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Elisabeth

STANTON, CA, United States

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  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (649)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "The narration could have been crisper."
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    First off, I love the series. After listening to the first book I immediately bought the next 2, and they did not disappoint. One criticism of Moon Over Soho, and to some extent the other 2 books is that the narration of inspector Nightingale is almost whispered. I had to keep going back and turning up the volume to re-listen to his character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1605)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1519)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    ""Oh shit it's Franks!""
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    Where does Monster Hunter Nemesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 stars. Can't top that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As in all the MHI books, the humor.


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

    Only the MHI series in which he does a great job.


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

    Yes, but I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    All Franks, all the time, that should tell you if you would like it or not. It is up to the excellent MHI series standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2418)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "uninteresting."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Dickens’s story?

    I just could not get into this story. Nothing interested me.


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

    Jim Dale is probably the only reason I listened as long as I did.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    0 of 2 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
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2786)
    Story
    (2774)

    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.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Fun and funny"
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    If you could sum up First Grave on the Right in three words, what would they be?

    Original idea, humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and that it was an original idea that Charley is a grim reaper.


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

    Lots of laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened for a second time; I had forgotten how funny the first book was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4109)
    Performance
    (3730)
    Story
    (3747)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Earl's Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Alpha to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story being told from Earl's perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was the humor. There is a lot of action, and some crazy monster extermination methods.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. I should have seen that one coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea why the narrator would switch from a Russian accent to an immitation of Christopher Walken for the character Nocolai, but I found it odd and distracting. I also missed the other characters at first, but in the end I liked the in depth story of Earl. Another winner, but not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (480)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Dry humor."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it has mystery, humor, and originality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil You Know?

    The moments between Castor and the demons.


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

    Possibly. I thought he was terrific.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A good ghost story.

    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
    (2185)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2025)

    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"
    "A good listen"
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    What did you love best about Frost Burned?

    The characters are fun. I liked Kyle's part being larger.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a page-turner. It kept me listening. I would have liked more Stefan and Ben, but I liked the characters who had center stage.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some of the characters were indistinguishable, which I find annoying.


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

    It had some laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a solid series with no sign of burnout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here. Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town - this withering kingdom - and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy in a good way."
    "Descriptive and atmospheric."
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    What did you love best about The Kingdom?

    I love that Amelia is well rounded character with an interesting career and a family (parents), and that she does not define herself through men.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingdom?

    I really like the imagery of a town and a cemetery beneath a lake.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1135)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Laugh out loud fun."
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    I love this series. It is reminiscent of The Dresden books but with a London vibe. I love the characters. It makes me want to visit London again. I laughed out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale: The Others Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    After her two best friends marry a blood-sucking vampire and furry-faced werewolf, Corinne D'Alessandro is making a vow of her own: NO interspecies dating. But when her editor asks her to investigate "leprechaun" sightings, the sassy New York reporter finds herself on the trail of the hottest story of the year - and the sexiest man alive.... His name is Luc, and he's as gorgeous as any Prince Charming in any bedtime story. There's just one problem: He's not human, he's fae. A captain of the Fae Queen's Guard, Luc is on a dangerous mission - and he could use the help of a certain reporter....

    M. Eglestone says: "Totally Fantastic Series"
    "Annoying waste of money."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Originality. Character development.


    What could Christine Warren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I won't buy or read anything she writes again.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s voice?

    Always good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally listen to books while working, so I will usually listen to almost anything to pass the time. I opted to listen to nothing instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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