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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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  • Deception Cove: A Rainshadow Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself - a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini. Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears - and he needs her. On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a marriage of convenience.

    Loy says: "good installement"
    "Jayne Castle produces another winner"
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    With an excellent Author and narrator how can you go wrong.

    All of books in the Arcane. Ladies of Lantern Street, Dark Legacy and Harmony series are an auto buy for me. Not that some of Jayne Ann Krentz's other series and books are not worth reading or buying for example the Lost Colony series (early Harmony clone) Lavinia Lake / Tobias March series and Eclipse Bay series/books to name but a few

    I hope we hear more about Rainshadow and the world of Harmony for a long time to come.

    Spoiler Alert

    As there are 3 Sebastian siblings and 3 missing crystals as noted in The Lost Night, I had hoped that meant the third crystal will be tackled in the third book along with inducing the third sibling a sister. But with all crystals now accounted for . . . who knows . . I guess we will have to wait for the next installment to find out.

    As for meeting the next Dust Bunny it.s going to be a hard wait to meet the next successor to bunnies like Elvis and Houdini. each one in the past has had him or her own unique personality and contribution to each story

    Is it worth buying - YES

    If you like a touch of Paranormal or books set in alternate worlds you will find it hard to find a better author than Jayne Ann Krentz

    Jayne Ann Krentz also writes under Jayne Bentley, Jayne Castle, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Amanda Quick, Jayne Taylor. The most famous being Jayne Ann Krentz contempory, Amanda Quick past and Jayne Castle future themed books.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    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?

    Tiffany says: "Cute story, good relationship developments."
    "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 2 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
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    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 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Kris Edlund
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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

    0 of 2 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







    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    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
  • 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
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    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"
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    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

    3 of 3 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
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1794)

    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"
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    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

    Enjoy

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (234)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry. One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation

    Donna says: "Very cute and easy listening"
    "The receipes destroy the flow"
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    This is not my normal cup of tea but it was on special so i took a chance. The recipes at the end of each chapter destroy the flow and should be at the end of the book in the audio version of such books in my opinion.

    The author may know cooking but unless building regulations and occupancy rules are different in the US, she knows Nada about building codes etc so you have to take the parts of the book that take part in the newly refurbished building with a giant block of rock salt and throw what you know about such things out the window

    Again assuming the codes for public safety and buildings are roughly the same in the US

    No one from the general public would be allowed onto a floor without a fixed unmovable barrier around any exposed perimeter. In fact i doubt if they would have allowed public access to a building for a viewing with a party in the building, at all! in its incomplete state. Normally occupancy or access by the general public would not be allowed unless all safety regulations, fixtures, doors, emergency lighting, balustrades and perimeter fencing/walls had been passed by inspectors and the relevant authorities.

    All units, etc refurbished and new would have two fire stairs and they would have emergency lighting both in the stairs and on each level of each floor complete with exits clearly lit and marked. Fire stair doors would be accessible from each floor and the doors at the bottom of the stairs would be unlocked from the inside only to allow access to the street from inside each stairwell. For power failures, Fires etc

    In spite of the above its not a bad book even though the Culprit was pretty obvious ( at least to me) from the very beginning of the book and became pretty much set in concrete with a blazing neon sign flashing over the villain well before the end.

    Better than a lot of the other books of this type that now appear to have inundated the thriller genre

    I still believe that books that contain recipes or patterns, etc between chapters should have such things placed at the end of the book to stop such things breaking the flow of the story when made into an Audio Book.






    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, and others
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs, Frazer Hines
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Anthology is the perfect collection of adventures for Doctor Who fans. This audio edition is the culmination of a year-long series of ebooks to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who. Eleven Doctors, eleven stories, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures. The authors involved in this exciting project are Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy and Neil Gaiman.

    Mary says: "Some Fantastic Stories in this collection!"
    "Disappointing"
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    Disappointing

    First off don't be conned by the stand alone "books" they are simply the same stories that are in this collection and a the same price.

    Some of the stories are ok but none are in my opinion a tale that should be part of a landmark 50th anniversary collection.

    This is, in my opinion, a rushed collection of short stories released by the publisher to milk fans of the series

    Certainly not worth a credit.

    Wait until it shows up as special offer e.g. a "daily deal" or "$4.95 surprise pick"

    I was really looking forward to this, maybe I expected more, or too much and it's coloured my review.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful

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