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Jamie

Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?

Lake City, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8254)
    Performance
    (7560)
    Story
    (7592)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Roy Dotrice must be going senile"
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    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    Both the story and narration. First off, when I discovered that Roy Dotrice narrated version of this book was released, I was absolutely thrilled! I LOVED his performances from the first 3 books...they were nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately for this book (as well as the 5th book), he lost his mojo. It's like he forgot the voices & pronunciations of each character. Arya now sounds like an old low-born leprechaun. Little Finger's voice & accent completely changes mid-book & sounds like a completely different person. His pronunciations go back know & forth throughout the book. For example, Brienne would be pronounced Bry-een (which was how it was pronounced in the previous 3 books). In the same chapter, he would then pronounce it like Bree-inn & sometimes even Bry-Inn. These things completely took me out of the story & was incredibly frustrating, to say the least!

    As far as the story goes...well, it was quite the snooze-fest. So much talking & very little action. The best characters weren't even in the book, save for Jaime & Arya. Even Arya's storyline was very boring. I honestly had to force myself to finish this one, which was worth it in the end, just to get to the next book, which was awesome.


    Would you recommend A Feast for Crows to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but ONLY because the series as a whole is amazing & to get to the next book (which is the best of the series, so far), you obviously have to read this one. I would not recommend this audiobook though. Get the print version & you'll be much happier.


    What didn???t you like about Roy Dotrice???s performance?

    As I said before, the voices of some characters were AWFUL & completely different from the previous way he performed them. Also, the inconsistent pronunciations of characters & locations throughout the whole book. Those of you who are expecting Dotrice's performance to be on the same level as the first 3 books will be incredibly disappointed.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Brienne, Jaime & Cersei's chapters. You get to truly witness just how utterly despicable she is as a human being. The end if her story in this book is SOOOOOOO satisfying & almost made the whole book worth reading for that alone. Also, I am willing to let things slide this once, since the other books of the series is fantastic. And once you are finished with this book, you finally get to sink your teeth into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, which is the best, IMO.


    Any additional comments?

    I am holding out hope that both Roy Dotrice & "the powers that be" have read about the many listeners' dissatisfaction & will do things right for the remaining books of this series. I, by all means, do not want Dotrice to abandon this series. I DO want him to listen to his past performances & give us more like those. Please, Roy Dotrice! Don't fail us again! We still believe in you!

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  • Dawn of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden - as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

    L. Taylor says: "Good foundation"
    "Great prequel!"
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    Where does Dawn of Eden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top, along with the rest of the BLOOD OF EDEN series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved getting a first hand account of the world right after the Red Lung disease wipes out much of humanity & the beginnings of rabidism and the spread of the virus. I also enjoyed Ben & Kylie's relationship, along with the seemingly irreparable father-son relationship between Ben & his dad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Then here are so many for such a short book, but I think the part when Ben's stubborn dad doesn't listen to Ben & Kylie and disaster ensues was the best part of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Red Lung Disease & Rabidism: When S@#$ Hits the Fan!"


    Any additional comments?

    This was a well-written, well preformed to prequel and I really enjoyed the insight of how both diseases began to destroy Earth as we know it. I wish it had been longer and I would suggest outright purchasing the audiobook instead of spending a whole credit on it. It cost less than $4 and it was well worth every penny. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (272)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Amy says: "Buckle Up...it's an insane ride!"
    "Get ready for one hell of a ride!"
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    Would you listen to The Eternity Cure again? Why?

    Most definitely! The brutal & harsh dystopian universe Julie Kagawa has created is quite fascinating with a protagonist who is strong, layered & someone you can easily root for. I loved the first book/audiobook of this new series & this one topped it tenfold! There was so much action & suspense in this book, but it didn't overshadow the important character development that takes place with the characters, nor did the character development overshadow the action & suspense. It was a beautiful balance that only great storytellers can truly pull off. It did start off a tad bit slow in the beginning, but trust me, it picks up about 1/3 into the book & doesn't stop until the very end! I lost a lot of sleep over the past two days, b/c I could not stop listening. I was cleaning my house way past 2am, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. By the way, expect one heck of a cliffhanger! I was practically screaming at the very end & woke my poor husband & dog up. lol


    What other book might you compare The Eternity Cure to and why?

    While the market is currently heavily saturated with vampire & zombie books, this book/series is unique in its own right, so I find it quite difficult to compare it with other books. The protagonist, Allison, sort of reminds me of Sita from 'The Last Vampire'/'Thirst' series, by Christopher Pike...that is, before he decided to re-launch the series, thus messing up a good thing. Both Allison & Sita are vampires, trying so hard to cling to their lost humanity. Their desire to connect with humans is very strong, but a constant uphill battle & their characters are neither good, nor bad...neither black or white, but multiple shades of gray, which is much more realistic for a vampire, who's main source of nutrition is humans' blood.


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have only listened to her with this series. I thought she was great & truly nailed the voice of Allie. The only negative would be her voice for Sarren, which was way too hammy & whispery. Other than that though, I loved her & really hope she will stick with this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I also really enjoyed the the slow-building relationship between blood-siblings, Allie & Jackal. Actually, I really enjoyed Jackal's character development throughout the whole book. The only slight negative I have about the story would be Allie's extended monologuing about fighting her inner monster. But like I said, it's only a very slight negative & it doesn't make the story any less awesome. And last but not least, ZEEEEEEKE!!! Allie's relationship with Zeke is both fascinating & heartbreakingly tragic. I am DYING for the next book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (863)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "These books just get better & better!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended this to several of my friends and they loved it! The storyline is intriguing and I love Mac and Barrons! I found that these books get better and better. The story is slightly slow-building, so stick with it. You won't regret it.


    What other book might you compare Bloodfever to and why?

    All the other books of the FEVER series and the spin-off called ICED. Honestly, I can't think of anything that I can truly compare this to. Yes, there are other books out there about the Fae, but this story is absolutely unique in its own right.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This is the only negative thing I can say about this audiobook. Joyce Bean is not right for Mac or this series. Her voice for Barrons is terrible. She makes him sound like a creepy old leprechaun. I found that I eventually got used to her voice though, so it didn't bother me after a while. The good thing is, you only have to deal with her as a narrator for one more book. After that, they bring Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante on board as narrators for the rest of the series and holy cow, they are simply outstanding!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many laugh out loud moments, mostly because of Barrons. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2160)

    Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

    Aja says: "This is the best book yet!!!!"
    "OUTSTANDING!!!"
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    Would you listen to Destined for an Early Grave again? Why?

    Oh yes! In fact, I have already listened to it 3 times now and will more than likely do so again.


    What other book might you compare Destined for an Early Grave to and why?

    The whole Night Huntress series and its spin-offs, of course!


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of Tavia's performances in the Night Huntress World and they are all amazing, just like this audiobook. She seems to truly get how Jeaniene intended her reading to come across...not that I know for sure, exactly, but you can just tell when a narrator "gets it."


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

    I wanted to, but I try to force myself to take my time. You know, to "savor the flavor." :)


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook and it's actually one of my favorites of the whole Night Huntress series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24187)
    Performance
    (18130)
    Story
    (18187)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "One of the best EVER!"
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very highest. No audiobook or book has surpassed it. It sets the bar for all other audiobooks/books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    So many! I would say that Ned's demise would be at the very top, along with what happens at the end of the book with Dany. Actually, I found Dany's whole story in the first book to be one of my favorites.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice's performance was simply amazing! It must be very difficult to create different inflections and accents for so many characters, but Dotrice seems to do it with ease.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes! Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantasy and Non-Fantasy lovers alike - If you haven't listened to this book/series, do so right now! Trust me, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1529)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Even better than the first!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I really enjoyed the first book, but this book was even better! Honestly, I don't think there is one book Jeaniene Frost has written that I haven't loved. Leila/Frankie is a great heroine. She's strong, smart, relatable and very interesting. And of course, who doesn't love Vlad? Those two definitely bring the fire and electricity. Ok, excuse that lame pun. It's true though. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal fantasy and/or paranormal romance. It's entertaining, through and through. You get all the paranormal goodness with action, mystery and some hot, sexy steam between the two main characters. This book, like all the books in the Night Huntress universe, is one of those light reads that is perfect for those lazy, rainy days.

    For those of you that haven't read the NIGHT HUNTRESS novels, please read my additional comments at the end of my review. It will give you an idea of what you need to read first before starting this NIGHT PRINCE spinoff series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twice Tempted?

    Too many to name!


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tavia Gilbert is one of the best narrators, hands down! She doesn't just read the books out loud, she performs as of she's acting in a film.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know. Something that doesn't sound cheesy. I wish the title and cover for this audiobook/book didn't look and sound like it came from the harlequin romance section of the book store. It's so much more than that!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the NIGHT HUNTRESS series, I suggest you get this audiobook STAT! If you haven't read/listened to the NIGHT HUNTRESS series yet, stop what you're doing right now and get on it! Then, read/listen to FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON and then ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS. Once you've finished those, it's time to start the NIGHT PRINCE NOVELS. That way, you won't be confused about anything. I'll warn you though, once you start these books, you will not want to stop!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1070)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "From the immortal words of The Mega, "DUDE!!!!""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Iced to be better than the print version?

    Definitely! Both Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante were amazing, as always! Driving my car and doing housework have never been so fun! I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think I loved this better than all five books of the Fever series...and that's saying A LOT, b/c I would rate the Fever series an 11 out of 10! I honestly wasn't expecting that, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! When I finished Iced, I was left wanting so much more, but in a good way! Since we have to wait a while for the next book, I immediately listened to the whole Fever series again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iced?

    So many! Dani and Christian's visit to the white mansion and subsequent releasing of the Crimson and her "encounter" with Ryodan and Barrons. lol. I'm loving Dani's reluctant partnership with Ryodan and can't wait to see where it's headed. They make such an awesome team! Also can't wait to learn more about "The 9." I also enjoyed Dani's friendship with Dancer. I'm sure there will eventually be a love square between Dani and Ryodan, Dancer and Christian when she grows up a bit. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, love squares, love trapezoids...you get the picture. With this book though, I'm all for it! For those who have read/listened to the Fever series and loved it, this audiobook is an absolute must! For those who haven't read/listened to the Fever series yet, I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately and get started on those books/audiobooks ASAP! Once you've finished them, I won't even have to tell you to listen/read Iced....you will obviously want to do that on your own. :-)


    What does Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring a whole arsenal of awesomeness to the table! Natalie does Dani absolute justice, just like she did with Mac. I did notice she changed Dani's voice/accent a bit since the Fever series, which distracted me just a little. I, like the rest of the human race, am a creature of habit and so change doesn't always come easy at times. At first, I couldn't put my finger on what was different, but then I realized she had just made Dani sound more...Irish. That's obviously a good thing though and it makes sense that she would do that. For those of you who notice it as well, just go with it. You will get used to that little change very quickly. Natalie is amazing at what she does! She goes beyond just reading a book out loud; she actually performs as if she was an actress in a film. I fervently hope she sticks with this series until the very end!

    Phil Gigante's performance was outstanding, as always! That man's voice is sex on a stick! He could read the phone book and it would sound sexy. I especially love his Scottish accent for Christian McKelter. Like Natalie, he takes his narrations to the next level and truly acts and does it so well. I think he and Natalie Ross make an awesome team!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Elated joy throughout the book, because I was enjoying it the whole time. There were also "laugh out loud" moments throughout the book. The only time I felt like crying was when I finished it, b/c I realized the next book wouldn't be out until sometime next year. lol


    Any additional comments?

    If you couldn't tell already, I LOVED this book! Now excuse me, I must go and listen to it again. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1031)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about Gulp?

    It was very monotonous. After reading all the great reviews and being familiar with Mary Roach's book, STIFF, I guess I had high expectations. Unfortunately, this fell flatter than flat. It was just....boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure....something more interesting, I'm sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Woo Zeller?

    Tavia Gilbert. The best narrator I've listened to, so far.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Boredom.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (433)

    Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Surprisingly involving and touching"
    "Fantastic Novella! Highly Recommended! :-)"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this novella. Stephenie Meyer does an excellent job at drawing the reader into her world of fiction. This is a short listen/read and I listened to it straight through without any breaks. This wasn't difficult as the audio book is only about 4 hours long. I thought Emma Galvin did a fantastic job narrating. There was a certain element of melancholy in her tone that seemed appropriate, since we are all aware of the tragic fate that awaits Bree. The ONLY issue I had with this book was, like all of Stephenie Meyer's writing, I was left longing for more, but in a good way. So, to satisfy my hunger, I re-vamped the Twilight Saga once again. If you loved the Twilight Saga, then you will love this novella. I most definitely recommend this audio book. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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