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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

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  • When Darkness Falls: The Alliance Vampires, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In an ancient cemetery, travel writer Jade MacGregor’s tour of a Scottish tomb is marred by a terrifying attack that leaves her surrounded by corpses drained of blood. A year later, back home on a shadowy French Quarter street, she glimpses the oddly compelling stranger she met that day. Coincidence - or is it something far more disturbing?

    Black Buddahfly says: "Truly a great READ!!!!"
    "Vampire/romance genre fans, I recommend a No Buy"
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    It start of great but then dies a slow death and aside from Jade the characters were not very well developed, the plot was kind of weak and predictable.

    If your looking for romance It was nonexistant, sex yes, romance no. Jade and Lucian hardly have any spark between them, but used every opportunity to hit the sheets.

    There are way too many minor characters floating around, along with lose ends.

    I really wanted to like this book. I tried hard but I couldn't get involved because It just does not grab you as a good story or well developed characters should.

    The narrator tries against all odds to breath life in this book but the material lets her down.

    This book was originally released under Shannon Drake, a pseudonym used by Heather Graham Pozzessere

    One expects much better of Heather Graham

    For vampire/romance genre fans, I would recommend giving this one a pass.

    This is also a disappointment after the first book in the series



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

    Hassan says: "It Was A Good Read!!"
    "Holy water & crosses are for vampires ..."
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    This is not your usual JF vampire novel as was voiced in the book when Ivy asked about Holy water & crosses and was told they are for vampires and the don't exist . . .

    Tavia narration as usual is excellent and this new arc has promise, I enjoyed this book but I will withhold my comments on comparisons with JF's previous arc and and much loved Characters until at least the next book in the series.

    I have read similar books on demons etc and found my interest waning after a few books at best . . . maybe this category is not my "bag" as much as Bones and Cat's arc was. Then again maybe Jeaniene and Tavia will win me over with this new series, only time will tell.


    I would however highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader and JF fan, its well worth the listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Rainshadow Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Halloween - with its tricks and treats - is a dust bunny's dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow's faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it's a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona's ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Arcane's past merges on Rainshadow"
    "Arcane's past merges on Rainshadow"
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    Just finished the audio book and whilst the narrator, who i like in other narrations and is a good narrator, i felt she does not quite fit this character, hers is the voice of a much more mature person and would have done justice to Arizona her self but she the handles different characters Male ans female with ease, maybe with future repeat listens she will grow on me in this book as she has in other stories she narrates.

    The plot and book its self is a wonderful mix of Arcane, Harmony and Rain shadow and of course the formula, Jayne has created another yet another winner, thank you.

    I wish Dust Bunnies were as real as they are in my imagination, i would dearly love such a companion (not a pet) . . .

    If you have enjoyed previous Harmony, Arcane or Rainshadow arcs or just like fantasy then ti think you will love this book.

    7 of 7 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
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    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 . ."
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    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
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (343)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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"
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    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    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"
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    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

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