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Amy W

Laughing Books

Member Since 2013

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  • 25 reviews
  • 262 ratings
  • 460 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2015
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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6941)
    Performance
    (6408)
    Story
    (6409)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Too Much Boilerplate and Not Enough Fresh Ideas"
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    We (our household) have listened to all of the Dresden Books over our stereo system, and with the exception of Ghost Story, they have been declining in their ability of hold our interest. We are becoming very tired of the stock descriptions of women in his stories, in particular, the fae women and of the same tired one-liners. The book did have some interesting parts, and we continue to enjoy most of the characters, with the exception of Karen. Dresden’s meeting with the fae mother’s and the gate-keeper is interesting and well worth reading. However, some bits were parachuted in the story and did not seem to belong in a Dresden book; for example, his discussion of homosexuality did not fit into the story. We will buy the next book, but we will not eagerly anticipate its release because this book relied on too much boilerplate material and there were not enough new or fresh ideas in the writing.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Gate: The Golden Queen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In Book 2 of the "Golden Queen" trilogy, Maggie Flynn has become, by test of combat, the new Golden Queen. Maggie and her companions, the bounty hunter Gallen O'Day and the sentient bear Orick, face an attack by Dronons on a planet where humans have achieved the pinnacle of genetic engineering. The trio must stop the invaders while guarding the secret of Maggie's whereabouts, for she is only the Golden Queen until her champion, Gallen, is defeated by a Dronon challenger.

    Sean Dustman says: "Great series but the Audible is missing chapter 32"
    "Poor Effort Stretched Out Over Sixteen Hours"
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    The first book in this series was quite enjoyable for a young adult audience. This book had six hours of good material in it, and it was stretched out over sixteen hours. The characters ceased to be interesting and when one main character dies, it is a relief. I only completed listening to this book because I have already purchased the third book and I wanted to listen to the transition work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shores: Destroyermen, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (612)

    The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious - and dangerously ill-defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent. Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred homeland, which was stolen long ago, and have no intention of simply striking a blow and then pulling back. Others, Lemurian and human, have their own agendas - which may not be in the best interests of the Alliance.

    Doug says: "Deadly Shores is another brilliant masterpiece."
    "Character Development Stalled"
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    We have purchased the audio books as they have been released but have been increasingly disappointed in the lack of character development or interesting dialogue. We will not purchase the next book until we have read all of the reviews to see if the story has advanced and there has been some character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

    Teresa says: "Anti-hero beginnings."
    "Not an Adult Book"
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    This is not an adult book or a book written for intelligent readers. It is written for 14 year old boys with a limited vocabulary and who have not yet been exposed to prose narrative in a book form. This would be a good book for teenage boys who are moving from graphic novels to prose novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (3760)
    Story
    (3761)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "A Poor Effort"
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    Not much of a story that slowly, slowly, slowly comes to an end without coming to a conclusion. There was potential for this to be a really good story but it never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (769)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Sound Effects from Old MacDonald had a Farm"
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    The sounds made by the reader belonged in a book for preschoolers. The story is long and without much action. I will be returning this book and I will not read any other books from this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop to Corpse: Book 12 in the Peter Diamond Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the small hours of a Sunday morning in the city of Bath a policeman on beat duty is shot dead by an unseen gunman - the third killing of an officer in Somerset in a matter of weeks. The emergency services are summoned. Ambitious to arrest the Somerset Sniper, the duty inspector, Ken Lockton, seals the crime scene, which is confined by the river on one side and a massive retaining wall on the other. He discovers the murder weapon in a garden - and is himself attacked and left for dead.Enter Peter Diamond, Bath's burly CID chief.

    Amy W says: "Peter Diamond has lost his sparkle"
    "Peter Diamond has lost his sparkle"
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    It felt as if this book was written by a different author than the books at the beginning of the series. The characters were not as developed and the story seemed to wander. I think I will go back and listen to the earlier books but I will not listen to this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (495)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "Charming Lacks Witt"
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    I live in a house where there is almost always an audio book playing and it is becoming harder and harder to find a series that myself and my family enjoy. I just endured the audio book, Charming (Pax Arcana) and I am giving it 2 stars. The main character was not witty nor cleaver as some of the reviews let me to expect. I did not grow to like most of the supporting characters and the universe contained no interesting elements or characters such as is found in Jim Butcher’s Dresden files or Benedict Jacka’s Alex Verus series. The book started out okay and then descended into one cliché after another and it did not contain any interesting twists or turns. The romance between the two main characters was not believable or interesting. I will not buy the next book. The author is using a pen name and I was curious as to who would write this book but could find out the identity of the writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Terrific Science Fiction"
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    I bought this book for its historical significance and it turned out to be a really good piece of science fiction that is not dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1077)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Wonderful Imagery but the Story Lacked Luster"
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    Wonderful imagery but the story was dull. There were too many references to "warrior uteruses" in an effort to make the artist sound as if she broke rules and new ground. The murder felt contrived and as if it was tacked on in order to categorize the book as a murder mystery, but there was never any mystery. The story had a great deal of potential but a plodding storyline and a predictable conclusion left me feeling disappointed and cheated. I do not think that I will read another book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom of the Wicked: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe…Death Bringer, book 6 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, was the number-one bestselling children’s book for two weeks running in September 2011, as well as outselling the number one adult fiction hardback. And guess what? This one is going to be Even Bigger.

    Amy W says: "The Humour of Earlier Novels is Missing"
    "The Humour of Earlier Novels is Missing"
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    This books lacks the humour found in the earlier novels and in the last third of the book, there is too much violence and death. The characters are in a constant search for more powerful weapons with which to solve problems. I will continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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