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Cynthia

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  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1295)

    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!"
    "Good worldbuilding"
    Overall

    The slightly darker, gruesome world here was the kicker for me - I really like this series and I've since gotten the other books. A good balance of humor, snark, action and sacrifice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Just "meh"."
    Overall

    I generally like the urban fantasy genre, but this book dragged. Perhaps it was the slow, uninspired narration? Or the fact that I didn't develop any connecton with the characters...Well, I bought this in a sale, and I blew a few hours listening to it, but I won't be buying any more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polaris: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship. Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts.

    Pie says: "Entertaining."
    "Entertaining ear candy"
    Overall

    I've listened to all the Chase Kolpath/Alex Benedict novels. I like the point of view and the character buildout. The narrator has offbeat intonation, but the wry humor of the character comes through well. Not a deep mindbender, but a fun mystery romp with unlikely heroes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (522)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Unacceptable narration"
    Overall

    I bought the trilogy 3-pack, and enjoyed the first 2 books, but the change in narrator ruined this one. He mispronounces Kovacs' name - and narration is first person! So he misprounces his own name! The first book clearly discusses the origins and pronunciation of Kovacs - such an error is unforgivable. I wasn't able to make it past 2 hours here. Terrible shame.

    I wonder how the trilogy ends, but I'll check the book out at the library.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1275)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Everything from the narrator's captivating pronounciation (I never knew how to pronounce Afganistan!) to the blossoming of the characters as their world disintegrates around them. There were indeed times I had to stop listening as my spouse came home because I was so angry at the character's situation that I was unreasonable with my own, very innocent husband.

    I did have to leave off for a week or so during the darkest part of the novel. I was a little disheartened and needed a break from the soul-crushing plot, but that is the sign of an engaging story, all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4715)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Just average"
    Overall

    On the strength of the reviews, I thought this book would be much better than it was. I felt it was only an average listen. The maudlin emphasis on the lead character's missing twin, the too-obvious attempts to tie in to Gothic Victorian novels.

    It was an average freshman novel, to my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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