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Scraps

I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.

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  • The Accidental Sorcerer: Rogue Agent, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By K. E. Mills
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional. It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth.

    John Williams says: "A good start to a new series"
    "be prepared to laugh till you cry"
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    This old fashioned fantasy, which relies on archetypal characters rather than monsters, is a mastery of sly humor and a strong understanding of people. One could honestly say that its monsters are some of the characters whose humanity is not contestable.
    The narration is superb. Mr. Hoye captures the characters and delivers the story without cracking up. I would never have managed to do so - I have laughed till I cried and the muscles in my face hurt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1817)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "Disappointing story"
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    This book is very disappointing. The narrator is great but the story is bland. The characters rely on past stories to have any depth. New characters seem shallow and under developed. Good news - no heavy sex scenes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3409)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1759)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "Good, not great but with inconsistencies"
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    I am enjoying listening to these books while I quilt. I was really disappointed that there are inconsistencies in this book from prior books. For instance, last book makes a point about the bar not being open on Sunday; this book has Sookie working Sunday "though the bar is only open in the afternoons on Sunday." There are other such items - makes you wonder if it was written by a ghost writer. Still a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (293)

    Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Adjusting expectations"
    "Forgot to go to bed!"
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    I really enjoy Charlaine Harris as a writer but wasn't sure about how she would do with a straightforward murder mystery, which is how I would classify this book. Turns out I could not go to bed till I found out how it ended. The murderer is not who I thought it was...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha and Omega: A Novella from On the Prowl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (691)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

    BlueMtn says: "The beginning of the Alpha and Omega"
    "The First Story is finally available - JOY!"
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    This novella is the start of the alpha and Omega stories. They are about a young woman recently turned werewolf and much older werewolf who becomes her husband. Here is the back story to Anna and Charles. Sort of a love story but really well written fantasy as well. Definitely recommend getting it to read first if you are going to read the rest of the series. It fills in the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War God's Own: War God, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (444)

    Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani had never wanted to be the champion of the War God. Unfortunately, the War God had insisted. Which was how he had found himself among hostile strangers in the Empire of the Axe - except that that was only the least of his problems. For a start, there was the Order of Tomanak, who were horrified that their deity had chosen a hradani as champion, and were resolved to rectify the matter in a most unpleasant fashion.

    Adnan says: "Paladin in action"
    "Fun book with great narration"
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    I have really enjoyed all the stories in this series. They are relatively light reading - unlike some sf/fantasy books (for example Modesitt), there are not significant underlying ethical or moral commentary. However, they are great tales about people choosing to fight against evil in a well developed world. The author does not leave strands of unanswered questions, though each book sets up the next.
    What makes these books great is the narration. the narrator's voice are distinct, the pacing great, and the emphasis is all in the right places. Master story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wind Rider's Oath: War God, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a wind rider-the first hradani wind rider in history.

    Michael says: "Running the Gears"
    "Good story - great narration"
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    I have really enjoyed all the stories in this series. They are relatively light reading - unlike some sf/fantasy books (for example Modesitt), there are not significant underlying ethical or moral commentary. However, they are great tales about people choosing to fight against evil in a well developed world. The author does not leave strands of unanswered questions, though each book sets up the next.
    What makes these books great is the narration. the narrator's voice are distinct, the pacing great, and the emphasis is all in the right places. Master story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Daughter: Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison.

    Leanna says: "Too much bravado"
    "Well written but too much sexual violence"
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    I discovered Karen Chance in Strange Brew and loved "Vegas Odds." When the sale included a Dorina Basarab book, I bought the first 2 books in the series. These books are well written and I think the narrator does a very good job.
    The problem is that there are too many scenes that involve sexual violence. The sex is, for the most part, totally gratuitous. That would not be enough to downgrade the story but these include rape and sadism. I enjoy neither. The story would be much better without these scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (483)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Too slow to bother with"
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    This was a huge disappointment. Practical Demonkeeping is great but this book just drags........and drags........ I have tried and tried to get to a funny part but by the end of part 1 of the download, I still did not enjoy it. So I just gave it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard Squared: Rogue Agent, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By K. E. Mills
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    When the members of Witches Incorporated receive a visitor from an alternate reality, they are shocked to discover that Gerald Dunwoody is responsible for the chaos in this parallel world. This evil Gerald has turned into a raving tyrant whose use of black magic has made him unstoppable. Unfortunately for them, this problem is about to cross over to their world very quickly because evil Gerald is searching for new worlds to conquer.

    Edward says: "Good, but not the best."
    "Won't be reading the rest of the series"
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    I loved the Accidental Sorcerer's wit and humor. The series has villains that are true villains. By Witches Inc, most of the wit and humor was missing. In this book, the series has turned to a form of horror and the ending was distressing. Since I read for light entertainment and not stress inducing, I won't be reading the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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