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Christina

Oakland, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Cast in Fury: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (545)

    When a minority race of telepaths is wrongly suspected of causing a near-devastating tidal wave, Private Kaylin Neya is summoned to Court—and into a PR nightmare. To ease racial tensions, the Emperor has commissioned a play, and the playwright has his own ideas about who should be the focus…

    Michael says: "Wonderful!"
    "Asleep at the wheel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's hard to say how many of the word slips are the result of the narrator mispronouncing things, or if she faithfully read poorly edited copy; regardless, the producer should have caught them. In at least one instance, the fault likely goes to the writer (and the lack of editing pre-publication) -- our heroine removes her magic-limiting bracer with great fanfare, only to remove it once again a few hours later (same day in the story, only with a scene/location change), again, with great fanfare.

    But given how much of this book I had to re-listen to because I fell asleep and couldn't remember enough of the content to tell where I'd left off... I guess I shouldn't be too critical of those responsible for the production. To be more fair, half the time it was the story putting me to sleep, half the time it was the app crashing on my phone.

    I keep hoping the arc of the story will prove it worth my time, but the promise laid in the first few books has faltered in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Dark Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of his people, the Carpathians. But they are dying out, falling prey to vampires or are choosing the soulless life. Mikhail is no longer sure he can bear the bleak future laid before him. The only thing that can add light to his life, can relieve his terrible loneliness, is to find a life mate. But he has given up believing one exists. He vents his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that fills the waning night. And then, incredibly, a life-saving voice answers him.

    Maria says: "A complete waste of time!"
    "small vocab, mispronounced"
    Overall

    Being a fan of the vampire genre, I'm used to keeping my expectations fairly low. But wow, even my meager hopes were undercut by Feehan's writing. Hot velvet, hot silk, moist hot, white hot heat... maybe it'd function better as a drinking game. I halfway guessed this was computer-aided novel writing, but then realized that a software program would have used a thesaurus to vary the limited word choices.

    Parker's handling of the material is adequate, but her mispronunciations wave a red flag that the production wasn't edited.

    Disappointing.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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