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M. Thurman

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  • Spell of the Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (643)

    Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six-and-a-half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

    B. Leveto says: "Perfect Mating of Story and Storyteller"
    "Great story and narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spell of the Highlander to be better than the print version?

    Phil Gigante is one of my favortie narrators, so I will always choose audio if he is the narrator of choice.


    What other book might you compare Spell of the Highlander to and why?

    All the other Highlander series books by this author.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    This guy has serious skills. His performance is top talent. His command of the different accents is fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whole book was good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1046)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Not for the timid"
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    Where does Code Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its my second favorite after "The Help". Love Ray Porter. He is a fascinating narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Ledger is may favorite. He is crazy as heck but a hero and good guy. Love the witty remarks and the fact that he is extremely sarcastic as well as a strategic fighter. All of that rolled in to one Bad A guy.


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

    I have listened to all the books in the series. Ray Porter is so darn talented I can't put it into words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a lot in this book that moved me. The fact the Wu finally showed some feelings was a shocker. I wish that Juny's story could have moved me, but i dont really care about her. Her loss left me empty and bored.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of this series. This is the only book I rated a 4 out of 5, instead of 5 stars. The time Maberry spent on Juny was a waste, but it is still a great book that i would highly recommend. The story was great. It was strong and intense and just plain ole scary as heck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1211)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "Lots Going On"
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    What made the experience of listening to The King the most enjoyable?

    Jim Frangione. I have listened to him narrate many of the JR Ward novels and could not imagine listening to these stories with his voice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh! Some things were tied up, but nothing jaw dropping. Other stuff, not so much. Even with that said, I was still sad to hear the ending. I was hoping for a big reaction and I knew i would miss the BDB when it was over.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Jim is fantastic. Always a pleasure. If not for his performance, the rating above would be a solid 3.


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

    At some points yes. I loved some parts regarding the King(current and past) and the affection for their mates. Some of the words spoken by the brothers are hilarious. This book seemed to have quite a few references to urban culture(Miley Cyrus Twerking, for example). They missed the mark. Did not find them funny. Wanted to smack Beth a few times and wanted to slap Layla for the entire time. I was mentally cursing them a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does speak to the current and former King, but it also holds a whole bunch of other stories blended in which i found convaluted. It was too much. I could care less about lame Layla, Xcor, Assail or Sola. This book dedicated a good 1/2 of the time to them, which irked me. I wanted more of the King and the Brothers. Love the Brothers. They are flawed but redeemable, unlike the before mentioned hypocrites and thugs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Kristen Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1055)

    The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

    Alison says: "Mars Attacks, succeeds!"
    "I So Missed Veronica Mars"
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    What did you love best about Veronica Mars?

    This book follows the recently released movie, even though I think someone could still catch on without having watched the movie. I loved the television series and this gives me more of what I loved. Great story by the same person that penned the TV series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Veronica Mars. Well, because it was read by Kristen a.k.a. Veronica Mars. Witty banter and smart crime solving!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to answer without giving too much away, so I will say the last 1/4 of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Veronica and her dad near the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted more Logan. Not sure I like Rob's idea to make him a career military man and detach him from the story. That was a bummer. Veronica is key, but her banter and relationship with Logan is part of the greatness of series. Do better next book, Rob!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Afterburn & Aftershock: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can't say I wasn't warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I'd worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn't the girl he once knew, but he hadn't changed. Unlike the last time we'd drifted into each other's lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with...and how addictive his touch could be.

    Eran says: "Jax & Gia change the world!"
    "Second Chances"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hmm. Hard to answer. I liked the story but I could not take the narration. The NY accent was too heavy and did not make for easy listening. It was an aggravation. I ended foregoing the audio version and purchasing the eBook.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a good ending. I like the way it was wrapped up. Ms Day usually gets on my nerves when she leaves me hanging on her Renegade Angels books, so I am glad she did not tick me off by doing the same here.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy McFadden’s performances?

    Heck No! She sounds like a freaking Brooklyn Cheerleader while reading.


    Do you think Afterburn & Aftershock needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. I think it ended fine.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1193)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Shockingly Good Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, hence the reason I chose audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roarke was my favorite character. His character and committment were commendable.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    Steven Weber was perfect. I felt like i was at the movies, listening to his performance made this experience most enjoyable. Great choice.


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

    Navy Seals - Family, Honor and Committment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2771)
    Performance
    (2505)
    Story
    (2500)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Waste of my time"
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    Would you try another book from Molly Harper and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Maybe, not sure.


    Has Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the genre. Did not love this story or the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Ronconi?

    Not sure. Anyone with out such a squeaky child like voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas?

    I would not cut any, but would have atleast did A better ending, so that people like me, that are not as familiar with the series would not be left hanging. Is there a novel that will follow this up? 'Twas not explained at the end of this story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8653)
    Performance
    (7803)
    Story
    (7807)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great Grisham Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a really good novel. i was all over the place emotion wise and trying to pace myself to its end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Portia. She is young, smart and has a good grasp on reality. Her love and devotion to Lettie made her key in my book of favorable characters.


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

    Michael Beck was so great. Usually, I get irritated with men portraying poor black women, but i think he did Lettie and the other characters justice.


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

    No. Its too long and I have a life!


    Any additional comments?

    Jake Brigance is back in what may loosely be called a sequel to "A Time to Kill", Grisham's first novel. I listened to the audio version and think Michael Beck did an A+ job in bringing this story to life.

    It follows the story of Jake working to defend the handwritten will of a dead white millionaire, who in racist Mississippi(really, why is that still a state?) leaves his fortune to his black housekeeper of 3 years. Its a plot twisting, stomach churning adventure, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Jake's posse from the first book fill up a lot of decent time in this book. Lucian is drunk as ever, but still manages to be a genius. His other beer drinking lawyer buddy, Harry Rex is there being smart and quite funny. Who knew Grisham could be so funny? Jake can be a bit of egoist. I kept waiting for him to admit, there is no way he can be triumphant without Harry and Lucian. They have way more personality and are seriously flawed that it makes you want to cheer for them. Jake is less interesting without them and/or the judge.

    This book reminds me of all the Grisham novels I gobbled up in the 90's(i.e. Pelican Brief, The Firm). I was not sure if i was going to download it or not since the last Grisham book I read, "The Racketeer" was not good at all.

    Glad I read it and would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1410)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Thriller Galore"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I did not read the print version. I did not love the narrator. Every character sounded the same. I kept having to hit the rewind to learn who was talking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Criminal?

    This was a thriller and not for the mild at heart or weak stomached. Some of the details of crimes committed by the villain gave me pause. I was shocked. I had only read one previous book by this author, so was shocked that it was so graphic in details of some disturbing events.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Early?

    Johanna Parker. She is so great with different characters and accents.


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

    Nature or Nurture: The Killer Bloodline


    Any additional comments?

    I am still new to this author. I like her historical facts and details. I have to say I like the female characters best, especially Faith and the old ladies, including Amanda. Will Trent is a little soft for my favorite type of male protagonists. I need him to grow a pair.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2323)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1941)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Catch My Breath"
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    If you could sum up Catch Me in three words, what would they be?

    Find My Killer


    Would you recommend Catch Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a pretty good book. My 3rd by this author.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Kristen was pretty good. I would listen to her again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, this is listed as a Detective D.D. Warren book and she is touted as this great detective, but Charlene pretty much solved most of this herself. She was the heroine and the protagnonist.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the twist and turns and did like being surprised about the antagonist. Was a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (2631)
    Story
    (2640)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Dud Ever After: A Mess of A Novel"
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    What would have made Dead Ever After better?

    Oh, maybe if the author stayed true to the characters in the past 11 or 12 books. Also, this series ending book wrap up was a joke. Seemed very amateur and not like the work of a seasoned writer. Sloppy storylines and too many insignificant characters, that were a waste of space. Story seemed rushed and just plain ole foolish.


    Has Dead Ever After turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still like this genre. Not sure, I will waste money on this author again. This series was tired a couple books ago, but I expected a better wrap up. Nonetheless, still a fan of th genre even though Ms Harris had our favorite Vamp Eric, go out like a PUNK! What self respecting writer in this genre does that?


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Johanna is awesome. Never fails. Her Sookie is my favorite. Notable mention to her Pam.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Ever After?

    WOW! Thats a loaded question. I liked very little of this book. I am struggling to think what I would have kept, nonetheless cut. For sure, I would have cut the fake cluvial door made me think of you differently crap between Sam and Sookie. I caught myself frowning as i listened to them have their relathionship "epiphany". Barf! I would have cut all the insignficant characters that popped up in this last book starting with Karen, who somehow entered Sookie's house without being invited in.Vampire 101! The lame tie in to Pam and Karen as Eric's type, so Sookie could have been blonde vamp clone Number 3. I am not sure if i would have cut the vendetta with the bumbling trio of killers, but I failed to connect to why in the heck Copley or his body guard would want to kill Sookie. i found the explanations lacking credibility. Just a mess of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Why write Erica so great in so many books and then turn him into a punk at the end? Folks dont read these solely because they loooovvve Soookie. They love Sookie and the sexy "Supes" , not a wiry and frazzled bar keep. Yes, I am shallow!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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