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  • Precursor: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
    (142)
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    (134)
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    (133)

    National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her acclaimed Foreigner trilogy - with an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft stranded on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. The beginning of a second trilogy, Precursor follows a single human delegate living among aliens, who are just gaining access to space.

    Professor says: "3 Years have passed!! )-: !!!!"
    "Engrossing inter-species politics."
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    I read the first sequence years ago. Glad that they're at last available on audible. The political twists are always exciting and I love reading the latest antics of Ilisidi. I think she's probably my favorite character (along with Bren of course).

    The author does such an excellent job of setting scenes and offering just enough explanation of the why's of things to inform, yet keep things moving along. The family issues pulling Bren in different directions add depth to the story. Jase's growth in his role has been interesting to "see."

    If I were to describe these books in two words, they would be "political intrigue." But there is so much more going on. The cultural heritage of the Atevi is so well developed, it feels right and believable. I find myself painting the Atevi culture with distinctly Japanese/Chinese flavor. . . Reverence for the dowager, their love of fine art and things handmade. . . not to mention the whole concept of an Assassin's Guild, to keep things from heading to civil unrest.

    I had to buy more credits to get the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dread: Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    The Dread, Book Two of the Fallen Kings Cycle, picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc, and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.

    Denise says: "So disapointed...."
    "Couldn't continue... too depressing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be for the masochist or someone who needs to get into a depressive state of mind. Dark forces everywhere, no defense (or not enough). Just. Too. Much. Inevitability. Listened to the first installment and got used to the different narrator. But the second seems to be headed down a very long very very dark tunnel. Far more depressing than the Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien) even. If that's possible. Too bad I'm past the return period, or I would.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's different. Not bad. I got used to him.


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

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Revealed: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1770)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1191)

    Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

    Benoibe says: "With each book, this series gets so much better!"
    "Yay, Butch!"
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    Would you listen to Lover Revealed again? Why?

    Yes. The interactions between characters feel "normal" and real. Allowing for the unique vernacular "I feel you, brother." The humorous back and forth between the brothers feels like I'm listening to the conversation between long time friends. The way they relate to one another. I also love the warmth and tenderness of the romantic encounters. Yeah, they're spicy, but they also feel "real."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, Butch. Love his toughness and humor. His willingness to do anything for his best pal, V. And what he goes through to be with Marissa.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Each character is distinct. His female voices feel a bit tougher to distinguish, but they work.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like J. R. Wards written conversations. There is more to them than just exchanging facts and information, or pleasantries. There are scenes and interactions that aren't critical to the tale, yet fill out the universe of Wrath's community and make for a richer story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

    Ann says: "Incredible story, incredible performance"
    "An exciting period tale!"
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    That the book is based on an actual person makes it the more interesting. The period descriptions and characters were delightful. I could feel the sorrow and excitement. And was drawn into Charlies struggles.

    What an amazing life she led!

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (989)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "An enthralling "fairy tale""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    The whole story felt like a remembered fairy tale written at novel length. I loved the narration. The author's setting details made me feel the cold of the blowing snow and the warmth of the hearth. The characters were uncomplicated, but not one-dimensional.

    The conclusion was simply amazing.


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

    This tale was written to be read aloud, I think. Debra Monk made each of the characters unique.


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect listen for a snowy weekend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (709)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Incredible account!"
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    If you could sum up Into Thin Air in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Harrowing. Incredible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the author narrated the story. I loved the right there feel of the book. I could envision the scenery and the excruciating cold.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Enshrined: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1056)

    In Lover Enshrined, a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood must make a decision that could save - or spell doom for - his race of vampires. Phury knows his share of pain, but can the Primale of the Chosen experience love as well?

    Book Worm says: "Really Love These Books!"
    "The smarmiest volume yet!"
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    What disappointed you about Lover Enshrined?

    Coitus interruptus (sp) three times?? Really? Phury's Wizard was soooo tiresome after about his second appearance.


    Spoiler alert!!!



    The sunshine and butterflies ending with the Chosen at Revenge's camp a month later, fighting to use the vacuum? Puh-LEEZ.

    Phury's Wizard got pretty tiresome.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Ward again?

    Yes. I plan to finish the series. This one filled in the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lover Enshrined?

    At least one of the "almost" love scenes between Phury and Cormia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1166)

    Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.

    cmclien says: "Being the bloodletters son says it all..."
    "Dissatisfying conclusion"
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    Where does Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper middle of the pack.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. R. Ward before, how does this one compare?

    Continuing story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Vampires. Sex. Violence. Tragedy. Passion.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    That I'm not really aware of his "performance" is perhaps the best part. All the characters feel familiar and believable. They continue. I did notice a different pronunciation of Sympath(sp?) - which is what Revenge and Xhex are. A minor deviation from previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane and Vishous' first sexual encounter felt "wrong." V was attracted to Jane because she stood up to him without fear. Yet, she submitted to his commands and did as she was ordered. . . just didn't feel quite right somehow.

    There's no denying that the whole series is a load of male domination and Victorian sensiblities. But heck, its fiction, and the stories are certainly an entertaining place to go for an afternoon, or two, or three.

    I have to say that what happens to Jane just feels absolutely not okay. She should be gone. Or not. I surely hope that in a later book there is some purpose/benefit to her amorphous state.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Timothy Dadabo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (303)

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    Raquel S. says: "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
    "Couldn't finish. Done with series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I tried. This book had a few interesting situations, but in the end it didn't feel like there was a point. I've given up. The book just reminded me of the several really boring bits in the JRR Tolkein books without any of the endearing or exciting parts to draw me on.

    I kept saying to myself, "are the characters actually going someplace?" I've got too many other books in my library to stick this series out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1470)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Adebowale says: "I love this book"
    "Love the whole package! Story, characters..."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Even though he isn't the main character in this book. I still really like Butch. He's a guy I'd love to go out for a beer (or a scotch) and hang out with. No nonsense, and funny.


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

    With his gravelly voice, Jim Frangione is probably the best suited to read these books. He manages the female voices without sounding squeaky or fake.


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

    Yes. In fact, I downloaded it as soon as I'd finished Dark Lover


    Any additional comments?

    J. R. Ward's love scenes between Bella and Rhage are believable for a couple who care deeply about one another. No gratuitous panting and fabric rending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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