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Jennifer Primrose

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Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 22 reviews
  • 140 ratings
  • 835 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Curse of The Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb in Luxor.

    Mary A. says: "Great second read!"
    "Classic British humour"
    Overall

    A stiff upperlip...and back...and a strong constitution in a woman who brokes no discussion around her decisions and her unfailing search for the right of every situation is a recipe for adventure. Finding new friends, learning and exploring and perhaps a bit of romance all wrapped in a mystery and a bit of British history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1814)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Fantastic story & Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Learn a great deal about elephants and the African bush from the someone who grew up there and has made it his life! Splendid book - good for all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1420)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Great book...lousy title"
    Overall

    I loved this book - laugh out loud funny, with quirky characters and enough twist and turns to keep you listening. The only thing I didn't like about the book is the title - what an embarrassing thing for others to see you listening to on your iphone....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (3116)
    Story
    (3157)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Not a teenage crossover..."
    Overall

    This book is entertaining - I often am able to pull clever, well written young adult fiction into my adult fiction list and enjoy the hell out of them. This book was much more difficult to do so - relying heavily on sarcastic, teenage humor and relationships.
    If you are a teenager - you will like this book. If you are an adult looking to a bit of fun...I'd look for another book that won't have you rolling your eyes.

    87 of 106 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "From Practical to Fantasy..."
    Overall

    Rae is a no-nonsense down to earth practical person who is the kind of dependable, practical girl you hope to have as a friend. She looks for nothing more exciting than discovering a new recipe or a good book.
    But her bloodline and destiny collide. Rae never loses character - even when vampires are surrounding her, blood is dripping both on her and from her...she observes the practical details, retains the rye sense of humor, and gives us a clear picture of what would happen to the mind of a "normal" person forced into the un-natural world of deep magic and vampire duals. Wonderful book!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6704)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3472)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Author Excellent Reader!"
    Overall

    I loved this story and thought Neil Gaiman's reading added a great deal to my enjoyment of the story. I disagree hardily with those who found otherwise.

    I am very particular about my readers and thought he did an amazing job. If you like quirky, imaginative, funny and heartwarming tales - this one is for you!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    A User says: "The book is good, this recording is not"
    "No Depth - no Davina"
    Overall

    I've read all of Diana Gabaldon's previous books in this series and would rate them all 5 star both for the intense, detailed writing by Diana and the incredible reading of Davina Porter - but that stopped with this book. The characters have no depth - the addition of music is distracting and adds nothing. The books skips from here to there leaving vast amounts of information absent. I miss my Claire, my Jamie, my Ian...who are these empty flat strangers? A classic case of a series that has gone on too long!!! With great disappointment - I would have traveled the distance with them where ever they had landed but this is the last disappointing voyage for me on this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Genius....again"
    Overall

    Yes the narrator has changed, and yes, I miss Roy Dotrice. We went through so much together. If truth be told, it took me a while to get used to Mr. Dotrice's voice - now much missed. But John Lee is very good - it's just hard to not hear the same inflections in the voices of my old friends.
    The writing is suburb, the storyline complicated and wonderfully rich. Don't miss this book - a wonderful addition to an incredible series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (350)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Classic British stories filled w/laughter & tears"
    Overall

    Amazing stories of a pre-WWII animal doctor dealing with the country people deep in the English countryside. If you love animals, if you love unique interesting people and have a sense of humor you will love this book - narration is perfection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Room With a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Beautiful, and Moving than the Movie"
    "Love and learning in a time"
    Overall

    of deep suppression of human emotional needs - it takes Italy to birth the inappropriate love afair and the beauty of the English countryside to nurture it to maturity...beautifully wrtten and narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lathe of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (128)

    George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Book, Bad Reader"
    "The Grand Mistress of Fantasy"
    Overall

    Writen by the master - I like her Earthsea series better but the characters here are wonderful - the plot fasinating if a little hard to follow at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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