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laura

Florence, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (720)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Worth the credit!"
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    I really enjoyd this one. It reminded a little of Monty Python stuff. It was really funny and clever, and I laughed out loud throughout the book. It wasn't what you would call a classic, I guess, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I normally don't like books that are read by the author, but he did a really great job at reading as well as writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl: Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lola StVil
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell, Adam Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    I crave him. I need him. I love him. And that is the reason, we will all die...

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "WOW!!"
    "I enjoyed the overall story, but . . . . ."
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    The story was enjoyable in general, but I probably won't be buying the second book. The writing, while not bad, was very juvenile, as were the emotions of the characters. I do understand that they were all juveniles, but it was a bit ridiculous. The story also came to no resolution, and apparently will be continued in the second volume. This is a no-no in my estimation. If authors want to continue a series with additional adventures using the same characters, that is great, but each book should be complete in itself. That does not happen here, so be prepared to buy all three books to actually finish the one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (497)

    When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren - one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

    Traci Graves says: "Pretty good"
    "I love this author"
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    Romance isn't my usual preference, but I would rather read a well written romance than a poorly written fantasy, and Kristen Ashley writes really well. Her romances include hot guys, likable girls and an element of mystery, along with lots of bad boys done right. Her charactors, even minor ones, are believable and well written. I will continue to enjoy her books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Linda Lafferty
    • Narrated By Suzanne Cypress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In a gender reversal of Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights: Tales from a 1,001 Nights, Ottoman princess Esma Sultan seduces a different Christian lover each night, only to have him drowned in the morning. The Sultaness's true passion burns only for the Christian-born soldier charged with carrying out her brutal nightly death sentence: her drowning guard, Ivan Postivich.

    Alison says: "Terrible"
    "Not for me"
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    I know, it is a poor review, but it is my opinion. I cannot continue listening. I wouldn't waste my money on this one. The narrator is good, though. She has a pleasant voice. I just got carried away by the sale, but now I know why it was on sale. It is hard to follow and does not hold my attention.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Accidental SEAL: SEAL Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding her first open house, at the wrong house, by accident, where she finds the nude sleeping body of a man. Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his missing Team buddy, is staying at his buddy's home while investigating the disappearance. When someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn't expect to find that a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate's abduction.

    Nicole Garcia says: "Sexy Miltary Read!!"
    "Poorly written, immature, eye-rolling dribble"
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    Unbelievable charactors, and I don't mean in a good way. He was not sexy, he was ridiculous, she was not sexy, she was gushingly childish. The plot could have been good if the people in it were not so sappy and overly dramatic. The narrator did a good job, considering what he had to work with.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (950)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "Give me a break, Baby"
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    If he had called her baby once more I would have hurled. This was juvenile, repetitive, boring and even though I liked the reader's voice, she had a problem with pronunciation at times. If I'd had any other books to listen to, I would have deleted this one before it was over. That being said, it wouldn't have taken a whole lot of work to make it enjoyable, I will not waste money on this author again. Sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1019)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Stephanie says: "Refreshing"
    "This was pretty cute"
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    On the Edge was a little somthing different. It was well written and the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed it, however I am not sure that I enjoyed it enough to purchase any sequels. It was worth the credit, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1801)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Be prepared!"
    Overall
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    The first third of this book was so slow that it took me ages to get through it. I would listen for awhile, then be so bored I didn't think I could listen any more. I listened to a couple of other books, and when I finished them I would go back to this one for a bit. Finally I got through the first part, and the second part picked up a bit. I still didn't listen straight through, but didn't wait as long before giving it another shot. By the end of the second part and for the entire third part, it was absolutely action-packed. There was not a moment when there weren't 10 things happening all at once. My guy was talking to me about something (I still have no idea what), but I told him I was in the middle of a disaster! The last third was amazing, yet I was just a little disappointed in the ending. I think it is a series, though, so maybe the next book will be a little more satisfactory at the end. It was well written and the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4641)
    Performance
    (3096)
    Story
    (3143)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Worth listening to"
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    Elantris was not my favorite listen, but certainly not the worst I've heard. I would probably listen to it again, and consider it to be worth a credit during a dry spell. It was a little slow starting, but it was so intricate that it took a lot of set-up to get you going. It was a little different from your typical fantasy tale, and nicely so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13216)
    Performance
    (10818)
    Story
    (10941)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Excellent!"
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    After listening to the first two books of this series, I have become one of the Patrick Rothfuss faithful, patiently (not!) waiting for him to finish the series. I have found very few books that I have enjoyed as much as this one to keep me occupied until the next one comes out.

    The first thing I want to point out about The Name of the Wind is that it is very well written. I have listened to and read many books that have a good plot, likeable characters and could have been very good books except that the writing is sloppy. I don't like writing that is too elementary, uses poor grammar or that has too many obvious mistakes. Patrick Rothfuss writes at a level that I can enjoy without feeling like the author is writing for eighth graders, nor does he use phrases like 'a load of crock'. That sort of thing totally irks me. What exactly is a load of crock?

    The actual story was fascinating, I loved the fact that it was a story within a story, and it is done very well. The characters are very real and Mr. Rothfuss has the ability to make you want to actually know these people and perhaps even be friends with them, or at least friends with some of them. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it eventually ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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