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Tamara

Vista, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 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
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1694)

    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
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (410)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "Great Fun!"
    Overall
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    This is the beginning of a series I can get lost in again and again!

    The narrator does a great job voicing the different characters ... my only gripe was the changing pronunciation of some words/names (Tanda)

    If you haven't entered The Myth ... do so ... or be Gleeped!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgelanders: Serpent of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jennifer Melzer
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé's plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs. Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U'lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay's hand. A young U'lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her.

    Tamara says: "Narrator puts me to sleep!"
    "Narrator puts me to sleep!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I want to finish this book ... I forgot that I am not a fan of this narrator ... even sped up, her voice just drones on and on

    sad because the story intrigues me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (904)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "teleported into the sims?"
    Overall
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    I am convinced the author is/was a time traveler who played the sims and then went back to write a this story

    characters who stay true to their personality traits at all costs
    dropping items anywhere that suits them
    living on whatever food is presented to them
    a hint about changing a personality as easily as changing a wig
    pulling buckets of paint from pockets
    and, of course, ever place needs a pet!

    forget all the banter and deep discussion about what the author "really meant" ... go live vicariously in simsville!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1073)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "should've taken negative reviews seriously"
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    there were enough negative reviews that I should've known better

    narrator not at all right for character (not sure if right for any character as really annoying verbal usages)

    main character is a twit ... the inconsistencies drove me batty





    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
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1812)

    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
    (820)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (577)

    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
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "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
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2460)
    Story
    (2463)

    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

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