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Autumn

Marina, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 54 reviews
  • 390 ratings
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Blonde Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jina Bacarr
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "Spring 1873: I arrived in Japan a virgin bride, heartsick and anxious beyond measure. Yet I embraced this perplexing world with my soul laid bare after uncovering an erotic, intoxicating power I hardly knew that I, Katie O'Roarke, possessed. Japan was a world away from my tedious Western existence, a welcome distraction from my recent marriage to a cold and cruel husband. But when James attacked me in a drunken rage, I could tolerate it no longer...."

    Susan says: "Dreadful, Self-Importment, and Silly"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    I was disappointed. I thought this book was a romance or a historical novel, but its nothing but hard core erotica. I gave up listening when the protagonist was getting turned on by her husband beating the servant wtih the riding crop. Life is too short to want to read this. I think the writer must be a man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey'

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Powell
    • Narrated By Mary Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (122)

    Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants' entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. As a kitchen maid - the lowest of the low - she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed.

    Margaret says: "Less than I was expecting..."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed it. The memoirs of a young woman who wants to become a cook. Be warned, the Servant's hall book contains a lot of similar content to this, so if you buy this one, be careful the sequel has lots of the same material.

    Overall, liked it. well narrated, good listen..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Margaret Powell
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Margaret Powell's Below Stairs became a sensation among listeners reveling in the luxury and subtle class warfare of Masterpiece Theatre's hit television series Downton Abbey. Now in the sequel Servants' Hall, Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald.

    Autumn says: "Similar to Below stairs"
    "Similar to Below stairs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the book and it was a worthy listen. However, the author has written 2 stories, this one and below stairs and there is a some rehash of the same content. I was rather disappointed to hear the same stuff twice. I did like the book, and there is some new stuff there, but, I'm not sure I would've bought it if I knew it was basically the same story..

    It is worth listening to, especially if you like to read about the lives of servants but if you have already read Below Stairs, be warned there is repeat content in this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Florentyna Kane inherited a vast hotel empire from her father, but his greatest gift to her was a love of America. She knew from childhood that it was a debt she would someday try to repay by running for the highest political office in the country. Along the path to power Florentyna finds fulfillment in love and family, but still she struggles with the burden of her duty and responsibility. Then, only a heartbeat away from her ultimate goal, she may lose everything in a mire of betrayal.

    Rebecca says: "Oops - Abridged"
    "Abridged Recap"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed in this. Too much recap from the previous book. I was more interested in the future than finding out what happens in the character's past. The author dwells at length on her backstory and given there is only 3 hours to go here, I was quite bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Dark: The Dark Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Patrick D'Orazio
    • Narrated By Jim Cooper
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It has been six weeks since the virus engulfed the world. Everyone who was infected died, and then rose again. Governments collapsed, armies fell, and civilizations turned to dust as the human race tore itself to pieces. The living are in danger of becoming extinct.… Jeff Blaine has witnessed the annihilation of his family and everything that mattered to him. When he steps outside his home for the first time since the world died, he meets Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors who force him to accept that there may still be a reason to fight and live to see another day.

    Mike Naka says: "great ending to the series"
    "Not very good..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    CONTAINS SPOILERS: Don't read if you haven't read the book.

    I listened to the first 2 books and enjoyed them, but this book was simply about crazy Michael and crazy Cindy hunted the main characters through town. There was no real plot unless you consider picking off minor characters one by one to be actual character/plot. I sure don't. Plus too many deaths of children, and descriptions of kid deaths. Yeah I get it. Zombies kill people. I don't need to hear about their bodies being mutilated and children being killed and eaten in gory detail. I know it happens but less detail please. No point in introducing those characters in the first place if you are just going to wax them and go back to the original cast.

    Plus, nothing ever happens. They are trapped in town. At the ending they leave the town, nearly the same group that enters.. Part of the fun of a zombie book is getting out and seeing what happened to the world. Being trapped in one place while psycho badies stalk you is rather boring. And plus whats the point of introducing minor characters just to pick them off. You know the main character and his girlfriend won't die, so there really isn't a lot of suspense.

    Hated the ending with George. He was a great character. Just never thought him as crazy or suicidal. What a waste of time reading that.

    Overall, this series should've been a single book. Broken into 3 parts, the ending felt absurd and more like a bad slasher horror flick.

    Not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LYCCYX Episode 1: The Declaration

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Brian Barber
    • Narrated By Mike Paine
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The year is 2065. Earth is overpopulated and our resources, spent. Our last hope is to colonize the moon. Called the Haven Project - an experiment designed to transform the lunar grit into a rich oasis. Unfortunately, in our haste to create a new world we created our worst enemy - LYCCYX.

    Matt says: "Wow, just wow."
    "Narration amateurish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tried. I thought this might make an interesting story, however I felt the narration was very amateurish. I felt like I was being told the story, rather than shown, and although there is only 45 minutes to this audible title, I gave up. I just wasn't interested.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: The Human Division, Episode 4

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (471)

    Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is? "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    AudioAddict says: "Okay, but nothing special"
    "Rush Limbaughesque character?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or William Dufris?

    I love this series. This wasn't my favorite episode though. Felt a bit like a parody of Rush Limbaugh in the future.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought it was clever, but I didn't like the Segway into earth politics.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s performance?

    Very well-done


    Could you see A Voice in the Wilderness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh, Rush Limbaugh.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't my favorite segment. It was still good, but not something I would listen to again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (219)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Characters Generic, no real sense of urgency"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 77 Days in September?

    I felt the main character, his wife and kids were pretty generic. There was no real personality to any of the characters. They could've been anybody. There was no real sense of danger. . Main character lurves his wife and goes across the country pulling a cart to reach her. Wife remains steadfast to hubbie, despite not knowing whether he is alive or dead. This just wasn't that exciting. The wife and hubbie were mr. and mr. generic.


    What could Ray Gorham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters needed a personality implant. Loving your wife and hubbie do not count as personality traits. They all were just kinda meh.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought the characters were good people, and I liked the concept. I just thought it lacked oompf and the character development was weak.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if the protag had been single. Or even if the wife felt hubbie was truly dead this would've been more suspenseful. Wife's unfailing belief hubbie was alive and coming back, just made his return just a matter of time, rather than a big surprise. The magic survival rate of the protags despite doing stupid stuff, gave the main characters a bit of a charmed quality. Nothing bad can happen- because they are the main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trackers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Purkey
    • Narrated By Michael Bowen
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the course of an otherwise routine missing person case, private detective Jack Dugan stumbles onto a covert operation that effectively controls everyone on the planet. Through cellular-sized implants, The Council tracks and records where anyone is at any given time without their knowledge. Humankind’s freedom hangs on the ability of a cynical, bicycle-riding PI to operate at a level of intrigue he’s never experienced, battling powers determined to destroy him and the knowledge he gains.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Hard boiled sci-fi detective story"
    "Solid listen, could be better...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Trackers the most enjoyable?

    I was intrigued by the plot summary


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I found the main character bothered me at times. He spends too much time thinking of ways to romance his client instead of solving crime. The romance was cliche too, and honestly rather boring as the heroine was generic and beautiful, but didn't have much else going for her.

    There is actually very little mystery, so having him be a PI didn't add anything. The reader is shown what is happening from the protagonist and antagonists's perspective so the main character really doesn't solve anything as he and the listener are told what is happening most of the time. The big bad guy and their plot were resolved too quickly so the suspense and impending peril were kind of anti-climatic.

    Overall, this was ok. It could've been better.


    Did Michael Bowen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voices were decent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. This is a beach read. Easy enough to listen to, but nothing I felt I HAD to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf at the Door: The Others

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Sullivan Quinn didn't travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he's ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission---to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman's delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest...she is his mate.

    Amazon Customer says: "Had me at Hello!"
    "Honeysuckle!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Wolf at the Door better?

    I didn't like the dialog or writing. The male hero was a boor.


    What could Christine Warren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I just didn't care about the characters and I felt the hero was just stereotypiclal.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the narrators narration of the hero to be annoying. Honeysuckle! She cries, striving to sound in the throes of passion. It just sounded goofy. Granted, it isn't the narrator's fault the writing isn't that great, but her narration made it worse.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the idea of seeing a supernatural community on the verge of coming out of the proverbial closet.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed I wasted a credit on this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeri Smith-Ready
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in Shade.

    Alexis says: "Not the same old paranormal romance"
    "Young Adult fiction.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't like books about teens. When I picked this up I had no clue this was a YA romance. Sorry, when the whiny teen character's thoughts and voice began whining about seeing ghosts, I realized I'd made a mistake in buying this one. DELETE.


    0 of 8 people found this review helpful

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