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Marniy

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Sherbrooke Bride: Bride Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, is a man besieged. He must have an heir. Thus he must first provide himself with the requisite bride. Alexandra Chambers, youngest daughter of the Duke of Beresford, has loved Douglas Sherbrooke since she was 15. Unfortunately, it is her sister, the incomparable Melissande, he wishes to wed.

    Kathleen says: "Highly Entertaining Romance"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall

    I was put off by the contempt "The Hero" consistently showed for Alexandra. And the weird, controlling relationship between her sister and her sister's husband "for her own good" was really disturbing. The writing was good, but I just didn't feel comfortable with the interactions of the characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    "Ms. Rusch can and has done so much better."
    Overall

    I was completely unimpressed by this novel. The characters were flat and unsympathetic. They also don't seem to behave or speak like real people. I'm halfway through and am giving up from irritated boredom.

    The reader is average, but not even a great reader could have saved this one.

    I'm quite surprised that this is so bad, as Rusch normally writes interesting characters and situations that are very enjoyable.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowmancer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By G.P. Taylor
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village, now he wants to control the world. And if his plan works, he will obtain a weapon so powerful, even God and his angels will fall down at his feet. Demurral will stop at nothing, and as a shadowmancer (a sorcerer who speaks to the dead), he even commands restless souls to do his bidding.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "it's a great book"
    "Christian Fantasy"
    Overall

    I do wish there was a catagory specifically for Christian fantasy.

    This book was pretty much about a messianic figure converting the heathens to Christianity in Great Britian- while fighting a priest who wishes to destroy God ala Lucifer.

    It wasn't really to my taste, as I prefer a subtler, allegorical approach to religion in my fantasy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lie by Moonlight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Hired to tutor four orphaned girls at remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright. Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation. Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardeners - and their previous tutor, she learns, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

    Marniy says: "A fun, refreshing read"
    "A fun, refreshing read"
    Overall

    I thought this was a terrific book. I really liked how the characters respected each other, and listened to each other's advice. It didn't fall into the old "You're a girl, so you're stupid. Just stay where I put you" cliche. It also didn't succumb to "the heroine who really didn't have a clue wandering off stupidly to get into trouble" cliche either. It really was a breath of fresh air.
    The students were charming and resourceful, although not terribly well developed, and didn't become cloying or annoying as many children in books are portrayed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flora Segunda

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ysabeua S. Wilce
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In Ysabeau S. Wilce's exciting debut novel, Flora's mom is away, leaving Flora and her father home alone at Crackpot Hall with its 11,000 constantly shifting rooms. Late for school one day, Flora decides to take the elevator down to the first floor. But without her mother around, the elevator has ideas of its own and drops Flora in an unfamiliar room. Lost in her own house, Flora embarks on a harrowing quest to find her way back to where she started.

    Charlene says: "Surprising and fun"
    "Delightful and dark around the edges"
    Overall

    I thought this was a very charming tale set in an interesting and unique new world. The story is told in a light-hearted and humorous way, but Flora is dealing with way too much responsibility for even a resourceful 14 year old to cope with. This darkness, fear, and frustration adds depth to the characters and gives what might have been just a frothy fantasy some teeth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Cards: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    New York City's only legal counsel to the fabled Old Races, Margrit Knight is levelheaded in all matters extraordinary. But when she's summoned to negotiate a peace treaty among rival factions, her own mortal world threatens to fall apart. Margrit's been in hot water before, but reentering the underworld brings a new set of problems.

    Daniel S. Palter says: "Strong middle book for the trilogy."
    "House of Cards- or the heroine runs laps"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first book, despite the narrator's voice, but this second one has just been boring. The plot mainly involves the protagonist running back and forth between characters- over and over. I got about 3/4 of the way through, admitted I was deeply bored, and just turned it off. The writing isn't bad; the plot is a yawn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortals

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    It's 2020, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The United States, under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of the centers, only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, Barris precipitates an inmates' rebellion.

    Michail says: "The Immortals"
    "The Amateurs"
    Overall

    I really wish I had read the other reviews before buying this audiobook. The story may be great, but I'll never know; I can't stand to listen past the first chapter.
    They say it was read and "performed" by Hickman and a relative. I've usually enjoyed listening to authors read their own work. Had Hickman stuck to just reading it, it would have worked ok. Sadly, he also produced it (in his living room?), and had someone with a electric keyboard and a stack of sound effect CDs doing really cheesy background noises.

    What finally got me was the loud, continuous sound loop of a protesting crowd- when there was no protesting going on in the story. I couldn't even focus on the author's words it was so distracting.

    I might check the book out from the library. I certainly won't be buying it. The authors have gotten too much money from me for this mess.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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