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Captain Skurvy

I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008


  • Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By P. C. Martin
    • Narrated By Nicky Barber, Shash Hira, Gerald Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo's mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case, Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic side-kick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Steampunk meets B grade action feature"
    "Steampunk meets B grade action feature"

    Narration: Doctor Watson's narrator fits the role but Holme's narrator I felt did not. Overall the narration was good

    It is the Arthur Conan Doyle 1912 story "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" with some of the names/genders changed and the Bruce-Partington submarine, changed to the Nautilus. In places especially in the first half it's almost word for word from the original 1912 story.

    The first half reads like a Holmes story the second half reads like some B grade action movie with the bionic man thrown in for good measure. Holmes conclusions are lifted straight from the original story by Arthur Conan Doyle.

    I my opinion this Book will not appeal to people looking for an Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes alternative story, nor is this book really steam punk.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Ghost Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcée and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter, Melissa, have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way - or at least spook the guests (who love it). Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the 300-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case.

    Captain Skurvy says: "The choice of narator does nothing to aid this . ."
    "The choice of narator does nothing to aid this . ."

    The choice of narrator does nothing to aid this book, after the first two books being read by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi they change narrators in this book.

    I understand the book is mainly from Paul's point of view, however the other main characters are still present and unfortunately this narrator's style & treatment not only presents them differently but the voices are a total disconnect from the previous books.

    Aside from the fact that I believe Amanda Ronconi has captured the characters and presented this series in the tone the Author meant it to be conveyed better than this narrator and his style, this book really gives the reader very little extra insight into the lead or any other characters. Its only redeeming factor in my opinion is the twist at the end

    It's not a bad book as such and if the narration is ignored could be of interest to lovers of this author or series

    I would say give it a miss for now and read it later but I don't know if the events portrayed end up being referred to in future novels, and even if they did I think it world only be in a minor way.

    Thankfully Amanda Ronconi make a welcome return in the next book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"

    Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.

    The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).

    Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.

    I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.

    The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.

    So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.

    Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views

    At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel

    Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.

    Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority

    It's enough to make your dust bunny cry

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Katherine Fenton

    College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they come out fighting when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood….

    Captain Skurvy says: "Greed Reins"
    "Greed Reins"

    This book is a very much meant for young adults and is not like her some of her other more adult orientated series eg the Weather Warden series.

    To me some of characters were very immature at times and most of the vampires could be clones. They are not the Cullen's.

    Still the book does hold some charm and should appeal to the younger audience or those who remember who the target audience is.

    The story ends on a major, major cliffhanger so if you like books to at least tidy up most of the main plot threads be prepared to be disappointed

    Aside form all that the narrator does a good job and the story has enough action to keep you involved if you can forgive the above points. which is why i gave it the rating i did because for the audience it is aimed for it hits most of the right buttons for that demographic

    just recently Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires, Book 1 became a daily deal as i found out apparently now it has a different narrator it now not available in Australia. This has happened with other series and will not be the last time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Save the Date: Modern Arrangements Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sadie Grubor
    • Narrated By Craig Jessen, April Grace Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Book One of Three Aidan Iverson III, old money wealthy and blatant playboy, has never felt the need to be with one woman. Why, when he has the looks, money and a family name to rule the nightlife? And, when it thoroughly aggravates Grandfather?

    Wendy says: "A sassy good time"
    "Monied Jerk ruthlessly takes advantage of a woman"

    Monied Jerk ruthlessly takes advantage of a woman to suit his own ends. With no care or thought for her or any offspring, except they are a means to save his life style

    Sadly this theme seems to run rampant in some books. Neanderthal, selfish, self centered jerk takes advantage of a woman whos in no real position to fight back.

    Spoilers Ahead

    This time the jerk has lots of money and power and does not want to loose it. if he does not Marry soon and produce a child as per his grandfathers will he futures looking grim.

    He finds a young woman who he knows is at rock bottom struggling to stay afloat, trying to pay pay past medical bills and continue bettering herself.

    He draws up a contract that he will pay all her debts if she "marries" him for 4 years has a child and then she must leave him with the child.

    She refuses him. Refusing to basically be paid for sex then leaving her child behind.

    Unfortunately her father becomes ill again and she is struggling even more to pay the bills

    This is Rich lowlifes chance and he pounces again.

    Eventually to provide live in care for her gravely ill father she agrees to marry the jerk BUT with no sex. Any baby is to be produced by other means.

    Sadly this is where the story goes from bad to worse and becomes even more stereotyped

    I wont go into the asinine details but a sensible woman who distrusts and has no feelings for the selfish uncaring money jerk, and the monied self centered jerk we are supposed to believe live happy ever after by the end of this stereotyped diatribe

    The narrators are reasonable, pity about the story.

    If this is your sort of twisted tale then enjoy

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of "othersight" to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

    Leesa says: "Love this"
    "A great series"

    A great series and i just tried for Book 3 which is supposed to whispersync to.

    But whilst Book 1,2 and 4 have the matching kindle and Audible titles available book 3 does not(at least in Australia) go figure. I have reported this issue to audible many times in the past and get a generic or mainly no reply and writing this here will get this wiped

    I recommend this series to those who like Fantasy/mystery/police, in the case of the mystery/police the probably like this better if the don't mind tales that take them out of there comfort zone

    The narrator Author do a wonderful job of immersing you into the characters and the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Wardens: The Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Kris Edlund
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The werewolf population is entrenched in a century long war, and now they are plagued by a virus that is turning wolves into killers. The Brooks brothers pursue one such rogue werewolf to Temple, Texas. It is in Temple that Evan encounters a beautiful nurse named Marissa who instantly melts the hundred years of ice running through his veins. When she is brutally attacked by the wolf, he breaks the rules of the Vampire Council and uses his blood to save her. Now, if he doesn't kill the wolf by the next full moon, Marissa will become a killer wolf, and he will be sentenced to death

    Captain Skurvy says: "if you like crude language this is for you"
    "if you like crude language this is for you"

    if you like crude language this is for you but not me. Dont get me wrong I'm no prude but the constant use of crudity and over reliance on sex with very little story line and the normal neanderthal meets soulmate who in most cases appears to too dumb to live thinly veiled story line makes for a very boring predictable read.

    These are apparently also available as single books and some of those appear to appeal to other members according to the ratings they have been given

    So as i said if you like this type of book go for it

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Avalon Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By O. M. Grey
    • Narrated By Michael Ray Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur's shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate it's not"
    "Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate it's not"

    I had high hopes for this book, Steam-punk, Victorian London, Vampires and other supernatural creatures. Some reviews even likened it to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, but they are sadly wrong.

    Warning Spoilers below this point (something I rarely if ever do)

    Arthur Tudor heir apparent of Henry VII of England (yes he really existed) was made into a vampire 350 hundred years ago just after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon when he died of an illness. In-spite of the fact he knows she had little choice in the matter, he felt betrayed by Catherine when she married his younger brother Henry VIIi, and so immerses himself in killing, human blood and debauchery.

    Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who looks a lot like Catherine. He joins her and her companion they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London.

    I for one felt for only one character in this book Avalon. Arthur is a self centered hedonistic killer with no morals, scruples or remorse yet we are supposed to belive he changes as soon as Avalon enters his life.

    As the book opens he is seducing another wife and ends up killing her in his feeding frenzy but has no remorse over the fact his only worry is ensuring he does not get caught. When two young kidnapped girls are murdered in a brutal way he thoughts are that they are better of dead anyway and he wishes he could take advantage of all the fresh blood going to waste (he is with Avalon at this stage). He has the same thoughts when Avalon's friend is wounded. In short in spite of the authors trying to turn him into one of the good guys as the book progresses and he is trying to impress Avalon, it just does not gel

    Arthur is also not very smart, after getting rid of some of the "killers" he does not follow up on his one strong lead until much and only because the killings start again a he gets to be with Avalon again.

    Near the end instead of killing the "head bad person" as soon as he can he stands and chats with him and lets the "head bad person" pick up and handle the various devices around the "head bad person" laboratory . . . err guess what happens. No prizes for guessing a no brainier.

    Maybe I expected to much from this book and it coloured my view.

    Unlike Carriger's Parasol Protectorate it has very little if any rapier wit, witty parody, sarcastic fun, humor, quirky supporting characters and enduring lead characters that are the hall mark of that series

    Arthur the lead in Avalon Revisited is a very unlikeable character who even by the end of the book i had very few feelings for.

    This is not a bad book as such but don't expect any outstanding revelations and it might be a passable listen.

    The Narrator does a passable job but he is no Emily Gray

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilate Me: The Annihilate Me Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Ross
    • Narrated By Reba Buhr

    The business of love is dangerous. For Jennifer Kent, a recent MBA graduate who has been searching for work in Manhattan for four long months, time and money are running out. If she doesn't find work soon, she'll need to return to her native Maine, where the job situation is even more bleak. And where her abusive parents lie in wait. When an unorthodox arrangement is proposed, Jennifer decides to take it. She agrees to be the "girlfriend" of Alexander Wenn, the reluctant, billionaire CEO of Wenn Enterprises, who is so devastatingly good looking, he needs a beautiful woman like Jennifer on his arm to "keep the wolves at bay."

    Jordy says: "Funny, sexy, a solid story line and well written."
    "A part of serial like a TV episode. No ending"

    I purchased this by mistake but wanted to warn others that this appears to be episode one of a serialized story, so did not return it. There is no ending as such.

    Since this is not really my cup of tea the scores and comments maybe skewed somewhat. It's also rare i get books under 5 hrs unless it's a short say Xmas special involving a series i have been following and at an appropriate cost for its size.

    Books in my opinion should be 8hrs or more of constructive,well written an enjoyable writing, novellas should be approx 5-6hrs or so and none of that should include padding.

    This is a typical no brain romance with a few contrived twists that a blind man could see past and coming.

    As I said not my cup of tea

    My real gripe is that it should be noted in the description if a book is a episode and only a part of a larger project. It should also not be part of a never ending inconclusive story

    Buying this book in error in wholly and solely my fault

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Different Witch: A Modern Witch Series: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twenty months ago, Jamie and Lauren crashed a coven meeting in Chicago - a visit they barely remember. For Beth Landler, it was the moment that fractured her circle and awakened her need for an entirely different kind of magic. The kind only found in Witch Central. If she can dig up the courage to go.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Another wonderful excursion into witch central"
    "Another wonderful excursion into witch central"
    If you could sum up A Different Witch in three words, what would they be?

    heart-wrenching, heart-felt, heart-warming

    What did you like best about this story?

    It delves into the souls and hearts not only of the characters in the book but the reader/listener.

    It tries to teach us through an emotional roller coaster of a wonderful story that being different does not mean people are weaker, or lacking or even wanting or needing of our pity, just our acceptance

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book, but if i had to choose one it would be when Shay stood for Beth.

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

    A heart-warming emotional roller-coaster

    Any additional comments?

    Like any series Debora Geary's books should be read in order to get the best enjoyment. Whilst not all are available as an audiobook yet one lives in hope.

    The excellent Martha Harmon Pardee is as an essential a narrator for this series as Amanda Ronconi is to Molly Harper's audiobooks

    If your books must be laced with gratuitous sex and violence, then this book/author is not for you.

    If however you like rich characters that are not stereotyped but have their ups and downs, and good and bad times. Characters and stories and feelings that will remain with you long after the last page is finished then invest in some quality time with Debora's excellent books you won't regret it

    4 of 4 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

    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!"
    "A quirky & snarky Halfmoon Hollow Christmas gift"

    A Halfmoon Hollow Christmas gift from the wonderfully quirky & snarky pen of Molly Harper.

    If you haven't read any of Molly's work before then I suggest you give your self an early Christmas present and do so now, starting with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1.

    I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a short story that manages to bring together all your Hollow favorites and covers Gigi's return home to the Hollow from college and to her married recently turned vampire older sister Iris (The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1).

    This books only issue is it finishes too soon . . .

    Amanda Ronconi does her usual excellent narration, bringing all of Molly's wonderful quirky characters to life. I hope the pairing of this dynamic duo of author and narrator continues in future releases.

    A feelgood Christmas tale that will brighten your day and bring a smile to your face


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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