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Linda

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Bowie, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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
  • Burning Wild: Leopard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannaconni has spent his life in an emotional vacuum - especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

    Damita says: "Surprising"
    "Jake is the ultimate leopard."
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    This was the first book of this series that I read and by far my favorite. I have the paper back which is marked for the 'best parts.' Jake and Emma make you want them to succeed. I found this story one of my favorites and it is why I bought the earlier books and have continued to buy the books as they have been published. Christine Feehan is a terrific story teller and the Leopard People is one of her best series.

    Jake is richer than most and ruthless as are most of the leopards in these books. I like the story told here about Jake and Emma and their experiences. If you like strong men not afraid to be strong, these books are for you. There is no abusiveness but there is some manipulation on Jake's part and there is lots of sex.

    Jeffrey Cummings is a good narrator and has a strong voice which is needed for the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leopard's Prey: Leopard Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard shifter Remy Boudreaux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy. A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight - a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of bloodred neon.

    Damita says: "Awesome"
    "Remy Is A Detective But A Leopard Nevertheless!"
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    I have read all of the Leopard People books and have liked each and every one. It is nice to know that all of the men in these books are going to be muscular, lean, and sexy. You can take it to the bank that any book by Christine Feehan will have you panting before the 3rd chapter. Remy reunites with a woman who he knew as a child (16 years younger than he) but no longer a child. She is a jazz singer who is returning to her home town of new Orleans where he is a detective. The plot progresses from there with a passionate feeling on both sides while seeking a murderer. This book didn't have as many sexy events as some of the earlier books but it was still compelling and a good read.

    Karen White was good but I think a man's voice may have been better for the storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5506)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4927)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Diane Bishop and Matthew Clermont come Home"
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    Good story with lots of time travel experiences. Meeting all the historical characters and seeking the missing manuscript continues. It is a good story with lots of history and fantasy. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1960)
    Story
    (1944)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Reacher is still a hard guy to catch"
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    Another Reacher hard ops story with a twist. Jack returns to meet the commander of his old unit. He liked her voice. Both are set up for false charges and the book,follows them as they try to find out who and why. Obviously, they find out, resolve the issues, and clear their names. How they do it is what the book is all about. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party - by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing.

    Mary Beth Maschner says: "Bad narrator, cookie cutter story"
    "A Good Mystery"
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    I liked Lucy and Mason and his uncle. The story was engaging and kept you guessing. The fireplace scene was a new approach. Who knew Aunt Sarah was so clever? I like Jayne Ann Krentz and will read her again in this form. This was a good read but the narrator was hard to track.

    I have been spoiled by excellent narratives who use different inflections and accents to differentiate the characters. Miss Cobb didn't use different voices at all. I had trouble telling the difference between Mason and Lucy. Big disappointment.

    The story was a good one right down to,the broken wine glasses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Active and Engaging But Not As Good As Books 1 & 2"
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    I liked the book but did think there was too much thinking and explaining going on. Charlie is good so why does he doubt himself. It's clear these guys are focused on their jobs and it's clear that it's a special ops story which is why we keep buying these books. I got tired of their antics but still enjoyed the characters.

    Not sure but I think I'll be stopping with this book since the reviews for the next ones are very poor. We'll see. The narrator, Dick Hill, is amazing. He switches accents like a true linguist and makes the story move along. Not sure I'd like reading these books since it is the voices that give it the punch. Kudos to WEB Griffin for his masterly writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (382)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Charlie is Awesome--What Else Is There To Say?"
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    I sure wish I had discovered these books earlier but then I wouldn't be able to enjoy them now. I just bought Book 3 in this terrific series. If you like macho men, and I do, then you'll love this book whether you are male or female. I think the stories just get better and better. If you like to watch someone be recognized for his abilities but he is a bit modest about them, then you'll love Charlie. Lots of guns and lots of shootings but more intrigue than anything. The characters remain pretty much the same, with the special ops-like team getting together to work with Charlie again and the President backing the whole thing up and defending it against some of his cabinet members.

    Read the first book in the series first or you won't get the connections.

    Griffin is terrific and I hope his son is able to continue these entertaining tales.

    And, Dick Hill is a terrific narrator. He makes it all better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (927)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Denice says: "Taken In Death"
    "Another Good Outcome by Dallas and Roarke"
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    I really like these stories. Even when they are predictable and you know the outcome, they are still entertaining. This one was a bit weak with not much time for Eve and Roarke to 'get together' and resolve things. That's just another phrase for sex. But even without that, it was a good read. The premise is that two kids are kidnapped, their nanny murdered, and at first we are to think it might be the mother but then rather quickly we find out that it is her identical twin. Then things get interesting but that's what the books all about so you'll have to read it. Needless to say, you'll enjoy it if you've read any of the earlier ones. If you are thinking of jumping in to this series, do yourself a favor and at least read the first book so you know how Eve and Roarke got together. It's well worth the price.

    As usual, Susan Ericksen is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy in Death: In Death, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (695)

    Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

    Judy says: "Another Home Run!"
    "Games Are Not Just for Fun!"
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    This is another great book about Eve Dallas and Roarke. I love the series. This one is all about a company that produces computer games and has been doing so for quite a few years. The owner is like a big kid but is very good at game design and sales. Roarke made him an offer years ago but the kid wanted to do his own company. Roarke remained in touch with him and they exchanged ideas but never stole ideas.

    These books are so much fun to read and they are better when read in order. This is #30. The games takes a game disk home to try out and he winds up dead. The book proceeds from there trying to find out how he died and if there can be real weapons in a game. Needless to say the electronic boys at the police station and Roarke as civilian consult get involved and things get exciting.

    After much exciting gaming stuff, the mystery is solved. But, you must read it to find out how it ends. Obviously, the good guys win and the loser carted off to a cage, probably off planet for the next 50 years. Penalties are very long but humane. He won't have any e-toys to play with.

    Susan Ericksen as narrator is terrific. It is always amazing to me how females can make themselves sound like sexy males and vice versa when its a man narrating as a woman. Guess that's why it's called acting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1417)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Dallas Does It Again with Roark's Help, Of Course"
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    I simply love Eve Dallas and Roark. Amazing that Nora Roberts can write so differently between this series and her other more novels. I've read a great many of them but love the J.D. Robb futuristic cop series. Maybe I just like knowing the characters and having them do the same thing in a different way.

    Anyway, this book is different in that there is a murderer out there but no one sees it happen. It's an aerosol vapor that makes people go into a frenzy and stab each other with forks or whatever they have near. Very scary since sometimes the local TV describes people acting in the same way without any poisonous gas involved.

    The book is predictable but we readers of the #35 book in the series expect that which is why there are so many books in the series. The difference in this series and others where the settings remain the same is the vitality of the characters. Eve is dangerous and lovely and a total dichotomy between the New York Police Lieutenant and the wife to Roark. To understand the dyanmics, one must read the first book in the series 'Naked in Death' and then you can read any book in the series pretty much and know what's going on. I happen to be a bit Obsessive-Compulsive and like to read things in order but that's just me.

    Susan Ericksen is terrific narrating since the book is told from Eve's viewpoint. She gets the accents and makes you think she is a tall, dark haired Irishman. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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