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Lara

East Haven, CT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Dreamfever: Fever, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (886)

    He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister's murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac's every thought - and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

    Karen says: "a little odd"
    "Writing still good, narrators MUCH better"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first three books on audiobook, but I will admit I was annoyed by the narrator. Mack was portrayed as just a little too whiny for me to love the audio book. But the writing was excellent, the plot twists were nice, the characters, intriguing. In the latest edition of Moning's Fever series, someone made the decision not only to change the female narrator, but to add a male narrator for the male voices. I was delightedly surprised. Suddenly, the characters took on new life. They were simply spell binding. While all of the books are good, this one stands out in my mind and I have to think at least part of that was the excellent narration. Bravo to Ms. Ross and Mr. Gigante and of course, bravo to Ms. Moning. Thank you for enjoyable "read."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Born: Dark Swan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (682)

    Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

    Leesa says: "Good Listen."
    "Great book, fair narrator"
    Overall

    The book, like any Mead production, is excellent. The characters are intriguing and the story line and premise are truly unique. I think the narrator is okay, though time and time again I can't help but think the narrator is reading in a different emphasis or "feel" than the author intended. The voices she uses are hit or miss as far as conveying the author's intent for the characters. Having said that, she still does a fair job and the novel is definitely worth the time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5980)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2805)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Captivating in it's entirety..."
    Overall

    This was flat-out a wonderful book. The characters, plot lines, and details were simply wonderful. The narrator, and apparently writer as well, gave a life to this story which, in retrospect, seems unearthly and unreal. I simply can't stop thinking about the story and I dearly hope he considers a sequel. Thank you for this experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (234)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "A surprisingly wonderful discovery"
    Overall

    I downloaded Already Dead on a whim and I was happily surprised. Charlie Huston has authored a novel which mixes film noir with elements of the supernatural and combined both in the character of Joe Pitt. Pitt is a sympathetic character in the sense that he struggles with "everyday" trials and tribulations as do we all. He must deal with work politics, put food on the table, and handle an adult relationship. And yet, into each of these aspects Huston has woven elements beyond the everyday. Moreover, the narrator has perfectly captured the spirit, not only of Pitt, but of the supporting cast as well. Bravo to the author and to the narrator. I have already downloaded the second novel, and eagerly await the third.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5984)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (563)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Provocative"
    Overall

    A fascinating look at the economics of the everyday. Our lives, our culture, our society are all examined from a new perspective. Excellent cocktail party fodder and thoroughly thought-provoking. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (290)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    An amusing ride in the world of high fashion and maniacal bosses. Shocking and entertaining. Perfect narration. A little predictable, but well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Babyville

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The amusing little inborn device known as the biological clock tolls for three women; two of them heed its compelling tones, while the third tries to ignore them.

    Amanda says: "pure chic-lit!"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    A captivating story with very well-developed characters for a book of this genre. Excellent narration. Truly enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Great Romp; wonderfully performed"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    Great story, fun twists. A little predictable occasionally, but always entertaining. Highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (595)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    Irreverent and hilarious, insightful occasionally. Just what you expect from Jon Stewart. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3543)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1450)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Yummy"
    Overall

    Fast, smart, funny...Anthony Bourdain provides a glimpse into his world as a professional chef. Not always pretty, but always entertaining. I finished this listen a few days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. Enjoyable from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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