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Victoria

Oxnard, CA, USA

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  • Dark Secret: Dark Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers. With each passing year, his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker, until finally there's barely a memory of one left - only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it'll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone.

    Heather says: "loved this book"
    "Distracting narration"
    Overall

    This is my first time reading a novel involving Carpathians. I probably would have enjoyed the story much more if it had been read by a different narrator. Mr Ferrones's tendency to over-emote & nearly run out of breath with each sentence was very distracting.
    The story itself kept me listening. I nearly gave up because of the narration but decided to keep on because I did want to know more about Carpathians as well as what happens to Colby & her sibs.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Ridley Pearson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    A troubled Mary Ann Walker takes a nosedive off a bridge. Seattle's police department macho man John LaMoia takes the call, along with the beauteous cop psychologist Daphne Matthews. They suspect her boyfriend, known to beat Mary Ann. Her seething brother, Ferrell, is convinced the boyfriend did the deed. But the case somehow becomes too slippery to close.

    Victoria says: "Another poor author reading"
    "Another poor author reading"
    Overall

    This is the 2nd book I've listened to that was dully read by an author. In The Art of Deception, Mr Pearson sounded bored. There was little to no inflection in his reading.

    I found that I was easily diverted from actively listening to the story as opposed to shoving it to the background as noise. This meant I had to keep rewinding the story to get the storyline & characters back.

    There are less expensive & annoying ways to get background noise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3542)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1859)

    Wedding fever has come to Bon Temps, Louisiana! Unfortunately, buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie is not the bride-to-be, so she takes the opportunity to travel to New Orleans on family business. As heir to the estate of her newly dead cousin Hadley, Sookie unearths a big secret. Soon it becomes clear that more than a few people will do anything to stop Sookie from looking into Hadley's past.

    cmclien says: "More is revealed"
    "Thank you Ms Parker"
    Overall

    I've read & loved this series from the beginning & have enjoyed the development of Sookie from a fairly naive barmaid to a more street-savvy person. In this book, her smarts are quite apparent but so is her wide-eyed, small-town persona.

    Johanna Parker's rendition of Sookie in this story as well as "Dead as a Doornail" is absolutely perfect. It is exactly as I imagined her to sound when I read the previous books. Ms Parker's voices for the other characters are also very good.

    For me, this was thoroughly enjoyable translation from paper to voice. I look forward to listening to the next one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bubbles Unbound

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Sarah Strohmeyer has captured the hearts and funnybones of millions of fans with her spunky Bubbles Yablonsky mysteries. A curvaceous hairdresser with an outrageous wardrobe, Bubbles also freelances as a journalist. But when she links a murder to a wealthy socialite, she becomes the target of powerful people who will do anything to cover up the crime.

    Victoria says: "A Surprise"
    "A Surprise"
    Overall

    I have to admit that I was surprised by this book. I'd read about the similarities to Stephanie Plum, etc. It is similar, but I still enjoyed it for what it is. I call these kinds of books Cheetos for the brain. There isn't a lot of substance but you still enjoy them. It's light entertainment that if it's good for nothing else, it makes vacuuming, cooking & other chores go by faster while listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Magic: Dark Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    Young Savanna Dubrinski is a mistress of illusion. A world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall, whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.

    Mike says: "Great Series"
    "Really, don't waste your credit."
    Overall

    I have read several of the Dark series books. I keep waiting for the writing to get better. Well, I'm done now. The storyline is always the same, Carpathian finds mate, mate is reluctant, he seduces her, she is in peril, he saves her, she loves him, sometimes she has to painfully "change" to Carpathian & they live melodramatically ever after.

    These books also seem to suffer from their narrators. This narrator breathily mispronounces words so often, that I was distracted. But then, that might not have been such a bad thing considering the story.

    As I said, I've spent enough time on this series & must now move on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Thr3e

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

    Tami B. says: "Brilliant!!!"
    "Narration, narration, narration"
    Overall

    Like others before me, I found the reader impossible to listen to for any length of time. Some day I may try to listen to this book again beyond the 35 minutes already invested. Or at least to the point where I can figure out the mystery. As of today, however, I don't care enough to continue listening. I have listened to so many excellent narrators. Unfortunately for this book, the producers didn't use one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tara Moss
    • Narrated By Tara Moss
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    She's beautiful, street-smart, and hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. Makedde Vanderwall has finished her studies and is ready to start practising as a forensic psychologist. She's also starting a new life in Australia with her detective boyfriend Andy Flynn. Hoping to scrape together some extra cash, Mak begins doing part-time work for an infamous Sydney PI.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "boring"
    "Flat"
    Overall

    This is a middle-of-the-road mystery, not very original. It was not helped by the flat narration by the author. Her reading seemed to lack any enthusiasm. I found that I didn't really care about any of the characters.
    Looking at Ms Moss' other books, I see she also narrated them. Too bad, I might have tried another one if it had had a different reader.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Alagaësia (free excerpt)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Christopher Paolini
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (168)

    From the author of the best sellers Eragon and Eldest, parts one and two of the Inheritance Trilogy, comes A Brief History of Alagaësia.

    Sean says: "No wonder it's free..."
    "Amateurish"
    Overall

    I couldn't get past the amateurish narration enough to pay attention to the "story".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (962)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Unique Story Line"
    Overall

    The story of Yelena and Valec in Ixia is very different from anything I've read. The verbal pictures were vivid. It made me find "listening" activities (i.e. quilting & housework)to do so I could keep busy and not feel guilty. I would have sat through the entire book in 1 sitting given the chance. The ending, unexpected, was satisfying. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel - Magic Study - coing out this fall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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