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Nataliya

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  • 10 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 449 titles in library
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  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (331)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Good, though tough to get through."
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    There really isn't a better resource out there for all the science that supports low carb way of life. The problem is that when you put all that science in to one book, that book becomes quite a task. It took me a few months to get through it in audio format, it probably would have taken a year to get through in hard copy.
    That being said, it's still the best book to learn all you want to learn about overweight and health and micronutrients and how you can't trust the food pyramid in your decision making process in regards to your nutrition.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2722)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Don't see what all the hating is about!"
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    Wow, it seems like a lot of people are hating on this book and I'm not sure why. True, there was a lot of loose end getting tied up and, true, the romantic conclusion was visible from the previous book. Also true that a few characters seem to appear just to say goodbye. But if a reader knew that this is the last book of the series, these things really shouldn't surprise anyone. And you would have to have been living under a rock not to have known that this is the last book in the series.

    This book is not that different from all the others in that there are people and other creatures trying to kill Sookie, there are friends trying to help Sookie. The plot moves along pretty swiftly. I didn't notice any boring parts. In fact I stayed up late to finish the book.

    My sneaking suspicion is that most faithful readers are just disappointed that Charlaine Harris decided to end the series and are taking it out on this book. On one hand, I don't blame them, because I'm disappointed with that decision too, but on the other hand it seems unfair. She is the author and it's her series, she can do with it as she pleases. I'm grateful for 13 entertaining books and I include this last one among them.

    In my opinion, it was entertaining and definitely worth an audible credit. Performance by Johanna Parker was flawless as always.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1836)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Great story, terrible performance."
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    The story draws you in from the first page. Which is great, if you're reading in on paper. If you're listening to audio, the performance of the reader is the other side of the coin that can either make or break the overall success of the book.
    To me, the reader's non-stop sing-song intonation was so annoying, that I almost gave up on the book several times. She ends every... single... sentence... on the same note. It's teeth-clenchingly, mind-numbingly, nails-on-the-chalk-board irritating. Even her lovely English accent doesn't make up for it.
    On the other hand, the fact that I managed to get through the story, despite my dislike of the narrator, is a testament to how good the book itself was and makes it worth an audible credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (2123)
    Story
    (2134)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Hi-octane action"
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    This installment of Mercy's story is filled with action. From page 1 she gets tangled up in another attack on the pack, but this time not one, not two members of the pack are attacked and kidnapped - it's the whole pack. Who would be so capable or stupid to attack and kidnap a pack of werewolves? That's what Mercy needs to find out. And if she's going to save her wolves, she needs to do it fast, all the while making sure the bad guys don't get their hands on more hostages.

    There's magic, there are supernatural creatures, as always. But there are also paramilitary mercenaries and government conspiracies. Someone very near and dear to Mercy's heart dies, but our favorite little coyote is not going to let grief slow her down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dare Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

    Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

    Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

    The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

    dougal says: "Intense reading"
    ""Bring it on" minus the humor"
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    You can't help but compare this to a cheerleader movie. Except that what made "Bring it on" one of those movies that was so bad, it was good, was the humor in it. Well, take some similarly vain and self involved teenagers, throw in a little mystery and take out all the humor, plus add a sprinkling of sexually confused teen angst - and voila! You got "Dare me"
    It's not that it was bad exactly, it was just hard to get involved and care about the characters. Half the time you want to smack some sense in to them while groaning in exasperation, and the other half they are just boring cardboard cutouts who do predictably stupid things.
    I suppose it will do as a summer read for the beach, but lack of substance was a turn-off for me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (3196)
    Story
    (3203)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Filled with events!"
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    In her usual mixture of the mundane life in small town Louisiana and supernatural adventures, Ms. Harris created a real page turner.
    I have been a fan of the series for a while now. Some were great, some less so, this one is definitely among the best ones in my opinion. A lot happens in this installment of Sookie Stackhouse series. Some long lingering unresolved issues are resolved. Some mysteries get solved, others are added, and there's a huge climactic scene at the end.
    I enjoyed every page of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (2971)
    Story
    (2961)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Think: "Stephanie Plum with a few extra talents""
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    Charley Davidson is a fun and dynamic heroine with a few extra tricks up her sleeve - she is a grim reaper, but not in the bad way, as she'll tell you herself. Tight, well thought out plots, subplots and back-story are interwoven together with style and ease. Add a cast of supporting characters, a very readable narrative style, and did I mention Charley's smarmy humor and attitude?
    Well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3721)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3377)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Great style, slow to start"
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    I don't read a lot of romance, supernatural or otherwise, but I loved Molly Harper's "Nice Girls" series. "Driving Mr. Dead" definitely has the same signature Molly Harper snarky humor and attitude, so I expected to like it. That being said, it took a while to get going. Seems like the male protagonist took so long to become likeable, I almost gave up on him.
    Still worth a read or a listen, if only for the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10156)
    Performance
    (7611)
    Story
    (7653)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "I wanted to like it!"
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    I love me a long story in any kind of paranormal/urban fantasy/sci-fi genre. When I saw a new book that had been reviewed by many as the "Twilight for grown-ups" and "Anne Rice for the smart people", I thought - Great! That sounds like my kind of a read.
    It starts a little slow, but the writing style is fun, easy and charming, so I kept going, but, when I found myself slugging my way through pages and pages of descriptions of the heroine's dinner with the vampire and his rooms and his horses and his wardrobe... you get the picture. It started getting dull.
    Then came the "action", if you can call it that. If you ask me, the motivation behind the character's actions and the realism of that motivation is even more important in a fantasy world then it is in the "non-fantasy" In a world full of magic, you still expect people to act like people. This being said, the heroine of this book makes one asinine decision after another. And she is supposed to be very smart! She stumbles her way from one situation in to another and is constantly acting like a 14 year old around her love interest.
    I wanted to like it very much, but in the end, it gets 3 stars, because I still like the easy writing style and the reader's performance, but the story just doesn't cut it. I will not be getting the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4076)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2742)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Winding down?"
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    I felt a little disconnected from this book. I wasn't pulling for Sookie here the way I usually do in most other books in this series. It almost felp like a transitional piece between what happen before and what ms. Harris needs to have happen in order to end the series the way she wants to end it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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