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Tamara

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 17 reviews
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  • The Dark Enquiry: A Lady Julia Grey Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets, and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case.

    Rachel says: "Yes! Lady Julia is back and I'm loving it!"
    "series?"
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    wondering why this isn't listed as a series nor showing which book of the series it is, here on audible.
    I would not have jumped in on "book 5" had I known prior!

    that said, luckily, it works as a stand alone

    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
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1559)

    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!!"
    "good ending"
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    took me a bit to get into this story ... but the end left me eager for the next book!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "old idea into a new concept!"
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    love the idea that "fairness" is created by making everyone look beautiful!

    creative twist to an ageless issue ... how do we get people to act ethical towards one another ... at what cost ... and is it ultimately worth it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Turn of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light - sunset - the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.

    Heather Dryer says: "Julie's first foray into fantasy is a home run!"
    "Voice of Doom in the narrator!"
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    first let me say that reading this vs listening to the audible may provide a radically different experience ...

    but, getting through this was a *chore* ... the narrator's tone, inflection ... gah! I had to put it on double speed just to complete the audible

    that said, this is another book where I found I liked the plot and ideas incorporated ... but there was so much superfluous wordage ... like a mouth full of peanut butter and trying to cram more in

    peanut butter is good ... but can overwhelm and end up choking ... which I feel happened

    the *constant* "Ancestors this" and "ancestors that" ... was amusing at first ... but good GRIEF no one would actually use it in every other thing they open their mouth to say

    also, and again perhaps the narrator ruined it, but I heard "Jen Nolin" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much ... and I "get" this was part of the "feel" of the community ... but it got old, fast

    call her jen, call her ... well, *her*


    I'll stop there.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Russia House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "Glasnost" is on everyone's lips, but the rules of the game haven’t changed for either side. When a beautiful Russian woman foists off a manuscript on an unwitting bystander at the Moscow Book Fair, it's a miracle that she flies under the Soviets' radar. Or does she? The woman's source (codename: Bluebird) will trust only Barley Blair, a whiskey-soaked gentleman publisher with a poet's heart.

    Darwin8u says: "Spying is Waiting."
    "a trail of blah"
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    wasn't impressed - and I love espionage ...

    the parts which could have been gritty were completely white-washed ... I felt the details were in all the wrong places

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2559)
    Performance
    (1902)
    Story
    (1907)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Crescendo into de-crescendo"
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    I loved the first half and somewhere into the second half it degraded to like.

    The set-up was great. I can see Geoffrey Rush playing Chains so easily!

    I started losing interest somewhere around the time of "the big loss" wondering how such brilliant thieves did not have other, unknown, hidden resources to draw upon in case of emergency.

    I would have enjoyed more detail on some parts which were glossed over (perhaps something profound learned on the farm?)

    Overall, I found the ending a bit lackluster and feel it did not live up to the beginning of the book.

    warnings - a few grisly scenes some might not stomach well ... and to those who are greatly offended by language ... this book probably isn't for you. LOL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1259)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Amazingly Creative!"
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    I don't give 5 stars to very many books ... this book was so creative, well thought out, not arrested by plot holes, not wrapped up in a 5 minute "happily ever after" ending ... I was very, very impressed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (3008)
    Story
    (3005)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fuzzy Goodness"
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    quite delightful.

    I haven't read the original (yet) so, for me, this was its own story.

    I love a book which gets literal LOL moments and this one had a few. Of course having cuddly cat-things didn't hurt, either :)

    As per my always, Will Wheaton is a fantastic narrator! Quite humorous to hear him refer to & give voice to a particular character, which I will let you discover yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (763)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "I'm not a prude, but sheesh!"
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    liked the plot although it became very predictable early on ...
    didn't feel there was enough strife displayed during certain events ...
    could do the graphic sex scenes which caused me to be glad I didn't pay much for this audible

    the narrator did a fantastic job giving voice to each character

    chance for a really in-depth story with this plot idea but unfortunately seemed to prefer to skim the top

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elvenbane

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (439)

    Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

    Johanna says: "A fun listen"
    "plot frustration"
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    major issue with the plot ... and continued frustrations ... could be a really epic idea for a story but fell so flat

    one day the council of kin meet and want to tell Shana the truth of her past, send her into the city along with a kin in disguise to keep watch on her and ensure her safety ... and the reasons they are responsible to do so

    the next, they decide she must go without being allowed to say goodbyes or have goodbyes said to her, given no information or guide, and dropped in the desert to "figure it all out on her own"

    uhm ... huh?

    I finished it in the hope there would be a reconciliation for this gaffe ... but only got a, "we were wrong" acknowledgement at almost the very end of the book which then wrapped everything up in a seemingly few pages.

    I could continue with plot irks but will just sum it up by saying: disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8857)
    Performance
    (8240)
    Story
    (8237)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Nerd Porn!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I could have done without the "God is BS" garbage at the beginning ... am glad I kept listening ...
    as a gamer, I loved this book! As a child of the 80's, it was delightful to "know" all the references.

    Will Wheaton is a fantastic narrator! I actually chose the book because I love his story telling ability!


    I did have two technical "issues" towards the end of the book which I'll not post here and spoil for anyone ... if you're curious, send me a note and we'll compare complaints :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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