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Paul

NEWBERG, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Paul says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "A great story, narrrated well"
    Overall
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    Story

    I would not listen to criticisms of the narrator. I delayed buying this book because of reviews. I know now to take those reviews with a grain of salt. The narrator reads the story with a sort of simple style as if one was reading from scripture. So it grates on some because it sounds as if she needs practice. Her voices of characters are good and if you listen, her style is perfect for the story. The story is a little Taming of the Shrew like but with the backdrop of faith. I enjoyed the story and the narration, skillfully done.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (367)

    C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

    Stefan says: "The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??"
    "difficult in the beginning but........"
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    Story

    This is a story more easily followed if you are reading it rather than listening. So many things can be said in writing that............simply do not come across in narration. The story jumps around because there are many main characters who are also telling the story from their point of view all converging later in the other books.

    I was originally drawn to the book because of the narrator. She did a great job in this series. Still I found the that listing to this story twice was almost an essential thing to pick up all the things you would have understood reading it. Changes in places and who is talking and even time issues overlap. It was confusing at the start. After listening to the whole series I can appreciate all of it. I will have to say I did enjoy the series but this first book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. In the end I am glad I finished the series. At some time later I would listen to the whole series again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune and Fate: The Twelve Houses, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Sharon Shinn returns with a new novel set in the Twelve Houses world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected: behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress. Once there, she will find that fate has other plans for her.

    Judy says: "Oh what fun..."
    "great series"
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    This is the last of the books from this series. It focused on a new person rather than the 6 main people of the other books. I was sad to see this series end. It will be definately be a series I will listen to again in a year. Worth the credits. I hesitated getting into this series and now wish I had listened sooner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1333)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "an easy listen"
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    I have enjoyed this series though I am not finished. It is an easy listen. I often find some stories where either the narrator is too difficult to listen to or the story too complex that you have to pay attention to follow who is doing what.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Shop: A Marla Mason Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. A. Pratt
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Marla Mason is the chief sorcerer of Felport, a woman who's tangled with gods and monsters and come out on top (if a bit damaged in the process). Bone Shop tells the story of Marla's evolution from runaway to sorcerer's apprentice to mercenary magician and beyond. Fans of the urban fantasy series from Bantam Spectra that began with Blood Engines will find surprising secrets revealed about Marla's past, and new listeners can get to know the character from the very beginning.

    Dave says: "Top-Shelf Marla (and Pratt)!"
    "the prequel to Marla Mason series"
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    I enjoyed the story. It is an adult story but it is not romance. I have read a few of the Marla Mason stories and none are really romance novels. This really is the story of how Marla came from street urchin to the become a part of the magical world. The narrator has a kid like voice but it isn't out of charactor for who Marla is. She is a bit sacastic in tone and uses the pregnant pause a great deal. Her delivery of the story is also slower paced for dramatic effect so much so that you can speed the narration up with little loss of the impact the narrator is trying to achive and without making her voice sound more chipmunkie than it already is. I enjoyed the humor and the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Revealed: Georgina Kincaid, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (733)

    Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

    Cindy says: "Satisfying! Loved IT!"
    "totally loved this whole series"
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    I loved this whole series and waited so long for this last one. I reread the whole series again before beginning this last book. I didn't want to miss anything. This story is about love, temptation, redemption, and hope. I had suspisions about how this would turn out and was susprised by a few of the details. I was worried that the book would not live up to all the anticipation I had waiting nearly a year for this last book. This last book didn't disappoint. Richelle did a great job. Elizabeth's narration when I first started the series was a little odd to me. I thought to myself "who talks like that," but it was the perfect voice of a succubus. Her only break was as Letha as a young girl and Georgina's melt down with Carter at the end of the last book (Succubus Shadows). I finished this series satisfied with everthing about it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons: A Novel of the Light Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Ysolde Bouchier is still coming to terms with the dragon part of her, while at the same time trying to free a friend of Baltic-her Black Dragon lover-from the weyr, get Baltic to meet with the dragons who want him dead, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, raise the shade of the man everyone says killed her, and once and for all clear Baltic's name of the murder charges that continue to plague him. For Ysolde, being a dragon is starting to bite.

    Paul says: "the light dragons"
    "the light dragons"
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    I enjoyed this one. In some of her books I felt like they ended like a TV series season's cliff hanger. There are still loose ends here that leave room for a last book book. As always the narrator Barbara Rosenblat did a great job with her voices. Her whole series is a great light hearted story that makes me laugh.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "The Narrator was excellent"
    Overall

    This is a story that is a bit akin to a sitcom. I have read the complaints about the narrator and I completely disagree. She added to the comedic situations the charactors found themselves in. The way she exclaims "Aisling, you are my mate" in Drake's deep Hungarian accent, is supposed to make you chuckle. If you have no sense of humor please do not listen to it. I have looked for other books this narrator has done, and her voice is very different. It was then when I realized how great she was....."she's a professional, damn it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Shadows: Georgina Kincaid, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (515)

    Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals - all child's play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse - that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses.

    Shelley says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "perhaps the best in the series"
    Overall

    This is perhaps the best book in the series. I generally listen to this driving but I really couldn't stop listening. So many subtle things I realized later made this a great book and a great narration. When I started the series it took me a while to get used to the narrator. I said to myself who talks like that....oh yeah a lesser immortal who is a seductress. My thoughts now are how skilled this book was narrated and how the story unfolds, leaves me wanting the next book. I know it is already written and at the publisher, my hope is that the narration isn't delayed. I'll have to read it myself if it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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