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Nadia

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters. To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight....

    Dina says: "Fantastic Series"
    "Best of the Series So Far"
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    What I love about this series is the same thing that makes it difficult to write a review - the writer never leaves the characters in the same place they started. The story is fast-paced and well-plotted, the characters are never one-dimensional and the villain's motive is both believable and hard to predict. Love it. And the "Labyrinth" shout-out made me smile.

    Mary Robinette Kowal's performance was outstanding, as always. Her character voices are always spot-on and her pacing is perfect for the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (833)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "Captivating Story With An Interesting Narrator"
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    This is one of my favourite stories from Lois McMaster Bujold. The characters are well drawn and their motivations are consistent with their characters.The story starts a little slow but it pays off later in the book as we find out more about the paths each character (particularly Cazaril) walked to get to where they are. In Cazaril's case, as his past unfolds within the narrative you'll end up thinking back to where the story began and how it was a cross-roads in more ways than one.

    In many ways the story is as much about chance, circumstance and human nature as it is about political intrigue and adventure. It has a particularly unique and interesting take on sainthood and divinity.

    Honestly, though, the best part about the audiobook was the Marlon Brando/Godfather accent the narrator puts on for Dondo and Martou dy Jironal. I'm not sure of the intended effect but to me it was hysterical and had me snickering every time Dondo or Martou were talking. I wasn't 100% sure I didn't hate it at first, as an interpretation of the dy Jironal brothers it was somehow both off-putting and appropriate at the same time. I like it now, though, so I guess appropriate won. Your mileage may vary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunmetal Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (847)

    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

    Kelly says: "Enjoyable"
    "A New Side of Kate Daniels' World"
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    This is another excellent excursion into the crumbling but somehow still vibrant Atlanta that forms the setting for the Kate Daniels stories. It features Kate's best friend Andrea Nash in a story of her own. This novel stands alone from but is still linked to Kate's. I love Andrea as a character and it's great to have a novel from her perspective.

    Renee Raudman is an excellent narrator, though the pronunciation of some terms and place names threw me off a little. It's more likely that I'm reading them wrong than that she is but it's still enough to pull me out of the story occasionally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Descendant: Nikki Glass, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jenna Black
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the "dogs" are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she's got to catch him in the act.

    decembergrit says: "LOVED IT!"
    "Loved It, Performance Really Adds To The Story"
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    Where does Deadly Descendant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent follow-up to the first book. I loved the character development. Nikki doesn't really like her situation but is adapting and starting to build some real relationships with the others in the mansion. Anderson creeps me right the hell out but in the best possible way. He's one of the most interesting "good guys" that I've seen in this genre. Really, he's only good relative to the alternative. There are a few scenes in Deadly Descendant where we see more of the less-human side of him than we did in the first book and it adds some more depth to his character, yet he's human enough to like having Nikki around because he knows that he can trust her with his biggest secret and because she knows, he can be himself around her. It's not a romantic relationship but it's an interesting and complex one, particularly in the way that it affects Anderson's relationship with his own wife, and it is a large part of what will keep me reading this series.


    What about Sophie Eastlake’s performance did you like?

    She is very consistent with the character voices and they match the characters very well. I find that listening to a well-narrated audiobook like this one adds to the story. Having read the book, it's great to have character voices associated with it when I re-read it after listening to the audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4801)
    Performance
    (4486)
    Story
    (4480)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Love this concept"
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    The story is really entertaining and Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a very funny story and very well done.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and he puts real energy into the story. It's fun to listen to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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