the series and will be listening to others in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (860)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Yes, I Love All Books By Diana Gabaldon"
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    Would you listen to Lord John and the Private Matter again? Why?

    Yes. I have the paperback and have read it. I'd listen to it again because every time you hear or read one of Diana Gabaldon's books, you pick up something different. Her plots are nuanced and complex so they are intriguing. Lord John was a secondary character in the Outlander series but he took on his own cult because of his nature and actions. We all love Jamie, including John Gray and now we love John Gray, too.


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

    Yes. The plot was intriguing from almost the first line. He is out to have dinner with a friend and notices something he can't ignore but how does he find out the source of the problem. It is all about propriety in the 1700's and then he finds out there is a murder totally unrelated. It is a great novel.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Lord John is my favorite but Harry is a close second. The way the characters are described make you know that Harry is someone who probably has soup on his vest and likes to eat to excess. He also is known to Jamie in earlier books and the characters weave in and out. Jeff Woodman does a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme action. I just like all things about these characters and have every book in both audible and text and e-book. Call me addicted to all things written by Diana Gabaldon.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough good things about this book and all the other books by Gabaldon. Get them if you have not heard them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open Your Heart: A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Neal Pollack
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    With his star on the rise since solving the murder of Ajoy Chaterjee, yoga detective Matt Bolster is invited to teach at The Gathering, a prestigious yoga retreat run by the renowned Tom Hart. Bolster is a little dubious about the cultish atmosphere that surrounds Hart, but, as they say in L.A., it’s an honor just to be nominated. But when what starts off as a decadent retreat quickly spirals into deadly chaos, Bolster must use all his yoga-detective powers, and also his fists.

    Linda says: "Pretty Far Fetched Even For Yoga Buffs"
    "Pretty Far Fetched Even For Yoga Buffs"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Pollack and/or Fred Stella?

    Maybe. I liked the first book and thought this one would be as humorous and interesting. I was disappointed in this book in that there was too much stuff going on that was not of a mystery nature. Matt was kinda boring to be honest. Fred Stella was excellent in capturing the emotions.


    Would you recommend Open Your Heart to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. Not sure. It wasn't as good as the first book but if they were into yoga they would probably enjoy it. You definitely have to know yoga to understand this one.


    What about Fred Stella’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about his performance. He had the voices and inflections perfect.


    Do you think Open Your Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, maybe one more book to capture the crazy Barlow and find out what the nutty Chelsea is all about. Matt needs closure like to go back to police work. What kind of life can you have living hand to mouth and smoking dope all day long. Go ahead Mr. :Pollack write one more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (532)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Thank Goodness For The Woman In His Life"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Rene Auberjonois made it superb. He is the voice of Pendergast. I love this series and am never disappointed. I wish Pendergast had been more involved but he was not himself in this book. Thank goodness he returned by the ending.


    What other book might you compare Blue Labyrinth to and why?

    No comparison except to the other excellent novels by these two authors. Start at the beginning of this series and catch up if you haven't read them all. These are good enough to read again and again.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Mr. Auberjonois is a perfect voice for this elegant and demanding detective. No one else can read thee books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was ready to scream when the bad guys started after the two women who were trying to get to the special plants even though I knew it would have to be okay in the end. The suspense was made even more so by the different characters in the chapters. Excellent story.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please keep Pendergast viable and alive for future cases. He is delectable. He and Commissario Brunetti are my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (420)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "Almost Sick of Gideon and Ava and Their Issues"
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    What made the experience of listening to Captivated by You the most enjoyable?

    I liked having the two voices describing the differences between Ava and Gideon. Not sure this made it enjoyable because the story was just too, too icky. I liked the first three books very much and was anxious to get to this book so the story could be complete. But the story went backward with the band issues and with Gideon's former lovers and even with Ava and Gideon second guessing each other constantly. Perhaps knowing that this book and the incessant sex would end soon helped move the story along. Let's hope the next book finishes the story of these two lovers with a happy ending. I'd hate to have to have come this far and have their relationship fail. The best part was the ending.


    What other book might you compare Captivated by You to and why?

    You'd have to compare it to the other sexy love stories like 50 Shades of Gray but this book didn't have the feeling that you got from the first three books or by reading 50. I was disappointed with Book 4 in the Crossfire series and I really was anxious to get to it.


    What does Jill Redfield and Jeremy York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two narrators bring the distinct differences in the attitudes of the two characters but even that didn't make the actions between Gideon and Ava feel comfortable. Let's make them love each other again without all the angst.


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

    No. I don't think I would have been able to sit still. It made me want to walk around and throw something...not all the time...but enough that I couldn't have sat through it all in one sitting. The fact that I stayed with it says alot about my persistence to find out what's happening. I'll buy the next book too.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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