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Kimberly

Ypsilanti, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 51 reviews
  • 203 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Graveminder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers....

    Kim says: "Give it a listen...you will be rewarded!"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    Although it has an interesting premise and good narration, this book just missed the mark. There are plot points that lead nowhere, obvious villains and characters that lack complexity. Also, there are points where there is so little description it's easy to be confused as to where the characters actually are and what is going on. I think the author was trying to set this book up as the first in a series, but there's not enough here for me to want to read more.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (345)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "Angelic Gumshoe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting story, well written. Dislike the narrator, especially when he tries to do accents. There ought to be a rule that if the narrator can't pull off an accent he isn't allowed to do them. Characters can be differentiated without resorting to bad Scottish, Australian and Hispanic accents, especially when the characters are angels and have no country of origin. If bad accents don't bother you, give it a try. If they do, read the physical version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "Fans of Dresden Take Note"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderful first book of a new series. Reminiscent of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, but with a uniquely British twist. Wonderful narration (although the actor sounds a little too old for the main character). Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Too Many Curses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    The wizard Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, he transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. It's Nessy's duty to tend this castle. Its a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel.

    Kat says: "Delightful!"
    "Cute, But Not Really Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a cute story. I would classify it as Young Adult. The narrator is ok, but her characterizations are a bit cartoonish, which doesn't help with the juvenile feel of the story. Might be more fun to read than to listen to. Not Martinez's best work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1286)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Strong Material Outweighs Awful Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Very well written, dystopian future story. The narrator nearly ruins it though. When she is reading in her own voice she is fine, but her character voices are nasal & cartoonish. Very glad that the remainder of the series has a different narrator. If you think you can stand the annoying voices, give it a go. If not, get the print edition.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2310)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Well Done Historical Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Looking at the length of this audiobook you will probably not be surprised that the story is slow paced. At times I was totally frustrated by the actions of the protagonist, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Overall it was a good story, with well defined characters. The narration was very well done and the writing was technically good. I will give the 2nd book a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Buckley
    • Narrated By Jon Cross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying. This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what's the real reason behind the chaos? In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and position of his current employment. At Majestic Technologies Celina McMannis works diligently on a top secret project.

    Kimberly says: "My Advice, Read the Book"
    "My Advice, Read the Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In the vein of Tom Holt and A. Lee Martinez, this was a very fun story that was nearly ruined by poor narration. Mr. Cross rushed through most of the story so quickly that many of the jokes were lost and his character voices were awful. I very much want to get the book so that I can really enjoy the work the author put into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Man

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. D. Perry
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    He's Here. Amanda Young doesn’t know who…or how…or why. She only knows that evil has come to Port Isley, the picturesque seaside village she calls home. It arrives on the wings of summer, in the guise of a sinister, nameless man crowded among the tourists from Seattle. He’s there when Amanda has a premonition of a classmate’s murder and when the girl’s mutilated body is discovered hours later. He’s lurking nearby when the neighbors she’s known forever inexplicably begin to…change. There — when their suddenly raging emotions transform them into lustful, violent shadows of themselves. Only a select few see the dark signs: Amanda, the town psychiatrist, and the local newspaper publisher. Together, they set out to discover exactly what’s happening in Port Isley — and whether or not anyone has a prayer of getting out of the town alive.

    Kim Venatries says: "Small Town Summer Stranger Danger"
    "All Thoughts, No Scares."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very disappointed in this one. For a story that is predominately talk and thoughts, there is very little character development. There is little suspense and absolutely no "horror" to this story. Sadly, it's not even interesting from a psychological viewpoint, although it is desperately trying to be that.

    The premise is basically what happens to a small town when all inhibitions have gone. Lots of talk about sex, obsessions, and murder but very little actual action. We are led to believe from the title that there is a sinister force behind it all but "the summer man" is absent from 99% of the story. Teenage and middle age angst abounds.

    Mediocre story with mediocre narration. Save your credit for something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2695)
    Performance
    (2494)
    Story
    (2499)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Delightfully Creepy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Joe Hill surpasses his father in storytelling. Despite a few plot points that I didn't feel were adequately explained, I really enjoyed this book. The story never felt like it was dragging and there are few wonderfully creepy passages that gave my jaded ear a start. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Mulgrew's narration, although I do understand why others may not like it. If you listen to the sample and are put off, spring for a print version. This story is definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (976)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Simply Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gail Carriger is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. If you enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series, you will love Etiquette & Espionage. Being a YA book, it lacks the adult romance, but has a wonderful, plucky heroine and all the charm of the PP series. Adult listeners will not be bored. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Zombie Fallout, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1152)

    BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.

    Teddy says: "Series Back on Track"
    "Why do I like this series?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Zombie Fallout series is riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies. It is in desperate need of a good editor before it reaches publication. So why do I keep listening? The characters and the narration. Sean Runnette is the perfect embodiment of Michael Talbot and does an excellent job with all the characters. And Tufo has really given life to the characters in the book. We care about what happens to them.

    Some are saying this is the last in the series, but I haven't seen any confirmation by Tufo on that and there are a lot of loose ends that need resolving. The Zombies still abound. I feel confident there will be a book 7, and I will gladly spend a credit on it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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