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Anita

Raleigh, NC, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (562)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Highly recommend."
    Overall

    Highly recommend.

    Never thought a storyline about a 2 year old sister would be fun. It is.

    Never thought adventures with giant cockroaches, giant bats and giant rats would be fun or enjoyable. It was.

    Imagine my surprise when I found myself driving down the street with tears streaming down my face when a certain cockroach was killed.

    And what I couldn't get over is---- I. hate. cockroaches.

    I had to stop the story and take a break. That has never happened before when a character died.

    There are fun heroes where you dont expect them and great messages in unlikely places...


    At first, this series was put off as something I was not eager to read in my Audible library. After finishing Book3 I sent an email to Audible to ask why Book4 is not available now. Loved it!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (2311)
    Story
    (2307)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "The best Mercy novel so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Night Broken?

    Patricia Briggs writing has improved over time such that book elements; the ex-wife plot device were unlikely, but so very clever; exciting and fun and made the book pop. This book was great fun and moved fast. Sorry to see this one end. This story made me want to start over on book 1 to enjoy the story from the beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liked the way old elements from past books were weaved into this story to achieve a great deal more "ah hah!" impact and story built intensity. Did a lot in punching the story up. Frankly the prior appearances of coyote, the Fae and the walking stick were never that impressive before the way it was done in book 8. Now it is done here with such impact it makes it come together significantly with book #8.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (515)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Interesting take on a well chewed story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes if they are craving Twilight/Harry Potter type listen. Also Its fine for a $4.95 sale. The downside is, as a YA story there is an insufferable amount of whining that bogs the story down at times. Not sure whining was out of place for a YA story. Not sure I would spend full credits on future stories in this series if the whining doesn't shrink its percentage of the overall story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is unclear what type of supernatural the heroine is going to be identified is the most interesting and how it is laid out in the story.

    The least interesting is the repetitiveness of the whining and navel lint gazing that occurs.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was satisfactory.


    Could you see Born at Midnight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Depends on where the story goes, its too early to say at book 1.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "This narrator is not the worst."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Cynthia Holloway?

    Only to find out the series ending .. The narrator is below average; bad enough for your mind to wander often, but not bad enough to return the book. The story had many stale spots that were reheated/done much better space opera by other authors (Lois McMaster Bujold).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Moon again?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was below average for a story that somewhat dated. As tho since this is an old release, don't bother to waste known talent on it.


    Did Trading in Danger inspire you to do anything?

    Get this series in print so the boring parts can be skipped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (833)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Mar-z says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Amazing .. Finally."
    Overall

    This book is several years overdue past its original deadline. I am pleased it when it finally arrived and it was not a disappointment. The audible book reader was *outstanding*. Fantastic. I was so pleased I also read the hard cover in addition to this audiobook. It is one of the few I have listened to multiple times. I can say that this is not an author whose work I display on my library shelves. Nor do I read her books over and over. But Acheron was excellent and I have listened to it repeatedly.

    Some parts are rather sad and sometimes I skip those but the book, overall I have been terribly pleased with it. I think the audible reader's vocal talents are to be highlighted.

    With the added flavor of the vocal talents of the actor, it took it over the top. Most of the feedback and reviews that were critical of the amount of pages devoted to the miserable beginning of Acherons life. That criticism was pretty scathing. Too little page percentage weighted for happier in balance with his overall lifetime. While it was an a sad life, and I would have liked it to have been a bit happier, I think people need to ease up. I am just glad the story has finally been told. This author has been dribbling out tidbits about this character for over a decade and now the meat and potatoes arrived.

    In fact, I'd like to see another book on Acheron. I loved it.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Swords Against Death: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate.

    Katherine says: "Classical rogue"
    "I love Neil Gaiman, but..."
    Overall

    I chose this audiobook based on his rave reviews. After listening to it two audiobooks on half price sale, I decided it was better to get them from the library.

    Even after that it was hard finishing them. Neil's memories of these are a bit more romanticized in his reflections as an adult. I think there are better books for my valuable credit.

    The mouser and his companions adventurers simply weren't anything tremendous to write home about.

    They were okay. Not a dud. But at $20 or even $12 a book its a bit pricey.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hart's Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Carrington Macduffie
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Enter the city of Hart's Hope, ruled by gods both powerful and indifferent, riddled with sorcery and revenge. The city was captured by a rebellious lord, Palicrovol, who overthrew the cruel king, Nasilee, hated by his people. Palicrovol, too, was cruel, as befitted a king. He took the true mantle of kinghood by forcing Asineth, now Queen by her father's death, to marry him, raping her to consummate the marriage.

    Melissa says: "Mesmerizing fantasy!"
    "Bizarre"
    Overall

    With this being Orson Scott Card, I admit having a preconceived expectation. Admittedly with his religous background, I expected something something pleasant. This was anything but. He must have written this while inactive.

    It was the most gruesome and depressing fairy tale I have ever been exposed to this side of Stephen King. Kings are a bit better done because as they are billed as straight out horror. Because of the fairy tale element, this has the shock value of finding a spider in your scrambled egg. Not pleasant.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Not good."
    Overall

    I agree ..I will run out into the dead of night to buy anything Lois writes. I have tried to listen to this a number of times and it is impossible to stick with it. Anything else she writes I can listen to over and over and over again and be delighted. 5 stars. Addicted to her writing. Never be bored and in fact happy to listen to them repeatedly. Chalion and Phalladin of Souls I could say were every bit as good as Miles ?? Certainly as good as. And I am sure Lois is glad to get a break and bring closure to Miles' Saga. But this is not good, but for all the winners she has hit out of the park, I will look the other way.

    30 home runs and 1 stinker is not a bad record...

    This I cannot get thru. The characters are unlikeable and boring. I do not like the reader.

    Out of desperation for anything Lois writes I will try again...

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (348)

    Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift - she can make objects burst into flames - Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. But just when she thinks she's finally achieved some peace, her world comes crashing down. For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly, no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane, a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her.

    Jean says: "Baahaaady"
    "Trite"
    Overall

    In imagination, a bit above Flash Gordan, below Superman. Lazy and repetitive fairly often "hard planes in his face" "his cold cold eyes" described so many ways it felt like Ming the Merciless there could get a run for his money in lack of originality.

    I kept rolling my eyes. Thirty percent of this was trite, repetitive, lazy and pedestrian.

    Christian Feehan is a romance author who is making an great living at giving the sexy and has a niche but this was not her best work.

    The male main character was macho one dimenensional. Ho hum, seen him 1 million 1 billion times nothing new... Same old macho action character, insert new name and change city...nothing new..Actually had to skip sections...

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (333)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Enjoyable Potential Its going somewhere"
    Overall

    Potential is there: after having listened to book 2 I can see where this will be very enjoyable as a series. These characters do not wring the heart like Miles and his family & crew but they are likeable and enjoyable. Dag and Spark will size up to be something, I sense a real potential in them and their story.

    I did note that their stories do not have the crushing depth and emotional attachment I found in the Challion series or Miles V. And Bujold is an enjoyable writer and thats just fine.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (509)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I saw the movie and hadn't remembered buying the audiobook. Surprisingly, they were both diverse enough and different enough that I was still able to enjoy each separately very much. Having done so it did not feel like a rerun. I liked the ending of the movie better.

    The ending of the audiobook left me somewhat unsatisfied, but overall I was quite happy with the entire endeavor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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