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Lori A. Allred

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6954)
    Performance
    (6420)
    Story
    (6420)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden is back and so is Marsters!"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    After last year's "Ghost Story" left me really bummed out (the story and the only audiobook of the series without James Marsters), "Cold Days" more than makes up for it! Top notch story and the true voice of Harry Dresden!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The old Harry is back with even more power. He's once again trying desperately to balance "doing the right thing" with not going over to the Dark Side.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden and Sith.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate! Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (331)

    Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare intuition.

    Jennifer says: "Storytelling at its best!"
    "Loved the first book in the series, but..."
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    I was very disappointed with the follow up. I'd like to give Book 3 a chance before giving up on whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andreas Eschbach, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor. When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics.

    Miachi says: "Surprisingly Good"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
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    Who'd have thought a 21 hour listen could go by so quickly and so beautifully! Believe all the fantastic reviews and spend that credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Bibles: Donavan Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tom Haase
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the fourth century of the Christian era, the Emperor Constantine ordered the Bishop of Jerusalem to make fifty copies of the Holy Scriptures in Latin. His mother, Saint Helen, had gone to Jerusalem where she reportedly found true cross of Christ and brought with her an earth shaking secret to her son. The Emperor passed that secret on to the Bishop of Jerusalem and swore him and all of his successors to secrecy forever on pain of death and the loss of his soul.

    Lori A. Allred says: "Worst. Narrator. Ever!"
    "Worst. Narrator. Ever!"
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    I'm not usually all that picky about narrators, having started out with LibraVox, but wow was this bad! Like a computer voice, only worse! The story is a fun idea, but most of the dialogue was so poorly written that when combined with the narration, I'd literally have to stop until I was in a more forgiving mood to go on! Might be better as an eBook, but I'm being generous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1176)

    In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A well executed reinterpretation of history"
    "Terrible follow up"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I haven't a clue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I wish there were more Bentley Little Books on Audible!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was ok, ruined by a boring, convoluted story.


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

    Disappointment, as the first book was great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1438)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Amanda says: "What's Real?"
    "24 hours and I still want more!!"
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    What did you love best about Night Film?

    Beautifully written, amazing story and characters that I actually cried a bit for...


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You never know just quite what the truth will turn out to be.


    What about Jake Weber’s performance did you like?

    Great! Reminds me a bit of David Duchovny.


    If you could take any character from Night Film out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hopper. He's got a lot more going on than he lets on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Will Come

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Maria Elena Infantino
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A terrifying secret. A shocking discovery has been made deep within Rome's ancient catacombs. One that the Vatican is determined must never be made public - for the sake of all mankind. A deadly conspiracy. But there are others who want to keep the truth hidden for far more sinister reasons, others who believe that not only are the church and the faith of a billion at threat, but life as we know it is about to be destroyed - forever. And only one woman - a young Italian nun - can save us.... The nightmare is about to begin.

    Mary says: "Narrator--Mixed Review"
    "Great story! Narrator is fine!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels more like an historic account than a fiction novel. I found it very interesting and eerie. Fun, too!


    What does Maria Elena Infantino bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Unlike other reviewers, I have no problem with the narrator! I believe she must be Italian, which lends a feeling of authenticity to the story, since it takes place in Rome! She certainly has European-accented English, and a couple of extremely minor characters had voices that made me smile a bit, but don't let the bad reviews deter you if you think you can handle something other than Americanized-English. Just listen to the preview.


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

    I pretty much have!


    Any additional comments?

    Glen Cooper has become a favorite. Try The Tenth Chamber! Loved it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Beasts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (246)

    They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.

    Cliff says: "The series comes to a staisfying conclusion."
    "What a fun series! Great series-ender!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I love the little world created by Mike Carey in just five novels. His keen, sarcastic sense of humor kept me coming back for each installment. I'm just sorry it's over!


    What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    I have to say that I prefer the reader of the first book. I think it may be solely because I'm American and Lynch's rapid-fire delivery of Brit-isms with his accent lost me a few times! Overall, he has a "fun" and quirky style that does seem to match the personality of the character. No real complaints other than my personal preference.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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