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Anne

Evans, GA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roger Highfield
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Can reindeer fly? Could scientists clone the perfect Christmas tree? Why is Rudolph's nose red? How does Santa manage to deliver presents to an estimated 842 million households in a single night? These are among the questions explored in this irresistibly witty audiobook, which illuminates the cherished rituals, legends, and icons of Christmas from a unique and fascinating perspective: science. "Just what the elves ordered," raves Newsweek.

    Laura says: "A lot of fun"
    "I put my tree up to the sound of this book!"
    Overall

    This was very fun and interesting. The science was presented in a fun manner that should appeal to most people.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1775)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "If you don't like dogs don't listen to the book"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in this latest offering from Nora Roberts. It had a lot of potential and there was some very good story here. Unfortunately, the main characters in this book were the dogs. Actually, the dogs had a lot more character than did the hero Simon. He was extremely 2-D. I do not like dogs and would not have bothered with the book if I had known ahead of time that the entire store would revolve more around the dogs and dog training than in the serial killer. It is possible to have a story where the main character is a dog trainer without going into tedious detail about the dogs.

    This is just the latest in disappointing books by Nora Roberts. Didn't like the wedding planner ones and last years Black Hills was ruined by the preachiness about wild animal rescue. If it wasn't for the JD Robb's which were excellent, I'd say that she is no longer interested in telling a good story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking the Dragon: A Fable of Tonight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    It's Valentine's Day and private detective John Justin Mallory is planning on closing up the office early and taking his partner, Col. Winnifred Carruthers, out to dinner, since he's sure no one else will do so. But before he can turn off the lights and lock the door, a panic-stricken Buffalo Bill Brody visits them. It seems that the Eastminster pet show is being held the next day, and his dragon, Fluffy, the heavy favorite, has been kidnapped.

    Anne says: "Love the Other Manhattan!"
    "Love the Other Manhattan!"
    Overall

    This is the third book Mike Resinck has written about the Other Manahttan, the one along side of ours where magic works, goblins, demons, vampires, etc. Although it is not totally necessary to read/listen to Stalking the Unicorn or Stalking the Vampire first, I do recommend it for maximum enjoyment.

    John Justin Mallory has been hired to find Flurry, a "toy" (11 inches at the shoulder) dragon who is the shoe-in winner at The Eastminster Show at Madison Round Garden. In addition, the Grundy, the most powerful and evil demon in the world (and Marlory's greatest enemy) has doubled his fee to find Fluffy because he's a sportsman and doesn't want his Carmeletta to win by default.

    The very idea of Flurry is histerical! She's an 11 inch at the shoulder, dragon who eats only elephant shaped chocolate covered marshmellow cookies.

    Anyone who has attended a dog. cat or horse show will recognize the behaviors of the owners and breaders of the show dragons.

    The mystery is fairly transparent, but one doesn't listen to this kind of parady for the plot. It's the characters and the situations that are so funny from the goblins popping out all the dark alleys to try to sell you something that you don't want to the magic mirror that complains about the room's appearance and his owner's choice of viewing material to his partner Colonel Winnifred Carruthers, the great white hunter (and old lady)to the office cat (a female catperson).

    It's great, Resnick paradies the hard boiled detector story as well as most of pulp fiction while taking a shot at the very serious nature of people with their show animals....

    The naration is excellent!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

    Anne says: "Story is great- narration poor"
    "Story is great- narration poor"
    Overall

    This is a great story and will be more enjoyable if one had read/listened to the other titles in the Arcane Society Books, though it isn't essential.

    Unfortunately, the narration is of very poor quality which is astonishing in a Brilliance Audio title! I haven't quite decided whether the reader just has a harsh, unpleasant voice or she was so utterly bored with the story that it came out that way. I actually checked my mp3 player several times to make certain that it was playing at the proper speed. The reader's uninterest in the story is very obvious.

    It's a shame since this is an interesting story. I hope that this is the last book she reads for Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz. Since I am major fan of this author.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kill and Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

    A User says: "Perfect Narration!"
    "One of Howard's best stories!"
    Overall

    This is one of Linda Howard's best early, romantic suspense stories. Karen is a nurse who gets word that her estranged father was killed in New Orleans after a very long night shift at the hospital. Her father has been living on the streets on New Orleans and it looks like a straight forward shooting of a homeless man.

    Before she has time to rest, she is talked into going to New Orleans to ID the body. The detective, Mark Chastain, tall, dark & gorgeous, takes an instant dislike to her. He mistakes her fatigue and emotional control for coldness. He soon realizes his mistake and seduces her over the next few days. She freaks out and runs back to Columbus, where she barrells into a contract killer at her apartment. She escapes him only to run into hit & run driver who is almost hits her and her friend Piper.

    Meanwhile, back in New Orleans, Mark is angry that Karen left without a word and has linked her father's death to a body that dumped just over the Mississippi border. He gets a visit by a government agent who is pretending to be FBI.

    So, Mark & Karen are working out their relationship while trying to figure out why a contract killer was after Karen. What did her father have that was so important?

    It's a fast pace realistic tale and only slightly dated. It was first published in 1998.

    The narration is really good with the reader showing expression and using different voices for the different characters.

    FYI, all the Queen's Men has a loose link to this story in that a minor character in this one is a hero in that one.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4298)
    Performance
    (2828)
    Story
    (2836)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Love this series"
    Overall

    This is a great urban fantasy series! This is the first book and I'm glad to see it on Audible and hope that Books 2&3 also come to Audible soon. Mercy is a VW mechanic working in Washington State. She is also a Walker who turns into a coyote who was raised by werewolves. She bought her shop from a gremlin, fixes her vampire friend's van (he's a Scooby-Doo fan) and lives next door to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Although the Fey have come out in public, most people don't believe in werewolves, walkers or vampires. She is trying to stay out of the public eye until one day a young, staving werewolf shows up asking for work -under the table. Mac is a young teenager who was attached and forced to change into a werewolf and then sold to people who are using him for drug testing. Suddenly, Mercy is pulled back to the world of the werewolves which she left at 16.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

    Anne says: "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    Overall

    I am delighted to see the first book of the retriever series here at Audible! This is great urban fantasy with a well crafted other world co-existing with ours. The magic is called "current" because it's like electricity and is attracted to electricity. The Wren uses her talent for current as well as agility to retrieve lost items. This time, she's sent after a stolen cornerstone of a building. The owners want the cornerstone, along with the protective spell it contains, back.

    This is a multifaceted story full of interesting characters. There's a lot of humor too as the different worlds interact. I love PB and how ordinary people completely miss seeing a short, furry black & white demon in a trench coat!

    There are currently 5 retreiver novels. Hopefully Audible will get all 5!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    It's New Year's Eve and the elf perched on John Justin Mallory's desk wants his missing unicorn back. And that's the easy part. Mallory's wife has run off with his partner, his detective business is in ruins, and the mob's out to get him. With so many wonderful things happening, Mallory decides that a case involving a trip from reality might not be so bad. After all, what more can he lose?

    Anne says: "Really enjoyed listening to it"
    "Really enjoyed listening to it"
    Overall

    I love this type of alternative world mystery and Resnick spoofs the mystery and fantasy genres very well in this book. Every cliche is in this story, typically turned on its side.

    I bought this book when it first came out and am glad to see that Audible now has it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Wizard Place

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By D.M. Paul
    • Narrated By Katy Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Young Kase and his faithful partner Murdox – who just happens to be a talking wolf-dog – are agents for the Incantation Enforcement Agency, Counter-Curse Division. In a world where magic and technology are intertwined, they have the unpleasant job of righting magic that has gone wrong.

    Paxton says: "Great Book for a Road Trip"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this fast paced book - though it appeared as if it were a series of short stories strung together (one short story in itself, an interlude, a longer short story and then a novella) rather than a novel. Children and adults both will enjoy this tale of the two investigators from the Counter Curse division of the IEA. It is fantasy at its best with a talking dog, orgres, magic, elves and even a dragon.

    Although it may be a bit violent for very young children, it is a good story for a long drive. I particularly enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the different types of transportation in this world. (Like all the best amusement park rides.)

    The only thing that I didn't care for is the portrail of female characters. There were very few of them and they were typically silly and/or incompetent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3787)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1945)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

    Anne says: "Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!"
    "Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!"
    Overall

    I love the Southern Vampire books! C. Harris has created a fascinating universe in which the vampires have come out of the coffin, but the shapeshifters, fairies and others definitely have not! This is the 4th in the series and can be read without reading the other books. however, it's much more enjoyable to read the others first, so that the interactions between the major and minor characters are clear.

    Harris has created an intrecate polical structure for the different supernaturals ("supes")who either hate, ignore or tolerate the other supes with the vampires being the most organized. Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic barmaid, has been dragged into vampire politics before (and hated it) and now is about to be heavily involved in werewolf politics - the succession of the packmaster of Shreveport.

    After having no love life for most of her life (the local men would rather think she's nuts rather than telepathic), Sookie's current love life is a mess. She is definitely not seeing her first boyfriend, Vampire Bill. Eric, Head vampire in the area and Bill's boss, desperately wants to know what happened when he had amnesia and stayed with Sookie (book #3). Sam, Sookie's boss, is a shapeshifter and interested (but only after she starting dating Bill). Calvin, a werepather from an isolated and very strange small town, is courting her. And Alcide, a werewolf, wants to marry her but he also wants to help his father become the next packmaster of Shreveport.

    Sookie's brother Jason now turns into a werepanther during the full moon and someone is shooting the shapeshifters of BonTon.

    One of the most interesting things about this universe is that the people accept that vampires exist but refuse to admit that shapeshifters, witches and magic also exist!

    The recording is excellent with the reader doing a good job with the different voices. I wish that the other books were also available at Audible!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Behold, Here's Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Hugh Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    A witty, intelligent, and delectable mystery from Georgette Heyer. This British "cozy" mystery has eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, and an intricate plot that is just plain fun. Take one rambling country house whose owner is found dead, supposedly poisoned. Add one ill-assorted family circle of very odd people, all with excellent motives for murder.

    Anne says: "Wow! Audible has Georgette Heyer!"
    "Wow! Audible has Georgette Heyer!"
    Overall

    While Georgette Heyer is best known for her Regency Romances, she did write a series of cosy mysteries. This is one of my favorites! It's a little dated, having been written in the early 20th Century during the Golden Age of Mystery, but it's still a great story full of wonderful characters. You can almost see eccentric Aunt Harriet! And one does wonder why it took so long for someone to murder Uncle!

    This is a cosy mystery set in an upper class British family 'tween the Wars. The audio is very clear and easy to understand for the most part. The reader does a good job with different voices for the different characters.

    Like other mysteries of this era, the object of the story is to guess "who done it" before the detective does. The clues are all there, but I bet you don't guess...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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