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Heather Turiello

I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

Overland Park, KS USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 33 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 677 titles in library
  • 70 purchased in 2014
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  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rhoda Janzen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

    Dotty says: "It's OK"
    "Meh."
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    In a book that feels more like a compilation of essays, we learn about Rhoda's upbringing in a Mennonite family, her departure from the church and her relationship with an abusive, ego-centric man who leaves her for a gay man he meets online. There were stories in the book that had me laughing out loud, however, the story line is only meant as background...to allow her to move to another essay with a lesson to be learned. I found myself very frustrated, looking for the story itself. Janzen's prose is enjoyable even though the story is a bit discombobulated and unstructured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day Watch: Watch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    The second installment of the phenomenal Russian quartet The Night Watch vampire novels set in a richly realized post-Soviet Moscow. The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, The Day Watch begins where The Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others.

    Scott Fabel says: "A Great Continuation from Night Watch"
    "Cerebral story. Makes you think."
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    This story is the second in a 4 book series. Like Night Watch, this book is about a governing organization responsible for keeping order among the Dark Ones, creatures of the Dark. However, darkness versus light is not exactly the same as evil versus good.

    The Night Watch was a story about the group of magicians who maintain the balance of good and evil by guarding the Light from the Dark. The Day Watch is told in part from the perspective of members of the Dark Ones. When a light one and a dark one end up in a confrontation with unfortunate results, it's up to the Night and Day Watches to attend a tribunal where their actions will be judged. Honestly, some of the storyline is silly and to some may be heretical. But it allows him to explore some interesting topics even if he is a little preachy at times.

    If you ask one of the Light, overseen by the Night Watch, they would say that the Dark Ones are evil. But we learn in the Day Watch that it's not so simple as that. The Dark Ones believe that an individual has the right to take what they want. If they take it from someone, that person can take it back. Free will is the mantra of the Dark ones.

    It's impossible to miss the parallels to Communism and Democracy. I really enjoyed this story as much as I ended up loving The Night Watch, but Lukyanenko is not interested in telling this story in a traditional way. These are a compendium of short stories allowing the exploration of light versus dark and he isn't afraid to kill off key characters. He doesn't play fair when telling a story because real life doesn't have a predictable arc or wrap up nicely at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (399)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "Weak..."
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    It's not deep...but I do enjoy a little teen angst over a weekend... Not sure if I'll keep going with the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darklight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lesley Livingston
    • Narrated By Lesley Livingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Much has changed since autumn when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved New York City from a rampaging Faerie war band. Sonny has been relegated by Kelley's father, King Auberon, to the Faerie Realm, where he's hunting down the remaining deadly warriors with blood magick - his own blood. Kelley is stuck in New York, rehearsing her lines for Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss.

    Heather Turiello says: "Light, YA Fantasy."
    "Light, YA Fantasy."
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    I'm a fan of fae lore and really like stories based in the Otherworld. This one isn't deep and terribly well-written, but I'm liking the main characters. It's a light read...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3936)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3031)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "I like Molly Harper, but how about some variation?"
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    I have really enjoyed all the Molly Harper books I've listened to and read so far, but I'm beginning to tire of the same cookie cutter jokes and characters. I was surprised to find myself getting bored mid-way through this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Narrated By Francis Francis James
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Spanning six decades of the 1800s, this mesmerizing story is a fictional biography of Marie Laveau - one of the most haunting characters in New Orleans’ history. Part of a long line of voodoo priestesses and healers, Marie tells of the mystery, passion, and violence that pattern her life. Like her grandmother, Marie sees visions from an early age. She never knew her mother, who practiced a spiritualism so potent she was murdered by those who feared her.

    Melissa says: "Colorful verbal illustrations..."
    "A bit course, but interesting."
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    This is one of those listens that is a great story, but not always an enjoyable read. There are many course and caustic characters and events that make it a rough story to enjoy at times. Overall, though, I enjoyed learning and experiencing this story and would love to read more on both the topic and by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1560)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Just couldn't get myself to like this one."
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    I really didn't give this one much of a try, so maybe this rating isn't fair. The audio is read by the author and I had a really hard time relating to him and his voice. I'll probably give this another shot at some point, but for now...it's not a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "A perfect YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy!"
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    How's that for a genre-buster? Awesome balance of YA fiction with a historical fiction twist. I loved the way Donnelly introduces Now and Then-Paris in a very individual way. So many historical fiction novels struggle to show the reader the bird's eye view of the time, trying to paint the whole picture of the historical timeframe. In Revolution, the reader only sees just a small view of what it would have been like to really be there. More like being at street level and seeing only what a person really would have seen. It felt very authentic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1848)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Love YA Fantasy?? Read this one!"
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    Wow! I've had this book in my Audible library for ages and can't believe I only listened to it now! The world building is a-MAZ-ing!!! The characters are engaging and the love story is filled of adolescent angst. Such a fresh and unique story. Off to listen to the second book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1953)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Great Angst-filled YA Fantasy."
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    Cassandra Clare has created an interesting fantasy world that crosses Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the teen romance/angst of Twilight. I enjoyed her first trilogy (which is about to become a series with the upcoming 4th book) about the Shadowhunters in the modern world. Clockwork Angel jumps back in time 200 years giving some history of the Shadowhunter. I'll probably read the next novels, but the characters weren't nearly as real or compelling as the Mortal Instruments series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1955)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "Awesome Angst-filled YA Fantasy!"
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    I have really come to love this series! Cassandra Clare has developed a fantastic world of magical creatures with just enough of teen angst to make it engaging. Twilight and Harry Potter fans...YA and fantasy readers...give this series a try. This is the 4th in the Mortal Instruments series, but I read Clockwork Angel before reading City of Fallen Angels. There are references to Jace's ancestors who we meet Clockwork Angel, so it was nice to have met them already. Can't wait for the next book! Keep 'em coming Cassandra Clare!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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