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Debbie

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BENTON CITY, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "A good read"
    Overall

    I have owned this entire series for years and have read and re-read, enjoying it thoroughly. It is not the sort of story that would appeal to everyone, but the concept is intriguing. However -- The narrator is not great. She's not incapable. Personally, I find that American female voices just really don't have what it takes. The production value is good. She reads clearly and concisely, perhaps a bit too much so. At first I was concerned that she did not have the ability to convey the male characters. Not very far into the book I realized that it was not the male characters, nor the main female characters, that would be the problem. She read every minor female character with voice characteristics that simply made me want to reach into my MP3 player and throttle them all! Hence, I give it three stars. The reader didn't put me off the book. Even though I know how it ends, I still will listen to the finish. And I'll probably listen to the next in the series as well.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (749)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "All the Good Story Lines Have Been Use?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author started out with a couple of clever references to a certain popular urban wizard/P.I. Unfortunately, the story proceeded to be a nearly item-for-item rehash of The Dresden Files. Even so, it wasn't a bad listen. The story moved right along. The villains were properly villainous; the good guy saves the day at the end with the help of his mismatched companions. The narrator did a good job.

    I haven't yet decided whether to try the second book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baltimore Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (223)

    Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer.

    connie says: "I'm on #8 - This series is almost unique"
    "Better than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I want a "who done it", I generally gravitate towards British authors. Americans usually have too much ... something: gratuitous vulgarity or sex or violence or all of the above. The heroines in such novels always seem to make a habit of doing the same remarkably stupid thing over and over. "Gosh. The last time I went out alone investigating a dark and lonely warehouse, I almost died! Well...things like that never happen twice!" And they do.

    I was most impressed with this book. It was guilty of none of the above. Personally, I can't help but love an author that can manage to use the word "penultimate" in the very earliest chapters of a story. That sort of thing suggests a deep appreciation for the possibilities of language, a true writer.

    I enjoyed listening. The action was well-balanced. I almost didn't know who did it until it was revealed. The city of Baltimore is treated as another character in the story, which is a nice touch. I have no criticisms of the narrator.

    I believe I'll go get book #2 now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Event

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    In the summer of 1947, an unidentified object crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. There were no survivors. Now it's happened again. But this time, two creatures have emerged from the wreckage alive.

    Kim Venatries says: "Enjoyable!"
    "Horrendous!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was possibly the worst writing I have sat through ever. Thank heavens for a passable narrator who made it through the book as well. Clearly the author is a fan of The Oregon Files, and a fan of the movie Tremors...possibly the Predator films...Andromeda Strain. All hugely popular (well, maybe not Tremors), but all in the same book?? It has been said that all the good plots have been used (Jasper Fforde, I believe, said that)...maybe it is true.

    I spent my time composing my review...then slipped into editing mode. Yes, we KNOW that clicking off the safety means the big deadly gun is ready to fire! I'm not a gun person and even I know that. Does it matter how many pores there are on the skin of the predator? Precisely what shade of blue-green its armor was? Not really. Remember being in Junior High and having to write a 1,000 word essay and how putting in those "descriptive words" bulked it up without actually needing more story? Yeah. This author must remember as well, and he was never going to run short of descriptions.

    I did make it through to the end. I therefore know that someone must have said: Every story must have some touch of romance. Nope. He should have let that slide. In my opinion, he could have killed off all the main characters as none of them held any appeal, but I knew there were more books in the series, so someone had to live.

    The premise had potential. I kept hoping matters would improve. Sorry to say, they did not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2586)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2394)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Can't Recommend"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read and enjoyed this series for years in print. I had never read the latest two entries, however. So I didn't realize what to expect in Night Broken. It has all the characters that bring the charm to the previous books. The narrator does a fine job.

    The problem is that I believe there are some things that authors just should not do. I have no wish to cross over the "spoiler" line, but there were just some scenes in this book that were too disturbing for someone who likes most animals better than most people. I'll stop there. I understand the need to invent plot points and carry on the story, and so on. In my opinion, there has to be better ways to do it. If the author truly required a gratuitous massacre scene, I would have voted for the ex-wife!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7475)
    Performance
    (6614)
    Story
    (6607)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I attempt to keep books only in one format; paperback, audio, or e-book. I love this series so much that it has joined the select rank of e-book and audio. I am not a monster movie fan. I generally don't care for blood and gore. I am NOT a gun nut. Somehow the underlying comic book feel makes it all good.

    Something for everyone; monsters, massive firepower, Characters...even romance. (Awwwww....)

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (271)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "Finally!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Man with a Load of Mischief the most enjoyable?

    This series is one of my absolute favorites. I've read them (in paperback) many times. The best part of listening to the book was, as is the case for all audiobooks, being able to take the characters along with me. Also grateful that the voices did not conflict too badly with what I've been hearing in my head for years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man with a Load of Mischief?

    The first meeting of all the regular characters.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    As mentioned earlier, his voices didn't conflict with my preconceptions


    Any additional comments?

    I have been waiting for ages to see this series come to Audible. The latter books in the series became a bit tedious, but these early entries have everything one could want. Richard Jury and Melrose Plant and all the rest of the characters have become like old friends. Please, Audible, bring them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Like it Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail". The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hurrah! Meg Langslow finally in audio!"
    "A Great Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Some Like it Hawk to be better than the print version?

    There are a few books that I've found that are definitely better having read to me. The Discworld audiobooks are definitely better than reading the books. I wouldn't say these books are necessarily better than the print version, nor would I say they are worse. The reader is definitely up to the job; does wonderfully. Fortunately, since Audible has so few of this series, it's probably just as well that I like the paperbacks just fine!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the people. Each of them with their own quirks and foibles and none of them are utterly stupid. Generally, not even the back guys are utterly stupid.


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

    I believe I've only heard her do other Donna Andrews books. The recording quality on this one seemed a little bit better than the earlier ones.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these books. I've tried to identify what it is that is so appealing, primarily to try and find another equally enjoyable series, and it has got to be the people. I am a sucker for books about women who are living lives that I wish were mine, but aren't so horribly perfect in every way that I simply want to strangle them. They have jobs that aren't just sitting behind a desk; they live someplace just a little bit more interesting than I do; their hobbies are interesting; their friends are interesting. It's a different life that I can escape to just for a little while.

    I just hope that the author has a few more volumes in her.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4749)
    Performance
    (3508)
    Story
    (3527)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I have read other books by Card. Have read them going back many years. This would make me tentative of any of his newer works. Nobody can say that Stefan Rudnicki isn't an excellent narrator. However, the female narrator (Card? Coincidence?? Doubt it) is about on a par with the majority of American female readers. For some reason they tend to make me think of the lady who reads to the preschoolers down at the public library. I find it offensive.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I will avoid Emily Janice Card at all costs.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Gate?

    I would start with removing the restroom scene. I would have believed at that point that the book was written for boys of a certain age, not that boys of that age are big readers. The book pretty much went downhill from there. In ten years of listening to Audible, I believe there have been only 3 or 4 books that I simply couldn't be bothered to finish. This makes one more. Perhaps it was written for adolescents. If so, I would love for Audible to indicate in big bold letters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Academ's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (2358)
    Story
    (2366)

    For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

    Eric says: "Wonderful series"
    "Not half bad"
    Overall

    Some time back, I picked up the digital edition of the first book in this series. Halfway through that book, I thought it was doomed. First, I found the story moving very slowly; second, I began to believe I had fallen into the trap of purchasing a book written for Young Adult audience. I decided to give the series another chance in Audible format, primarily based on my familiarity with the narrator. I'm glad I did. It was pretty good. This book contains just about everything you could ask for in a story; intrigue, humor, tension, romance ... there's even a chase scene. The villains are villainous; the heroes heroic.the women strong-willed and capable; the good guys win in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2551)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Not great but not that bad"
    Overall

    As as been stated, this is absolutely a Tolkien clone, but then I'd be surprised if each "epic fantasy" doesn't make some bow towards Lord of the Rings. Don't compare it to Wheel of Time, it isn't. The writing is sometimes very immature, and I can't say why. However, there is enough here to make me, at least, need to know what comes next and how it all ends (as I listen to Book 1, I am finishing the final book in paperback). The narrator is not ideal, I'll agree, but very few readers are ideal for all listeners. I frequently felt I was back at the library with my kids at Toddler Story Time, and I just wanted to scream. For all its faults, I'd say it was certainly worth 1 credit. It's not as bad as some reviewers say, nor is it a glowing success...it's all a matter of taste anyway. As usual, I would say that it is so unfortunate that the audiobook producers did not manage to retain one really good narrator for the whole series. That bugs me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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