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Karen

TOMBALL, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 326 titles in library
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  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (331)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Light Entertainment"
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    I thought the story would be more serious with epic battles and serious danger, so at first I was not finding the story engaging. However, when I realized that it was written more like "The Princess Bride" than "Conan the Barbarian," I found my self unexpectedly laughing out loud at some of the dialog. It does drag slightly, but I enjoyed it overall and couldn't wait to turn it back on when I got in the car.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (448)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Delightful, right to the end!"
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    First I must say that I LOVE listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith read to me as Peter Grant. He has a masterful command of timing and cadence and the slight changes and inflections make it feel more like he's TELLING you the story than reading it. (Delightful!)
    Ben Aaronovitch has created a very interesting story with great characters. I am already looking forward to the next book BECAAAUUUSE (say it like Peter Grant), this one ended way too soon!! Gimme more, I must know what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21361)
    Performance
    (15968)
    Story
    (16031)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Wow, who said history isn't interesting?"
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    Great story, well read. Kept me interested every step of the way. Different from my usual type of audible entertainment. She's a great author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man: Book 1 of the Repo Man Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Very enjoyable listen."
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    In agreement with the other reviews I'd like to add my appreciation of the humor and style of this book. Ruddy the Repo Man is very likable however, some of the people he deals with are hare-brained numbskulls but not so irritating that I wanted to throw something. Overall, well written, well read enjoyable piece of work.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1047)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    no says: "A great action packed spy novel!"
    "Kept me entertained"
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    while this may not be the MOST entertaining book I've listened to, it was worth a credit and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5582)
    Performance
    (5081)
    Story
    (5076)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Another great read from Robert Galbraith (AKA JKR)"
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    Excellently written. The pacing is spot on. Some writers get so bound up in the details that they lose my interest, but Robert Galbraith has once again put forth an entirely entertaining book that kept me interested throughout. Robert Glenister's performance leaves nothing to be desired. He gives voice to the variety of characters with distinct differences making it easy to follow conversations as if i'm actually reading it myself.

    I'm ready for the next one! This was written in 2011, I expect there's more on the horizon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8828)
    Performance
    (7972)
    Story
    (7989)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Very rewarding listen"
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    After discovering that the author is really JK Rowling, I read the reviews and decided to spend my new credit. I'm so glad I did. The story held my interest, the reader was very easy to listen to, the two main characters were completely likable. I started listening to it again the next day after I finished it because I wanted to see what I'd missed the first time around. I enjoyed it even more. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (553)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "Still enjoyable after all these years"
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    I almost didn't purchase this book because of the reviews talking about the new and obvious accent. Frankly I thought it was about time that she be read with some kind of accent since it's mentioned repeatedly. Maybe it was because I was forewarned, but it really didn't bother me at all. I would like to say that Sandra Burr has become a much better narrator since the first book. Her timing and tone have vastly improved and she puts much more emotion into it. I've read these books over and over again and there's simply nothing new to say about the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (779)

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    Lois says: "Engrossing story that needs some abridgment"
    "Wrong voice for this story"
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    I am so disappointed in the narration of one of my favorite books. I have all the books in the Earth's Children series. I've read them so many times I almost know them by heart. Perhaps that's why this narrator's voice strikes me so wrong but her voice is high and her speech patterns almost juvenile sounding more like a Disney Princess than a strong young woman finding a way to survive the harsh prehistoric world.
    If you can get past the voice, please give this book a chance. It's a wonderful story and beautiful well written series. It's worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2543)
    Performance
    (2282)
    Story
    (2287)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"
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    This will be a short review because there are already so many that say it well. I hesitated to start this book due to a comment from another reviewer that the jumps between timeframes was not well handled and she found herself sometimes lost. I want to assure you that the time frames are well marked prior to the chapter and I didn't find it confusing at all. Don't hesitate, this is a great book!

    0 of 0 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
    (8021)
    Performance
    (7102)
    Story
    (7095)

    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.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "I listen again and again"
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    I love listening to Larry Correia's work I have every book in the Monster Hunter series. His characters are not average folks you deal with every day, but they're not so quirky that you can't relate to them either. The timing and rhythm of the story flows very organically and I anticipate returning to it.
    Larry is obviously knowledgeable about firearms and comfortable writing about them, but I didn't feel left out of the loop even though I know next to nothing about guns. This series and also the Grimnoire Chronicles are books I return to again and again when I'm without a new book.
    Oliver Wyman is a very good narrator and the voices remain consistent from one book to the next.
    This is truly one of my favorites series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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